Offseason Analysis: Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have a lot of question marks entering into the Offseason. Namely, what is going to happen with Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin. Kurt Warner could jump ship or even retire. Matt Leinart hasn’t proven he is an NFL caliber Quarterback so Cardinal fans are crossing their fingers. Boldin is unhappy with his contract situation and his relationship with the team has gone sour. Despite his unhappiness, I don’t see Anquan playing anywhere else in 2009. I wouldn’t put a holdout past him though.
That’s what we don’t know. Let’s take a look at what we do know. Larry Fitzgerald will be one of the top wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts next year, and rightfully so. He’s always shown great hands and leaping ability, but in the Super Bowl he showed a new gear on his second TD. That play will give Defensive Coordinators nightmares this offseason. Another thing we know is that Edge is gone. I’m not sure where he’ll turn up, but the Cards will be in the market for a RB to compliment Tim Hightower. Darren Sproles would look great in that role, but I don’t see Arizona being a player in that sweepstakes. My guess is they address that need in the draft.
Their Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley moved on to Kansas City. Without knowing who their OC or QB is next year makes it difficult to forecast what kind of changes to expect.
On Defense, their key free agents are Karlos Dansby, Bertrand Berry, Antonio Smith and Clark Haggans with Dansby being the top priority.
** Update: The Cardinals slapped Karlos Dansby with the franchise tag. **
|Pos||Player Name||FA Status||Previous Team||Current Team|
|QB||Brian St. Pierre||UFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|QB||Kurt Warner||UFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|RB||J.J. Arrington||UFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|FB||Tim Castille||ERFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|FB||Terrelle Smith||UFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|WR||Onrea Jones||Re-signed||Arizona Cardinals||Arizona Cardinals|
|WR||Lance Long||Re-signed||Arizona Cardinals||Arizona Cardinals|
|TE||Ben Patrick||ERFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|TE||Leonard Pope||RFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|TE||Stephen Spach||UFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|C||Lyle Sendlein||ERFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|DL||Bertrand Berry||UFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|DL||Ray Blagman||ERFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|DL||Keilen Dykes||Re-signed||Arizona Cardinals||Arizona Cardinals|
|DL||Gabe Watson||RFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|LB||Monty Beisel||UFA||Arizona Cardinals||Free Agent|
|CB||Wilrey Fontenot||Re-signed||Arizona Cardinals||Arizona Cardinals|
|SS||Dennis Keyes||Re-signed||Arizona Cardinals||Arizona Cardinals|