Cardinals: Offseason Update & Team Needs

Stay up to date on the Arizona Cardinals' offseason and a look at the team's major needs heading into the 2012 campaign.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

Offensive guard Rex Hadnot was released by the Cardinals, clearing his $1.5 million base salary against the salary cap as Arizona reworks its offensive line.

The Cardinals signed Adam Snyder away from division rival San Francisco earlier in free agency.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Offensive tackle: This could become less of a priority should the Cardinals sign a free agent or two. The starters from last year, Levi Brown and Brandon Keith, are free agents. And even if they return, the team needs to look for an upgrade. With the 13th overall selection, they should be able to fill this need if they so choose.

2. Guard: Maybe Adam Snyder, signed as a free agent, can start on the right side. Or maybe the Cardinals move him to right tackle and draft a guard. They will have a shot at the draft's best guard, Stanford's David DeCastro, in the first round. He would be hard to pass up.

3. Defensive end/outside linebacker: The starters are young and talented but depth is a concern. The Cardinals have had trouble acquiring and developing outside linebackers and they need to flood the position. The team also needs to start bringing along a young defensive end.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "My kneecap was in my thigh." - Running back Ryan Williams, describing what happened when he suffered a torn patellar tendon last preseason.


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