The Arizona Cardinals have been looking into all sorts of veteran free agent options recently, as they are looking to beef up their front seven following the season-ending injury to star defensive end Darnell Dockett, who tore his ACL in practice. Brett Keisel got a look from the Cards before ultimately rejoining the Pittsburgh Steelers after presumably getting leverage from the Cardinals interest, and they added former New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers DL Isaac Sopoaga, who is nothing more than a big body against the run at this stage. Their biggest addition, though, is versatile and talented veteran pass rusher Tommy Kelly, who also played for the Patriots and is a big get if healthy and motivated.
Kelly has the upside to be a big addition up front for the Cardinals, but the biggest name they have taken a look at is definitely James Harrison, who is yet another former Steelers. Harrison visited the Cardinals today and isn’t expected to sign, but the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers reports that while a deal isn’t a “foregone conclusion”, Harrison is “tentatively” set to take a physical with the Cardinals on Friday.
It’s huge news for the Cardinals, who could add an impact edge rusher and solid run defender in Harrison, who is still a solid all-around player. He isn’t a star anymore, but he did do some nice things as a backup for the Cincinnati Bengals last year. It’s ideal for him to play as something of a rotational outside linebacker, but I wouldn’t rule out the chances of him rejoining the Steelers in some capacity either.