After reviewing ESPN.com's top 50 NFL free agents I quickly picked out a few names I wouldn't want to see on the Cardinals roster in 2013. The Cardinals' needs at OLB, ILB, CB, S, QB, OT, OG, C, and RB pretty much make up an NFL roster so I don't envy the position that Keim and Arians are in when deciding where they want to spend the precious few dollars that they have in free agency to fill the holes on the team. From the players that are available it seems that there are quality players available but a few stand out as players not worth what they're asking for.
The first player, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Philadelphia Eagles. He had every opportunity to shine in Philadelphia but as was seen in Arizona he lost interest in plays too quickly. He relies on his speed to try to make up for letting players get behind him and he has a little bit of show-boat in him that can get him into trouble. My favorite play involving DRC in 2012 was when Michael Floyd pushed him like he was made of feathers. DRC, enjoy the Browns or where ever you end up. Just hoping it's not back in Arizona.
Andre Smith, T, Cincinnati Bengals. His off the field issues are too much for my liking. While he has been a good tackle, he has not lived up to his draft status and his attitude is not something that is worth the investment. I'm sure he has grown since his initial introduction on HBO's Hard Knocks, but it doesn't seem like he is the type of player that you want to invest money in when any minute his off the field antics might land him on a suspension.
Adam Jones, CB, Cincinnati Bengals. I think Adam Jones is one of those stories that it's great to hear he's turning it around in his career, but I think his track record is to risky to invest in him as your starting CB. He's starting to live up to his talent, but that could have been a lot of the scheme that they ran with the Bengals.
James Harrison, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Can anyone say, the second coming of Joey Porter? Harrison was a dominant player, with emphasis on was. I think he'll be a help to a team in 2013, but this is his last good year. After that he's going to be declining faster and faster. The man is warrior and has played incredible football but those years are probably behind him. I don't want another washed up pass-rusher coming to Arizona to collect a few game checks before retiring.
Finally, Alan Branch, DT, Seattle Seahawks. In his two years with the Seahawks Branch has had one dominant year where the proverbial "light bulb" was shining bright, and then he had a year similar to his final year with Arizona. If you're looking for an average player draft a mid-round choice that might have an upside, with Branch you're just going to get someone to fill the holes until you can get someone better.
Any comments? Who would you not want to see the Cardinals reach out to today?