Offseason Analysis: Arizona Cardinals

Feb 9, 2009


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.  **

KFFL Free Agent Tracker:

Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
QB Brian St. Pierre UFA Arizona Cardinals Free Agent
QB Kurt WarnerNew player news! 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
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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    February 9th, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    not fantasy standpoint: warner says boldin will have a big factor in his choice to come back :)

    i’d love to see boldin in green, but i really don’t think he’ll leave zona….he would HATE PA weather LOL!

  2. LestersLegends
    February 9th, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    They will have to mend those fences, but maybe Haley’s departure will be a good thing for Boldin.

  3. Joe Zwierzynski
    February 9th, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    I could see Derrick Ward as an option in Arizona. I think the Giants could still match for Boldin if they want to. They have an extra 2nd and 5th from the Saints for Jeremy Shockey.

    Besides draft picks, I could see the following guys being trade bait:
    Ahmad Bradshaw (nice cheap alternative to pair with Hightower)
    Mathias Kiwanuka (could be expendable with Osi coming back)
    One of the younger receivers such as Domenick Hixon, Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, or Sinorice Moss

    Does Bradshaw, Hixon, and the higher 2nd get it done for Boldin? They get the pairing with Hightower, Hixon adds a good 3rd with Breaston and Fitz, and the lower salaries will help them with their free agent situation.

    Is this realistic, or am I just a Giant homer?

  4. LestersLegends
    February 9th, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    Trades are so rare in the NFL, but that one makes sense. I’m not sure why, but people seem to favor draft picks than guys with track records. That could be better than any offer Arizona receives, especially from a financial standpoint.

  5. Larry
    February 11th, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    The biggest problem the cards may have is it seems that the Super Bowl Loser seems to always take a huge tumble the next year, Only the Seahawks of the recent losers have been able to make it to the playoffs, Oh and the Patriots were still very good but had the bad break that the Chargers had to be in the playoffs.

  6. LestersLegends
    February 11th, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    I hear you there, but I don’t put too much stock into it. It’s a bad coincidence. I guess some of the prob is success means people want to get paid and their play could price you out. usually you’re OK with your asst coaches though because most of the jobs are gone. it was an exception this year for haley.

  7. Arizona basketball
    March 12th, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    Keep for good work, glad to be here reading your post

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