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fenikz 04-03-2007 04:25 AM

Cardinals sign OT Mike Gandy
 
Cardinals sign OT Gandy to three-year deal

By Len Pasquarelli
ESPN.com

Continuing their efforts to upgrade the pass protection for second-year quarterback Matt Leinart, the Arizona Cardinals on Monday signed unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Mike Gandy to a three-year contract.
Mike Gandy
Gandy

Financial details of the deal for Gandy, who played the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, were not yet available.

Gandy, 28, was one of the few starting-caliber tackles still available in the free agency pool and his style should be a good fit for the blocking scheme that offensive line coach Russ Grimm will implement in his first season. Gandy joins former Dallas center Al Johnson, who is already projected as the Cardinals' starter, as offensive linemen added by Arizona during the free agency period.

It is still uncertain where Gandy will play in the revamped Cardinals line. First-year coach Ken Whisenhunt told ESPN.com last week that he has considered moving right tackle Oliver Ross to the left side to provide Leinart better front side protection. It's not known yet if the addition of Gandy might alter those plans.

A former Notre Dame standout, Gandy started all 16 games at left tackle for the Bills in 2005. He began the 2006 season as the starting left tackle. But he then moved to left guard halfway through the season when Buffalo switched right tackle Jason Peters, who the Bills feel will emerge as a Pro Bowl-level blocker, to left tackle.

Originally a third-round choice of the Bears in the 2001 draft, Gandy played four seasons in Chicago, appearing in 32 games and starting at right guard, left guard and left tackle. Gandy signed with the Bills as a free agent in 2005 and won the starting left tackle position with a strong training camp performance that summer.

Gandy is known as a solid technician who uses his hands well and who is fundamentally solid in his pass-blocking. The line has long been a problem area for an Arizona offense that features top-shelf skill-position players, and Whisenhunt has deemed it a priority to upgrade the unit.


i like the cardinals signings this off season, they aren't just throwing cash around like alot of teams

TheChampIsHere 04-03-2007 06:04 AM

Yeah good signing potential starter who is a very good depth signing at the least and he didnt have a big pricetag either. I still think they go Joe Thomas in the draft, but I think this is the way to approach an offseason for a team like the Cardinals. Most the key pieces are in place, and adding some solid players cheaply like Al Johnson and Gandy is what they need to allow the playmakers on this team to win them games.

I think about the Cardinals and I realize they have a lot of standout players, as many as almost any team in the league. But the team as a whole is not getting it done, the role players are not good in their roles.

Some teams like the 49ers and Pats who already have a host of solid players and are a well coached unit but need a playmaker here or there on the other hand are smart to pay top dollar to bring in the top FAs.

Addict 04-03-2007 06:19 AM

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Originally Posted by TheChampIsHere (Post 270313)
Yeah good signing potential starter who is a very good depth signing at the least and he didnt have a big pricetag either. I still think they go Joe Thomas in the draft, but I think this is the way to approach an offseason for a team like the Cardinals. Most the key pieces are in place, and adding some solid players cheaply like Al Johnson and Gandy is what they need to allow the playmakers on this team to win them games.

I think about the Cardinals and I realize they have a lot of standout players, as many as almost any team in the league. But the team as a whole is not getting it done, the role players are not good in their roles.

Some teams like the 49ers and Pats who already have a host of solid players and are a well coached unit but need a playmaker here or there on the other hand are smart to pay top dollar to bring in the top FAs.

I agree they still need and want Thomas... Gandy will give them some depth since their OL hasn't been a beacon as far as being injury-resistant.

Caddy 04-03-2007 06:39 AM

Decent signing, but far from the answer for that O-Line.

RaVeNFaNaCtIc 04-03-2007 07:53 AM

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Originally Posted by 24cadillac24 (Post 270323)
Decent signing, but far from the answer for that O-Line.

QFT, my thoughts exactly

fenikz 04-03-2007 03:56 PM

it may not be the answer but it sure a lot cheaper then Big and probably more productive too

Rob S 04-03-2007 04:00 PM

Gandy is a dreadful OT and if u play him there you will hate him. At OG however, he is very solid and is a quality signing.

SuperMcGee 04-03-2007 09:13 PM

Definitely play him at guard. If you don't it'll just be Davis pt.II, only less talented.

wogitalia 04-04-2007 02:01 AM

Good solid signing. They surely see him as depth though. Cards need a couple of defensive playmakers and a legit OT and they are a legit contender.

art vandelay 04-04-2007 03:40 PM

Horrible LT. Decent guard.


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