Will the Cards add an offensive free agent?

With the draft complete and the initial wave of free agency over, the Cardinals roster is beginning to take form. The team has already addressed its major areas of need but still has a few voids to fill. AZRedReport.com's Brad Wilbricht outlines who is still available and projects which offensive players the Cardinals might be targeting.


With Matt Leinart and Kurt Warner both on the roster, the importance of a third quarterback is minimal. However, the Cardinals would prefer to have a capable third stringer in case of injuries. Brian St. Pierre is the favorite to lock up the third spot on the depth chart, with undrafted rookie Anthony Morelli the only other quarterback currently on the roster. Free agents Tim Hasselbeck and Tim Rattay are familiar with the Cardinals offense and could be re-signed if needed.

Running Back

While it was widely expected the Cardinals would select a speed back in the draft, it didn't happen. With the free agent crop of running backs already picked over, it's unlikely the team will find the speed it desires. One name that could surface is Shaud Williams, who would complement Edgerrin James' power running style and also contribute on special teams. Former Detroit Lions RB Kevin Jones is also available, but is a long-shot because of his hefty price tag.

Wide Receiver

With the emergence of rookie Early Doucet and second-year WR Steve Breaston, the Cardinals depth at receiver is solid. In addition, Sean Morey, Jerheme Urban and a host of other talented young prospects provide further security. The logjam at receiver leaves little room for any newcomers. If the Cardinals decide to bring on another set of hands, it would likely be a deep threat to stretch the field. Former Cleveland Browns WR Tim Carter is one player who could accomplish this.

Tight End

The Cardinals are stacked at tight end and are unlikely to welcome any new additions. Ben Patrick flashed his ability last year and continued to build momentum during last weekend's mini camp. Additionally, Leonard Pope should be back in time for training camp after recovering from an ankle injury. Second-year player Troy Bienemann and free-agent acquisition Jerame Tuman round out the depth chart.

Offensive Line

The Cardinals still have needs to address along the offensive line. Rookie Brandon Keith is a raw prospect and will need polishing before seeing extended playing time. Elliot Viejo and Scott Peters are currently the top backups on the left side of the line behind LT Mike Gandy and LG Reggie Wells, respectively. One player GM Rod Graves might target is OL Tom Ashworth. Ashworth is a versatile player who would fit well into offensive line coach Russ Grimm's philosophy.

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