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After not selecting a single offensive lineman in the 2011 NFL Draft and due to the fact that free agency has not yet begun, the Cardinals' offensive line is now an issue of focus in terms of needing and the kids to play well, especially with the retirement of 2010 starter Alan Faneca. Rex Hadnot, who signed with Arizona before the 2010 season, wants to be the guy that steps in and takes over for the possible Hall of Fame candidate.
Hadnot used to be a full-time starter. Fron 2005-2007 he was the starter for the Dolphins. He started 15 games in 2008 and six in 2009. When he signed last offseason with the Cardinals, he was not expected or projected to start, considering the incumbent there was Reggie Wells, who had been a mainstay on the Cards' line.
Hadnot is showing the right approach. He said this to Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic:
"I just want to do my best to put myself in a position where I can be one of the first five out."
This is exactly what you want to hear. He also has been a mainstay at Larry Fitzgerald's practices and was at the team facility working out frequently in the few days that the league opened for business before the lockout was put back in force (however, this is also likely because he is due a workout bonus for doing so).
It is completely possible that when the team signed him that they had the 2011 season in mind for him. Or it simply could have been to make sure there was enough competition and depth in 2010.
Personally, I would love to see the Cards toss some money at a player like Logan Mankins. He would be a big upgrade at guard. However, it is always good for us to hear the current players working hard to get better and take steps to put themselves in a position to start and be a positive contributor to the team.