Should the Cardinals select a QB in the 2010 draft?
It appears to be the popular belief that they should, and will, draft a QB to at least develop behind Leinart and Anderson. The team hasn’t ruled out any option regarding the 3rd spot however, leaving the door open for the return of St. Pierre, or the addition of another veteran. There is a very logical case to be made for doing just that. Take into account that both Leinart and Anderson are under contract through 2011. Leinart’s contract balloons in 2011.
In a best case scenario Leinart steps in and becomes the franchise QB he was drafted to be. Anderson stands as insurance. If Leinart fails to perform this season the odds are good that he will be let go rather than pay out or renegotiate a long term deal. Anderson would be in place for one more season. Unless he shows an amazing turn around in Arizona, he can’t be viewed as the future of the team. Both leave questions about their ability to lead the Cardinals to the division title or even a winning season.
The 2011 draft may find the Cardinals looking again for the franchise QB of the future. I certainly hope that is not the situation, but the possibility can’t be ignored. For the record I think Leinart will do fine, yet there are no guarantees. If I’m sitting in the FO, a veteran QB with a short term deal looks very attractive to round out the position, saving a draft pick to be used in a spot of more pressing need than the bottom of the QB depth chart.
Why draft a mid to late round QB this year when you may need to draft one early next year?