Two things. The Cards would get him now, as opposed to 2008. For a team that's been talked about as having a decent D and tons of offensive firepower and is poised to break into the postseason... Yeah, well, until that OL gets fixed, you can rush Edge James 1000 times and he ain't goin' anywhere, not to mention Matty Leinart might be all busted the hell up by next year.
So, fixing the line is a bit of a priority
Which certainly can be fixed by taking Blaylock, Kalil (played guard in the Senior Bowl I believe), or Sears with their 2nd round pick. One of those guys will be available, will be cheaper than Faneca (now and 2008), and have a longer shelf-life.
There is no disagreement that the Cards' OL is bad. They lost their best (that's a relative term) OL in Leonard Davis. They brought in one or two guys (Mike Gandy is one). They still need help...a lot of it.
I think they're in a position to improve the line via the draft.
IMO, the Cards hold all of the cards.
Also, not sure what the 2008 cap outlook for various teams are, but I suspect the Cards are in good shape. As are about 2/3 of the teams in the league. Who says the Cards win a bidding war? If they have their man in mind, they might not want to settle for second best in a 2008 FA bid-off.
But there is a very distinct, publicly acknowledged link between Faneca and the new coaching staff in AZ.
So for AZ to be a top choice for Faneca in 2008, once he's left as a FA....it's not the normal scenario where it's a random NFL star who just wants to get paid.
Faneca is irked about two things, from what I've read in the papers....the shakeup in Pittsburgh and money.
If the Cards are okay cap-wise, I think the coaching connection wins out...rather easily.
So I don't see AZ as feeling pressure to get Faneca now or never.
Also would expect Faneca to draw interest from a Cowher-led team, if that happens.
Agree that it's feasible for AZ to trade for Faneca...but the way I see it, they are positioned very well in the draft to get very good OL help through the first two rounds.