The Arizona Cardinals are expressing plenty of interest in some of the NFL draft’s top quarterback prospects of late, including North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky.
Trubisky spent Monday night eating at Phoenix restaurant Steak 44 with head coach Bruce Arians, general manager Steve Keim and team president Michael Bidwell jersey, according to Fox Sports 910’s Mike Jurecki. That’s just a slice of the Cardinals’ activity with potential rookie quarterbacks this week: The club also hosted DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame for a pre-draft visit on Monday, and will welcome Clemson’s Deshaun Watson on Wednesday. Prior to this week, the club also conducted a private workout with QB Patrick Mahomes jersey of Texas Tech.
The Cardinals hold the No. 13 overall pick of draft, and the No. 45 overall pick in the second round. Cardinals veteran QB Carson Palmer is 37 and entering his 15th NFL season, so the time could be right for the club to acquire his eventual replacement.
Houston general manager Rick Smith earned praise from his boss for dumping Osweiler’s contract, but now comes the hard part: solving a Texans quarterback position that began to recede at the same time as Matt Schaub’s hairline.
Only Romo knows if Houston’s refusal to wine and dine him cost the team a starting quarterback for 2017. Now Smith and coach Bill O’Brien face a situation in which 2014 fourth-round pick Tom Savage is the presumptive starter despite having just two career starts under his cheap jerseys and belt. As McNair pointed out in Phoenix, Savage has had trouble staying healthy, having been injured in both of his brief stints at quarterback in Houston.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle believes that Savage is likely to start in front of Brandon Weeden and a first-round draft pick to be named later at quarterback. Smith is virtually required to draft a quarterback early this season after failing to take one in the first three rounds during his entire decade running the team with wholesale jerseys.
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There are few general managers under more pressure to deliver a big-time draft than Smith. He’s trying to move past the Osweiler fiasco and build up a roster that is far weaker than 2016’s AFC South title and playoff win would suggest. Football Outsiders’ metrics ranked Houston as the No. 29 team in the NFL in 2016; the Texans were incredibly fortunate to win nine regular-season games based on a combination of team defense, schedule and some lucky close wins. The defense will get a major boost with the return of J.J. Watt jersey, who went on injured reserve in September. But this is an organization facing high expectations while its would-be savior quarterback joins Jim Nantz in the booth to broadcast some of their games.
“With the 2017 season getting started and teams are preparing to be the best they can be, I think it’s time for me to walk away from the game,” Powers explained in his lengthy goodbye. “The last 8 years have been a joy and wonderful ride. Even though I can still compete and play at a high level, mentally, I’m ready for the next chapter of my life.”
Powers signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in 2016 after spending his formative years with the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. The Colts selected Powers in the third round of the 2009 draft.
The cornerback finishes his career with 413 tackles, 74 passes defended, 13 interceptions, three forced fumbles and three sacks. Powers recorded at least one pick in each of his eight seasons in the league.