The Cardinals have been one of the biggest losers in free agency over the past few weeks, but over the past few weeks they’ve started looking for reinforcements. Here are some thoughts on their addition of linebackers Joey Porter and Paris Lenon as reinforcements on the defensive side. We’ll compare all recent March signings in a post coming next week.
Porter, who was released by the Dolphins, is still a quality pass rusher who can make an impact in a 3-4 defense. At age 33, Porter has a lot of miles on his tires, but with 26.5 sacks in the last two years he hasn’t shown signs of major slippage. He helps to replace Bertrand Berry, who said he is retiring, for an Arizona defense that needs playmakers badly after losing Karlos Dansby and Antrel Rolle in the offseason. Porter isn’t the athlete the departed are, but he can help. While $17.5 million over three years (with a potential $7 million more in incentives) seems rich for a 33-year-old, Arizona was in a spot where it needed a defensive jolt. Lenon started for the Rams last year and now moves over to provide a veteran to help fill the gaping hole left by Dansby.