On a day when Ken Whisenhunt couldn't quite repeat his first-round showing at the Tahoe celebrity tournament (with 31 total points, Whiz probably has to aim to get back to the top 10 rather than a victory), it seems Len Pasquarelli (a veteran writer who has made it all the way back from a heart attack during Super Bowl time back in Arizona during Patriots-Giants week) had a note about the Cards on ESPN.com. Low in the notes column was a mention that the cards are considering veteran tackle Levi Jones. This isn't exactly new news; Jones' name came up in conjunction with the Cards earlier this offseason. He's from the state and attended Arizona State; he's also been injured a lot.
I'm sure he'd be signed by now if he was definitely willing to play for the minimum (or not much more) and if he'd be OK with being a backup if he wasn't able to win a starting job. The scuttlebutt earlier this offseason was that Jones would want to be a starter, and he won't get any assurances with the Cards. There's no question the Cards wouldn't mind stronger competition for their starters on the line. I don't know if Oliver Ross delivers that – and Jones may not either. Yes, Mike Gandy isn't the prototype for a Pro Bowl left tackle and he is making good money this year (salary: $5 million). But Gandy played well last season and has been steady ever since arriving. And both Whiz and Russ Grimm like continuity on the line. Anyone coming in now will have a tough time beating Gandy out.
Nonetheless, it's a chance for more depth. And that you never pass up if the cost makes sense. It would certainly give the Cards an NFL record for most Levis on the roster.