Let's all admit that no one likes the new collective bargaining agreement.
I just truly hope that football does not turn into baseball—where only a few teams seem to be good year after year (e.g. the Yankees).
Now that can be the case in football too, like the Patriots or Colts have been. But in the NFL you have to earn winning, not pay for it. Otherwise the Redskins would win every year.
But I digress. You, as a Cardinals fan, want to know who the team should go after? "Aw, man, LT is on the market! Dude, the Cardinals should get him now!!!"
Uh, no bro; I don't think so. One thing they don't need right now is another Edgerrin James.
But there are some free agents available who could be valuable to Arizona. I'm going to mention five guys I'd like to see Arizona sign, like they did last year with Bryant McFadden (pictured). I just hope they sign one of them...
Remember him, Cards fans? Yeah, he played for us!
Vanden Bosch is certainly an interesting add at a position of need for Arizona. With Bertrand Berry retiring, the Cardinals need another rush outside linebacker or defensive end.
Now, while Vanden Bosch's sacks have decreased over the last few seasons, he could play the role that Travis LaBoy filled last year.
He could come in and fill a big need for the Cardinals defensively while the young guys get some time to learn. Plus, he's got one of the best names in the NFL. Admit it.
Let's just say the QB free agent class isn't very good.
Okay, it's downright bad.
But Pennington still has some gas left in the tank. This is a guy who nobody appreciates, yet he gets the job done wherever he is. Like two seasons ago in Miami, for instance.
The Cards will more than likely sign a free agent like Pennington and draft a QB to back up Matt Leinart.
In case Leinart gets injured like he did in 2007, I'd feel at least comfortable that a guy like Pennington can step in for him.
Again, another position of need, and Clark would be a cheaper option than Antrel Rolle and his inflated contract.
Plus, Clark is/was a Pittsburgh Steeler, and we all know how much coach Ken Whisenhunt (and the rest of the organization, for that matter) likes the way that former Steelers play football.
Clark is a hard-hitting safety that would actually form a great one-two punch (literally) with All-Pro Adrian Wilson. If there is one free agent I'd like the Cardinals to get for sure on this list, it's definitely Clark.
Wait...huh? Who the heck is Matt Spaeth?
Spaeth is a tight end who is better known as a blocking tight end in the Steelers system, which doesn't use a fullback as much anymore. Sounds like the Cardinals offense, huh?
As a bonus, when Heath Miller was injured two years ago, Spaeth stepped in admirably, getting two six-catch games.
He's got soft hands and is a great blocker. Sounds like the perfect fit for a Cardinals offense that should have more running and play action this season.
I know. The last thing the Cardinals need is another wide receiver, right?
Well, think about it for just a second. If Arizona trades away Anquan Boldin, as everyone thinks they will, the Cardinals have three solid, if not very good, receivers in Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, and Early Doucet. But what about after that?
Even though the Cardinals are sure to tone their passing game down for Leinart, they'll still use four- and five-receiver sets from time to time.
Sure, Jerheme Urban is a decent No. 4 guy. If the Cards had kept Lance Long, they might not need to at least consider signing a guy like Walter.
But Walter would be a good fit for their offense, coming over from a Houston team that throws the ball a lot, too. He's the perfect possession receiver who's also an end zone threat. Heck, with him, the Cardinals would by far have the best receiver corps in the league.