FLAGSTAFF, AZ - AUGUST 04: Guard Deuce Lutui #76 of the Arizona Cardinals practices during the team training camp at Northern Arizona University on August 4, 2011 in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
It is the time of year when teams are trimming their rosters down for the first time. Naturally, that means fans want to know if their team will be picking up other teams' fodder. Since the offensive line has been an issue for the Arizona Cardinals so far this preseason, fans have been inquiring about the linemen cast off from other teams. One such player is former Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Deuce Lutui, who was sent packing by the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cardinals signed Adam Snyder in the offseason to play right guard, the position that Lutui once held down for Arizona. However, Snyder has appeared to have struggled, and fans question whether he should be the guy moving forward.
Deuce was wildly popular here, being a local product. He grew up in Mesa and played football at Mesa High School. His family is still in Arizona. The natural and logical thing to do would be to have the team bring bring back the big guy again.
Why do people suggest that? It's not going to happen.
There was a time that Lutui was highly thought of by the coaching staff. That time is far gone. Sure, fans will remember him and think he's great, but we all need to think of it this way...why would the Cardinals bring him back?
He wasn't good enough to start ahead of Rex Hadnot in 2011. Rex Hadnot was cut in the offseason after the team signed Snyder. Now, you can question the quality of that decision, but the front office and coaching staff obviously felt that Snyder was an upgrade over Hadnot, who still had another year on his contract for $3 million.
Additionally, it isn't as if Deuce was a world beater in Seattle. He could not beat out a rookie drafted in the late rounds.
To sum it up, in the Seahawks eyes, rookie > Deuce. In the Cardinals eyes, Adam Snyder > Rex Hadnot > Deuce Lutui. Plus, they drafted Senio Kelemete. There is no place on the roster for Deuce, and the major problems on the offensive line are not at guard. The Cardinals need to upgrade the tackle position. He can't play tackle.
The Cardinals had plenty of opportunities to sign Lutui. They did not want him. They did not think he was good enough. Why would they think that now?
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