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Arizona Cardinals signing veterans to make sure 2019 is nothing like 2018

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NFL: Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

With the Arizona Cardinals signing Charles Clay yesterday, their third veteran signing in this offseason before the free agency period has even began, it tells us something.

The Arizona Cardinals are trying to stay competitive, but not putting any position as locked in.

They signed Robert Alford to a three-year deal, but that was more out of necessity of having a competent body at the cornerback position than anything else. Alford allows the Cardinals to continue to shop for corners, but doesn’t make it a glaring hole like it has been for the last six offseasons.

It doesn't mean that the Cardinals won't pursue a Bradley Roby or Steven Nelson in free agency, or look at a Trayvon Mullen or Amani Oruwariye in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Brooks Reed is a nice insurance policy if Markus Golden moves along, but also gives them a veteran voice to help out if Nick Bosa or Josh Allen find themselves as the top pick.

Clay gives the Cardinals a move tight end with the ability to be productive in the passing game. Yet, it would also never preclude them from grabbing a tight end early in the draft if and when they move on from Jermaine Gresham.

Yet, if Noah Fant or Jace Sternberger are available in the draft, they'd fit nicely in Kliff Kingsbury's new offense.

They’re veteran insurance policies, but they aren’t even pretending to be long term answers. They’re just pieces to a puzzle that is just trying to make sure it has all the pieces this time before Steve Keim tries to put it together.