On the heels of this morning’s news that the Cardinals are looking at pass rusher John Abraham comes news tonight from SI’s Jim Trotter that the Cards are on the verge of signing veteran offensive tackle Eric Winston to a one-year contract. If Steve Keim gets that done, and manages to get Abraham on a one-year deal too, which is what I would guess it would be for the 35-year-old, it’ll be a pretty significant impact to the roster right as camp is starting. The Cards currently have three open roster spots.
Obviously, the powers-that-be weren’t satisfied with what they saw out of the offensive line. Whether it was Levi Brown or more than that, we will see. Winston, you would think, would be a starting RT. Then again, on a one-year deal (if that is what he gets), they’d have no pressure to play him if he wasn’t the best choice. He has had two teams cut him in two seasons, so, like Abraham, you have to be careful about anointing him savior.
Still, it’d be a quality signing, and give Bruce Arians a lot of flexibility in building a line. You know Jonathan Cooper will be the left guard. Lyle Sendlein will be the center. Could Brown move to guard? Could Bobby Massie? Could the Cards gain further cap space given the contracts of Brown or Daryn Colledge? (Although releasing either would create significant dead money with which to live.)
You look at the list of offensive linemen now: Brown, Cooper, Sendlein, Colledge, Massie, Potter, Watford, Kelemete, Rachal. Then you add Winston, all in a situation where at most you have eight active on Sunday and maybe only seven. That will make for an intriguing camp and a very interesting roster cutdown at the end of the preseason.
UPDATE: Thursday morning, Adam Schefter is reporting the deal is agreed upon, one year with the veteran minimum salary combined with incentives. Nothing official from the team yet. A good get for Keim, and certainly nothing that guarantees Winston a starting spot. He’d seem to be a solid pick, but the Cards aren’t hurt if he is a backup either.
Tags: Bobby Massie, Daryn Colledge, Eric Winston, Jonathan Cooper, Levi Brown, Lyle Sendlein, offensive line
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