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
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,”
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