Arizona Cardinals Offseason Blueprint



Written By: Roy Countryman @Blitzalytics @PreacherBoyRoy


The Cardinals are coming off a rough first season under Steve Wilks. Finishing at 3-13, ownership has decided to move on from Wilks after just one season. Kliff Kingsbury has been announced as the new HC, a unique hire who was most recently the head coach at Texas Tech where he finished with a career record under .500 (35-40). As underwhelming as those numbers are on the surface, it is his offensive prowess that attracted the Bidwells to team him up with a young signal caller in Josh Rosen. He will no doubt need a strong defensive coordinator hire to help offset his lack of knowledge on that side of the ball, but this will be one of the more interesting offseason hires to keep an eye on moving forward.


Available Salary Cap Space- $64,014,529 (According to Overthecap.com)


Free Agents


UFA

Larry Fitzgerald- WR

Tre Boston- S

Rodney Gunter- DT

Markus Golden- DE

Benson Mayowa- DE

Deone Bucannon- LB

Phil Dawson- K

Oday Aboushi- OG

Joseph Barksdale- OT

Gerald Hodges- LB

David Amerson- CB

J.J. Nelson- WR

Gabe Martin- OLB

John Phillips- TE

Derrick Coleman- FB


RFA

Olsen Pierre- DT

John Wetzel- OT

D.J. Foster- RB

Jeremy Cash- LB


ERFA

Ricky Seals-Jones- TE

Zach Moore- DE

Jeremy Vujnovich- OG

Darrell Daniels- TE

Daniel Munyer- C

Joe Walker- LB


Voidable UFA

Mike Iupati- OG


Potential Cap Casualties (Bold = Dead Money, Italics = Cap Gain)

Patrick Peterson- CB ($1,269,177) ($10,615,411)

D.J. Humphries- LT ($0) ($9,625,000)

5th Year Option guaranteed for injury, must be able to pass physical to be cut

Ended year on IR with Knee Injury

Jermaine Gresham- TE ($3.500,000) ($4,750,000)

June 1st Figures ($1,750,000) ($6,500,000)

Antoine Bethea- S ($2,159,168) ($4,250,000)

D.J. Swearinger- S ($0) ($4,500,000)

*All figures for cap purposes will be taken as pre-June 1st, unless otherwise stated. All cap figures courtesy of Overthecap.com.


Team Needs

OT

CB

WR

EDGE

IOL

LB

DT


Draft pick Allotment

1st Round #1

2nd Round #1

3rd Round #1

4th Round #1

5th Round #1

6th Round #1

6th Round (Compensatory- Kareem Martin)

7th Round #1

7th Round (Compensatory- Drew Stanton)

7th Round (Compensatory- Jaron Brown)

*Compensatory Pick Projection courtesy of Nick Korte of Overthecap.com


Mock Offseason


Players Re-signed

Larry Fitzgerald- WR

Tre Boston- FS

Rodney Gunter- DT

Benson Mayowa- DE

Joseph Barksdale- OT

John Wetzel- OT (RFA)

Olsen Pierre- DT (RFA)

Zach Moore- DE (RFA)

Jeremy Cash- LB (RFA)

D.J. Foster- RB (RFA)

Ricky Seals-Jones- TE (ERFA)

Darrell Daniels- TE (ERFA)

Joe Walker- LB (ERFA)


Cap Casualties

Mike Iupati- OG (Void Contract)

Antoine Bethea- S

Jermaine Gresham- TE (June 1st Designation)


Trade

Cardinals get: WR Antonio Brown, 6th Round Pick (OAK)

Steelers get- CB Patrick Peterson, 3rd Round Pick, 5th Round Pick


Free Agent Targets

Ja’Wuan James- OT (Dolphins)

Playing RT with the Dolphins, James was a consistent contributor both as a run blocker and in pass protection. He is an experienced OL who started 49 career games at Tennessee and 58 career games in Miami. He possesses ridiculous arm length (35”), and I think they could give him the chance to play at LT.


Anthony Barr- LB (Vikings)

Barr is not far removed from being a top 10 draft pick, and is also a 4-time pro bowler. He is an athletic specimen who has youth on his side, and could wreak havoc on a defense with Chandler Jones.


Jason Verrett- CB (Chargers)

A standout CB who has shutdown ability when healthy. In this exercise the Cardinals traded Peterson to Pittsburgh, so this would be an ideal opportunity to fight for a starting spot and hopefully establish his value by showing he can stay healthy throughout an entire season.


Darqueze Dennard- CB (Bengals)

A former first round pick that finally was able to get regular playing time last year, allowing him to start showing his playing ability. He is a standout run defender from his CB position, and can play both inside and outside the scheme, which in a rebuilding defense would hold value for his versatility. Arizona could appeal to him by allowing him a chance to be the face of a secondary, rather than a complimentary, piece.


Matt Slauson- C/G (Colts)

A grizzled veteran interior OL who has starting experience as both an OG and C. He could be a steadying presence on a young OL, and would be able to provide leadership to some young prospects in the room, as well as give Rosen a calming presence at the pivot.


Mock Draft

1st Round: Nick Bosa, DE (Ohio State)

2nd Round: Garrett Bradbury, C (N.C. State)

3rd Round: Traded to Steelers

4th Round: Josh Oliver, TE (San Jose State)

5th Round: Traded to Steelers

6th Round: Isaiah Johnson, CB (Houston)

6th Round: (From Pit by OAK) Cameron Smith, LB (USC)

6th Round (Comp): Chris Brown, OG (USC)

7th Round: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR (Liberty)

7th Round (Comp): Breckyn Hager, DE (Texas)

7th Round (Comp): D’Cota Dixon, S


Keep a lookout for more offseason blueprints as we get closer to the start of the new league year!