Last up in the free agency series, we took a peek at wide receiver Stephen Williams and asked, as always, whether or not the Arizona Cardinals should look to keep him on the team. 68% of the voters said yes, but many had the caveat that he must prove that he can be a contributor on the field this year. After a decent rookie season, Williams barely saw the field in 2011 and has proven to be inconsistent at times. He will need to show improvement in a variety of areas in order to remain with the team.
Today, we look at another one time undrafted free agent. Ronald Talley came out of Delaware in 2009 and became a member of the Cardinals in 2011 after coming over from the Green Bay Packers. The defensive end hasn't been a mainstay with Arizona, but he is a young talent that the team feels can have a larger role in due time. After the jump, let's look at some of Talley's résumé and decide if the Cardinals should keep him around for next season.
Talley is another player that the Cardinals own the exclusive rights to. Just as a brief recap, if a team owns the exclusive rights to a player and decides to make them an offer, that player is almost forced to sign that offer, as they are unable to sign with any other team.
Last season, Talley appeared in six games for the Cardinals after being bumped up from the practice squad on two different occasions. He played a total of 44 snaps at defensive end, according to Pro Football Focus. He was able to pressure Alex Smith once in week 14 against the 49ers and he registered just one solo tackle, which came against the division rival St. Louis Rams.
So we know that he didn't see much time on the field, but that's not an easy thing to do when Darnell Dockett, Calais Campbell and a productive veteran in Vonnie Holliday are ahead of you on the depth chart. Talley is a much cheaper option than the aforementioned names and he provides some depth, so should the Cardinals keep him around?
To me, Talley is a take him or leave him type of player. He really didn't show us anything that would make us think he has great potential for the future, but he does know Ray Horton's scheme and would be relatively inexpensive to retain. If the Cards decide to keep him on board, that's great, if not, that's okay too.
What do you think? Should the Arizona Cardinals retain the services of Ronald Talley? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below and don't forget to vote in the poll.
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