Vets Heap and Holliday coming, Hightower gone
Todd Heap (US Presswire)
Todd Heap (US Presswire)

Posted Aug 1, 2011

The Arizona Cardinals have been busy making plenty of rosters moves, stay up-to-date here.

The Cardinals will continue to search for help along the offensive line and at receiver. At this stage, they are looking for bargains, not to make a big splash. They are rumored to be after several notable names, but aren't going to pay big money. They are talked to TE Todd Heap, who is from the Phoenix area.

--TE Todd Heap, who spent 10 years with the Ravens, signed a two-year contract. He gives the team a pass-catching threat they haven't had since the late 1980s with Jay Novacek. The Cardinals have a deep group of TEs now, and one of them is likely to go. It could be Stephen Spach.

--RB Tim Hightower was traded to Washington in exchange for veteran Vonnie Holliday and sixth-round draft pick. The move frees up room for Beanie Wells and rookie Ryan Williams in the Cardinals' backfield.

--G Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack was signed to a two-year deal. He will compete with Rex Hadnot for the right guard job. The Cardinals thought they had lost Deuce Lutui to the Bengals, but a failed physical brought him back to the desert.

--CB Richard Marshall, a free agent from Carolina, was signed to help compensate for the loss of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Marshall is tough and a good tackler. He will compete with Greg Toler for the starting job opposite of Patrick Peterson.

--OLB Joey Porter took a pay cut to remain with the team. Porter understood. He had five sacks last year and was due to make $5.75 million. He will compete with O'Brien Schofield for the right outside linebacker job.

--OG Daryn Colledge, a free agent from Green Bay, was one of three starters unable to practice until Aug. 4. Center Lyle Sendlein and right tackle Brandon Keith couldn't work out either.

EXPECTED BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Running back Beanie Wells is the tentative starter, with Tim Hightower unsigned. Rookie Ryan Williams is due in camp soon. This position is the most intriguing of camp.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: There is competition for the No. 2 receiver job among Andre Roberts, Early Doucet, Stephen Williams, Max Komar and Chansi Stuckey. The team is looking for a pass rush threat at right outside linebacker. O'Brien Schofield, Joey Porter and rookie Sam Acho will battle.


--TE Rob Housler, the third-round pick, was so excited to start practicing that he reported to camp before he had signed. Coaches had to turn him away, and Housler found a room in Flagstaff for the night. He signed the next day.

--OLB Sam Acho was a great player at Texas but it appears his biggest challenge will be overcoming his lack of size. Acho is listed at 6-1 but that seems generous.

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