After moving Antrel Rolle to safety and parting ways with Ralph Brown, the Cardinals are desperate for help in the secondary. Roderick Hood and Eric Green are the only cornerbacks on the roster with substantial NFL experience. In addition to free agency, the Cardinals will likely select a cornerback with a first-day pick in the NFL draft. While the remaining free agents lack elite talent, Arizona could add viable depth in hopes of improving its pass defense.
--Domonique Foxworth, Denver Broncos: Foxworth's talent level is similar to that of Hood and Green. He would provide the Cardinals with three solid options at cornerback. Foxworth is an instinctual player who understands coverage schemes. He possesses adequate size and has extremely quick feet. His outstanding burst of speed allows him to turn and run with most receivers.
--Benny Sapp, Kansas City Chiefs: Sapp is a relative unknown but was very productive with the Chiefs. He's a versatile player who can play cornerback or safety. Sapp lacks ideal size, but plays bigger than his measurables. He's an aggressive player and would provide Clancy Pendergast with an additional blitzing specialist. Sapp could also become a core special teams player.
--Brian Kelly, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Although Kelly is past his prime, his veteran status could do wonders for a young group of defensive backs. He's been productive in the cover-2 defense and would be an excellent fit as the Cardinals nickel back. Kelly lacks ideal speed, but compensates with experience and instincts. He features good ball skills and is adequate against the run.
LB Rosevelt Colvin
Heading into the off-season, the Cardinals linebacking corps was looked upon as one of the team's biggest strengths. That could still be true if Travis LaBoy can replace Calvin Pace's impressive numbers from last season (98 tackles and 6.5 sacks). Arizona also released Darryl Blackstock, leaving little depth.
--Clark Haggans, Pittsburgh Steelers: Haggans has the ideal build (6'4", 243 pounds) to thrive in the 3-4 defense. He's an effective pass-rusher and solid against the run. Haggans utilizes his long arms to shed blockers in pursuit. He excelled in Pittsburgh, racking up 25 sacks in the last four seasons. Like Pace, Haggans is a converted college defensive end and would be an excellent fit in the Cardinals defense.
--Rosevelt Colvin, New England Patriots: Colvin was recently released by the Patriots and is a 3-4 defensive specialist. He provides solid run defense and is excellent in blitz packages. He possesses good initial quickness and solid explosion. Colvin has a non-stop motor and an outstanding work ethic. He would also provide a veteran presence in the looker room.
--Victor Hobson, New York Jets: Although Hobson lacks ideal height (6'0"), he's solidly built and features outstanding strength. Hobson is excellent in pursuit and a reliable tackler. He possesses the ability to read routes and is dependable in pass defense. Hobson is at his best as an edge pass rusher and excelled in the Jets' 3-4 defense under Eric Mangini.
DT Ian Scott
The Cardinals have a solid mix of experience and youth along the defensive line. However, the team will look to add depth via free agency. Bert Berry's recently restructured contract should allow Arizona the flexibility to bring in reinforcements. Similar to the cornerback position, the Cardinals will look to boost their defensive line on draft day, as well.
Defensive Line Targets
--Ian Scott, Philadelphia Eagles: Scott is a run-stopper who does an excellent job filling gaps up front. His athleticism and quickness allow him to beat offensive linemen off the ball. He shows room for improvement and has potential to develop into a full-time starter.
--Jovan Haye, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Haye is a raw prospect who is still developing. He possesses the versatility to play both tackle and end. His technique needs work, but he features good initial quickness off the ball. Haye is more effective in run defense but could develop into an adequate pass rusher. He's an active player who would fit well into the Cardinals aggressive scheme.