Cardinals could make major changes at linebacker

Posted Jan. 05, 2011 @ 8:56 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

With the exception of quarterback, where a new starter is expected via free agency, trade or the draft, the position that could change the most for the Cardinals is linebacker, where we hear it's possible only one of the four LBs who began the season as a starter (Paris Lenon) might return to the team. OLBs Joey Porter and Clark Haggans are both age 33 (Haggans turns 34 on Jan. 10), and Porter,  a noteworthy free-agent addition whose salary will jump to $5.7 million if he sticks around, was a big disappointment. Inside, veteran Gerald Hayes couldn't stay healthy and was ineffective when he was able to play. Rookies Daryl Washington and O'Brien Schofield had their moments inside and outside, respectively. "But neither of them wowed anybody," one daily team observer said "There really is a big need for outside pass rushers. Schofield is about the only young guy they've got right now at the position."