The Arizona Cardinals could be in on another big time running back. Just days after being attached to Adrian Peterson, the Cards could also be in on DeMarco Murray.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com listed four teams that would be interested in Murray if he indeed left Dallas and he placed the Cardinals second behind the Indianapolis Colts.
Here’s what Wesseling had to say.
"2. Arizona Cardinals: Like the Colts, the Cardinals have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Adrian Peterson. Arizona learned the hard way that Andre Ellington isn’t built for workhorse responsibilities."
Look for the Cardinals to continue being on a lot of these kind of lists. There’s just no guarantee that Ellington can carry a full workload over the course of a 16-game schedule and there’s very little depth on the roster behind him.
As for Murray, he had a monster year in 2014. Behind the best offensive line in football, the fourth year running back ran for 1,845 yards and 13 touchdowns, both of which were career bests. Murray also proved to be a big threat catching the ball out of the backfield as he had 57 receptions for 416 yards.
Despite his huge season, Dallas decided to place the franchise tag on receiver Dez Bryant over Murray. It’s yet another example of how teams are devaluing the running back position and not wanting to give big money to one guy when they have very few years in their prime.
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Both of those things lead me to believe that the Cardinals won’t be big players for neither Peterson or Murray. Giving either guy big money just doesn’t seem like a Steve Keim move to me.
Ever since Keim took over the GM role, he’s been more prone to under the radar moves more so than giving out big money to free agents. His lone one, Jared Veldheer, turned out to be a brilliant move.
If Keim is to spend big money this offseason, I think it would be on a pass rusher rather than a running back. With the futures of both John Abraham and Daryl Washington uncertain, that’s the biggest need this team has at the moment.
It’s much more likely that Keim addresses the running back position via the draft, which has a loaded class. That way Arizona can save the money to use on other spots of need, namely adding a pass rusher.
We should find out shortly what Keim and company decides. Teams across the league can begin negotiating with free agents on March 7 with free agency officially getting under way a few days later on March 10.
You can expect the Cardinals to be involved in some form. I’m just not sure if it will be addressing the running back position with a big name like Peterson or Murray.