The Arizona Cardinals announced a move on Friday, making a move on the back end of the roster and swapping a tackle for a guard. They announced the signing of guard Jon Halapio and made room for him on the 90-man offseason roster by waiving tackle Tavon Rooks. Halapio (6-2, 320) was drafted last year by the Patriots in the sixth round (179th overall) of the NFL Draft out of Florida. After being released by New England following training camp, he signed with the Denver Broncos practice squad on December 17 where he spent the remainder of the season. He was released by the Broncos on May 11.
While at Florida, Halapio played in 51 games with 43 starts at guard, including all 10 contests he appeared in as a senior in 2013 where he also served as a team captain.
Halapio was a teammate of Cardinals first round pick D.J. Humphries at Florida.
Halapio is very big -- note the weight -- but he is not the athlete the other linemen on the roster are. When he came out in the NFL Draft, he was tied for the lowest vertical jump in the NFL Combine among all offensive linemen. He also has a history of injuries, as well. While at Florida, he tore his meniscus, broke a finger and reportedly played through an 80 percent pectoral tear.
Halapio is another of many guards the team has for now. They already have Mike Iupati, Jonathan Cooper, Earl Watford, Anthony Steen, John Fullington and Antoine McClain. Of course, they still have six tackles on the roster.
This move likely doesn't impact anything. It would be a coup if he were to manage to make the roster when of the guards listed, three or four maximum will make the roster -- probably three. Perhaps this is a move designed for Humphries, bringing in a guy he already knows and respects, who has a year of being in the NFL and being a professional.