With the time passing on free agents counting against future compensatory picks, it stands to reason the Arizona Cardinals are likely to start bargain shopping for the 2017 season.
Andy looked at the history and threw out some names yesterday, showing the Cardinals will look for bargains, then move on quickly if they don’t see a player being worth it.
They have struck gold in previous seasons, so maybe Steve Keim can find one or two more players to really put the Cardinals back on track in 2017.
Here are four NFL veterans who could be good fits with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.
Jason McCourty, CB
McCourty is a savvy veteran who hasn’t been scooped up yet simply because of age and mileage.
He is not the top flight corner he once was, but if the price is right, the physical, tough and aggressive McCourty could be a nice veteran mentor to the young Brandon Williams.
Brandon Flowers, CB
Flowers, like McCourty, is not close to the player he once was, but when healthy, he still has been mildly productive, but also offers a veteran presence in the secondary.
The biggest issue is he hasn’t stayed healthy over the last several years, but if Flowers can stay healthy, he could be a nice bridge or better yet, insurance policy for Williams and Bethel if they flame out again.
Dan Williams, NT
Williams played incredibly well his final season with the Cardinals and parlayed that into a fat contract in Oakland with the Raiders.
Then, well, he got a little lazy and over weight.
He could be motivated and looking to cash in one more time, which makes him the perfect fit in Arizona as a rotational nose tackle with Corey Peters, who played extremely well in 2016.
Williams getting 30% of the snaps to Peters 45-50% would help reestablish the run defense and dominant interior defense.
If he is still out of shape, move on quickly.
Jacob Tamme, TE
Tamme is not a game changer in any way, but he is a guy who can come in, catch 20-30 passes for 300 yards and 3-4 touchdowns, but also a player who can help potential young tight ends learn how to study and play the game.
He is a hard working, if unspectacular blocker who knows where to be and how to work in an offense.
He’s not the normal “Keim Time” signing, but he could be the perfect depth the Cardinals need at tight end.
Which free agent could be this year’s "Keim Time" signing?
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