LB Joey Porter, Grade: A-
If it weren’t for Porter’s history of imploding in the locker room, this would grade out as a solid A. Porter can still be considered one of the league’s elite pass rushers although his skills have diminished since recording a career-high 17.5 sacks in 2008. The Cardinals are hopeful Porter can total a similar output after being reunited with head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt’s prior knowledge of Porter’s antics with the Pittsburgh Steelers should allow him to control Porter and maximize his performance. Porter will join Bill Davis’ aggressive defensive scheme and will help build on an Arizona defense that racked up over 40 sacks a year ago.
OG Rex Hadnot, Grade: B
Hadnot is arguably the most underrated addition of this year’s free-agency period, providing the Cardinals with another experienced and versatile offensive lineman. He possesses the ability to play both guard positions as well as center. Hadnot appeared in only nine games last season but had played in 63 of 64 regular season games over the previous four years, starting in each of those contests. Like Anderson, Hadnot comes over from the Cleveland Browns where the franchise has been in shambles for the last handful of years. Hadnot will certainly be a welcomed addition by offensive line coach Russ Grimm and should be an immediate contributor in the trenches.
QB Derek Anderson, Grade: B-
This pickup isn’t considered much at this point but could turn into a higher grade if Anderson sees expanded playing time in 2010. Incumbent signal caller Matt Leinart is far from dependable making Anderson one of the more valuable backups in the NFL heading into next year’s campaign. While Anderson’s career statistics are underwhelming he has yet to play with a supporting cast like he’ll have in Arizona. With WR Larry Fitzgerald on the perimeter and an improving running game, Anderson has a chance to revitalize his career. Anderson had taken a turn for the worst in Cleveland and should have a chip on his shoulder to succeed in the desert.
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