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Davenport Becomes the First Former Steeler Not Immediately Signed by the Cardinals
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jul 3rd 2008 7:21PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Lions, Steelers, NFL Free AgencTypically, when the Steelers release a player, the process goes something like this: head coach Mike Tomlin explains that “it’s a numbers game,” and thanks the player for their hard work, commitment, etc.; player cleans out his locker and turns in his playbook; player immediately calls his agent; player signs with the Pittsburgh West within 48 hours.

Which is why recently unemployed running back Najeh Davenport probably wasn’t too concerned about finding another gig. He told Sirius NFL Radio earlier this week that he would target the Cardinals and Lions as potential new employers, but he might want to think about casting a wider net during the job search.

“Cardinals GM Rod Graves said via text message this morning that the Cardinals have no interest.”

So that’s that. A running game that ranked 26th in the league last season has no need for a back who was eighth in value per play and 18th in total value. And Davenport’s also a willing blocker and a good receiver. Interesting.

Actually, it’s more complicated than that — according to Rotoworld: Najeh said he’d target the Lions and Cardinals as suitors, but his off-field past will work against him. The Cards also aren’t in position to sign players other than their rookies. It’s too bad, because this could’ve been a nice fit. There’s still Detroit, a team in need of a veteran running back who doesn’t stink, and then there’s Chicago: a team in need of a running back, period (although second-rounder Matt Forte has, roughly, a 10 million percent chance to be an improvement over Cedric Benson).




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