The Arizona Cardinals enter free agency this offseason in a bit of a pickle. Twenty of Arizona’s players are set to hit the market—16 of them are unrestricted free agents.
Many of them signed one-year deals last offseason, which helped the team to its second-largest turnaround in team history, at five games. Among the one-year players, a handful started at least part of the year for head coach Bruce Arians, while others contributed in some capacity on offense, defense and special teams.
Then there are those who have been in the Valley a while and could see their stay come to an end in March when free agency begins.
Thus is the life of an NFL player. Teams are always looking to improve, and for the Cardinals, they have an opportunity to improve by letting certain players walk while signing and drafting others to replace them.
Here is a breakdown of Arizona’s 20 free agents and whether they should be kept, tagged or given walking papers.
Key: UFA = unrestricted free agent; RFA = restricted free agent