While perusing Twitter yesterday, I came upon a couple of interesting tweets that suggested that the Arizona Cardinals may have some interest in bringing on former Vikings tight end, Visanthe Shiancoe. Cardinals defensive tackle, Darnell Dockett was speaking to him about his possible signing with Arizona and I will share those tweets with you after the jump.
But first, let's recap the voting results for former Chargers offensive tackle, Marcus McNeill. Due to his neck injuries and less than stellar 2011 season, only 57% of you were in favor of bringing in the two-time Pro Bowl lineman. McNeill may be asking for an arm and a leg for his services (I haven't seen any numbers), but he might be a nice addition to protect the blindside. It really all depends on his health and cost.
Now on to Shiancoe...
Here was the short conversation between Shiancoe and Dockett:
@VShiancoe bro did u sign with the Cardinals?— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) March 23, 2012
To that, Shiancoe replied, "we talking hard".
Then, Dockett being the funny guy that he is, responded with this to end the conversation:
After reading these tweets, I was somewhat puzzled by the idea of the Cardinals having interest in Shiancoe. We know that Rob Housler is here to stay and that he still has potential to be a great receiving tight end threat for the team. Jeff King had an outstanding season last year, exceeding all expectations. He's going nowhere. And then there is Todd Heap...
Heap was injured for most of the season last year (he started just 4 games) and when he was on the field, his productivity was limited. He had just 1 touchdown catch after most assumed he could be one of the biggest red zone threats for the team. His 24 reception year could lead him out the door.
But if Heap leaves, is Shiancoe really a better option? According to Pro Football Focus, he was one of the worst run blocking tight ends in the league and he was not nearly as effective last season as when Brett Favre was wearing purple.
Although much of it is due to the QB situation, Shiancoe still only had 36 catches for 409 yards and 3 TDs in 2011.
In my opinion, I do not see why the Cards would have interest in Shiancoe. It just doesn't add up to me. All it will seemingly do is take field time away from Housler, who needs it just as much as anyone.
What are your thoughts on a marriage between Shiancoe and the Cardinals? Is the fit there? Feel free to tell me I am wrong in the comments below and vote in the poll.
Should the Cardinals sign free agent tight end, Visanthe Shiancoe?
Yes (65 votes)
No (147 votes)
212 total votes