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Deuce Lutui Signs With Bengals: Changes On The Cardinals Offensive Line

As noted in a previous FanShot, the Arizona Cardinals have lost another starting player. This time it is right guard Deuce Lutui who departs after signing a two-year deal worth $8.75 million with the Cincinnati Bengals. While it is a little disappointing, it is not surprising.

Deuce was not happy when the team did not offer him a long-term deal last offseason. The team was not happy when he reported to camp at nearly 400 pounds. As reported by Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the team had expressed interest in bringing him back and keeping him with his hometown team, but never had an actual offer given. 

He was seeking something more long-term, but there were likely concerns about his weight.

With his departure and recent signings, the Cardinals offensive line has a couple of changes. Levi Brown is still the starting left tackle and Brandon Keith, who signed his restricted free agent tender, will anchor the right tackle spot. Daryn Colledge was signed to play left guard and Lyle Sendlein was re-signed to keep snapping the ball.

The only real position now up for grabs is the right guard position, previously played by Deuce. Darren Urban said that it would be Rex Hadnot and Jeremy Bridges (who started the last seven games in 2010 at right tackle) who will battle to start on the right side. 

I would be very surprised is the Cardinals go after any other potential starting player. 

Hopefully with the changes, it will mean that there will be no question whether the line can protect the team's new investment in Kevin Kolb.