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Cardinals need Johnson to step up at safety

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By Dan Arkush

Ken Whisenhunt didn't sound at all like he was willing to let Cardinals starting FS Antrel Rolle test the open market, which apparently will be the case with the team not expected to pay Rolle a $4 million roster bonus that would put him on the books for roughly $8 million this coming season. "I want to make it very clear that we're trying very hard to re-sign Antrel," the Cardinals head coach said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "But if for some reason we lose him, the next guy is just going to have to step up." The most likely candidate to step up, if need be, is 2009 third-round draft pick Rashad Johnson, who was a pretty big disappointment as a rookie in the eyes of most close team observers. "There were certain expectations with Rashad as a third-rounder," Whisenhunt said. "But the first year is always tough, and players react differently. We would like him to be more consistent, and he does have to enter next season with a real sense of urgency."


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