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Steelers secondary coach Horton named Cards' defensive coordinator

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Long-time NFL assistant reunited with Whisenhunt

The Arizona Cardinals hired Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Ray Horton to be defensive coordinator Wednesday.

Horton has coached in the NFL for 17 seasons and has been with the Steelers for seven years, the last four as defensive backs coach.

Horton and the Cardinals met in Arizona on Wednesday to finalize the deal, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

It's also expected that former Steelers defensive back Deshea Townsend will be hired as an assistant under Horton, sources said.

The Cardinals were reportedly interested in Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler, but were denied permission to talk to him, the Arizona Republic reported. It was the second time in three seasons the Cardinals had sought Butler.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is the Steelers' former offensive coordinator.

Horton, who played in the NFL for 10 seasons, becomes the Cardinals' third defensive coordinator in Whisenhunt's four years in Arizona. The Cardinals fired Bill Davis last month after a disappointing 5-11 season in which Arizona was ranked 29th in overall defense and 30th in points allowed out of the league's 32 teams.

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