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RFA QB Whitehurst to visit the Cards

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Cardinals will host a visit from Charlie Whitehurst, a restricted free agent quarterback from the San Diego Chargers. The recent third-round tender would presumably compete with Matt Leinart for a starting job if the Cardinals sign him.

Whitehurst (6’4”, 227 pounds) is a 27 year old 3rd round draft pick from 2006. It is possible that the Cardinals may be willing to hand over their newly acquired extra 3rd round pick, which is compensation from the Ravens for Boldin. Whether Whitehurst is signed or not, the Cardinals will certainly add a quarterback before training camp begins because Matt Leinart is currently the only quarterback under contract with the Cardinals. In addition, Whizenhunt is not the type to hand over positions.

Speculation continues to mount whether the Cardinals will use a mid-round pick on a quarterback, as well. Names like Tony Pike (Cincinnati), Jevan Snead (Ole Miss), Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan) and even Tim Tebow (Florida) continue to float in the ether daily. The Cardinals organization, however, continue to insist that the 2010 draft will focus on defensive players; rightly so. With current needs at DE, CB, ILB, and OLB, it’s difficult to imagine the Cardinals drafting a QB before the 3rd or 4th round.

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