The Arizona Cardinals made a very inexpensive signing before the start of free agency, adding veteran LaMarr Woodley. Woodley will enter his ninth year in the league. He spent the first seven with the Pittsburgh Steelers and last season with the Oakland Raiders, but a biceps injury landed him on injured reserve.
His stats say he is a player declining in production. After averaging 11 sacks per season from 2008-2011, he has totaled only nine sacks in three seasons since then.
But Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has confidence in what Woodley can do.
At the owners meetings on Wednesday, the media had breakfast with Arians and the head coach said Woodley would be an every down linebacker, and he expects him to make an impact defensively.
"Wood is a pocket crusher," Arians told reporters (via Arizona Sports). He always has been. He collapses the pocket. We'll have some good inside pressure now. LaMarr is a guy that has been a 10-12 sack guy every year and then the injury last year set him back. He's a very physical, outside edge player."
He has been that 10-12 sack guy. It just has been a while. Last season he did play right end instead of outside linebacker, where he played his whole career in Pittsburgh. He will return to the position for the Cardinals.
Arians clearly has high expectations for the veteran. What expectations do you have for him? Will he play every down? Will he start? Or will he be a locker room guy?