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5 Realistic Free-Agent Signings for the Arizona Cardinals This Offseason

Cooper AllenAnalyst IIFebruary 18, 2013

5 Realistic Free-Agent Signings for the Arizona Cardinals This Offseason

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    We are just weeks away from one of the most exciting events of the offseason. Free agency is right around the corner, and we could see several big-name players change teams.

    With not much money to work with, it is unrealistic to think that the Arizona Cardinals will bring in a Reggie Bush or a Jake Long.

    That, however, does not mean they will not make any moves. This team has several positions to address, and they could very well look to free agency to add some depth to the roster.

    The Cards have made a couple of ill-advised signings over the past two years. Hopefully they can turn that trend around this year.

    Here are five realistic free-agent signings for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013.

Matt Moore

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    Starting at the quarterback position, Matt Moore is a player who should not be overlooked. He would not cost Arizona much money and is a solid backup at worst.

    The 28-year-old has started 25 games in his career between Carolina and Miami. Although he has not put up the greatest numbers, he improves every year.

    Moore would be in a great environment in the desert. He has not played for a coach like Bruce Arians, nor has he thrown to a receiver like Larry Fitzgerald.

    This is someone who the Cardinals should strongly consider. He is a solid backup, and I would be very interested to see how he does in their new offense.

Drew Stanton

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    It is crazy to think of Drew Stanton as a franchise quarterback, or even a starting quarterback for that matter. With the recent rumors, however, this pick was just too easy and too realistic to pass up.

    The signing makes sense. Stanton knows Bruce Arians offense, having just held the clipboard for him in Indianapolis.

    By no means am I saying that this would be a great pickup. If Arians liked what he saw last year, though, then the former Colts backup will soon be in Cardinals red.

    This is about as realistic as it gets for Arizona. No quarterback in the draft is worth the No. 7 pick, and this team certainly does not have the money to go after a Joe Flacco or an Alex Smith.

    I would be surprised if at least one of the two quarterbacks mentioned are not in the desert for 2013.

Jake Scott

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    There has been a lot of talk recently in regard to drafting Chance Warmack. He is a very talented prospect, but the Cardinals have an opportunity to fill the need at guard prior to the draft.

    Arizona will have yet another chance to bring in Jake Scott. He went unsigned in free agency last year and was not picked up until midseason.

    Philadelphia signed him to a one-year deal. He started seven games for them and is set to hit the market again.

    Scott is one of the better players at his position. He is not asking for much money, and it amazed me that someone did not pick him up sooner.

    This is a signing that the Cardinals need to make. It would be an immediate upgrade for their offensive line and allow them to focus elsewhere in the draft.

Larry Grant

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    Another player that Arizona has passed on is Larry Grant. Like Jake Scott, I have been on the Grant bandwagon since this time last year.

    Trapped at the bottom of the 49ers depth chart, he is one of the better players nobody knows about. The middle linebacker has spent time with both St. Louis and San Francisco over the past five seasons.

    Grant would be a starter on most teams, but gets very little playing time. He works behind two of the best in the game, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.

    The 27-year-old was solid for the 49ers in 2011. He had an opportunity to start three games when Willis went down with an injury. They went 2-1 over those three games, and Grant recorded 28 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. He also defended five passes.

    Middle linebacker is a position of need for Arizona. The free-agent crop at this position is very thin, but Larry Grant would definitely be a great signing for them.

Greg Toler

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    Re-signing Greg Toler is an absolute must for the Cardinals. Last year they lost Richard Marshall to free agency and paid the price for it. They cannot afford to lose quality cornerbacks in two consecutive years.

    Toler did not play much in 2012. He was returning from a major injury and was eased into the lineup. When he did play, however, he was very effective.

    He received a lot more playing time near the end of the year. The 27-year-old came up big, particularly in the Detroit game, returning an interception 102 yards to the house.

    Between 2010 and 2012, Toler has started 15 games. Over that span, he has four interceptions, two forced fumbles, two touchdowns, 117 tackles, a sack and 17 passes defended.

    This man is a solid No. 2 corner when healthy. He returned to his 2010 form as the season came to a close, and the Cardinals need to do everything they can to keep him in Arizona.

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