TEMPE, Ariz. Deuce Lutui delivered a strong message to the Cincinnati Bengals as he left their training camp this summer after failing his physical and forfeiting a two-year, 8.75 million free-agent deal.
"I looked them in the face," Lutui said upon arriving back in Cardinals camp in early August. "I was like, 'just understand what's leaving the door and I'll see you guys at Christmas.'"
Lutui will travel with the Cardinals to Cincinnati for a Christmas Eve grudge match against the Bengals. But his message has largely been muted by the fact that he is no longer in the starting lineup.
Once a building block for the Cardinals offensive line, the 2006 second-round draft pick is now backing up right guard Rex Hadnot while playing out a one-year, 950,000 deal.
"This year has been a big-time difference for me," Lutui said Wednesday. "I've always been a starter. This has been an experience and a learning curve."
The central issue for Lutui has always been his weight. Coaches want him...