The Arizona Cardinals have had a decent free agency signing period so far but there is still plenty of work to do
No one can say the Arizona Cardinals didn’t try to get better. However they still have some deficiencies after the initial free agency signing period.
They added a cornerback in Robert Alford in February. They added three offensive linemen, two in free agency and one via trade. They traded for Marcus Gilbert from the Pittsburgh Steelers and got Max Garcia and J.R. Sweezy from the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks respectively.
They addressed the linebacker position by upgrading. They still need depth. They added Jordan Hicks from the Philadelphia Eagles at inside linebacker and Terrell Suggs at outside linebacker from the Baltimore Ravens. They rid themselves of their best linebacker from 2018 in Josh Bynes though.
The receiver slot is likely still unresolved though. They are signing Kevin White from the Chicago Bears but he still has a lot to prove.
They did have addition by subtraction on Friday however. They lost J.J. Nelson to the Oakland Raiders. Right now though the receiver room has Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, White, Chad Williams, Trent Sherfield, Pharoh Cooper as the top six guys.
Sherfield had his moments in 2018 but I’m not sure the Cardinals are sold on him completely yet. Williams still has a lot to prove after two seasons in Arizona.
Cooper could likely land a sixth receiving spot because of his special teams but who knows? There aren’t a lot of attractive options on the market, so maybe what we see now is what we get? The Cardinals should still remain active in trying to upgrade though.
Quarterback would seem to be resolved on the surface but there are so many rumors out there regarding Josh Rosen. Will he be traded? Will the Cardinals draft Kyler Murray number one?
If the Cardinals did nothing else at the position, they seemingly would be set for 2019 with Rosen as the starter and now Brett Hundley as his backup, coming over from the Seahawks.
Now they still have to address the defensive line. They only addition there so far is Brooks Reed, who is 32 years old. This is where the Cardinals need to make their pick at number one.
The also still have to address depth at cornerback, safety, and offensive line. There are still players to be had in free agency and of course 10 picks are still in the hands of the Cardinals at the draft. What a time to be alive as a Cardinals fan.