There have been many players connected to the Arizona Cardinals in free agency, but now we have a report of a deal in place. According to Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin, former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will sign a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals once free agency officially begins on Tuesday.
There was a report by ESPN's Vaughn McClure that stated the Cardinals were prepared to offer Weatherspoon a two-year contract.
Weatherspoon is coming off a season in which he did not play a single game after rupturing his Achille's in 2014. He also played in only seven games in 2013.
However, the two previous seasons, he averaged 105 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
At 6-1 and 241 pounds, he is expected to play inside linebacker for Arizona. He is a former first round draft pick.
The reported deal will bring thoughts of the contracts the Cardinals signed linebacker Karlos Dansby in 2013 and cornerback Antonio Cromartie to -- one year deals to prove their worth in the league. Getlin tweeted later the deal will be for less than $4 million.
How will he be used? With Daryl Washington still not reinstated from a substance abuse suspension and expected to miss some time in 2015 for discipline related to a domestic incident that led to a guilty plea of aggravated assault, Weatherspoon can play in his place alongside Kevin Minter. If and when Washington returns, the Cardinals can use both Washington and Weatherspoon much in the same fashion they did in 2013 with Washinton and Dansby.
Will he be an impact player in Arizona or will he miss time again as he has the last two seasons because of injuries? Is this a good move?