Free Agency Grades: Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals have made a number of moves during the free agency period. Most of which have helped this team overcome the disaster that was 2010, at least on paper. What they end up doing on the field could be a different story, but for now, how can you not be excited to be a fan of the Arizona Cardinals?
The Biggest Splashes – the “A’ moves:
Todd Heap TE – for the first time in Arizona Cardinals history, they have a real tight end, meaning one with great pass catching skills who can be a legitimate threat in the offense.
Daryn Colledge OL – a big move considering the help the Cards needed on the offensive line. It was nice to see them not ignore the position that is in dire need of veteran protection for newly acquired quarterback Kevin Kolb
The Noise Makers – the “B” moves:
Richard Marshall – CB – again the Cards meet a need. Marshall is a veteran, one needed after the departure of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Not the biggest name, but serviceable.
Stewart Bradley – LB – the Cards again met a need. Got a guy from the Philadelphia Eagles who had 60 tackles, 10 passes defensed, 1 interception and 1 sack in 2010.
The Run of the Mill Players – the “C” moves:
Chansi Stuckey – WR – Not the number two guy the Cards are still seeking in free agency but a serviceable receiver nonetheless who just adds to depth. A veteran yes, but not a whole lot of stats to talk about.
Jeff King – TE – Not against the move. Great blocker. Another serviceable guy. Have no issues with this pickup, but nothing to write home about.
Nick Eason – DE – Young, not the splash the Cards need at the position to have a formidable pass rush.
Deuce Lutui – OL – Originally picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals, but he failed his physical. Can’t see where he passes a Cards physical, but the Cards do know him and he has gone through weight issues before. Most likely why the Cards only gave him a one-year deal. If he gets weight back under control, a good move to bring him back. He knows the system.
Overall Grade: B+, however if they land a Braylon Edwards and another pass rusher, then I might be convinced to raise the grade to an A-, but they have to show me something with the last two needs.