Friday, September 3, 2010
Reggie Wells' trade clears way for Lutui
By Mike Sando
Reggie Wells was the odd man out on the Arizona Cardinals' offensive line after the team signed Alan Faneca to start and Rex Hadnot for depth.
Deuce Lutui's return as a restricted free agent created a stockpile.
Wells' trade to the Philadelphia Eagles for a sixth-round draft choice hurts the Cardinals' depth at guard, but they've still got plenty in reserve. Lutui is rounding into shape and looks like the best option to start at right guard, the position he manned in 2009, when Wells was at left guard.
Wells was to earn $2.4 million, a relatively high figure for a backup, and his play seemed to slip recently (a thumb injury might have been responsible for some of his struggles).
The Cardinals can now go into the season with Levi Brown at left tackle, Faneca at left guard, Lyle Sendlein at center, Lutui at right guard and Brandon Keith at right tackle. Wells projected as an emergency backup tackle as well, but Jeremy Bridges showed last season he can start there if needed.