Sunday, March 8, 2009

Cards Get McFadden

by: Chris Sullivan

The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent CB Bryant McFadden, most recently with the Steelers. This is definitely an improvement for the Cardinal secondary, and putting him opposite Rodgers-Cromartie (who has pro-bowl potential in the coming years). McFadden is a good, physical cornerback and should complement Cromartie's fast, rangy play well.

This is a very good move for the Cardinal defense who suffered quite a bit in the secondary at times. McFadden has also been accustomed to winning and should serve as a mentor to Cromartie and others on the defense.

The deal is two years, $10M with $5M guaranteed. This is an awfully short-term contract for a player in the prime of his career, but maybe I'm just reading too much into that (Bryant is only 27). Either way, the NFC West just got a tick better, and that's always a welcome change. Let's see how McFadden and Rodgers-Cromartie do trying to cover Housh, Burly, Branch, and, potentially, Crabtree. Bwahaha! END