Arizona Cardinals looking to bargain bin for players
The Arizona Cardinals are now shopping the free agent market, looking for bargains to complete their player roster for 2017
It’s that time of the year for the Arizona Cardinals. A time when their general manager, Steve Keim, has tended to shine. He’s been extremely adept at signing players to one-year “prove-it” contracts in the past, and is looking to continue that success once again.
With training camp just underway, Keim is on the lookout. He’s already targeting veteran cornerbacks, hoping to find a replacement for the club’s current number-two starter, Justin Bethel. According to reports, both Brandon Flowers and Tramon Williams have visited the team’s headquarters, though neither has been inked to a deal as of this writing.
One position has already been addressed. Injuries to Deone Bucannon and Jarvis Jones left the Cardinals vulnerable at linebacker. Philip Wheeler, an Atlanta Falcon the past two seasons, was signed for one year just a couple of days ago.
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The starting corner spot opposite Patrick Peterson was ignored this offseason up until now. Cards’ fans have been told that the coaching staff is comfortable with Bethel. That was obviously a lie, considering the full-court press that’s now on to find a better solution.
Flowers, a San Diego (now Los Angeles) Charger the past three years, is a solid player who comes with red flags. If he has recovered from the concussion that caused him to miss time last year, he’d be an instant upgrade over Bethel.
Williams had success for most of his career as a Green Bay Packer. He was released by the lowly Cleveland Browns earlier this offseason. The 34-year old is an intriguing choice despite his age.
Wheeler provides insurance for Arizona in case the current injuries at linebacker linger. The Cardinals are the 32-year old’s fifth NFL franchise, and he has 66 career starts under his belt.