Arizona Cardinals Free Agency: Should Hamza Abdullah Be Retained?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Calais Campbell #93 and Hamza Abdullah #23 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrate after Campbell blocked a field goal attempt by David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 20, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Joey Porter became an overwhelming casualty yesterday when 90% of the voters said that he should find another home. Given his age and lack of production, I have no doubt that the Arizona Cardinals front office will vote the same way.

Today, we look at a player that did not see many defensive snaps, but has always been a big contributor on special teams for the Cards. Hamza Abdullah is one of the backup safeties on the team, but due to Adrian Wilson being a stud and always being on the field, Abdullah hasn't really had his fair shot yet. After the jump, we'll look at some of the contributions he made to the team and ask whether or not the Cardinals should re-sign the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent.

Hamza Abdullah only saw five snaps on the defense in 2011, but his presence on special teams is what earned him a spot on the 53 man roster. He was healthy all season long for Arizona, appearing in all 16 games.

Abdullah was especially effective on kickoffs, receiving a positive grade from Pro Football Focus. He is a player that rarely made mistakes and always made the necessary tackle to prevent big returns.

In total, Abdullah racked up 11 special teams tackles and only missed one. Those 11 takedowns tied him for the team high with second year man, O'Brien Schofield.

Abdullah's presence both on and off the field make him an athlete that the Cardinals would certainly like to have back. No team is going to throw gobs of money at him, so if the Cardinals are able to sign him to a reasonable deal and continue to get solid special teams production out of him, then I see no reason as to why he should not be in Cardinal Red next season. He is a great player and a great human being and he should be rewarded as such.

What do you think? Should the Arizona Cardinals re-sign Hamza Abdullah? Leave your comments below and don't forget to vote in the poll.

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