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Cards have options besides draft at SS

With Yeremiah Bell still waiting by the phone for a team to solicit his services for the 2014 season, the Arizona Cardinals have a few options already on the roster to replace him.

And with the NFL draft in less than two weeks, the Cardinals might add another option during the first six rounds. But for now, Arizona is trying to stay close to home.

"We have a number of guys that’ll fight," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "Rashad (Johnson)'s played it. Tony (Jefferson)'s played it. Curtis (Taylor) is a big, young guy who played well, and we’ll just see how it plays out."

Safety has been the chic pick for the Cardinals at No. 20 in mock drafts, especially because of their inability to defend tight ends in 2013.

Of Arizona’s 29 passing touchdowns allowed, 17 went to tight ends. And of those 17, eight were to tight ends from the NFC West. Arizona’s new strong safety will also have to be strong against the run since Arizona will be without linebacker Karlos Dansby and his 104 tackles from last season.

Bell started all 16 games at strong safety in 2013 while Johnson and Tyrann Mathieu split time at free safety. Jefferson played 194 snaps in 16 games. Taylor was active for the Seattle game in Week 16.