With Eric Winston’s arrival, much of the talk concerning the Cardinals’ offensive line had been about the tackles. Then the team had their first practice Friday afternoon, and it wasn’t who lined up as first-string tackles that drew the eye (Massie and Brown, by the way) but the first-up guards. On the right side, it was Paul Fanaika and not Daryn Colledge, but that could be explained easily — Colledge was off tending to a personal matter. And the left guard was Chilo Rachal and not Jonathan Cooper, although that too could be explained easily. Cooper, the team’s first-round pick, was still unsigned.
It’s not about the money, which is slotted as per the new CBA. It’s about the contract’s offset language, which Kent Somers does a nice job outlining here. Cooper’s side doesn’t want the language. The Cardinals do not want to take it out. When this ends, we’ll have to see. I’ve seen plenty of contract disputes with first-round picks in the past and there have been many greater hurdles than this. But right now, it’s a waiting game. Someone will have to blink.
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