Not overpaying for a hot commodity
Look, C.J. Mosley is one of the best linebackers in the league, his four Pro-Bowl appearances in just five seasons prove that, but he’s not worth the $85 million dollars over five seasons that the Jets gave him.
Before free agency started the Cardinals were one of the teams mentioned and linked to C.J. Mosley after he surprisingly wasn’t franchised tagged by Ravens. But it was always going to be expensive to lure him away from the Baltimore, which the Jets did, for a heft contract.
The 49ers did the same with luckily Kwon Alexander, and so did their part-time Bay Area neighbors Raiders with tackle Trent Brown. Luckily, despite having the cap space to do so, the Cardinals didn’t join the overpaid free agent club.
Although their added talent may not sell the most jerseys, they have a lot of experience. Their 14 acquisitions have accumulated a total of 1,082 NFL games played combined with 816 NFL games started. Those 14 players will also only count towards 21.5% of their 2019 cap space.