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Arizona Cardinals bringing Robert McClain in for visit earlier than expected

The Cardinals are moving on the cornerback market now.

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After having contact with a number of talented free agent corners, the Arizona Cardinals are now moving things up with one free agent they had scheduled for next week.

According to Jenna Laine of ESPN, the Cardinals are bring veteran cornerback Robert McClain in today for a visit, instead of waiting until next week.

From Laine:

Source tells me that the Arizona Cardinals will actually be bringing in Robert McClain for a visit today. It was originally scheduled for next week after NFL owners meetings. The Cardinals have a real need at outside corner and nickelback and McClain played for Steve Wilks in Carolina.

The Arizona Cardinals now have a need at both outside cornerback and in the slot, and McClain has done both, but is better in the slot per Pro Football Focus.

McClain ranked below Justin Bethel as an outside cover corner according to PFF, but in the slot he was the third best option in the initial free agent class when it comes to passer rating. He is an eight year veteran and has worked with Wilks in the past, as Laine explained in her report, so their interest makes sense and would likely be something they may move on quickly.

The Cardinals were interested in bring Tramon Williams back, but he signed with the Green Bay Packers today, while E.J. Gaines is being wooed by the New York Jets. If the Cardinals are going to get a veteran corner before the draft, it may be McClain and it may be soon.