Most Prolific Move: Signing J.J. Watt
Watt’s statistics have declined but he proved he can still play in this league. He started all 16 games for just the second time in the past 5 seasons for a Houston Texans team that struggled in every aspect.
Despite his decreased production, he still snagged 5 quarterback sacks, 14 tackles for loss, forced 2 and recovered 1 fumble, and scored a defensive touchdown on his lone interception. In Arizona, Watt will team up with Chandler Jones, Dennis Gardeck, and Markus Golden on a pass rush that features a lot of potential.
*Additions do not include players who re-signed with team.
RB1, Tight End, Inside Linebacker, and CB1.
Where do they stand?
On paper, the Cardinals looked like the weakest link in the NFC West before free agency. However, they added veteran talent and fulfilled several key areas of need. The upside is that every free agent signing and addition has decades of valuable experience. The downside? Can any continue to play at the same level?
Rank in the NFC West: 3rd
The Cardinals hung well with the 49ers and Seahawks with an inferior team in 2020. And while their newest additions won’t stick around long-term, it gives them a more talented team to compete for the division in 2021. Thing is, they brought along proven players who have yet to prove they can mesh.