7 Still Unsigned Free Agents the Arizona Cardinals Should Contact
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The Arizona Cardinals could still be looking at free agents to try and fill out their roster. Some of them could fill spots on the offensive or defensive lines while others could help shore up their banged-up backfield and add another threat at the wide receiver position.
The players on the list are still unsigned. The Cardinals should make some cold calls and see if they can make some late heat in the free-agency market.
Start the slide show and find out whom the Cardinals should try to acquire for the 2013 season.
Brandon Lloyd, Wide Receiver
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The Cardinals should dial up Brandon Lloyd, formerly of the New England Patriots, and see if he'd want to come to the desert.
At age 31, Lloyd still has some good years in front of him and could make a nice complement to Larry Fitzgerald.
Remember that in 2010, as a member of the Denver Broncos, Lloyd led the league with 1,448 receiving yards and racked up 11 touchdowns. He wouldn't likely hit those numbers in Arizona, but he should be able to produce with Carson Palmer at quarterback.
Lloyd's talent is undeniable, and he's coming off of a 911-yard, four-touchdown season with New England, which surpassed the 2012 production of every Cardinal receiver, none of whom topped 800 yards last season.
The Arizona front office needs to dial him up and see if he'd consider being a Cardinal. He'd be a nice fit.
Michael Turner, Running Back
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Former Atlanta running back Michael Turner is worth a phone call to see if he'd want to play for another NFC team with a bird on its helmet.
There are a set of knocks against Turner: At 31, he's on the proverbial "wrong side of 30" and he took quite the pounding while with the Falcons, tallying more than 300 carries in three of his five seasons with the team. He doesn't have the speed that he used to from his "Turner the Burner" days.
The good news is that he's relatively durable, having missed just five games in the last six seasons (all of which came in the 2009 season). His yardage totals have declined over his last four full seasons, from a career-best 1,699 in 2010 to a mere 800 last season. While the yardage has dropped off, Turner still had five consecutive seasons with double-digits in touchdowns.
The Cardinals could use that kind of production near the goal line. It would bolster a team whose top two running backs are both coming off of serious injuries in the last 18 months.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Running Back
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While Bradshaw's foot issues have been well documented, the Cardinals still should let their fingers do the walking and give the former New York Giants back a call.
Bradshaw finished last season with 1,015 rushing yards and six touchdowns for G-Men. Add to that his 23 receptions for 245 yards and he was a Giant contributor to the New York backfield.
With Bruce Arians' philosophy of letting the running backs run and the wide receivers catch passes, Bradshaw would be a good addition. He's also very little contact on the free-agent market, so he could be ripe for the taking.
Running backs who have 1,000-yard seasons in two of the last three seasons and 30 rushing touchdowns over the last four seasons don't just fall out of the sky. They can be found in the phone book under "B", and Arizona should call him up.
Cedric Benson, Running Back
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It's certainly worth a call to see if Cedric Benson would want to fill out a change of address card and forward his mail to Arizona.
Benson suffered a Lisfranc injury in October and was placed on injured reserve by the Packers, so there is some injury concern there. He'd also bring with him the baggage of multiple legal issues, one of which led to him to a one-week suspension during the 2011 season.
Like Bradshaw, Benson is a 1,000-yard back, passing that mark in his last three full seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, during which time he also posted 19 rushing touchdowns. When he was a Bengal, he was getting the ball from quarterback Carson Palmer.
Perhaps a reunion could give Palmer some additional confidence, knowing what kind of damage a healthy, motivated Benson could do in the running game.
That answer is just a phone call away.
Eric Winston, Offensive Tackle
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It's no secret that the Arizona Cardinals' offensive line had its share of difficulties blocking last season.
That's why it makes sense to contact for Kansas City Chief Eric Winston.
Winston has kind of been the odd-man out among offensive linemen on the free-agency carousel. One thing that's hindered him has been his asking price of between $3-$4 million per year, according to Pro Football Talk.
You can never have too much depth on the offensive line and, as the new season gets closer, Winston might be willing to take a contract for less than what he has been asking. A reduced contract beats no contract in most cases.
It never hurts to call and ask.
John Abraham, Defensive End
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It's hard to not pick up the phone and call up a player with 122 career sacks.
Yes, Abraham's 35, but it's hard not to at least kick the proverbial tires on a four-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro. Last season he had 10 sacks and six forced fumbles and still may be looking for starter money despite his age.
Abraham made a visit to the Tennessee Titans, but contract talks have reportedly stalled, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. The opportunity is there for Arizona to inquire while the Titans try to seal the deal.
Richard Seymour, Defensive Tackle
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The seven-time Pro-Bowler is able to get to the quarterback, having racked up 57.5 career sacks to go along with four forced fumbles. He also knows how to win, as he's been a part of three Super Bowl-winning squads with the New England Patriots.
The Cardinals will have to act fast since Seymour has been talking with the Falcons, according to NFL.com. It should be noted from that article he might retire if he doesn't get the money he's seeking.
Either way, Arizona should at least get in touch with him and inquire on his status.