Ranking the Top 5 free agent receivers for the Arizona Cardinals in 2023

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The Arizona Cardinals may need a new receiver in 2023. So who would be the best fits in the new system? Here are the top five.

The DeAndre Hopkins Saga will ultimately dictate whether the Arizona Cardinals look for a receiver in free agency. If Hopkins remains in the cardinal and white, then you can disregard this list. But if general manager Monti Ossenfort moves the veteran receiver, expect him to sign at least a stopgap for 2023. 

As with our previous rankings, the following top five receivers are ranked in a way that they would best serve the Cardinals, so this isn’t a list of the overall best players at the position. Keep reading to find out who made the cut.  

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Top 5 free agent receivers for the Arizona Cardinals 

5 - Robert Woods

We talked about Woods a couple of times already, and while he’s the same age as Hopkins, he will command a smaller salary. While Hopkins is still entrenched in his prime, Woods appears to be on the back nine of his career, having recorded just 98 receptions in the previous two seasons. 

He is, however, a savvy veteran with more size than the likes of Greg Dortch, Marquise Brown, and Rondale Moore. So if the Arizona Cardinals would like a stopgap, don’t be surprised if they ink Woods to a one-year tender. 

4 - D.J. Chark

At 6’4, 205, Chark has ideal size, which bumps him up a slot on this list. However, he had a modest 30 receptions in 11 games this season, the third-lowest of his career. Chark has also only played in 15 contests over the past two seasons. 

However, he will turn 27 on September 23rd, so he could have a lot more football left. Chark also had two solid campaigns in Jacksonville in 2019 and 2020, notching 126 receptions in that span. 

It’s more than clear that he can play, but can Chark return to form? If he signs in the desert, the Arizona Cardinals will be banking on it.