With the 2017 training camp approaching in rapid fashion, the roster of the Arizona Cardinals remains an unfinished product
It’s about that time of the year for the Arizona Cardinals. Time to check the shelves, see what the inventory looks like. A close look reveals a few bare spots that management would be smart to address before the 2017 season commences.
It’s getting late in the offseason but some talented players remain unemployed. The fact that they’re still available this close to training camp could be an indication of a problem. Nevertheless, this is the point where a good general manager can find diamonds in the rough, as Arizona’s Steve Keim has done successfully in the past.
Some of Keim’s best late-offseason signings include the likes of John Abraham, Eric Winston, Chris Johnson, Jermaine Gresham and Dwight Freeney (inked in October of ’15). Can the GM and his cohorts find that kind of quality again in the upcoming months?
If the Cards’ front office is serious about getting this year’s squad over the hump, then they better try. The club is roughly $13 million under the salary cap at the current time, certainly enough coin to add at least a player or two.
Head coach Bruce Arians will tell you until he’s blue in the face that he’s happy with the Cardinals’ number-two cornerback situation. The coaching staff still has hopes for 2016’s third-round draft pick, Brandon Williams, and Justin Bethel has looked better, now that his aching foot has healed. Still, adding a veteran with experience for a reasonable rate would make sense.
One name Keim should be considering is Darrelle Revis, who is still relatively young enough (31) to help a contending team such as the Cards. Alterraun Verner also fits the bill, and is even younger (28) than Revis is. Other available candidates include Tracy Porter, Sam Shields, Brandon Flowers and even Mike Jenkins, a Cardinal in 2016 who was injured in the preseason.
If injured inside linebacker Deone Bucannon…