It sounded so good, the idea of bringing former Arizona State star Todd Heap back home to play for the Cardinals. It kind of came out of nowhere during those crazy first days of training camp during the lockout-induced sign-fest every team was involved with in 2011. At the time, it seemed like a nice extra piece, although by then the Cards had already signed veteran Jeff King to be their blocker/lead tight end and drafted Rob Housler to develop into the key receiving tight end. Heap, it looked like, would buy time for Housler to develop.
And when Heap played, it made sense. He just didn’t play enough because of injuries, and Tuesday Heap was cut.
Heap played in just 10 of 16 games last season because of a bad hamstring. He played in the first two games this season before hurting his knee. How Heap saw his comeback and how the team saw his comeback certainly didn’t seem to mesh. He missed eight games officially with the knee injury, but the last two games he could have played and yet was left inactive. That was the writing on the wall.
Letting him go at this point won’t make a huge impact. He hasn’t been playing anyway and Housler has been an effective pass catcher, although it can be argued Heap’s blocking — and he was never known as a great blocker — is superior to Housler, who is still a work-in-progress at that part of the game. Heap (below in New York this weekend, next to media relations guru Chris Melvin) was also on the last year of his contract and he wasn’t going to be coming back, so this just ends his time a month earlier that it would have ended anyway. (For those thinking the Cards save money, they don’t. Heap is a veteran and since he was on the roster to begin the season, his salary, what’s left of the $1.15 million he was getting this season, was guaranteed.)
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