The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of holes to fill on the roster, and they may seek to fill some positions with players who have playoff experience.
Before we begin this little slideshow, I would like to start off with a disclaimer: The Arizona Cardinals will not sign all 14 of these players. Many of them will re-sign with their current teams, and that will leave this ultimate list decimated.
However, they could all test the free agent market. And if they do, the Cardinals could realistically snag one or two of the 14 players listed below. Most of the talent I mentioned reside in PFF’s Top 50 Free Agents for 2023, and they could provide an immediate boost to the depleted Redbirds.
So who do I feel the Cardinals may try to target in free agency if the following players do test it? Keep reading for more.
Players who could join Arizona Cardinals #1 – Geno Smith, QB (Seahawks)
We don’t know when Kyler Murray will return, so signing a quarterback like Geno Smith makes sense here. Smith, given his resurgence, will likely remain in Seattle, but if he tests the market, a team like the Cardinals may just be in the hunt for a starting-caliber quarterback given the uncertainty surrounding Murray.
2 – Javon Hargrave, DT (Eagles)
Hargrave will turn 30 before the 2023 NFL season begins, but the Cardinals have nothing of worth at defensive tackle. While signing a 30-year-old isn’t what rebuilding teams do, the Cardinals also need a strong, veteran presence and a stopgap in the middle, if not more. Hargrave can provide services on both fronts.
3 – Jamel Dean, CB (Buccaneers)
Dean had two interceptions and eight passes deflected last season, while holding opposing quarterbacks to a 55.2% completion percentage, and a quarterback rating of 86.0. He will cost some money, but Dean could make a dangerous combo with Marco Wilson.