The team also let go of linebacker O’Brien Schofield and put wide receiver Ryan Swope on the reserved/retired list.
In addition first-round pick Jonathan Cooper ended his holdout Sunday and will start camp three days behind everyone else.
So let’s take a couple minutes and break down all of the news on the first few days of camp for the Cardinals.
With the Cardinals bringing Winston on, it raises more questions about the offensive line. Levi Brown missed all of last season with a torn triceps muscle. The early word is that he is not off to a great start and that can’t bode well for the former first-rounder of Penn State.
When you’re the team that has been dead last in rushing in three of the last five seasons you have problems up front. While Winston might be able to solve some of them, this looks like it will be one of the biggest battles to watch during training camp. The Cardinals need to figure out in short order who will be on their offensive line and at what position. Offensive line cohesion is a big factor in a team’s success.
Winston might wind up getting the nod at right tackle. He spent last season in Kansas City and started all 16 games for the Chiefs. Along the way, his blocking was part of a unit that helped running back Jamaal Charles to outstanding numbers. Charles ran the ball 285 times for 1,509 yards last season in Kansas City. Winston will compete with second-year player Bobby Massie for the starting nod at right tackle.
Arizona’s acquisition of Abraham looks to be another solid move by general manager Steve Keim. Abraham is the leader in sacks among all active players with 122. He’s also forced 44 fumbles during his career and should be a disruptive force on the defensive line.
His experience should help Arizona find a way to bring more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Abraham played with Atlanta last season so he knows his way around the NFC South. Arizona takes on that entire division this season. Abraham’s knowledge could also help the Cardinals deal with mobile quarterbacks since he had to take on Cam Newton of the Panthers twice a year. The team could potentially use that expertise to slow down Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks.
While the moves coming in look solid, let’s examine the two players who are no longer with the team in Schofield and Swope.
Schofield was literally running onto the field for practice when someone came over and told him he had been released, according to the Arizona Republic.