After the best free agency period in the franchise’s history, Steve Keim inadvertently put the team in cap trouble.
Keim had us wondering what was going to happen after the re-signing Robert Alford. Keim followed that up with moves that were just drops in the bucket, until A.J. Green, Rodney Hudson, and Matt Prater all came aboard. Resigning the other key players Markus Golden were also great moves to give the team a shot at the division title and playoffs.However, in all of the excitement that came in acquiring these players, Steve Keim inadvertently is down to $624,869 left in cap space. How will he sign any rookies to the team?
Will these contracts be in a down/up fashion? Will the rookies or whoever else joins get more gauranteed money than actual salary? It’s up to Keim to figure this out and allow for some breathing room headed forward.
A positive is that the team only has 5 draft picks, and maybe Keim will trade the later picks and a 2022 draft pick to move up and make this as easy as possible. This leads to the next question: What position does Keim choose to fill in the draft? One can easily say that the hole at the cornerback position is just as big as the wide reciever spot as well, especially if Larry Fitzgerald does retire.
Another glaring hole is the running back position, as Chase Edmonds seems to be the only RB on the roster the team actually cares about (Sorry Eno Benjamin fans, I think his time is done before it ever began). I have a strong stance on which that Chase Edmonds is not ready to be a lead back for any team this year. Of course, the Rodney Hudson trade can make a night and day difference in between the 3 techniques, so we’ll have to see if he can perform this year.
I expect the same energy on Edmonds as fans did with Kenyan Drake, and if he doesn’t get close to what Drake did (even with an extra game this season), then he may not ever get another shot.