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Smith signs deal with Cardinals

33-year-old NFL career rushing leader will start for Arizona

March 27, 2003

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— The NFL's career rushing leader believes he still has some yards left in those 33-year-old legs. The Arizona Cardinals sure hope so.

Released by Dallas last month, Emmitt Smith agreed to terms Wednesday with the Cardinals, moving from one of the league's most storied franchises to one of its most downtrodden.

"Emmitt will start," coach Dave McGinnis said, adding that he will also help break in Marcel Shipp, who led the Cardinals in rushing last season in his second year.

Smith will wear the same No. 22 he wore with the Cowboys.

The Cardinals said Smith got a two-year contract, but did not disclose terms. It was believed to be worth about $4 million a year.

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