The Arizona Cardinals have signed fourth-round pick CB Greg Toler to a
three-year, $1.5 million deal which includes a signing bonus of $316,000, a
league source told Scout.com.
Toler (6-0, 193) earned All-CIAA and Little All-American first-team honors as well as being named Virginia small school Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2008 after collecting a career-high 51 tackles (37 solos), seven interceptions, and three blocked kicks. The first player from Saint Paul's ever to be drafted, Toler set school records with 16 interceptions and 38 passes defensed during his four seasons.
The Washington, DC native finished his collegiate career with 161 tackles (101 solos), 16 interceptions, 38 passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 40 starts at Saint Paul's.
Despite being only a Division II standout and also not being invited to the NFL combine, Toler gained buzz around the NFL before the draft after making a bunch of visits to various teams and conducting strong personal workouts.
Toler should have a good chance to make the team as a fourth cornerback or better based on the lack of current depth at the position.
Toler becomes the fifth member of Arizona's 2009 draft class to agree to contract terms after the team previously signed LSU OL Herman Johnson (fifth-round, 167th overall), Illinois OLB Will Davis (sixth-round, 204nd overall), Pittsburgh running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (seventh-round, 240nd overall), and Cincinnati G Trevor Canfield (seventh-round, 254th overall).
In addition, the Cardinals have released WR Justin Brown. Brown signed with the team as a rookie free agent out of Hampton on April 27.
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