Now that Samson Satele is gone to Oakland via trade for a 6th rounder, and a switch of 4th rounder’s, the previously imminent trade between the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins for Anquan Boldin, now seems dead. Satele seemed to be the key to the deal, along with multiple draft picks, so now that he is shipped away, what is our next move?
With this move, it also deprives us of a top-tier utility lineman, who can do a little bit of everything coming off the bench. Our best player coming off the bench will be either Ike Ndukwe, or Andy Alleman.
This move also puts us back to the drawing board in looking for a lineman to add to the depth chart through the draft. We likely won’t get one in the 1st two rounds, but maybe in the 3rd or 4th.
Satele was a good lineman, and played in all 32 games in his short career. Those 32 games are almost more than now starting center Jake Grove’s 46 career games started. Grove also is a liability because of his injury prone history. If the scenario comes up in which Grove goes down with an injury, who will back him up, Joe Berger? I am not comfortable with that situation, and would highly prefer Satele. In fact, the only way that I wanted to see Satele go was in a trade for this man.
This move now deprives us of a key-trading piece in the Anquan Boldin sweepstakes. The Cardinals are in great need of a solid lineman, and Satele could have helped out in that aspect. There were rumors swirling in which Satele could have gone to Arizona with a couple of draft selections for Boldin, thus solving our need for a true versatile number one receiver.
So, this move does not really help us, because we only got a 6th round pick for a solid player that could have helped us out this season. Now, we have to draft another lineman, when we could be focusing our attention on getting a receiver, or pass rusher. So, fans, I ask you, what do we do now?<!--EndFragment-->