Arizona Cardinals: Top 5 ILB Free Agents
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals are in need of help at inside linebacker and should look at free agency for help
The revolving door at linebacker, particularly on the inside, for the Arizona Cardinals has been an issue over the past couple of seasons. They certainly can look to the draft but also need to look at free agency for help in 2015.
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They have a free agent of their own that they need to re-sign and he makes my top five list. Kevin Minter has not excelled to the point we though he would at this point after two seasons in the NFL. Kenny Demens is a nice role player but they need more than that.
1. Larry Foote
He’s not a big bruiser and yes he is getting up there in age. However his name was called a lot, especially early in the season when defensive plays were made. I know some aren’t too high on him but I like him and he fits what the Cardinals do and hope he re-signs. Durability is an issue but I want him on my side.
2. Rey Maualuga
Cincinnati Bengals fans are currently debating whether the team should re-sign him. He’s 28, so still young. He had 59 tackles in 2014. He also had an interception. I think he’s definitely a guy the Cardinals should try to knock the door down on.
3. Rolando McClain
The Dallas Cowboys want him back and I can see why. He had 81 tackles and two interceptions in 2014. He finished second in comeback player of the year voting. With past health issues some think he won’t garner huge attention on the free agent market and health has been an issue for the Cardinals at the position but he might be worth the risk on a shorter-term contract.
4. Casey Matthews
He had a nice 2014 season. He had 53 tackles with 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in all 16 games and for the first time in his career started 11 games. He had started just one game the previous two seasons. He’s still young at 26.
5. Josh Mauga
Here’s another guy that has had his share of injury but he played a full 2014. He made 103 tackles with 0.5 sacks and three passes defensed. His 2012 and 2013 injuries can be a concern but he proved he is back playing and starting all 16 games last season. He also has age on his side. He is 27 and will be 28 by the time training camp comes around.