Cardinals LT Shelton gets five-year extension

Updated: November 3, 2003, 3:47 PM ET
ESPN

TEMPE, Arizona - Keeping an eye toward the future, the Arizona Cardinals made a series of moves Saturday, including the signing of left tackle L.J. Shelton to a five-year contract extension.

Financial terms of Shelton's deal, which runs through the 2008 season, were not disclosed.

The Cardinals also signed third-string running back Damien Anderson to a three-year extension, while granting two-year extensions to tight end Steve Bush, kick returner-running back Josh Scobey and linebacker LeVar Woods.

In addition, the Cardinals also restructured the final three years of guard Leonard Davis' six-year contract.

"Part of our new business plan included clearing cap space to sign veteran free agents and offer contract extensions to retain our best players," Cardinals vice president of football operations Rod Graves said.

Since the start of the season, the Cardinals have restructred or extended the contract of eight players.

Of Saturday's moves, Shelton's clearly was the biggest. Selected 21st overall in 1999, he has played every offensive snap this season at left tackle and started 60 of 62 career games.

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