The Cardinals have made no secret of their desire to improve their pass rush this offseason and their search is extending beyond the crop of NFL players that will become free agents next month.
The team is meeting with CFL defensive end/outside linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo on Friday. Okpalaugo, who played at Fresno State in college, recorded 23 sacks for the Toronto Argonauts the last two seasons and spent time with the Dolphins, Vikings and Cowboys before heading to the other side of the border to continue his football career.
Should they want to add him to the roster, the Cardinals have some competition for Okpalaugo’s services. His agent Brett Tessler said on Twitter that Okpalaugo met with their divisional rivals in Seattle earlier this week and that the Seahawks want him. Tessler adds that the Jets, who signed one CFL pass rusher already in Freddie Bishop, have made an offer to bring him to the team.
Given the interest and the constant need for pass rushers around the league, it seems likely that Okpalaugo’s tour of the U.S. will result in a chance to make a team this offseason.