A new running back, a new stadium, relatively new jerseys. Could it be that the Cardinals really are in this to compete now?
Certain signs, like the monster signing of Edgerrin James, point to the Cardinals brass suddenly liking the idea of winning, and no wonder. With the new stadium there will certainly be an influx of cash, but getting the fans there is one thing, keeping them for seasons to come requires a few more 'W's and a lot less 'L's.
There is more to be done however, and Michael Bidwell appears to know that.
After they lost out on the Russell Davis (DT) sweepstakes to the Seahawks filling the void in the defensive line appears to be something the Cardinals have serious concern over. More than one mock draft board has the Cardinals selecting Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at #10, though if Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler (QB) is still available it would be hard for the Cardinals to pass up.
Grady Jackson might make a nice run stopper in the middle, but thus far the Cards have shown reluctance to pay what would end up being a top dollar contract to a player who will turn 34 years old this season. The Jets are allowing James Reed to test the market, but the Cardinals have been burned before using undersized players on their defense, and figure to look for a bigger body.
Maybe the most intriguing name in the free agency for the Cardinals could be Sam Adams. The former Bill was released and though he would be entering his 13th season in the NFL, and probably isn't an every down guy anymore, if the Cardinals can get him at a relatively decent price he might make a nice compliment to Ngata, allowing the rookie a veteran to learn under, but still plenty of playing time to prove himself.