Arizona G Lutui finally signs qualifying offer

Arizona guard Deuce Lutui has signed his one-year qualifying

offer from the Cardinals.

Lutui had to sign the offer of about $1.8 million by Tuesday or

the Cardinals would have reduced it to about $588,000 – 110 percent

of his 2009 pay.

Lutui has started every game for the past two seasons. He was

hoping for a long-term contract but the Cardinals made it clear

that was not going to happen.

The guard entering his fifth season may have lost his starting

job during his absence. The Cardinals signed free agent Alan Faneca

and put him at left guard and moved Reggie Wells to Lutui’s right

guard spot.

Lutui, who skipped the team’s minicamp and voluntary workouts,

signed the offer after switching agents.