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NFL salary cap causalties: Former Cardinals Calvin Pace, Steve Breaston on open market

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Should Arizona take a look at these former Cardinals players?

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As we approach the March 12 deadline for all teams to be under the salary cap, more and more news will be coming out of players being cut by teams to clear salary cap space. The New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs were among those teams and a couple of the players that were let go will be familiar to Arizona Cardinals fans.

Linebacker Calvin Pace was released by the Jets and wide receiver Steve Breaston was cut by the Chiefs.

Pace played for Arizona, drafted in the first round in 2003. He struggled until he was moved from defensive end to outside linebacker and then played well enough to land himself a six-year, $42 million contract with the Jets in 2008.

Arizona could use player on the edge, where Pace has been able to get pressure on the quarterback, but, now at age 32, he has seen his sack numbers decline since 2009. He had eight that year and last season only got three.

Breaston was a fifth rounder by the Cardinals and was never expected to be more than a returner. He was a 1000 yard receiver in 2008. After the 2010 season, he signed a five-year, $25 million deal with the Chiefs, including $9 million guaranteed.

He only played in 10 games in 2012 and was a healthy DNP down the stretch.

The Cardinals perhaps could use help at their receiver depth. They have Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts, but after that is very much up in the air. Could Breaston be a fit? We know that the fans would easily welcome him back.

The bigger question is whether Bruce Arians and his staff would consider them, and would we the fans like to bring them back for a second tour?

As much as I love Breaston, there are probably better and younger guys to play the fourth or fifth receiver. Pace? his production has just declined so much. Unless he were to be used as like Bertrand Berry was, I just don't see it.

What do you think?

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