It seemed like yesterday the Arizona Cardinals had brought in veteran Marcus Gilbert to solidify the right side of the offensive line with fellow veteran J.R. Sweezy.
Those days may be gone without a game played.
According to Ian Rapoport the Arizona Cardinals are signing veteran right tackle Jordan Mills to a one-year contract.
Free agent OT Jordan Mills is signing with the #AZCardinals, source said, on a 1-year, $1.25M deal. He started for the #Bills for years.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2019
Pro Football Focus free agent preview on Mills:
Since 2016, Mills has led the Buffalo Bills in total pressures allowed and has posted the lowest pass-blocking grade among the team’s qualifying offensive lineman. The ceiling hasn’t been very high for Mills thus far in his career, only earning a game grade above 80.0 just once since entering the league in 2013 (Week 13 vs. DAL, 83.9). However, Mills’ strengths have changed since coming to Buffalo from Chicago. After earning a higher run-blocking grade than pass-blocking grade each of the two seasons in the windy city, Mills has improved his pass blocking while his run blocking has taken a dip. His 47.7 run-blocking grade in 2018 ranked 77th out of 85 qualifying tackles.
Needless to say, Mills salary doesn’t require he start, so he may simply be a veteran backup for incumbent starter Justin Murray, who played not awful in his first NFL action.
Welcome to the team, Jordan.