Rookie Swope retires, Cards add Winston, Abraham

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 25, 2013 at 9:07 pm •  Published: July 25, 2013
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Winston, who has started every game of his NFL career, had to settle for a one-year deal after failing to land a better offer.

He said he hopes to show the Cardinals he deserves a longer-term contract down the road.

Before Winston's arrival, the Cardinals had gone with second-year pro Bobby Massie at right tackle and Levi Brown, coming back after missing all of last season with a torn triceps,, on the left side, although Massie worked some at left tackle late in offseason workouts. Nate Potter eventually became the starter at left tackle as a rookie last season and has practiced at both tackle spots in the offseason.

Because the acquisition of Winston had not been announced officially, new coach Bruce Arians wouldn't talk much about the big tackle when he met with reporters after the players reported to camp and went through a brief run at University of Phoenix Stadium. He wouldn't say that dissatisfaction with the tackles he had led to the team seeking another player.

"It's just a matter of if there's somebody out there to make our football team better, that's our job to go get them," Arians said. "The more competition the better."

The same could be said of Abraham, who although in the latter stages of his career, still could fill a role as a situational edge pass rusher, something Schofield had struggled with in his time on the job.

The 35-year-old Abraham has played in 175 games, 160 as a starter. A four-time Pro Bowl player, he was a first-round draft pick of the New York Jets out of South Carolina. He played six seasons for the Jets and the last seven with Atlanta. Abraham started 15 games for the Falcons last season and led the team with 10 sacks along with 41 tackles, 15 for loss, and set a franchise record with six forced fumbles.

Schofield was drafted in the fourth round out of Wisconsin by Arizona in 2010. He began his pro career sidelined while recovering from a torn ACL. He started the first nine games of 2012 before going down with a season-ending ankle injury.

Rowe was with San Francisco in training camp the last two seasons.