Monday, March 19, 2012
What are Cardinals doing? One indication
By Mike Sando
The earlier item assessing what's next for Seattle in free agency brought quick responses from Arizona Cardinals fans.
"What's 1st for Cards?" Gabe asked.
Another, Carmine, was less delicate.
Last we heard, the Cardinals had lost the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, which meant Kevin Kolb won the Arizona lottery -- a $7 million bonus enabled by Manning's withdrawal from consideration.
In response to Gabe and others, I've put together what qualifies as an overly detailed report on free-agent defensive back Jarrett Bush, a corner/safety type scheduled to visit the Cardinals, according to Aaron Wilson of scout.com.
The Cardinals will likely need another defensive back after losing versatile veteran corner Richard Marshall to the Miami Dolphins. Bush, who played about a quarter of the defensive snaps for Green Bay last season, is one name to consider.
Unlike Bush, Marshall had been a regular starter for Carolina when the Cardinals signed him last offseason. Marshall started only nine games for Arizona, but he played better than 70 percent of the defensive snaps.
Special teams would be a significant consideration as well.
While Marshall was a regular contributor to the Cardinals in that regard, Bush was a mainstay special-teamer for Green Bay. He challenged Patrick Lee and Ryan Taylor for the most special-teams snaps of any Packer in 2011.
Bush, 27 and an undrafted free agent in 2006, has started five games over the past three seasons, all with Green Bay. He has missed only two games in six NFL seasons, and none since 2007. He's valued more for his size (6 feet and 200 pounds) than for his speed.
"Bush has good size and athleticism with improved strength, giving him versatility," the Scouts Inc. report reads in part. "He plays with good instincts and recognition skills to leverage the ball effectively. He can turn and run from a press position, keeping pace against vertical routes."
Will that get you by, Gabe? What about you, Carmine?