Do the Cardinals kick the tires on Pat Angerer?

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Angerer drew interest from several NFL teams this offseason, but refused to sign any offers until he was healthy

Unless you completely ignored the NFL this offseason, you by now know that Karlos Dansby left Arizona to sign with Cleveland, and that Daryl Washington was served a full season ban for violating the NFL's drug policy. That quickly left Arizona reeling, after they had fielded two of the best inside linebackers for the 2013 season.

In 2014, the Cardinals are looking to replace their star linebackers with 2013 second round pick, Kevin Minter, and either Larry Foote, Lorenzo Alexander, Ernie Sims, or one of many young players with little to no NFL experience.

Add Pat Angerer into that equation.

The 63rd overall selection during the 2010 draft, Angerer had his impact felt in his first start, a week six game against the Washington Redskins. In the game he had a sack, 11 tackles, and two passes defended. He showed enough in his rookie season to earn the starting role in 2011. He made the best of it, racking up 148 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles ad an interception. He started all 16 games that season.

However, 2012 he only managed to play 11 games, and in those games, he recorded a mere 28 tackles.

The Colts decided not to re-sign Angerer this past offseason because of his injuries. In 2012 he suffered a knee injury that forced him to the IR list, and in 2011 he found his way there as well, where he surgically repaired his foot twice.

Angerer drew interest from multiple teams during the free agent period, but decided not to sign anywhere until he was fully healed. He set a June-July deadline, and that is quickly passing.

Angerer worked with Arians, Goodwin, and James Bettcher in 2012, so he has connections to the team. Angerer is  a two down player, but when he is on the field and healthy, he is making tackles.

Arians made the signing of Karlos Dansby towards the start of training camp, and we saw how that played out. Other possible names are Stewart Bradley and Desmond Bishop, but after Arians regime cut Bradley, it's unlikely he's their guy.

If the signing was to be done, free agent pick up Ernie Sims seems like the guy to be let go, seeing as he has had very little success in the NFL.

Training Camp is a long 12 days away, so anything is possible between now and then. Only time will tell.

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