The Arizona Cardinals will cut safety Antrel Rolle rather than pay him a $4 million roster bonus on March 5, a move first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
We talked about the potential of Rolle joining the Green Bay Packers, where he could replace Atari Bigby at free safety, a couple weeks ago. Now that the move has been announced, the only question is whether Packers GM Ted Thompson will take a look at Rolle, who recorded four interceptions and 72 tackles in 2009.
Bigby seems to have fallen out of favor in Green Bay. While the Packers haven’t given any indication they don’t want Bigby back, there have been whispers that he’s fallen out of favor. In addition to being injury prone, Bigby’s play down the stretch left a little to be desired.
Pairing someone like Rolle with two-time Pro Bowler Nick Collins may be the answer. Rolle, who was drafted as a cornerback, certainly has better cover skills than Bigby and that’s definitely an area the Packers need to improve in.
Of course, there will be competition for Rolle. The Cardinals want to keep Rolle and are likely the leading suitor for his services.
After that, you have to look at the Miami Dolphins simply because Rolle is a Miami product and has made his love for South Florida known.
The Chicago Bears could also be in the picture, as they’ve publicly said upgrading the safety position is an offseason priority.
Considering the competition, the Packers have to ask themselves whether they want to pay two safeties top dollar.