The particular Arizona Cardinals have 27 free of charge agents on their roster. Who needs to be re-signed and who should we all let walk heading into 2019? Let’ s find out. Last week, we-took a look at potential free agent focuses on for the Cardinals. While the team will definitely look to add more talent to the free agent market, the Cardinals also have several of their own players within free agent limbo— 27, based on Spotrac.
This week, we’ ll have a look at that list and consider who seem to should stay and who is going. Walter Mitchell did a similar explanation back in November, but a lot is promoting since then— new coach, brand new schemes, #1 draft pick, and so forth We know a lot more now than we all did over 3 months ago. Plus, with spring on the horizon, it’ h time to do some serious cleaning with this roster.
The players in this classification are so far down the depth graph that we won’ t even talk about them. Maybe they’ ll obtain a training camp invite in the drop, maybe not. No one should be holding their particular breath whether we re-sign all of them or not. For purposes of this article, we’ ll assume none of these guys is going to be back.
Dawson’ s destiny with the Cardinals was sealed whenever he was placed on the IR after the team picked up Zane Gonzalez, who will go into 2019 as the Cardinals kicker. Most Cardinals fans is going to be happy to see Dawson go.
Re-sign or let walk: Let stroll.
DE Markus Golden
Like Bucannon, Golden was a once-promising player in whose shine has faded with age group, injuries, and the revolving door associated with defensive coordinators he’ s performed under. Still, he’ s to the right side of 30 and two seasons (but one ACL) removed from a double-digit sack marketing campaign. There seems to be mutual interest in a positive return, but this will come down to money— and another team seems certain to overpay for Golden’ s (fading) promise. If and when that happens, we should allow him to go.
Re-sign or let stroll: Let walk.
DT Rodney Gunter
Gunter had a solid year being a DT on an underperforming 4-3 protection in 2018. The switch to the 3-4 won’ t influence him much, as he was also strong playing 3-4 DE the previous yr. It’ s also very likely that will Gunter is one of the 3-4 Cardinals totally free agents Keim is purportedly thinking about bringing back. But has Gunter played his way to a contract larger than what the team is willing to pay out? That will be one of the key in-house story lines to monitor during free agency. When the price is right, Gunter should be back— but we shouldn’ t a lot more than it really worth.
Re-sign or let walk: Re-sign.
OG Mike Iupati
Like Dawson, Iupati’ s time with the Cardinals basically came to an end when he continued the IR last season. Iupati was a capable starting guard whenever he was healthy, but this individual never played up to his popularity or contract. He will not be skipped.
Re-sign or let walk: Allow walk.
DE Benson Mayowa
Mayowa was a nice free agent discover in 2018, a solid pass rusher who held up well against the operate as a 4-3 DE. However , the particular switch back to the 3-4 simply leaves him without a true fit— not really big enough to play 3-4 DE but not quick enough to play 3-4 OLB. Could he slim down or mass up a bit in the offseason to match better in the 3-4? Maybe, yet why try to force a sq . peg in a round hole? Allow him to find a new home elsewhere as being a 4-3 DE.
Re-sign or allow walk: Let walk.
WR L. J. Nelson
There might not have already been a more frustrating Cardinals player in the last few seasons than Nelson, who also wowed fans and coaches as well with his impressive speed. But he previously hands like bricks and a knack for big-time drops. Let him become someone else’ s headache following season.
Re-sign or let stroll: Let walk.
TE Ricky Seals-Jones
There are still plenty of Cardinals fans available drinking the RSJ Kool-Aid, tantalized by his better-than-average size plus speed for a TE. And he would appear to be a fit as a supersized WR-type TE in new coach Kliff Kingsbury’ s offense. But he’ s also maddeningly inconsistent, offers scored just 4 TDs within two seasons, and had more falls than TDs last year. If Kingsbury likes what he sees, after that bring him back on a inexpensive 1-year deal to see if the suit is right. Otherwise, we’ re most likely better off starting over from scratch on the TE position.
Re-sign or allow walk: Let him walk.
When you’ve been keeping count number, of the 20 free agents which played a role for the Cardinals within 2018, there are only 5 who Keim should be keen on bringing back— Aboushi, Cash, Pierre, Wetzel, plus Gunter, with the latter the only title of any real consequence. That’ s right in line with the 3-4 he or she mentioned at the combine.
There are a few a lot more who are borderline cases (Barksdale, Moore, Golden, Mayowa, RSJ), but the truth is that this team was 3-13 final season and some serious spring cleansing is in order. Rebuild this team using the kind of players who will thrive below Kingsbury and new DC Vance Joseph.
Any thoughts on this number of free agents, Cardinals fans? Need to we be bringing back more a handful of these players? Or need to we just clean house completely? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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