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Updated Jul 21, 2011 - 12:57 pm

Re-up or Reject: Early Doucet

Not every Cardinal free agent is free to just choose his next team. Some are restricted, meaning the Cardinals can match any offer they sign with another squad.

Receiver Early Doucet is one such player, and he presents one of the more interesting decisions for the Cardinals to make.

Re-up: Taken in the third round of the 2008 draft, Doucet has shown some impressive ability. He has good hands and can take a hit, and has come up big in the playoffs. He's so talented that the Cardinals traded Anquan Boldin so he could get more snaps. He's also improved his reception total every year he's been in the league, and at 25 will be just now entering his prime.

Re-ject: Doucet has played in seven, nine and 10 games during his three seasons in the NFL. The Cardinals, on the other hand, played 16 each year. Doucet has dealt with a variety of injuries, each one seemingly coming at the time when he was ready to break out. A receiver, no matter how talented, does not do much good for a team if he can't stay on the field.

When it comes to Early Doucet, the Arizona Cardinals should...

Verdict: It all comes down to numbers, with his contract and at his position. The Cardinals are not short on wideouts, meaning losing Doucet would not be a huge blow there. However, you almost get this feeling that if he can just stay healthy he'll be an impact player, and it'd be tough to see that happen somewhere else. Unless some team signs him to a ridiculous deal (which won't happen), the Cardinals should keep him around.


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