Offseason Needs: Arizona Cardinals

1. Offensive Line
While the Arizona Cardinals obviously need a quarterback, it would be foolish to bring anyone in before the offensive line is fixed.  Former 1st-round pick Levi Brown returns from injury, but he has been playing out of position at left tackle for years. 2012 4th-round pick Bobby Massie is coming off a season in which he led the league with 13 sacks allowed and may be better suited to play guard. Brown may be the only lineman whose job is relatively safe.

2. Quarterback
The Cardinals could be competitive with Kevin Kolb if the offensive talent, especially the line, were upgraded around him. But it has become clear that the quarterback of the future is not on the roster. Arizona may consider a quarterback in the first round, but the safer route would be wait until the second or third round and bring in a developmental prospect such as Ryan Nassib or Tyler Wilson.

3. Linebacker
Daryl Washington has emerged as one of the league’s premier inside linebackers, but there should be a competition for the other three linebacker positions in training camp. Paris Lenon is an unrestricted free agent, and the Cardinals don’t have an adequate replacement on the roster. Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles’ decision about sticking with the 3-4 or shifting to a 4-3 scheme will have a significant impact on how the front office approaches the linebacker position this offseason.



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One Response to Offseason Needs: Arizona Cardinals

  1. harvey wright

    daren colledge, snyder,and bridges should be cut to free up money. they are incompetent. The cards should draft 2 tackles and a back up center or acquire them in free agency
    Kolb is not the answer. he should be renegotiated to a lower contract and relegated to a back up role. He does not have down field arm strength for the vertical passing game.
    Skelton & Lindley had no one to tutor them.

     

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