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first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals traded running back Tim Hightower tothe Redskins last year in exchange for veteran defensivelineman Vonnie Holliday and a 2012 draft pick. The move seemed as much about giving Hightower a chance toplay as it was about getting talent in return, but theCardinals benefited from a surprising discovery:Vonnie Holliday could still play.According to, Holliday was verysolid for the Cards, and is one of the best veteranplayers on the free agent market. Comments   Share   While Holliday is no longer the player he once was, hestill did a good job filling in on the line, and is a goodlocker room presence for one of the NFL’s youngest teams. Vonnie Holliday is the prototype forgotten 30+ player.Every season he seems to get picked up by a 3-4 team as asituational player for their rotation before performingextremely well and then doing the same thing all overagain. For some reason, none of these teams ever seem toput two and two together and bring him back for another goat it. Maybe they always believe they can get a similaramount of snaps and production out of a younger, cheaperbackup, but it isn’t always that easy. Generating interiorpressure from the 3-4 is not as simple as you might think,and though the second- or third-year player with a veteranminimum contract that might be half of what Holliday isdue seems like an attractive option, they rarely producethe way you know Holliday will. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ There has been little chatter about whether or notHolliday wants to return, but it would make sense for theteam to bring him back.The 36-year-old finished the season with just 14 solotackles and no sacks, but the stats don’t tell the entirestory for how productive he was in 2011.He may have gone without a sack last season, but he didgenerate three quarterback knockdowns and four morepressures from his 82 pass-rushes, which is not aninsignificant figure. He also chipped in with a battedpass and 14 tackles, 11 of which were defensive stops. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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