With the NFL free agency period around the corner one of the big things that comes up every year is the potential veterans available.
Do they fit your team in a number of way? Style of play, positional needs, and cap space and salary expectation all make a difference.
Well, SB Nation looked at a potential cap casualty for every NFL team and the question becomes, how many could fit with the Arizona Cardinals?
Let’s look at five potential cap casualties that could make sense for the Arizona Cardinals.
Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Stewart, RB
Right off the bat we go to the well of what Steve Wilks knows.
Stewart is a vet, may not have much left in the tank, but he could be an effective backup and potential parachute if… well let’s not go there.
Stewart also can be a guy who carries the load and gives DJ rest in grind it out type situations. If they want a veteran and don’t want to keep Adrian Peterson, Stewart makes sense.
Denver Broncos: Aqib Talib, CB
The Cardinals need something opposite of Patrick Peterson. Oh sure you can bring back Tramon Williams, he was excellent last year, but Talib is three years younger and is the physical presence Steve Wilks loves at corner. If they can’t address the position in the draft, then they better get something done early in free agency.
Los Angeles Chargers: Corey Liguet, DT
Speaking of players coaches know, Liguet has been around both defensive line coach Don Johnson and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. They’ll have a good beat on him and how he would fit in the defensive line rotation for the Arizona Cardinals.
Miami Dolphins: Ja’Wuan James, OT
Allegedly, allegedly… the Cardinals were eyeing James in the 2014 NFL Draft before Miami took him one pick before the Cardinals. Now, despite picking up his fifth year option, the Dolphins may be looking for some salary flexibility. James would offer an upgrade in age, 25, athleticism and ability at this point over Jared Veldheer at roughly a similar price tag. Two bookends in D.J. Humphries and Ja’Wuan James would change the complexion of this offensive line in a hurry.
Washington Redskins: Jordan Reed, TE
Reed is a game changer at the tight end position, but he’s been constantly battling injuries throughout his career. This could be one of those Keim specials, where he dials up the right amount for a player looking to get on the field, put up a big season and then cash in.
Those are just five potential names out of many that will be coming out the next couple weeks. Which teams and players are you monitoring?