The Arizona Cardinals had a couple of players in for visits on Saturday but as of yet no additional moves announced on Sunday
It has been pretty quiet on the Arizona Cardinals front so far mid way through the beautiful Sunday afternoon in the desert. That is just fine as it seems pretty quiet elsewhere as well.
This doesn’t mean the Cardinals still aren’t working behind the scenes. They reportedly had two players, receiver Jordan Mathews and cornerback E.J. Gaines in for visits on Saturday.
Both of those positions are positions of need. The Cardinals have already lost two receivers in free agency. John Brown went to the Baltimore Ravens and Jaron Brown went to the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cardinals also are still looking to find a starter opposite Patrick Peterson at cornerback. The reaction to Gaines has been a mixed bag on social media, which isn’t surprising. He last played for the Buffalo Bills.
So did Matthews for that matter. Matthews had a subpar season in Buffalo after moving over from the original team that drafted him, the Philadelphia Eagles. Matthews had just 25 receptions last year after 73 in 2016.
It also helps to have a quarterback who can throw the ball to you as well. Matthews certainly would get that here with the addition of quarterback Sam Bradford.
There has been a lot of criticism of Cardinals general manager Steve Keim this week for the moves made. However it is all unwarranted until the team takes the field in September. That’s where we will learn just how these moves pan out.
On paper the Cardinals have been able to make the best available deals given what’s available out there. It doesn’t mean each move will work out in the end but for now we need to let the process play out.
Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals add these two players but continue to look at both positions now in free agency and later in the draft. The NFL Draft is next month April 26-28th in Dallas.