The Arizona Cardinals came up a day late and a win short of being postseason eligible this year but the miraculous turnaround from last season has the team excited for the future and this offseason will be spent trying to make sure the playoffs are achieved next season.
One way the Cardinals may elect to get better is to shore up their offensive line, something they still need to patch up despite a huge improvement this season compared to last. According to the Cardinals official website, the team may make a run at soon-to-be free agent left tackle Branden Albert, a player the Kansas City Chiefs will likely not be brining back in 2014.
Left tackle is also in flux. Keim has said he will try to add a top-tier player this offseason, either through the draft or via free agency. Chiefs Pro Bowler Branden Albert may be the highest profile blind-side protector on the free agent market, and the Cardinals could make an attempt to land him.
The drafting of North Carolina stud Jonathan Cooper this past season helped improve the potential offensive line but the team needs a franchise left tackle and that could end up being Albert. Cooper missed his entire rookie season and he’s also a guard, which means Albert could become an anchor for the Cardinals on their line.
That could be good news for a Cardinals team just a few players away from being a force in the NFC next season.