Nov 17, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Thomas Keiser (90) reacts after sacking Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (not pictured) during the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Like everyone else in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals had to drop their team to the designated 53 man roster size by a set deadline. As a result, all NFL teams had to make cuts and some were harder than others.
Following the Cardinals’ last preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, both teams had to decide who was staying and who was being put on the street.
For San Diego, one of these players were outside linebacker, Thomas Keiser. Keiser produced for the Chargers as, primarily, a pass rusher who recorded 4.5 sacks for the club last season.
Keiser was placed on the waiver wire meaning any NFL team can claim his contract before he officially becomes a free agent.
Then, of course, the team Keiser last went against, The Arizona Cardinals, are the ones to pick up his contract. What makes this even more interesting is how the Cardinals will vs the Chargers in their season opener after having just gone against them in the final game of the preseason.
Was this a planned strategic move to gain some information about their opponent? Possibly. Although the Cardinals have been rebuilding their defense lately after losing several guys for multiple different reasons.
Keiser is a solid pass rusher who could come in and contribute immediately for the Cardinals’ defense (He may also know a thing or two about the Chargers that the Cardinals’ coaches will be eager to learn about).
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