Free Agency and the NFL Draft gave the Arizona Cardinals an identity this offseason.
The Arizona Cardinals acquired an identity during the last few months, and given the age of their free-agent signings, it’s an identity that states they are ready to win now.
No, you won’t see them grace the cardinal and white uniforms long, but each of these veteran additions still has a lot left in the tank in the short run. Plus, they give the Cardinals a chance to draft and develop players behind them over the next few seasons.
While I wasn’t a fan of the Zaven Collins selection, it’s hard not to feel excited about him teaming with Isaiah Simmons next season. Simmons, who made the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2020, was a completely different player in Week 17 than he was in Week 1.
If Arizona general manager Steve Keim struck gold twice, then his team will have a formidable duo for at least the next few seasons. They’re just one example of the team’s complete roster.
Barring injury, the Cardinals don’t seem to have any gaping holes next to tight end and special teams. They weren’t the greatest in 2020, but at least kicker Matt Prater and punter Andy Lee have had seasons in the past where they’ve performed well. Prater can bounce back after a down year in 2020, and the same goes for Lee.
Let’s further discuss why Arizona is ready to put the demons of the last six seasons behind them and why they are ready to win now.