7 Last-Minute Free Agents the Arizona Cardinals Should Sign
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All of the teams in the NFL have made their final cuts and are down to their 53-man rosters. This leaves a large pool of free agents for teams in the league to choose from.
The Arizona Cardinals will also be looking through the free-agent pile to try and find someone who can fill the holes that the team still has.
Here's a slideshow of seven last-minute free agents the Cardinals could stand to make a run at.
Dan Koppen, OL, New England
Koppen helped keep Tom Brady upright in New England.
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Koppen is the veteran offensive lineman Arizona needs to have on its roster. With Koppen, New England was amongst the league leaders in terms of fewest sacks allowed. That would sound like music to the ears of Cardinal fans. They've watched their quarterbacks get taken to the turf 105 times in the last two seasons.
Arizona should be looking into getting this former All-Pro offensive lineman on its line.
Reggie Wells, OL, Green Bay
Reggie Wells came into the league with Arizona, could he make a second trip to the desert?
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The Cardinals drafted Wells in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL draft and he played six seasons for the team.
Wells played in all 16 games for the Cardinals in each of his final four seasons with the team. Injuries have taken their toll on him, but the Cardinals know exactly what they are getting with this commodity, should they pick him up.
Deion Branch, WR, New England
Deion Branch makes a catch between three Giants in the Super Bowl.
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Arizona is only carrying five wide receivers on its roster to open the season and a sixth one is not out of the question. Deion Branch was one of the final cuts the Patriots made, leaving him as a free agent.
Branch would be able to fill in on Arizona's four and five-wide receiver sets. Branch may also be able to help draw some coverage away from Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. He could be more of a possession receiver that Arizona could use in a short passing game.
The downside is that Branch has missed games nearly every season in the league and has never scored more than five touchdowns.
Tiquan Underwood, WR, Tampa Bay
Underwood (right) catches a pass in the preseason against Miami.
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Tiquan Underwood was one of the cogs that drove the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to a No. 3 ranking in the middle of the last decade. He was reunited with his former coach, Greg Schiano, in Tampa Bay.
Underwood, however, has bounced around from Jacksonville to New England to Tampa but has never really caught on anywhere.
The appeal about him is that he is young (25) and would come cheap to the team. He also is able to give Arizona another weapon over the middle. Underwood would also have some elusiveness to offer as well. The knock is that he has little NFL game experience, racking up just 11 catches in the league.
Rod Windsor, WR, Cleveland
Arizona football fans might be familiar with Rod Windsor (right).
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Windsor could follow the path of another Arizona Cardinal great, Kurt Warner, as Windsor has an impressive background playing arena football.
Windsor was the Rookie of the Year in the af2 league with the Rio Grande Valley Dorados when he caught 184 passes for 2,364 yards and 59 TDs in just 15 games. He was the Rookie of the Year in the AFL in 2010 with the Arizona Rattlers with 193 catches, 2,372 yards and 42 TDs.
When the lockout hit in 2011, Windsor went back to Arizona and led the Rattlers with 156 catches for 1,830 yards and 36 TDs in a season that saw him named All-Arena First Team.
He also has good size at 6'2" and 210 pounds so he could take the hits over the middle.
Despite the knock some people will have about it being the AFL, Windsor's hands have to be looked at as an asset. A wide receiver that catches 533 passes in three seasons has to be drawing attention and the Cardinals would be wise to look his way.
Kellen Winslow, TE, Seattle
Kellen Winslow was released by Seattle Saturday afternoon.
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Seattle released veteran tight end Kellen Winslow Saturday and the Cardinals might want to look his way.
Winslow might help to relieve some of the logjam at the position where Arizona currently has four of them on the roster. He had 218 catches for 2,377 yards and 12 touchdowns in three seasons in Tampa Bay before being shipped to Seattle in the offseason. He put up similar numbers in his first four seasons in the league with Cleveland.
The knock on Winslow is his health as he has endured multiple knee surgeries.
In the NFL, the tight end is quickly becoming an en vogue position to use in the passing offense and Winslow might just be what Arizona is looking for.
Bobby Carpenter, LB, New England
Carpenter was cut by the Patriots Saturday.
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Carpenter has made a few starts each year he's been in the league and has served as a backup linebacker wherever he's gone.
Arizona could use some depth at linebacker and Carpenter could be worth a proverbial kick of the tires.