CINCINNATI — Veteran defensive tackle Domata Peko has agreed to terms with the Cardinals according to his agency. Arizona will to sign him to their 53-man roster once he passes COVID-19 protocol on Monday.
The move would reunite Peko with Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. The two were together in Denver and Cincinnati.
The 35-year-old has kept himself in shape in hopes of continuing his career.
Peko reportedly turned down multiple offers earlier this year in hopes of finding the right fit.
The Cardinals lost defensive tackle Corey Peters to a left knee injury. Arizona is sitting at 6-4. They need all the help they can get if they're going to make the postseason in the tough NFC West.
He is also reunited with former Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.
Peko spent his first 11 NFL seasons (2006-16) in Cincinnati, before signing with Denver as a free agent in 2017. He played for the Broncos for two years (2017-18) before joining the Ravens in November of last season.
The Bengals drafted Peko in the fourth-round (123rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He appeared in 16 games for Cincinnati in nine of his 11 seasons with the team. His durability, attitude and leadership were some of his best qualities.
Peko has 600 tackles and 20 sacks in his career. It's easy to see why a contender would want him on their team. He's an experienced nose tackle that can be a leader in the locker room. He's also played in seven postseason games.
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