Arizona Cardinals: Nnamdi Asomugha and 10 Possible Free-Agent Additions
The Arizona Cardinals finished last season with a measly 5-11 record and a last-place finish in the NFC West.
While the Cardinals aren't exactly known for signing big-name free agents, that doesn't mean there isn't a chance for them to sign some big names this year and the market is stockpiled full of talent that the Cardinals could absolutely use.
The biggest free agent on the market is Nnamdi Asomugha, who will be courted by every single team once the free-agency period begins and the Cardinals should most definitely be involved.
There is need at receiver to go along with Larry Fitzgerald and there are plenty of needs along the offensive line.
Bottom line is that Arizona needs a lot of help in a lot of positions, so here are 10 potential free agents that the Cardinals could use.
10. Marc Bulger, Quarterback
I know that almost every Cardinals fan in the Bleacher Report community is in love with John Skelton, and there's nothing wrong with that, but the Cardinals need a quarterback that has experience.
Marc Bulger could be the answer the Cards are looking for. He hasn't seen extensive action in nearly three years now, but he's been a solid backup.
Look at the success that Kurt Warner had in this offense. Don't forget that Bulger and Warner come from the same kind of offensive background.
Bulger could be the quick fix now and still be a tutor for Skelton as he progresses into being a starting quarterback.
Bulger would be a very easy selection for the Cardinals and he could help out right away.
9. Vincent Jackson, Wide Reciever
Vincent Jackson held out for more money last season and the result was him playing in just five games last season.
The 6'5" receiver could be the red-zone threat that the Cardinals could use. Larry Fitzgerald is pretty much the total package, but he was the best when he had a counterpart in Anquan Boldin.
Jackson is only 28 years old and still has a lot left in the tank to be a solid playmaking receiver for the next five or six years.
Steve Breaston is a great slot receiver, but he certainly isn't a No. 2 guy. Jackson could fit this team nicely.
8. Daryn Colledge, Guard
Daryn Colledge was a starter for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, but the Packers have already said they may not have enough to afford him.
I honestly don't care what anyone says about this, Colledge is better than every single starting lineman that Arizona has. Add in the fact that he's been on a championship team and he will be bringing along with him the experience.
Colledge is excellent in pass protection and is an above-average run blocker, but he would still bring plenty to the offensive line table in Arizona.
7. Matt Light, Tackle
Matt Light has been the anchor for the New England Patriots offensive line for the past decade, but at 33 years old he might not be on their list of top priorities.
If in fact Light slips through the Pats' fingers, what better team to grab him than the Cardinals? Again, like I said with the previous slide, Light is a champion and he's been one of the best tackles in the game for the past 10 years.
He brings with him a championship-like attitude and he would start immediately at left tackle because the Cardinals simply don't have a dominating tackle at that position.
Light probably wouldn't come cheap, but he would improve a line that is in desperate need of a change.
6. Cullen Jenkins, Defensive End
Cullen Jenkins has to be one of the top priorities of Green Bay's offseason, but if they somehow don't re-sign him, it would be quite a treat to watch Jenkins alongside Darnell Dockett.
The combination alone is intriguing enough for the Cardinals to go out and sign him.
Jenkins can be injury-prone, but his production alone is worth enough to look past the likelihood of an injury.
Jenkins has been a consistent pass-rusher for the past couple of years and would be a great addition to a line that struggles at times with Dockett being the focal point.
5. Kamerion Wimbley, Linebacker
Kamerion Wimbley had a successful season last year for the Oakland Raiders after making 58 tackles and nine sacks. He's known for his ability to blitz the quarterback and for that reason alone he would be perfect for the Cardinals.
Wimbley is just 27 years old and by all accounts, he could be entering the prime of his career. He has a knack for getting to the quarterback and that is something the Cardinals defense lacked from a year ago.
The defense as a whole had just 33 sacks last season. Wimbley's ability to pass-rush is essential and if for some reason the Raiders don't re-sign him, he is a must-need for the Cardinals.
4. Ernie Sims, Linebacker
Ernie Sims had a disappointing season last year for the Eagles. He had 55 tackles and two sacks, a dismal year according to what they were expecting of him.
Sims is known for his coverage skills. He's fast for a linebacker and while he's only 6'0", he still plays bigger.
Sims would be a solid fit for the 3-4 defense that the Cardinals run. He's good against the run, but even better against the pass. If needed, he has the ability to get the quarterback, but it's his cover skills that come in handy most of the time.
Sims may get re-signed by the Eagles, but if he doesn't the Cardinals shouldn't hesitate to bring him in. He is only 26 years old and has plenty of time to have major success in the NFL.
3. Tommie Harris, Defensive Tackle
Tommie Harris, the former Bears defensive tackle who was cut after the season, would be a perfect fit for the Cardinals.
Harris hasn't lived up to all the hype that surrounded him during his first two seasons, but that doesn't mean that his career is over.
Adding him to the defensive line alongside Darnell Dockett would be huge. The great thing about Dockett is that he can play the end position as well as nose tackle, but his specialty is getting to the quarterback.
Harris would only bolster this defensive line and make it one that has youth and experience. Add in the fact that Harris and Larry Fitzgerald are good friends, this is almost a no-brainer.
2. DeAngelo Williams, Running Back
Although the Cardinals will most likely re-sign Tim Hightower, the thought of having DeAngelo Williams in a Cards uniform is almost too good to be true, and it probably is.
Williams wants to be a starter and he wants the cash that comes along with it too, but the Cardinals could use a back with his play set.
He's a fast and athletic running back who has already had success in the NFL. Is it safe to say that the Beanie Wells experiment is over? Maybe, maybe not, but still having a running back like Williams can only help an offense, not hurt it.
The Cardinals are also expecting good things from second-rounder Ryan Williams out of Virginia Tech, but he might not be able to take on the entire rushing load right away.
Williams may not be on the Cardinals' radar, but he would certainly help a rushing attack that, quite frankly, hasn't been an attack for some years now.
1. Nnamdi Asomugha, Cornerback
It truly boggles my mind that Nnamdi Asomugha is a free agent. He's the cream of the crop, the best cornerback in the game today and it's crazy to think that the Raiders cut him for not fulfilling his contract.
Now I know that the Cardinals just drafted Patrick Peterson and they already have Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, both whom will be amazing for years to come, but Asomugha is simply too good to pass up.
While the teams with the heavy wallets will be lining up for his services, the Cardinals could sneak in and offer him an opportunity to play in a loaded secondary.
Think about it: Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes at safety, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie at the corners with Patrick Peterson as a nickel. Nobody would be able to pass on them.
Asomugha is sure to demand a big salary, but the payoff is absolutely worth it.
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