Cardinals Offseason Update

The Cardinals have balked from investing along the offensive line in the draft, a preview of who might be set to emerge on defense and more inside.

TEAM NEEDS

Offensive tackle: Since taking Levi Brown fifth overall in 2007, the Cardinals have tried to get by with lower round picks and moderately priced free agents. It hasn't worked that well. It's time to take a tackle high in the draft.

Outside linebacker: Starters Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield have great potential but they are young. There isn't much depth, and in the 3-4 Steelers scheme coordinator Ray Horton uses, a team can't have too many outside linebacker prospects in the developmental stages.

Defensive end: The starters, Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell, form one of the best duos in the NFL. But there isn't much behind them. Last year it was Vonnie Holliday, who hasn't re-signed, and Nick Eason, a solid rotational player. The Cardinals need to begin developing a youngster.

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I went and hung out with some alligators, snakes, spiders, got in a cage with a lion. Did a lot of cool things. A lot of my stuff was life-threatening. Any time I can get in some life-threatening danger and get away, I feel like I'm winning." -- Defensive end Darnell Dockett on some of his offseason pursuits.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: DE Calais Campbell (tendered at $10.605 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.

--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.

--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.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--QB Max Hall (not tendered as ERFA) 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.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--QB Richard Bartel: ERFA; terms unknown.

--T/G D'Anthony Batiste: UFA; $700,000/1 yr.

--OT Levi Brown: FA (had been released); $30M/5 yrs, $7M SB.

--WR Early Doucet: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--PK Jay Feely: UFA; $3M/2 yrs, $500,000 SB.

--CB A.J. Jefferson: Potential ERFA; terms unknown.

--S Rashad Johnson: RFA tendered at $1.26M with third-round pick as compensation); $1.26M/1 yr.

--LS Mike Leach: UFA; $3.5M/3 yrs, $500,000 SB.

--RB Alfonso Smith: ERFA; terms unknown.

--RB LaRod Stephens-Howling: RFA tendered at $1.927M with second-round pick as compensation); $1.927M/1 yr.

--DE Ronald Talley: ERFA; terms unknown.

--CB Greg Toler: RFA; tendered at $1.26M with fourth-round pick as compensation; $1.26M/1 yr.

--LB Reggie Walker: Not tendered as RFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--LB Brandon Williams: ERFA; terms unknown.

--WR Stephen Williams: Potential ERFA; terms unknown.

--P Dave Zastudil: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--CB William Gay: UFA Steelers; $3.2M/2 yrs, $500,000 SB.

--S James Sanders: UFA Falcons; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--OG Adam Snyder: UFA 49ers; $17.5M/5 yrs.

PLAYERS LOST

--S Sean Considine: UFA Ravens; $890,000/1 yr, $65,000 SB.

--OG Rex Hadnot (released).

--OG Deuce Lutui: UFA Seahawks; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--CB Richard Marshall: UFA Dolphins; $16M/3 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

--WR Chansi Stuckey (released).

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