With the Arizona Cardinals release of Darius Philon, they now need to replace him with one of the two open spots on the roster
So long Darius Philon, we hardly knew you. Now the Arizona Cardinals must turn their attention to replacing him on the roster.
That won’t be an easy task. For now rookie Zach Allen takes over as the starter but is he ready to take on that role? For his part, he said after Saturday’s practice he was.
However now depth becomes a real issue. With two current open spots on the 90-man roster, the Cardinals need one of those positions to be a replacement at defensive end.
A name that keeps popping up is Muhammad Wilkerson. The defensive end played for the Green Bay Packers in 2018, though for just three games. He played the first seven seasons of his career with the New York Jets.
Wilkerson’s best season came in 2015 when he made the Pro Bowl. That season he had 12 sacks. He also had double digit sacks in 2013 with 10.5. He has two career interceptions.
If Wilkerson isn’t the right guy, is maybe Stacy McGee someone they look at? The former Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders defensive end played in just eight games in 2018, starting just one.
McGee is likely not the answer but there aren’t a lot of answers out there unfortunately. Losing Philon was huge. There was a reason the Cardinals paid him a $4 million signing bonus, which by the way the Cardinals are on the hook for. That money is guaranteed.
The Cardinals also have one other open roster spot currently. There are a number of needs. They could go get an offensive lineman?
There has also been mention of getting another receiver. They almost came to terms with receiver Michael Crabtree the other day. It should be an interesting couple of days coming up to see what they do.