The Arizona Cardinals are in a critical phase, with Kyler Murray looking to get his first significant NFL contract extension. On top of that, three other teammates of Murray’s are set to become free agents at the end of the 2022 NFL Season.
Keeping these players around will be the bare minimum to prevent the Los Angeles Rams from creating more distance in the division. Thanks to the Jordan Phillips cut finally taking effect on June 1st; the Cardinals have just north of $11M in cap space to work with.
Who are these Arizona Cardinals players who are entering a contract year? Let’s get to the first one.
The first Arizona Cardinals contract year player- LT D.J. Humphries
It’s hard to believe that D.J. Humphries has been on the team since the 2015 season, with the 2016 season being his first year of playing. Humphries has been the Arizona version of Dan Dierdorf (in terms of tenure, not total skill) when the team was in St.Louis.
Humphries also openly admitted that he wants to spend his entire career with the Cardinals, so the chances that he hits free agency are very low. However, Humphries has been solid since 2019 and should look to be getting a big contract from Steve Keim very soon.
Humphries signed a three-year, $43.7M extension in 2020 and has a cap hit of $19M for the 2022 season. We’ll see if Humphries gets the same amount or more when it comes time to negotiate.