The Arizona Cardinals quarterback room is as strong as any in the NFL following the acquisition of veteran signal caller Carson Palmer, if head coach Bruce Arians is to be believed. But that hasn't stopped the team from scoping out numerous quarterbacks in advance of this years upcoming draft.
The quarterback position in Arizona has been one of the teams biggest sore points for fans in recent years, and many had speculated that the team would be forced to spend their first round pick on a passer in the upcoming draft. Though Arians was reportedly hot on former Colt's backup Drew Stanton, and expressed a confidence in his ability to perform if needed, his hesitance to name him starter throughout lead many to suggest that he remained open handing the reigns to a rookie QB, taken with the number seven overall pick in the upcoming draft.
The San Francisco 49ers acquiring Nnamdi Asomugha is one of the more interesting moves of this NFL offseason. The question is are the 49ers getting the same cornerback who dominated for the Oakland Raiders? Or will Asomugha be a bust in San Francisco, like he was with the Philadelphia Eagles?
The answer lies in how the 49ers can use Asomugha and how much his struggles in Philadelphia were due to diminishing skills and not other factors.
The 49ers play a lot of 2-deep zone concepts. On the surface, that won't suit Asomugha, who struggled in zone defenses with the Eagles.
However, there are key differences in the coverage schemes used in San Francisco.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has tweaked things to give his corners more freedom to matchup one-on-one underneath.
So Fangio's scheme resembles man under with both safeties covering the deep zones behind it. The underneath man coverage part of that dynamic should appeal to Asomugha.
He came to prominence with the Raiders, thanks to his aggressive, man coverage. The phrase "press" was most often used to describe Asomugha's technique.
The Arizona Cardinals have traded for former Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Carson Palmer. The deal means the Cardinals are trusting a veteran to fix their quarterback issues, after several unsuccessful experiments with youth. They've also found the right fit for new head coach Bruce Arians' deep passing offense.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reported the Cardinals dealt a sixth-round pick this year and a 2014 seventh-round pick to the Silver and Black. In exchange, they get Palmer and a 2013 seventh-round pick.
The Cardinals will be hoping the 33-year-old can replicate what Kurt Warner did in Arizona, during the twilight of his career. Warner took the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance in 2008.
San Francisco 49ers News: Trading For Anquan Boldin Gives Colin Kaepernick The Tools To Succeed In 2013
The San Francisco 49ers have traded a sixth round draft pick to their Super Bowl conquerors, the Baltimore Ravens, for wide receiver Anquan Boldin. That's according to a report from NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, citing a tweet from The Baltimore Sun.
The 49ers were clearly thinking of their young quarterback when they made this deal. The trade gives Colin Kaepernick all the tools he needs to succeed in 2013. Boldin may be ageing, but he is the ultimate quarterback-friendly receiver. He will quickly become the dependable target Kaepernick won't be able to live without.
The youthful and athletic passer took teams by surprise when he replaced Alex Smith for the final seven games of the 2012 season. However, pro defenses have now had ample time to scout the fleet-footed quarterback, particularly thanks to the extra attention Kaepernick garnered taking the Niners to the Super Bowl.
The Seattle Seahawks have traded for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin. Trading for Harvin makes the Seahawks major NFC contenders in 2013. NFL.com's Marc Sessler cites FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer, who reports the Seahawks swapped first and seventh round picks in April's draft for Harvin.
That gives Seattle's young offense a truly dynamic wide receiver. That's exactly what quarterback Russell Wilson needed to help him succeed in year two. The Seahawks have given Wilson a legitimate vertical threat to complement his arm strength and big play potential.
That big play potential is something that defines Harvin. He is a dynamic and versatile playmaker who excels at stretching defenses deep. The Seahawks needed to expand their offense to tailor things more to Wilson's skills. Those skills include launching vertical salvos and throwing on the run.