Andre Roberts’ Free Agency Stock is Rising


Nov 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts (12) against the Indianapolis Colts at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts will be a free agent on March 11 and talk is spreading that most likely, he will not resign with the Cards. Meanwhile chatter is surfacing about the opportunity for him to take his talents to another team.

On Monday Roberts openly advertised himself on Twitter as he posted links to his highlights, stirring fans’ conversations about free agency.

NFL Network’s Heath Evans said on air, “This year you’re starting to see aspects of his game really start to come alive. He’s a guy you get probably on an inexpensive salary, you could put him in the right system and he’s going to find a way to make plays… This guy gets it.” 

In 2013 Roberts recorded 43 catches for 471 yards and two touchdowns, his lowest stats since his 2010 rookie season. His performance last season can be attributed to head coach Bruce Arians’ new offense that focuses heavily on the number one and two receivers.

Last season Cardinals’ wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd combined for 147 catches for 1,995 yards and 15 touchdowns. Between those two and Roberts, quarterback Carson Palmer doesn’t have enough balls to throw around to each of them.

“I want him to be in Arizona. This is a business,” Fitzgerald told reporter Josh Weinfuss. “I want him to be compensated for his ability, for which he has a lot of. I want to help him out the best I can.”

According to the Tennessee Titans should pursue Roberts so he can be reunited with former Cardinals and current Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Roberts had his best year in the league under Whisenhunt in 2012 when he caught 64 passes for 759 yards and five touchdowns.

Arizona selected the 5-foot-11-inch, 195-pound receiver from The Citadel in Round 3 of the 2010 NFL Draft and signed him to a four-year rookie contract. Roberts’ low performance last season may not be worth is $1.3 million salary.