Arizona Cardinals: Last Wave of Free Agency could be Huge
Gerald Hodges, ILB
The signing of Karlos Dansby put the immediate need for inside linebacker on hold. This hold, however, is temporary as Dansby is already a few years into his 30s. The Cardinals will likely look for another MLB in the 2017 Draft, but unless the Cardinals choose a backer at 13th overall, he likely will not play much in his first year.
Hodges, on the other hand, is 26 with 5 years experience. During his five year career, Hodges has displayed his ability to make plays anywhere, if he can stay healthy. In 2014 Hodges recorded 7 passes defensed in only 7 starts.
In 2016 Hodges posted a career high in tackles with 83 total. He also added 3 sacks, 2 passes defensed, and 2 INTs. His time spent at the safety position in college displays the versatility that the Cardinals’ front office loves. If Keim is able to reel in Gerald Hodges on a cheap deal, he could be the young, every-down inside ‘backer that the Cardinals so desperately need to pair with Bucannon.