Cardinals notebook: Opportunity at inside linebacker?
MAY 15, 11:17a ET | Craig Morgan
Rotowire: May 19 / 2:47p ET
News: Weatherspoon made all the defensive calls during the Cardinals' first OTA on Tuesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Impact: Weatherspoon's injury-laden career culminated in a torn Achilles last June which erased the entire 2014 campaign, but shortly after signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March, he relayed that the most recent ailment was "completely healed." In the previous two offseasons, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim inked Karlos Dansby and Antonio Cromartie to similar prove-it deals that they were able to parlay into significant paydays after productive seasons. Only 27 years old and a 2010 first-round pick, Weatherspoon's background indicates that his best years could be in front of him if he avoids the injury bug.
Rotowire: Mar 11 / 2:40p ET
News: Weatherspoon said that his Achilles is "completely healed" during Wednesday's introductory news conference with the Cardinals, Darren Urban of the team's official website reports.
Impact: During a recent evaluation with the doctor who performed his Achilles surgery, Weatherspoon was given the all clear from the ruptured tendon that wiped out his 2014 season, his fifth and final with the Falcons. Injuries have hindered him throughout his career, but he does have a 113-tackle campaign to his name during his sole complete campaign in 2011. As a Cardinal, he offers enough versatility to help out at both inside and outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme.
Rotowire: Mar 9 / 8:31a ET
News: Weatherspoon (Achilles) is slated to sign a one-year, $4 million contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Weatherspoon missed the entire 2014 campaign after tearing his Achilles last June, which followed a number of maladies during the 2013 season. Nonetheless, the 2010 first-round pick has proven plenty talented when healthy, and the Cardinals have shown few reservations about signing formerly injury-prone players in years past. In Weatherspoon's only full NFL season back in 2011, he registered an excellent 115 tackles and four sacks, which offers nice upside for the Cardinals linebacking corp heading into next season.