The Arizona Cardinals locker room is going to feature a whole lot of new faces this coming season. General manager Steve Keim has added an array of fresh faces to a team who appears to be going for broke in 2021. The Cards have brought back a group of their own players as well, but several others are still looking for work.
The biggest name among that contingent is Larry Fitzgerald, the greatest performer in Cardinals history. A decision on the 11-time Pro Bowl wide receiver’s future in the league has not yet been revealed, but it appears that the 37-year old may be leaning towards retirement. Arizona’s front office has stated that they’d gladly welcome Fitzgerald back, but veteran A.J. Green may have been acquired to take the future Hall of Famer’s place.
Another Cards free agent who’s still unemployed is inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell. The 6’4, 232 pounder spent just one campaign with the squad, but it certainly was a productive one. In 16 starts for the Redbirds last fall, Campbell totaled 99 tackles, two sacks and three passes defensed.
J.R. Sweezy, a 10th-year NFL offensive lineman, started 26 games at right guard for the Cardinals over the past two seasons. The 32-year old’s days with the organization are likely over, however, after Keim signed Brian Winters back on March 22nd. Sweezy, who has 104 professional starts under his belt, has received lukewarm interest thus far during the free agency signing period.
Nose tackle Corey Peters started 66 contests for Arizona over the past five campaigns. Unfortunately, the 32-year old may be through with the franchise now that youngsters Leki Fotu and Rashard Lawrence are waiting in the wings. A season-ending knee injury suffered by Peters back in November may be hindering him from obtaining a new contract in ’21.
Some other Cardinals free agents who are still seeking new deals include QB Brett Hundley, RB D.J. Foster and TE Seth DeValve on offense, as well as PK Mike Nugent on special teams. Others on the defensive side of the ball include CB Dre Kirkpatrick, DT Domata Peko, CB Johnathan Joseph, LB Isaiah Irving and CB Kevin Peterson. It remains to be seen if anyone mentioned in this article will be re-signed by the Cards in the coming weeks or months.