The Cardinals didn’t make any official moves Tuesday, but there is the sense they are headed in that direction. That’s what happened when the Browns cut quarterback Derek Anderson. Is Anderson the answer to add to Matt Leinart? I know they like Anderson. I know he’s someone they wanted to look at if he got released, which was expected all along. That happened the same day it came out the Cards are going to have Chargers restricted free agent Charlie Whitehurst for a visit (Whitehurst was tendered at a third-round pick meaning the Cards would have to give up such a pick if Whitehurst signed an offer sheet and the Chargers didn’t match). The Cards and Chargers could work out a deal for a lesser pick.
And as a quick aside: It’s funny to me to a point that people are making a big deal (in this case, profootballtalk.com but that’s not the only place) about coach Ken Whisenhunt declining to “give” Leinart the starting job. Whisenhunt doesn’t give out starting jobs. Heck, Kurt Warner had more touchdown passes the last eight games of the 2007 season — more than Tom Brady in that span in the year Brady threw for an NFL-record 50 — while Leinart struggled before his injury that season, and Warner still had to compete with Leinart and beat him out in training camp 2008. Leinart needs to prove himself, yes. He’s not going to be able to be terrible and keep the job. But does anyone doubt he goes into the offseason as the No. 1 regardless of whom the Cards sign? He’s been in the offense since 2007 and anyone else — say, Anderson — would be brand new.
Anyway, the Cards are looking in other places. Offensive lineman Wade Smith and defensive end Nick Eason finished their visits Tuesday, and offensive lineman Rex Hadnot and Whitehurst are due tonight. Linebackers Joey Porter and Larry Foote are expected Wednesday night, as the Cards try to reunite a Steelers linebackers corp (with Clark Haggans). I know a lot of people are wondering if guys will sign soon, especially Porter and/or Foote. I would think they would both want to be in Arizona, given their other (known) options and the Steelers ties. Foote thinks his market has been set by the Browns’ deal with Scott Fujita. That seems pricey, but not out of line given the market. And you know Porter is going to want to be paid as a pass rusher. That always can slow down the process.
Tags: Charlie Whitehurst, Derek Anderson, free agency, Joey Porter, Kurt Warner, Larry Foote, Matt Leinart, Nick Eason, Rex Hadnot, Wade Smith
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