By Brian Kalchik @RantsportsBrian on April 27, 2014
The Arizona Cardinals have gone through plenty of changes this offseason -- some positive and some negative. The Cardinals lost a host of players like Rashard Mendenhall and Yeremiah Bell, but they did gain players like Antonio Cromartie and John Carlson.
While the Cardinals have had a productive offseason so far, here are five of the their biggest mistakes up to this point.
For the Cardinals, Andre Roberts became an effective slot receiver for the offense last season and was emerging as a breakout performer. Instead of continuing his great play of a year ago, the Cardinals let Roberts walk in free agency and he will now be catching passes from Robert Griffin III in Washington. What's even worse was the man who will try to replace him.
Another key player on Arizona's offense, Eric Winston is one of the more solid and dependable offensive linemen in the NFL. Although he's not what he used to be, Winston is still an effective player who could have provided leadership for younger players like Bobby Massie and Bradley Sowell.
This is a list of mistakes so far, not what will happen down the road. The Cardinals will have to find a franchise quarterback sooner or later and have failed to do so up till now. Instead of finding a prominent or rising young player, the Cardinals now are content with Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley backing up Carson Palmer.
Another position that the Cardinals neglected in free agency, an outside linebacker could have done wonders for the Cardinals as they try to find a capable edge rusher to team with the aging John Abraham. The Cardinals most certainly will find one in this year's draft, but up until now, not finding one has been a mistake.
The Cardinals replaced Roberts with Ted Ginn Jr. who was the former first-round flop of the Miami Dolphins and the second-coming of Desmond Howard. Ginn Jr. has progressed since his days in Miami, but as I see it, Ginn Jr. is nowhere near what Roberts was and the Cardinals choosing Ginn Jr. over Roberts has been the biggest offseason mistake so far.
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