RB Jason Wright was recently in Arizona, auditioning for a role to replace Edgerrin James and J.J. Arrington who recently departed for the Denver Broncos. James has asked for his outright release multiple times, but GM Rod Graves has yet to grant his wish. In reality, the chances of James returning to the desert are very slim and Wright would help fill the void in the backfield.
Wright spent the last four seasons with the Cleveland Browns but never saw an expanded role in the offense. With RB Tim Hightower unlikely to take over on a full-time basis, Wright's versatility would be an excellent fit in the Cardinals' offense.
Wright's best year in Cleveland came in 2007 when he racked up 277 yards rushing and 233 receiving yards. In addition to his running skills, Wright's is ability to catch the ball gives him added value on the open market.
If Arizona doesn't sign a free-agent running back, they're all but certain to address the need during the upcoming draft. However, given that they essentially have just one viable option on the roster, the Cardinals will likely utilize both fronts to shore up the position. Michael Pittman, Reuben Droughns and DeShaun Foster are all available and would provide a veteran presence in the Cardinals' backfield.
On defense, most of the top-tier free agents have already been accounted for, but the Cardinals' top priorities remain on their own roster. Locking up LB Karlos Dansby to a long-term deal and restructuring SS Adrian Wilson's contract currently take precedence. Once both tasks are completed, Arizona will be in a better position to add a newcomer on the defensive side of the ball.
Former Arizona CB Eric Green now resides with the Miami Dolphins but the Cardinals' front office drastically upgraded the secondary with the addition of CB Bryant McFadden. McFadden joins a host of former Pittsburgh Steelers that now reside in the desert.
At linebacker, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Derrick Brooks is still available as is Angelo Crowell and Freddy Keiaho. Brooks would bring a great deal of experience to Arizona while Crowell and Keiaho are both extremely versatile defenders.
While the Cardinals have multiple young defensive linemen on the roster, it still could be an area to target over the coming weeks. Hopes are high that Bertrand Berry will return to Arizona while former Dolphins and Washington Redskins DE Jason Taylor would be an intriguing addition.
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