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Sunday, May 2, 2010
Would Bulger put Cardinals over top?

By Mike Sando

ESPN's Adam Schefter used his Insider mailbag to make a case for Arizona to sign former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger. The way Schefter sees things, Bulger would make the Cardinals the NFC West favorite.

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The Rams were in a tough spot with Bulger because they knew his time in St. Louis had come and gone. Given the Rams' implosion and his own career nosedive in recent seasons, Bulger could have conceivably been less excited about staying there than some weary fans would have been to see him remain part of the team's plans. An inflated salary made it impractical for the organization to keep Bulger in a backup role.

Yet, as Schefter points out, Bulger does have the skills to be an effective quarterback and a change of scenery could conceivably jump-start his career. The Rams held onto Bulger until other teams, including the Cardinals, had made moves to address the quarterback position on their rosters. There were few appealing options for Bulger once the Rams finally did release him.

The Cardinals were known to have interest, but they couldn't wait around all offseason. The quarterback market would have moved on without them. They showed interest in Charlie Whitehurst, then signed Derek Anderson once Seattle landed the San Diego quarterback.

I'm not sold enough on the idea that Bulger would automatically deliver a division title to the Cardinals. At this point, then, it's a little late to comfortably add Bulger to the quarterback mix in Arizona. What say you?