Pack Your Bags: Veterans On The Bubble

The Cardinals have reached the segment of the year when they must evaluate current players and identify areas in need of improvement. After two successful seasons, the Cardinals are at a crossroads. Should they restock through the draft? Do the old guys have enough in the tank for one more push? Tyson Qualls discusses three veterans hanging by a thread to their roster spot.

Michael Adams:

Following his two horrendous games against the Green Bay Packers, the struggles of Adams are burned into the minds of Cardinals fans everywhere. Adams is one sack away from being the goat of the playoffs for the Cardinals. The question is: Does one sack erase two straight games of utter futility? When Coach Whisenhunt and company head back to the drawing board and begin their planning for next season, they will certainly have that question on their mind. Adams has proved to be a capable player who can be serviceable at times, but he can also hurt a team with his lack of intangibles.

Last year he produced the best season of his career, playing in 16 games and adding 40 tackles to his career stats. As the Cardinals are looking to develop Greg Toler, and possibly make an addition at cornerback in the draft, that just may not be enough for the three year veteran.

Chike Okeafor:

Okeafor recorded his lowest tackle total in seven years, while also missing a game for the first time since the 2001 season. He will turn 34 before the start of the 2010 campaign and it is safe to say (unless he starts channeling Charles Woodson) his best years are behind him.

In the past two seasons, Okeafor has recorded a combined nine sacks. The last time he had a two year span that low was his second and third year in the league. At that time he was playing on a limited basis for the San Francisco 49ers. With the return of Cody Brown from injury, Okeafor may be an expendable veteran headed to the chopping block.

Bryan Robinson:

Wrapping up this trio of defenders on the bubble is Robinson, the second oldest player on the team. Trailing only punter Ben Graham as the successor to Kurt Warner's old timer's throne, Robinson may not be in line for that position much longer. Many Cardinals experts are high on the selection of Terrence Cody in the first round. If the Cardinals were to pick Cody, the presence of Gabe Watson and Alan Branch would make Robinson the odd man out.

His age (36 in June) and sagging productivity (22 tackles and 1.2 sacks per season over the last three years) have him in an uncertain position for next season. Robinson has been a solid locker room presence for the team, but his diminishing skills indicate that the Cardinals will be looking elsewhere at the tackle position in 2010.

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