Cardinals outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield has underperformed to this point in his career.
Add in the fact that he is coming off surgery to repair damaged ligaments in his left ankle, and there may be a need to add depth.
San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shaun Phillips has become a liability on the field after just completing his ninth season in the league.
His successor in San Diego is likely Melvin Ingram, so letting him go—especially with a new coach and GM—will be an easier decision than people may think.
Phillips was the worst-rated 3-4 outside linebacker against the run in 2012 (per PFF), and in pass-rushing situations, he was ranked No. 28 of 34 despite recording 9.5 sacks.
Why was he ranked so low?
He is an inconsistent pass rusher who gives up on plays at times and is over-powered by even the no-namiest of no-named tackles—he made Oakland Raiders right tackle Khalif Barnes look like a Pro Bowler during the final game of the regular season.
The needed depth mentioned above is already in the vicinity by way of Quentin Groves.
Groves played well in Schofield’s absence. He is set to be a free agent as well, but he has earned a contract for next season. Giving him a multi-year deal would be a good thing and would give the team continuity in the outside pass-rush.