The Offensive Line
The new front office regime has some major decisions to make concerning the offensive line. Will they try to keep the current unit intact? Will they sign some key players and let the others walk? Will they try and retain their veterans or will they take their chances in the draft and free agency?
Rodney Hudson was brought in to help bring stability and veteran leadership but the three-time Pro Bowler was injured after the first four games, and was placed on injured reserve. When healthy, Hudson is arguably the best center in the NFL, and it would be wise for the Cardinals to bring him back for at least another season especially considering the fact that Kyler Murray will be returning from an ACL injury. He is a bully and dominates his one on one matchups.
Kelvin Beachum was the only offensive lineman to play in all 18 games. He is undersized for his position, but he is durable and has proven that he can handle some of the best pass rushers in the league. Beachum is 33 years old so an offer for another year or two would be ideal for both parties.
Will Hernandez should also garner consideration to bring back for another season. He is a no nonsense, hard nosed, hard working player who brings an edge to the offensive line. Hernandez is exceptionally strong and physical and is only 26 years old.
Cody Ford is another option to bring back. He is also 26, and was a former teammate of Murray’s at the University of Oklahoma. The Arizona Cardinals traded for Ford in the offseason hoping that he would still have chemistry and cohesiveness with Murray.
While only suiting up for 11 games, Ford struggled in his role. As a result, he only lined up on special teams for three of those 11 games as the coaching staff explored other options at his position. I wouldn’t expect the Cardinals to bring him back unless it’s for depth purposes.
(Statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference)
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