27 Michael Adams CB 24 5-8 181 3 Louisiana-Lafayette- What Adams lacks in size, he makes up for with tenacity and athleticism.
Although he is still a work in progress, and was ridiculed for getting burnt repeatedly bu Aaron Rodgers two weeks in a row in pass coverage (Week 17 and Wildcard Weekend), the staff thought highly enough of him, that he surpassed veteran Ralph Brown on the depth chart in November.
Look for Adams to continue to improve.
20 Ralph Brown CB 31 5-10 185 10 Nebraska- Brown has been a serviceable veteran for nickel and dime packages but his return is not essential.
25 Bryant McFadden CB 28 6-0 190 5 Florida State- McFadden was a big free agent signing for Arizona last offseason, but underwhelmed particularly in pass coverage where he was beaten easily more often than not.
Expect rookie Greg Toler to challenge him for the starting role going forward.
29 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB 23 6-2 182 2 Tennessee State- DRC claimed his first Pro Bowl berth this year after a stellar rookie campaign his first time out. The scary part is that he still has a lot of room for improvement.
Although he suffered a knee injury in the Cardinals' playoff loss to the Saints, he expects to be back in "three to four months at the max."
28 Greg Toler CB 25 5-10 191 R St. Paul's (VA)- Raw coming out of tiny St. Paul's college, Toler's growth this season was on display in the final game of the season against the Saints. With DRC and Antrel Rolle knocked out of the game, Toler stepped in and held up very nicely against Drew Brees, making a couple of very impressive plays on the ball in coverage.
He immediately outplayed starter McFadden, setting him up for success next season, perhaps starting opposite DRC. This would form one of the fastest CB duos in the league.
22 Matt Ware S 27 6-2 215 6 UCLA- Ware's importance to the team was outlined when they lost him to IR in December. Ware is a valuable nickel and dime safety who also contributes on special teams, but he is a free agent now and his status is unknown.
Expect the Cardinals to make a push to resign him if he can continue to be had for a bargain price.
41 Hamza Abdullah S 26 6-2 216 5 Washington State- Identical to Ware in size, Abdullah filled a similar role after Ware went down.
He was signed late in the year and is a question mark as far as value—much like Jeremy Clark.
49 Rashad Johnson S 24 5-11 203 R Alabama- There were high hopes for Johnson as a third round draft pick, but as of yet they have not materialized on the field.
The Cardinals' decision to use Abdullah more than Johnson at the end of the season could be a red flag going forward, unless the light bulb suddenly goes on and glows brightly.
21 Antrel Rolle S 27 6-0 208 5 Miami (Fla.)- Rolle earned a Pro Bowl berth and has turned into one of the Cardinals' most reliable players. He is a gifted athlete.
His contract will likely be reworked this offseason to make him affordable.
24 Adrian Wilson S 30 6-3 226 9 North Carolina State- One of the best safeties in the game, three-time Pro Bowler Wilson will presumably be a Cardinal for life.
He is what a football player should be: a hard working, no nonsense, hard hitting beast.