UPDATE II: It’s official — the Cards have agreed to terms with Faneca. Barring any setbacks, he will be here for minicamp, coach Ken Whisenhunt said.
Well, I know I am surprised, but the Cardinals have signed guard Alan Faneca for $2.5 million for one season, according to Adam Schefter. You figure he gets dropped into the starting lineup, meaning I wonder what happens with Deuce Lutui — since he hasn’t signed his tender, it’s possible the Cards take it off the table. The Faneca deal hasn’t been announced officially, so I hope to have more details soon.
UPDATE: Reports are Faneca gets $300,000 for a signing bonus and $100,000 as a workout bonus — but since the money is guaranteed (according to Schefter) it means Faneca will definitely be in the mix on the line. Coach Ken Whisenhunt and especially Russ Grimm wanted Faneca when the Steelers bounced him a couple of seasons ago, but the Cards couldn’t make the money work at the time. He is 33.
Again, the question becomes, who is the odd man out? Is the tender pulled for Lutui (it was/is for more than $2 million). Here are the veteran offensive line candidates: Levi Brown, Jeremy Bridges, Brandon Keith, Herman Johnson, Lyle Sendlein, Ben Claxton, Reggie Wells, Rex Hadnot, Faneca and Lutui. Seven guys were active on game days last year. You’re probably only keeping eight on the active roster. What was that that Whisenhunt says about competition?
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