The Arizona Cardinals’ 2022 season is just starting, but they have a good amount of cap space for when the season ends.
Before the Arizona Cardinals take the field tonight against the Cincinnati Bengals for their first preseason game of the year, it’s time for a brief look at the cap space when the season is all said and done.
Spotrac is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals have the ninth-most cap space of any team with just about $23 million in cap space. The Seattle Seahawks are the only other NFC West team inside the top ten ($32 million).
As of right now, the Cardinals have 35 unrestricted free agents for next season. Some of these players are camp bodies, so this number will change in a few weeks and get smaller. The notable players on that list include:
- J.J Watt
- Rodney Hudson
- Markus Golden
- Byron Murphy
- Jalen Thompson
- Maxx Williams
The Arizona Cardinals have some but not a lot of breathing room in terms of cap space for 2023
The top two contracts that eat up most of the cap space belong to Kyler Murray and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, combining for just over $64 million. $23 million is enough to get a couple of deals done, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Cardinals’ leadership handles the re-signings.
Some notable NFL free agents that could become available are:
- Mike Gesicki
- Orlando Brown Jr.
- Jesse Bates
- Logan Ryan
There are countless more to choose from, but the Cardinals could be looking to add one of these listed above- especially in the secondary. Will the Cardinals prioritize Thompson to keep the deep secondary pairing of him and Budda Baker together?
What if Maxx Williams walks in free agency? There will be a ton of questions to ask and answer in the offseason.
We’ll see what happens. But in Steve Keim’s world, it’s completely unpredictable.