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Cardinals have one offensive line starter under contract

Beanie Wells, Justin Smith, Levi Brown AP

The Cardinals offensive line was arguably among the league’s worst last year.  So we’re not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing they may have to rebuild the whole thing overnight almost from scratch.

AZCardinals.com points out that only one starter from last year’s offensive line is under contract for next year. That’s Levi Brown, who has largely been a disappointment since the Cardinals selected him over Adrian Peterson in the 2007.

Another starter — right tackle Brandon Keith — will be easy to retain with a restricted tag.

This isn’t a new issue for Arizona, but it is a reminder how much work must be done. Guard Deuce Lutui could leave via free agency and guard Alan Faneca retired.  The Cardinals may rely on backup veterans Jeremy Bridges and Rex Hadnot to step up.

Ken Whisenhunt and Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Line Russ Grimm came to Arizona stressing line play, so we think it’s fair to evaluate how much they have really improved things up front since taking over.

Without many long term solutions, the group doesn’t appear to be in much better shape than when Dennis Green left.

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7 Responses to “Cardinals have one offensive line starter under contract”
  1. schmitty2 says: Jun 30, 2011 3:13 PM

    1 O-lineman under contract equals 1 QB potentially crapping his pants

  2. ampats says: Jun 30, 2011 3:21 PM

    With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Andrew Luck

  3. terrellblowens says: Jun 30, 2011 3:34 PM

    Kevin Kolb will be sad to hear this.

  4. warner2fitz says: Jun 30, 2011 4:52 PM

    I would luv 2 hear “and the Arizonal Cardinals select…Andrew Luck, QB Stanford”!!! That’s music 2 my ears!!!

  5. rabidmike says: Jun 30, 2011 5:05 PM

    Drafting Andrew Luck would be better than trading our 1st overall in 2012 and Daryl Washington to Philly or Denver…however, Levi Brown has to be one of the worst picks ever from a team that has drafted well in recent memory. Sendlien will be back at center, but journeymen Bridges and Hadnot may have big roles. The Cards believe they can identity vets who they can immediately plug in, like Faneca. Hopefully, this year’s crop has a bit more left in the tank.

  6. erock216 says: Jun 30, 2011 5:37 PM

    first off, to the nimrods wanting Andrew luck: to quote terry bradshaw “even payton manning can’t throw touchdowns from his ass!” you need linemen to protect your qb long enough to make the throws. to me, unless qb is your teams only need you don’t take one in the first round. the cardinals need many positions before qb!

  7. Soulman45 says: Jun 30, 2011 6:40 PM

    How do a team win games with no QB abd no O-line?

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