Arizona Cardinals: 50 best players since move to desert

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Aug 15, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in a preseason NFL football game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

25. Calais Campbell

As he readies to enter his eighth season, Campbell appears to be getting better and better each season.  He recorded seven sacks in 2014 after nine sacks in 2013.  However he left a number of sacks on the field.  He had a lot of near misses.  He makes a lot of offensive linemen look bad on Sunday’s.  He has 43.5 sacks through his first seven seasons.

24. Freddie Joe Nunn

This linebacker played for the Cardinals organization for the first nine seasons of his NFL career.  Six of them were in the desert.  During those six seasons in Arizona, he recorded 31.5 sacks…as a linebacker.  That’s impressive.

23. Carson Palmer

Yes I ranked him this high.  Some may disagree with me and that’s fine.  However he is exactly the quarterback the Cardinals needed for head coach Bruce Arians and his system while the Cardinals wait to find their future franchise quarterback. He finished 2014 on injured reserve but went 6-0 in 2014 after going 7-3 in his last ten games in 2013, making him 13-3 over his last 16 games, a full football season.  Pretty good I would say.  I would say his 5,900 yards and 35 touchdowns he has thrown makes him deserving of this ranking.

22. Luis Sharpe

Off the field personal troubles with substance abuse aside, Luis Sharpe may have been one of the greatest offensive linemen of his era.  He played his entire 13-year career with the Cardinals organization, including the last seven in Arizona before retiring from the game in 1994.  The Pro Bowl tackle scored his only touchdown in 1990 as a member of the Phoenix Cardinals.

21. Rob Moore

The receiver played his last five seasons from 1995-1999 with the Cardinals.  During that span he had two of his best seasons in 1996 and 1997.  In his five seasons overall, he caught 322 passes for 5,110 yards, averaging over 1,000 yards per season.  He also scored 27 touchdowns.

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