The 6-foot, 246-pound Moats has played eight seasons with Buffalo and Pittsburgh. He played in 14 games with the Steelers last season.
The 31-year-old lineman has played in 121 games, 45 as a starter, with 191 tackles, 16 1-2 sacks, four fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and 37 special teams tackles.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Smith played three seasons for Tampa Bay fr om 2013-17 and part of last season with Detroit. The 28-year old Smith has played in 31 games with 40 tackles
The Cardinals also waived/injured defensive end Praise Martin-Oguike.
An intriguing, albeit far-fetched, report emerged over the weekend indicating that certain unnamed “star” players are “considering sitting out the season” until quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid have jobs. A prior item explained the significant expenses that would arise from such a strategy, especially in relation to what would be a far cheaper decision to boycott OTAs.
Here’s another reality: If some “star” players decide not to play football, they wouldn’t be missed.
Every year, star players suffer serious injury. And other players become stars. The most extreme example unfolded in Philadelphia, wh ere leading MVP candidate Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL in December and backup Nick Foles was holding up a Lombardi Trophy in February.
With a supply of willing participants that still far exceeds the available roster spots
Look at the list of serious NFL injuries from 2017. Odell Beckham, Jr. Aaron Rodgers. David Johnson. J.J. Watt. Andrew Luck. Deshaun Watson.聽And the football world kept spinning.
It would keep spinning if star players choose not to play, fueled by fantasy football participants who would rush to fill their rosters with the guys who will be getting the opportunities to play, to gain yards, and to score points.
So if it’s true (and many think it isn’t) that “star” players are thinking about pausing temporarily their careers for two men whose careers have been permanently derailed, it most likely wouldn’t have the desired effect. Because football would go on, as it always does when star players retire or suffer injury.