Sign Chris Carson
There is no guarantee Chris Carson remains in Seattle and it’s likely he’ll test the market. The Cardinals would be foolish not to consider, especially with Kenyan Drake‘s contract situation up in the air.
Carson would be an immediate upgrade over Drake, who despite scoring a career-high 10 rushing touchdowns, did not live up to his one-year tender. Drake finished the season with just 955 rushing yards and was virtually non-existent in the passing game.
By signing Carson, the Cardinals would weaken their division rival while at the same time, gaining a featured back who has been a prime asset in the check down game over the past two seasons. Carson is also coming off of a year where he averaged a career-high 4.8 yards per carry.
Carson’s only knockoff is that he’s injury-prone. Over his first four seasons, he has yet to play a full season, having played in just 12 games in 2020. However, the Cardinals have a talented back in Chase Edmonds who can serve as a change-of-pace option while Carson runs between the tackles.
And we can’t forget Jonathan Ward and Eno Benjamin, two other solid options who can create a fantastic running back committee. But having Carson as the lead back gives the strong Arizona Cardinals running game a strong boost that Drake couldn’t bring in 2020.