As i`m sure you have all heard, Daryal Washington got suspended the entire 2013 season, What now? With Washington out and no one being a lock for this years team besides Kevin Minter, Larry Foote, and maybe Keenan Clayton, who else is going to make up the inside position? Lorandzo Alexander could move to inside to help out with the rotation, but there`s more bodies needed.
Having Minter, Foote, and Alexander in the middle, everything will be just fine, if it works out that way, but to play in the NFC West, they need more depth. With Steve Keim being the type to take chances and giving out one year contracts, I did some digging and found two free agent who might be worth taking a chance on. Those two players are Pat Angerer and Dan Connor.
Pat Angerer was the Indianapolis Colts` 2010 second round pick (63rd overall) and was Gary Brackett`s back up. Angerer got his first start in week six his rookie season and made Sporting News All Rookie Team. He became a starter in `11 and lead the Colts with 148 tackles that year. Since then, he`s only played 22 games with 12 starts and has a total of 327 tackles, two and a half sacks, eight passes defended, two interceptions, and four forced fumbles. With him knowing Bruce Arians, I would think he`d be a good fit for this season.
Dan Connor was the Carolina Panthers` 2008 third round pick (74th overall). He played for Joe Paterno from `04-`07 and earned All-American Honors as a junior and senior. He passed Paul Poslusenzy on Penn State`s career tackling list and posted a 4.63 40 time, benched 225 pounds 22 times, and had a 35 inch vertical in his pro day.
From `08 til `11, he played 42 games, starting 19 of them for the Panthers while racking up 156 tackles, one pass defended, and one force fumble. He played `12 for the Dallas Cowboys, playing in 14 games, starting eight of them and had 56 tackles and one pass defended. Started `13 with the New York Giants, played in one game and got two tackles before being put on IR for a neck injury. He Finished the season with the Panther and only made two tackles in five games.
Connor is more of a chance then Angerer with him being injury prone, but both are worth taking a look at. Ernie Sims was also brought in for a workout, but he`s been with four teams the past eight years. I feel that Angerer or Connor would be a better choice over Sims. Either way, I believe Keim and Arians will make the right choice.