When guard Deuce Lutui chose to protest is RFA tender by staying away from the team during the offseason, coaches were concerned that the fifth-year pro would let his weight spiral out of control. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened.
When Lutui finally showed up to sign his tender in June, he was tipping the scales around 400 pounds. As transcribed by ESPN’s Mike Sando, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt recently talked about Lutui (who, by the way, might lose his starting job to Reggie Wells) on XTRA 910:
"When Deuce came in and signed his contract, that was one of the things we talked about. You guys know me pretty well and I have very little tolerance for that. Because, listen, this offseason, we had our guys in there working about as hard as I have ever been around.
They are focused because everybody said we don't have a chance, we lost all these players and we can't do it. Our guys have really taken that challenge and worked hard. And it's difficult when you have guys in there busting their tails and one of the players isn't in there and then when he comes in and signs his contract, he's pretty heavy. That is frustrating. The onus is on Deuce."
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