The beginning of free agency started off with the Arizona Cardinals losing a player they had hoped to keep. Cornerback Greg Toler hit the open market and signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The contract is for a reported three years and $15 million dollars, not bad considering he missed all of 2011 with a torn ACL and his 2012 was limited because of leg injuries, mostly a hamstring, which is very common when coming back from ACL surgery.
It is the second offseason in a row in which a free agent cornerback for the Cardinals finds a big payday elsewhere. Richard Marshall signed a three-year $16 million contract with the Miami Dolphins last offseason.
Arizona tried to re-sign Toler, but was unable to cut a deal before the free agent period began.
They also cut William Gay, so the cornerback position is a little untested. On the roster remains Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson and two second-year players -- Jamell Fleming and Justin Bethel.
Should the Cardinals have tried harder to keep Toler? $5 million per year is a lot for a player that is not the best corner on the team. A year ago, most of us said that it was too much to pay Marshall.
The team is reportedly bringing in former Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers, who also has suffered some injuries over the years.
What say you? It sounds like Arizona did not want to pay him quite that much, or he was hoping to become a top player. Hard to tell.
We will find out soon, and with the draft, what the team plans on doing with the defensive backfield.
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