It might not be an upgrade, but the Cardinals took steps to address the holes
in both the offensive and defensive lines this week, resigning DTs Kenny King,
Langston Moore and Tim Bulman.
Moore was claimed off waivers from the Bengals in September after missing
nearly half the season with a shoulder injury in Cincinnati. A sixth round
pick in 2003 by the Bengals the 6'1", 303lb former South Carolina Gamecock fits
the undersized, quick mold that the Cardinals have gone with on defense in
recent seasons, and his tendency to tire quickly won't scare the Cardinals
nearly as much now that they are moving into a dome.
Likewise King's size profiles as a DE, but his skill sets make him more
valuable as a third down pass rushing DT. At just 285 lbs he simply lacks
the size to be a run stopper in the middle of the line.
Bulman, who saw time in only the last four games of last season, was
undrafted out of Boston College, and is yet another undrafted, undersized
All three will compete for time behind the recovering Darnell Dockett and
recently signed Kendrick Clancy, but after last season, when 15 different
players spent time on the injured list, and five of the top seven D-lineman were
injured at one point or another, the Cardinals realize depth may be their
defense's best friend.
The Cardinals also resigned kicker Nick Novak, who was 8/10 in FG and 15/15
in XTP in five games last season subbing for the injured Neil Rackers, and
offensive lineman Shawn Lynch, who did not see game action in 2005.