The Arizona Cardinals have upgrading the inside linebacker position as one of their priorities this offseason. They want to add more speed in particular. With the return of suspended linebacker Daryl Washington unknown thus far, the team wants to ensure they have a plan with or without him.
According to local radio host and reporter Mike Jurecki, Arizona could pursue a pair of players who missed time in 2014 due to injury -- Sean Weatherspoon and Nate Irving.
Witherspoon has five years in the league, all with the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted him in the first round in 2010, but has missed quite a few games because of injury. He missed all of 2014 with a torn Achille's. He played in only seven games in 2013 and missed three in 2012.
When healthy, he is productive. He had 95 tackles and three sacks in his 13-game 2012 season and 115 tackles with four sacks in 2011.
It was reported the Falcons were going to try and bring back Weatherspoon, but Ian Rapoport reported Saturday he will hit the open market.
Irving played in eight games in 2014 with the Denver Broncos and ended the season on injured reserve with a knee injury. He played in 60 percent of the team's snaps in those games. He was part time player before that. He was a third round pick in 2011 by the Broncos.