The Cardinals immediately addressed the loss of Rolle by signing former New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes. Rhodes is a highly regarded player around the NFL but he found himself on the outside looking in once Rex Ryan took over has the Jets head coach. Despite his falling out with Ryan and New York, Rhodes accumulated 63 tackles and three interceptions in 2009. Furthermore, Rhodes has been extremely productive during his five-year career, totaling 417 tackles, 15 interceptions while adding nine sacks.
While Arizona has yet to address the loss of Boldin with an outside addition, there's a good chance the void could be filled from within. Fourth-year wideout Steve Breaston was tendered with a first-round draft pick, all but securing his status in the desert for at least one more season. Breaston proved his worth over the past three seasons as a favorite target for now retired QB Kurt Warner. Breaston is expected to jump into a starting role opposite of Larry Fitzgerald while Early Doucet settles in as a slot receiver previously occupied by Breaston.
In addition to the free-agent losses Arizona has incurred this offseason, the retirement of Warner, a likely Hall-of-Famer, will certainly have a major affect on the Cardinals' immediate future. However despite the loss, general manager Rod Graves has done an excellent job of assembling the necessary talent to pick up right where the previous tenure left off. Only time will tell if Graves' plan will pay off but the Cardinals seem to be making all the right moves at this point in time.
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