To Stay or To Go? Arizona Cardinals Edition

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To Stay or To Go? Arizona Cardinals Edition

The Arizona Cardinals are coming off of an incredible season packed with ups and downs. That begs the question for some Cardinals fans, what do the Cardinals do with all of their players? Now, part of me can see the Cardinals trading away a lot of their veterans and starting fresh in hopes that one day the 49ers and Seahawks will not be as prominent. Highly unlikely. I see Steve Keim keeping a lot of key free agents and keeping the majority of this team in tact.

Here is a list of the free agents (from Sportrac with my take added):

Player POS Status 2013 Cap Hit My Take
Alameda Ta’amu DT ERFA $480,000 Stay
Alfonso Smith RB RFA $555,000 Stay
Andre Roberts WR UFA $1,504,000 Undecided
Andrew Rich CB RFA   Gone
Antoine Cason CB UFA $1,500,000 Stay
Bryan McCann CB UFA $222,353 Gone
Dave Zastudil P UFA $1,575,000 Stay
Eric Winston RT, T UFA $2,000,000 Stay
Everrette Thompson DT ERFA $288,000 Gone
Frostee Rucker DT UFA $620,000 Gone
Jake Ballard TE RFA $296,470 Stay
Javier Arenas CB RFA $645,000 Gone
Jay Feely K UFA $2,050,000 Gone
Jeff King TE UFA $1,883,334 Gone
Jim Dray TE UFA $642,250 Stay
Karlos Dansby ILB, LB UFA $2,250,000 Stay
Kory Sperry TE UFA $715,000 Gone
Marcus Benard OLB, LB RFA $481,765 Gone
Matt Shaughnessy OLB, LB UFA $1,000,000 Stay
Mike Gibson C UFA $715,000 Gone
Rashard Mendenhall RB UFA $2,500,000 Stay
Ronald Talley DE RFA $555,000 Stay
Yeremiah Bell S UFA $620,000 Stay

Andre Roberts I am unsure of. I could see him staying or going, depending on the cap situation. He just hasn’t put up good enough numbers to justify keeping him. Also very sad to say that Jay is most likely done as a Cardinal. Missed some simple shots this year that cost him big time. I do think they keep Mendenhall, unlike others, simply because of his red zone efficiency. One other player I see leaving is Rob Housler, he just couldn’t come up with crucial “chunk plays” for Bruce Arians.

This year has been a great barometer for what type of team that the Cardinals can be, expect Steve Keim to pull off another fantastic year in putting together a team for 2014.

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