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Former Cardinals first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche suspended two weeks

Robert Nkemdiche

Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche has had a troubled career. After being drafted in the first round of the 2016 by the Arizona Cardinals, expectations were high. But after registering only 4.5 sacks in three seasons with Arizona, the Cardinals decided to cut bait on him. Nkemdiche briefly caught on with the Miami Dolphins, but was cut soon after. Now the NFL has handed down a two game suspension, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The suspension doesn’t carry much weight, as Nkemdiche isn’t currently on roster. There were no teams that had shown interest, and the suspension derails any chance of the former Ole Miss star making a roster.

Nkemdiche was a part of a legendarily terrible draft class. Of the first 32 players drafted, nine are currently on different teams. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was drafted in 2016, and also made headlines this week for being released.

For teams that were potentially looking into Nkemdiche, there plenty of free agent defensive tackles still available. While none of these guys are game changers, they could provide decent depth. Darius Philon, who was last cut by the Cardinals, played well in his last stretch of actual playing time. Another potential option is Bennie Logan. Logan has always been a good run defender, but has struggled to rush the passer. A team looking for a bargain run-stuffer could look to sign him. After those two, the market dries up significantly. Most defensive tackle-needy teams will likely look ahead to April’s draft for their fix.