Denver Broncos guard Evan Mathis, right, stretches with offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo before facing the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football scrimmage at the Broncos' headquarters Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski
March 16, 2016

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Evan Mathis, a starting guard for the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos last season, and the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

A person familiar with the situation said the deal is worth $6 million, plus $69 because his uniform number is 69. The person asked for anonymity because the terms were not officially released.

Mathis, a 2013 All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection, fills an immediate need and is an upgrade at right guard for the Cardinals, who sent Jonathan Cooper to New England on Tuesday as part of the trade that brought defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones to Arizona.

The 34-year-old Mathis is entering his 12th NFL season. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman has appeared in 130 career regular-season games, 90 as a starter, for Carolina, Miami, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Denver.

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