Cardinals: Free Agent Update

Arizona has already signed and released a handful of players. Stay up to date on the Cardinals' activity following the start of the new league year.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: DE Calais Campbell (tendered at about $10.6 million).

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--S Hamza Abdullah is a decent special teams player who doesn't play much on defense. A solid backup who could return.

--OL D'Anthony Batiste can play guard and tackle, although he's a natural tackle. Batiste played well last year when replacing Daryn Colledge on short notice. The Cardinals want him back.

--S Sean Considine is an excellent special teams player, a skill a backup safety must possess. He missed games late in the year with an Achilles injury. He's valuable enough to bring back.

--WR Early Doucet had the second most catches on the team last year behind Larry Fitzgerald. He's physical, a good blocker and has decent speed. He's dropped a few big passes, but Doucet plays a valuable role. The team should want him back.

--PK Jay Feely has been reliable over two seasons with the team. They would like him back.

--OLB Clark Haggans is 35 and likely has lost his starting job to O'Brien Schofield. But Haggans is in good shape and could continue to mentor young players.

--DE Vonnie Holliday is 36 but performed well as a backup. He wants to play at least another year and the Cardinals might accommodate him. He's great with young players, too.

--RT Brandon Keith has struggled with injuries the last two seasons. He has athletic ability but hasn't been consistent. The team would like him back but want him to compete for the job.

--LS Mike Leach is 35 but as steady as they come. Never makes a bad snap so it makes sense to bring him back.

--OG Deuce Lutui has been heavier than coaches have wanted the last two years, and the team likely is tired of dealing with it. Lutui is probably anxious for a fresh start, too. The relationship is pretty much over.

--CB Richard Marshall is perhaps the most underrated player on the team. Marshall was a part-time starter at corner and played some safety when Kerry Rhodes was out with a broken foot. Marshall is smart, durable and willing to do anything. He is an excellent blocker on punt returns.

--CB Joey Porter lost his starting job last season and then went on injured reserve with a knee injury. It looks like his career is over.

--RB Chester Taylor isn't expected back. The team already has Beanie Wells, Ryan Williams, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Alfonso Smith. There doesn't seem to be room for Taylor, 32.

--OG Floyd Womack spent the season on injured reserve and could be brought back. The team will look elsewhere for help first, however.

--P Dave Zastudil performed well last season when he was healthy but durability is a concern. Missed the 2010 season with a knee injury and one game in 2011 with knee swelling. Also suffered a torn biceps tendon late in the year. It might be time to get younger here. Zastudil is 33.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--S Rashad Johnson was a third-round pick in 2009, and he finally produced at a consistent level in 2011. He doesn't project as a starter so the team might not want to pay him the tender required.

--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling is an excellent situational player who excels in the open field. He didn't produce as usual as a kick returner but that might have been due to the rule change. He will return.

--CB Greg Toler missed last season after suffering a torn ACL in a preseason game. His rehabilitation is progressing normally and he will compete with A.J. Jefferson and Richard Marshall for a starting job.

--LB Reggie Walker is a backup at the two inside positions. He is excellent on special teams. The club doesn't have much depth at the inside linebacker spots so Walker should return.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

--QB Richard Bartel is slotted to be the third quarterback. He's very smart and has good size. He doesn't have much experience.

--QB Max Hall spent last season on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury suffered during camp. There doesn't appear to be a spot for him on this team.

--CB A.J. Jefferson lost his starting job midway through the season. He has talent and ideal size but his inexperience showed.

--RB Alfonso Smith has good speed and improved as an inside runner. For some reason, however, coaches didn't play him much when they had the chance.

--DE Ronald Talley was a part-time player with some pass-rush skills. The Cardinals are thin at defensive end, so Talley could get a roster spot again.

--DE Brandon Williams was a late-season addition, Williams likely will return but has an outside chance at making the roster.

--WR Stephen Williams has great size, decent speed and has shown flashes. His problem is he plays the same position as Larry Fitzgerald and he's not very good on special teams.

PLAYERS SIGNED: OL Adam Snyder (49ers)


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