Photo day, Clabo, and a minor move

Posted by Darren Urban on June 9, 2014 – 2:20 pm

On a day in which the Cardinals took their physicals ahead of this week’s mandatory minicamp (with many top players shooting special pictures and video for various forms of TV for the upcoming season, like Fitz below), the Cardinals are still roster shuffling. The team made a change Monday by releasing guard Christian Johnson and re-signing center John Estes. Estes was just cut by the team a couple of weeks ago after the Cards signed tryout players following rookie minicamp.

Of potentially more impactful news is the report the Cardinals tried out veteran right tackle Tyson Clabo Monday. Clabo, 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds, could end up being this year’s Eric Winston (at this point, no, I do not expect Winston to return.) Clabo played with Miami last season, but he spent the vast majority of his career with the Falcons and made a Pro Bowl at one point. If he were to sign, it’d throw another potential starter in the mix and would make a cluttered right tackle competition (already with Bradley Sowell, Bobby Massie and Nate Potter) even more chaotic. At some point, someone isn’t going to get many reps, even with training camp coming. We’ll see if Clabo ends up with a deal, or if that becomes a waiting game closer to training camp.

UPDATE: Clabo and the Cardinals did not come to an agreement.

Regardless, minicamp starts tomorrow. And by Thursday afternoon, the veterans will have scattered for the rest of the offseason, returning in late July for training camp.




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13 Responses to “Photo day, Clabo, and a minor move”

  1. By Marlin on Jun 9, 2014 | Reply

    glad to hear about Clabo getting a “look see”. can’t hurt.

  2. By D on Jun 9, 2014 | Reply

    If they sign Clabo, since Sowell is the top reserve at Left Tackle, would assume Potter or Massie would have a hard time making the roster after training camp. Makes sense to get more experience on that side of the line since good odds Watford will be starting at RG.

  3. By jeffgollin on Jun 9, 2014 | Reply

    I like that BA and SK,aren’t resting on their laurels and talking themselves into believing the offensive line is all well and totally fixed (a mistake we’ve traditionally made each year since the pre-Buddy era).

    Do a half-assed job of rebuilding the OL and injuries will invariably drag you back to mediocrity. The best way to get over the hump remaking the OL is to continually leap on every opportunity to improve it.

    Regardless of whether we sign Clabo, I love that we continue to make the effort to get better.

  4. By Coach K on Jun 9, 2014 | Reply

    I would take Eric Winston over Clabo in a heartbeat. Not only is he better, but he already knows the offense. Add to that he is smart and a locker room leader.
    Clabo’s skills have fallen the last two years.

  5. By CreditCard on Jun 9, 2014 | Reply

    Let me see, the worse offensive line in the NFL last year was the Miami Dolphins. We are looking at someone who couldn’t even make the grade for arguably the worse line in 2013. Have we lost our ever loving mind?

  6. By krehbieo14 on Jun 9, 2014 | Reply

    I like the fact that Keim and Arians keep churning the roster looking for pieces to make the Cards more competitive. Clabo gets mixed reviews, but it’s savvy to keep the pressure on existing players to perform at a high level. There’s plenty of time to keep looking and sifting!

  7. By br on Jun 9, 2014 | Reply

    Have not heard much either way on Watford but I wouldnt right his name as a starter in ink just yet I think BA&SK will keep the competition on the Right side of the O-line open thru preseason, unless someone absolutely “kicks azz, and then takes names later”, have a feeling we may end up with Clabo at RT and Sowell or Potter at RG, I think both are versatile enough to play tackle or guard, especially Potter. Just a hunch though, also would not surprise me if Cardinals sign a veteran Guard after training camp cuts, along with Inside Linebacker.

  8. By Brad on Jun 10, 2014 | Reply

    Every player on the roster should fear for their job, if you’re not up to snuff for any reason B.A. and Keim will find someone that is. I feel people do better if they fear for their job/position. I love what Cards Nation is doing!!

  9. By BigAl on Jun 10, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah, I agree w/u Coach K. & not only “is he better & already knows the offense”
    he is also like 3 years younger…& a smart leader! I really don’t get it? Unless he
    wants too much money?

    Darren, do you have any knowledge of why the Cards wouldn’t already have signed E. Winston? Saw in a few of the posts where you “didn’t think, he’d be back”. I thought he did a good job for us last year, especially considering how
    late we brought him in etc…
    So is it money or something else? I truly believe solidifying this O-Line is the
    most critical priority at this point this summer! Almost every other need/situation
    has gotten some type of answer/resolution…

    Excited to see the Rookies in Camp!

  10. By Darren Urban on Jun 10, 2014 | Reply

    Big Al —

    RE: Winston

    Winston played OK last year but I don’t think it went so well that it is obvious to bring him back.

  11. By Big Ken on Jun 10, 2014 | Reply

    I think Clabo was viewed as veteran depth at a bargain price. He’s not starter quality. You play well the whole season if you’re any good, not just towards the end.

  12. By br on Jun 12, 2014 | Reply

    Tend to agree with you on Clabo Big Ken, only thing that didnt match was the bargain price…Clabo probably priced himself out of a job with the Cards, and hopefully a Super Bowl ring! (oh, and a SB Champs T-shirt, cant forget the T-shirt!!) 😉

  13. By br on Jun 12, 2014 | Reply

    When we do win it all this year maybe the Cardinals can get a few of those infamous t-shirts made up to hand out to a few players, you know the ones that would say…

    Hand out one to Dansby, Dwash, Clabo (or any older vet who comes in with an outragous contract demand) LOL

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