The Arizona Cardinals have been busy over the last couple of weeks
With as much addition the Arizona Cardinals have been doing over the last couple of weeks, you’d think the free agency period has started in the NFL. Not yet, although it is coming up in a hurry on March 13th.
As a condition of finishing with the worst record at 3-13 in 2018, the Cardinals get first dibs on the waiver wire until week four of the 2019 season. They’ve been making full use of it.
Another team’s cost-cutting measure has been a gold-finding treasure so far for the Cardinals. They’ve added several players they had a crack at first. The most recent addition was tight end Charles Clay on Tuesday.
Don’t expect the Cardinals to stop either. Of course all depends on who is released between now and March 13th, but they could add more recently released players before the official free agency period.
They haven’t broken the bank yet. They will need to spend some money in free agency. Everyone expects them to add at receiver.
The Cardinals do need help in a number of areas. The defensive line will likely wait until the draft, at least it should.
The offensive line should be a target. The key will be not to overspend so as to add as many quality players on both sides of the ball.
This would mean ruling out trades for guys like receiver Antonio Brown. We discussed last week the reasons why he would be bad for the Cardinals.
Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals dip into the player pool in the new Alliance of American Football league. There are already guys catching our eyes. Maybe a guy like receiver Rashad Ross? He’s been on a Cardinals roster recently.
The point is, the Cardinals have just begun. They know a lot of work is going to have to go into rebuilding this roster not only into a contender, but one that can just remain competitive.
They shouldn’t use their first priority on the waiver wire just to use it. They need to use it wisely and so far, despite the aggressiveness, have been smart as well.