The Arizona Cardinals have signed Offensive Guard Alex Boone to a one-year contract
Cardinals signed former Vikings G Alex Boone.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2017
Last season, Boone (6-8 310) signed a 4 year $26.8 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Entering the second year of his contract, Boone was approached by the Vikings, hoping that he would accept a pay cut. Keep in mind that he lost the starting left guard job to Nick Easton. He was unwilling to take a paycut, which resulted to his release.
The Arizona Cardinals were in serious need of depth, as Iupati continues to recover from his triceps injury. The poor play by the offensive line unit as a whole during the preseason also played a role in the pickup. Cole Toner and Dorian Johnson, Cardinals ‘17 fourth round pick, were released but the team retained inexperienced Daniel Munyer.
The team needed more experienced offensive linemen and that’s exactly what they got.
#AZCardinals OG Alex Boone (6-8, 310) started in 14 games with the Vikings last season. He has played in 91 career games (73 starts).— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) September 5, 2017
To further accentuate his versatility...
How Alex Boone's career has broken down:— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) September 5, 2017
2,715 snaps at RG (59.4%)
1,567 snaps at LG (34.3%)
292 snaps at other spots
Boone certainly has the size to be an offensive tackle and has the strength to dominate in the interior. He can play either guard positions but also has some offensive tackle experience in his resume.
For those wondering if Alex Boone will be the starter, here’s your answer
For all the Boone questions about starting: I would guess he's depth, at least at first -- unless Iupati can't go because of triceps.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) September 5, 2017
If Evan Boehm struggles, don’t be surprised if Bruce Arians replaces him with Boone. The Cardinals are looking to make a championship run and by improving the protection of Carson Palmer, they have an even greater chance.