Nov 20, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers guard Adam Snyder (68) warms up before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park. San Francisco defeated Arizona 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Grading Arizona Cardinals Free-Agency So Far: D

The Arizona Cardinals get a “B” for effort for the first week of free agency, only because they pursued Peyton Manning.  Otherwise, for the first week of free agency, I give the Cards a just barely passing grade of “D”. They only signed one free agent outside of the organization.  It was in a position of need, so they don’t fail overall, yet.

They cleared the cap space needed to pursue Manning and other free agents by releasing offensive lineman Levi Brown.  Then, once the Cards were no longer in the Manning hunt, they re-signed Brown.  Their only pickup away from home was Adam Snyder from the San Francisco 49′ers.

Now, with no Manning to pursue and many other big name free agents taken by other teams, the question is, will they find any more needs in free agency?  There are still names out there, but the biggest ones, say like a position of need in wide receiver most notably, are gone.  The Cards found themselves in the same position last free agency period while pursuing Kevin Kolb.  They ended up losing out on the available receivers.

Hopefully by the time the draft comes around I can give the Cards a more favorable grade for the free agency period.  Right now, it isn’t looking that great.

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  • AZScott

    Looking for a more active week this week!

  • duane_patterson

    This has been a downright horrible free agency. I think they drank their own Koolaid in the belief that they could land Peyton, because they don’t seem to have a backup plan. Why are we not competing for Mike Wallace. If we could afford Peyton, we can afford 2 or 3 grade A players. They have to be more active soon because the NFL is making them spend the money. I feel like Jerry Seinfeld every time someone goes off the board, but instead of Neuman…I am muttering Bidwells.

  • peytontoaz

    Mike Wallace comes with a first round tender though. They would have to give that to the steelers and pay wallace #1 recvr type money. Like a Manningham though, that would have been the guy to get or Brandon LLoyd. But I agree, they haven’t done anything that screams “WE WANT TO GO TO A SUPER BOWL!” There have been linemen out there like Ben Grubbs and Jared Gaither that they have to pass on with the Manning Sweepstakes over for the cards. They might be hesitant about signing people because last years free agents were busts. They paid a ton of money and correct me if I;m wrong but Kolb was the only one to start a game. And when he did, they lost.

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  • OzinPhx

    The problem with the Cards right now isn’t so much their inactivity in FA. They have had quite a few players visit, they have shown interest in upgrading the OL and the LB core. It’s the fact that they have no money to spend. A lot of players turn to FA for more money. As the saying goes; “Want a raise, find a new job.”
    We haven’t had the draft yet either, which isn’t going to help matters … though with no 2nd rounder at least they are saving money there. As a fan, I’m not happy about it. But I wouldn’t completely put this on the Bidwells. I would put this on mis-management of funds and over evaluating players.

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