The Arizona Cardinals haven’t signed either of their top two free-agent targets thus far, and the list of teams chasing linebacker Rosevelt Colvin is still growing.
Colvin is now planning to visit New England. He has already received offers from Detroit, the New York Giants and Jacksonville as well as the Cardinals, and he also is expected to get an offer from Houston, where he visited Saturday.
The Cards benefitted from Baltimore’s announcement that the Ravens won’t court quarterback Kordell Stewart. Stewart is left to mull offers from both Arizona and Chicago. As a backup plan, the Cards are bringing in Jeff Blake for a visit today. Neither Colvin’s nor Stewart’s agents could be reached for comment on Monday.
James Hodgins, who visited the Cardinals Monday, didn’t expect to be a free agent, but St. Louis shocked the fullback — whom the Rams kept last season by matching a restricted free-agent contract offer from Denver — by cutting him Feb. 28 because they didn’t want to pay him a $750,000 roster bonus.
Hodgins plans to take his time, with a tentative visit scheduled for Carolina and possible trips to Cincinnati and Oakland. No matter where he lands, he wants to improve on his playing time.
“In St. Louis, I averaged about 25 or 30 plays a game,” said the 6-foot-1, 265-pounder. “I want to be a (bigger) part of an offense.”
Both fullbacks for the Cardinals, Joel Makovicka and Dennis McKinley, are unrestricted free agents.
Despite a bid believed to be in excess of $2 million a season, the Cards look like they are about to lose out on free-agent safety Dexter Jackson, who is reportedly headed to Pittsburgh.
Cards free-agent receiver MarTay Jenkins is scheduled to visit Buffalo and has reportedly drawn some interest from a few other teams.
The Cardinals are believed to be close to re-signing backup offensive lineman Raleigh Roundtree.