Arizona Cardinals Five Best Moves Of Offseason
By Scott Allen
A look at the five best moves the Arizona Cardinals have made since the season came to an end in January
The Arizona Cardinals have made a number of moves since the season ended in bitter 27-14 defeat to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Wild-Card game. Some have been good, some have been a little questionable.
Here is a look at the five moves I think have improved the Cardinals the most. They had a number of areas to address and keep in mind still two months out from training camp, so they may not be done.
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1. Signing guard Mike Iupati
Iupati was ranked by nfl.com as the fourth-best overall free agent this offseason. His name was mentioned early on after the season ended as a possibility the Cardinals could take a look at him but not much serious thought was given by me or by others. Cost was a factor and so was the player himself. Could the Cardinals actually land a top-notch offensive lineman? Well, they did. He will pay dividends immediately.
2. Drafting running back David Johnson
Johnson was a steal out of Northern Iowa. At first I wasn’t too sure about Johnson, mainly because I didn’t know much about him. However his strengths far outweigh his weaknesses. He is strong, durable, and is fast for his size. He is versatile as well. He can run and catch the ball out of the backfield. Does that remind you of anyone?
3. Releasing quarterback Ryan Lindley
Look I don’t wish ill-will on the guy like many people did unfortunately. Is he an NFL quarterback? In my opinion no. He was given the reins by default and did not take advantage. He was awful in the playoff game against the Panthers. As bad as he played, the defense kept the Cardinals in the game. The writing was on the wall though and we all knew Lindley’s days with the Arizona Cardinals were numbered. He’s a good guy who just isn’t talented enough to play in this league. I wish nothing but the best for him.
4. Not re-signing receiver/punt returner Ted Ginn Jr.
Here is another guy I wish all the best for. He started out alright. He had the punt return for touchdown against the New York Giants in week two. Other than that he was almost non-existent in the offense and he wasn’t very good in the return game. He re-joined the Panthers, which I believe was the best move for him.
5. Drafting defensive end Rodney Gunter
Gunter was a virtual unknown here in Arizona. You couldn’t even find a picture of him online without heavy research. From all accounts though he is going to be another steel for the defensive line. The man can get after it and the Cardinals knew something the rest of us didn’t. Let’s all hope he proves it on the field this summer and into the fall.