The Arizona Cardinals have made a plethora of moves this offseason, but they might not be done.
Arizona entered the offseason as a deeply flawed club, and while most glaring holes have been filled, there are still a multitude of question marks. First of all, while the Cardinals aren’t rebuilding, they’re definitely going through a period of transition.
Carson Palmer (quarterback), Rashard Mendenhall (running back), Bruce Arians (coach) and Steve Keim (general manager) are all stepping in and filling key positions, and the team will have to mesh well together. Adding a veteran to mentor the young players and lead the team would help make the transition smoother.
However, even though the Cardinals have a lot of talent and have made lots of improvements, there are still questions from a talent standpoint.
There is uncertainty on the defensive line, at outside linebacker and in the secondary. The Cardinals don’t have many options to start alongside Patrick Peterson at cornerback, and they don’t have much quality depth at outside linebacker. In addition, they could have some trouble finding a solid starter opposite Calais Campbell at defensive end.
Revenge of the Birds listed five players whom the Cardinals could target. Three are tight ends, as the Cardinals could use some depth behind starter Rob Housler. Tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were extremely dominant together in New England, and the Cardinals could seek a similar result and sign a veteran tight end.
John Abraham is also an experienced option at defensive end. Abraham registered 10 sacks and ranked sixth in pass-rush productivity rating (via Pro Football Focus; subscription required) last season with the Atlanta Falcons, and he could bring his pass-rushing ability to Arizona.
The Cardinals aren’t a perfect team, and they could add an underrated, unheralded player in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough. The Cardinals could use some offensive depth and defensive talent, and there are still some players on the market.
Yes, the Cardinals have done a lot this offseason. And yes, they could do more.