Cardinals plenty of options at right guard

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Jess Root
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The Arizona Cardinals have four of their five starting offensive line jobs set. The one that is up in the air has plenty of competition between veterans and young players.

Who is in the mix?


Brian Winters

Winters is one of the Cardinals' free agent additions. He signed a one-year deal. Turning 30 this June, he has been a starter in the league since 2013. Last season, with the Buffalo Bills, he started nine games and their postseason contests. He has 88 career starts in 105 career games. Based on the moves the Cardinals have made this offseason, he is likely the favorite to win the job.

Justin Murray

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Murray started 12 games at right tackle in 2019 and then had seven starts at right guard last season. He replaced J.R. Sweezy when he got hurt and then replaced him in the lineup late in the season. Murray got a two-year contract extension.

Josh Jones

Jones was the Cardinals' third-round pick last year and was believed to be their future at right tackle. However, his future might be at guard. Despite never playing guard in college, the team has publicly stated on multiple occasions how Jones has positional flexibility. Between Winters and Murray, Jones is probably a bit of a longshot to start but he is a player to watch in the offseason.

Lamont Gaillard

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Gaillard was the Cardinals' backup center last season and started twice while Mason Cole, who was traded Thursday to the Minnesota Vikings, was out with an injury. He can also play guard. He is most likely going to have the backup center job again, but he does give them another option at right guard, even if he is the longest shot to win the job. Listen to the latest from Cards Wire's Jess Root on his podcast, Rise Up, See Red. Subscribe on Apple podcasts or Spotify. Latest show:

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