Faneca, entering his 13th NFL season, reunites with former offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and offensive line coach Russ Grimm during their tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Faneca helped define the Steelers' offense as a physical, run-oriented unit since being drafted by Pittsburgh in 1998. Faneca was part of the Steelers' 2004 Super Bowl winning squad that included both Whisenhunt and Grimm. The two coaches tried to lure Faneca to the desert following his departure from the Steel City in 2007, but he eventually agreed to terms with New York.
As of now, Faneca would more than likely take over at right guard due to that fact that incumbent starter Lutui has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender. Wells would remain at left guard with Lutui serving as a backup on the interior. If Lutui signs his tender in time to join minicamp, the roles could be reversed with Wells serving as a backup and Faneca sliding to left guard.
In addition to Faneca, Arizona also acquired the services of Rex Hadnot this offseason. Hadnot is a versatile player who can play both guard spots or center. Lyle Sendlein is still on the roster and remains a possibility to start in the middle of the Cardinals' offensive line. The abundance of players available in the trenches should make for intriguing positional battles heading into the season.
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