Free agent TE Becht returns to Cardinals

Posted: March 10

The Arizona Cardinals are bringing back free-agent tight end Anthony Becht, a 10-game starter in 2009 who agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

In other moves, tight end Stephen Spach signed a one-year deal with the team, and defensive end Jeremy Clark signed his exclusive rights contract.

Becht (6-6, 270) was a key blocker for Arizona’s improved running game, which produced 16 touchdowns in 2009, the team’s highest total since 1998. As a receiver, he caught seven passes for 61 yards and one touchdown. He signed with Arizona last year after previous stints in St. Louis (2008), Tampa Bay (2005-07) and the New York Jets (2000-04). His current streak of 152 consecutive games played is third longest in the league among offensive players, behind Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. He has 185 career receptions for 1,511 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Spach (6-4, 260) originally signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in October 2008 and started five games last year. He had four receptions for 38 yards.