After trading former seventh overall pick Jonathan Cooper to the New England Patriots in a deal to acquire Chandler Jones, the Arizona Cardinals were left with a hole at right guard. They appear to be set to fill it with an established veteran in free agency.
According to reporter Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals brought in veteran guard Evan Mathis and offered him a two-year contract. Likewise, they brought in Geoff Schwartz.
This comes after they already brought in guard Amini Silatolu and are reportedly bringing in tackle Andre Smith as well.
With Jonathan Cooper out of the picture, a veteran guard makes sense. The team has Earl Watford, but with Arizona going all in for a ring this year, they want to improve the line. Ted Larsen is likely headed out of town, so guys like Mathis and Schwartz would be a good fit.
Mathis is an 11-year veteran who has started 90 games in his career. He was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2014 and an All-Pro with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. But he has played pretty much his entire career as a left guard. He played for the world champion Broncos after getting cut by Philly and Chip Kelly.
Schwartz is a little more versatile. He has played both guard positions and right tackle in his career.He is 29 years old and has six years in the NFL. However, he played only a combined 13 games over the last two seasons because of injuries.
Both are solid players and an upgrade over Cooper or Larsen. But between Mathis only having played on the left side and Schwartz' lost playing time, would either be a good signing?