Free agent OG Jake Scott visits Cardinals

Offensive guard Jake Scott has made the Arizona Cardinals the

first team to visit as a free agent.

Scott met with Cardinals officials and coaches on Wednesday as

the team waits for Peyton Manning to decide his destination.

Scott, if he signed with Arizona, would replace Rex Hadnot at

right guard, with Hadnot becoming a backup at several offensive

line positions.

Scott, 6-foot-5 and 292 pounds, was a teammate of Manning’s on

Indianapolis’ Super Bowl championship team in the 2006 season. He

started the past four seasons for the Tennessee Titans.

Scott was one of three offensive linemen to visit the Cardinals

on Wednesday. One of them, Adam Snyder, later reached an agreement

on a five-year contract with Arizona.

Snyder, 6-6 and 325 pounds, started 69 games and appeared in 107

over the past seven seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. He started

13 games for the NFC West champions last season.

The third to visit was the 6-foot-5, 311-pound tackle Demetrius

Bell, who started 30 games for the Buffalo Bills over the past

three seasons. He started all 16 games for Buffalo in 2010 but was

limited to seven games in 2011 because of knee and ankle


Tackle is the obvious biggest need for Arizona after the

Cardinals released Levi Brown, the starter on the left side, in a

salary cap move. Last season’s starting right tackle, Brandon

Keith, is a free agent.

Scott’s agent, Ken Staninger, said the Cardinals ”called right

out of the gate” about his client.

”He’s a good fit for what they’re reportedly looking for,”

Staninger said.

The agent said that Scott’s history with Manning was ”somewhat

of a factor.”

The Cardinals are in something of a holding pattern as they wait

for Manning to make his decision. The superstar quarterback was

visiting the Tennessee Titans on Wednesday.

Manning spent nearly 6 1/2 hours at the Cardinals’ facility on

Sunday. The team is hoping the presence of standout receiver Larry

Fitzgerald and the quarterback’s friendship with coach Ken

Whisenhunt, among other factors, will lure Manning to the desert.

The team has a state-of-the-art stadium with a retractable roof and

natural grass field as well as warm winter weather.

But a concern could be the offensive line, which was

inconsistent in its performances last season. Arizona did go 7-2

after a 1-6 start to wind up 8-8 for the season, thanks in large

part to a vastly improved defense.

Manning also visited the Denver Broncos and spent time with the

Miami Dolphins’ representatives in a meeting in Indianapolis.

The Cardinals need a decision by Manning this week because the

team will have to pay quarterback Kevin Kolb $7 million if he is on

the roster on Saturday. Arizona released Brown, the fifth overall

pick in the 2007 draft, because his contract would have counted

nearly $17 million on the team’s salary cap for the coming