At this time in the offseason, the NFL Scouting Combine is wrapping up, free agency has yet to begin, the NFL draft is still on the horizon and the Arizona Cardinals still have to free up salary cap space to make the moves they want to.
I wrote a piece in early January highlighting five players the team must avoid in free agency. In it, I included big names like tackle Jake Long and running back Rashard Mendenhall.
The former has no chance of coming to town, but the latter has been spoken of by some in the Twitterverse as a potential free-agency target of new head coach Bruce Arians, who coached Mendenhall from 2008 to 2011 in Pittsburgh.
According to ProFootballTalk's Evan Silva via Twitter, Arians once compared Mendenhall to Edgerrin James. Considering the source, you can take that with a grain or two of salt. Silva's reasoning is hilarious (as is most of what PFT reports), and that would be a very bad idea.
I don’t feel Arians and general manager Steve Keim would pull the trigger on a player with such a checkered reputation on and off the field.
The objective of this piece is to expand on the January edition to include draft picks they must avoid, those they must not avoid, players they must not overpay and those they may have to cut loose.