Just when it looked like the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff was pleased with Bobby Massie in the competition for the starting right tackle job, things have apparently changed. According to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss, the Cardinals were set to work out veteran tackle Tyson Clabo.
Clabo, age 32, started 15 games last season for the Miami Dolphins and has started 116 games in eight seasons.
According to Pro Football Focus, Clabo was the league's ranked 45th among tackles.
Bringing Clabo in would be a clear message that the team is not sold on the young guys that have been battling in OTAs -- Bobby Massie, Bradley Sowell and Nate Potter.
Based on where Clabo is in his career, he would not be coming in to be a backup, so we could expect him to be the starter. Of course, if one of the young guys were to step it up and earn the starting spot, which would take a lot, he could be let go without a problem because the team won't sign him for much money or guarantee.
But signing Clabo means another year of a veteran stopgap, while they will still need to find a long term replacement.
According to Adam Caplan, the workout went well and there was interest from both parties, but they could not come to terms on a deal. More than likely, the Cardinals were unwilling to give him more than a one-year deal. Seth Cox thinks perhaps this will go the route of Antonio Cromartie, who worked out and then didn't get anything better from anyone else and eventually came back to the Cards and signed the one-year deal that was on the table.
We might not have heard the last of this story.
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