Cardinals' Updated Depth Chart After AJ Green's Reported 1-Year, $8.5M Contract

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2021

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) warms up before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
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The Arizona Cardinals aren't done adding veteran pieces for a playoff run just yet.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Cardinals agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million contract with A.J. Green, $6 million of which is guaranteed. Green spent his first nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, making seven Pro Bowls and being selected to three All-Pro teams.

Green joins J.J. Watt as the Cardinals' two most notable offseason signings, as they've focused on veterans in an otherwise youth-laden locker room. 

Here is a look at how Arizona's offensive depth chart looks after Green's signing.

QB: Kyler Murray; Chris Streveler; Cole McDonald
RB: Chase Edmunds; Jonathan Ward; Eno Benjamin; DJ Foster
WR: DeAndre Hopkins; Christian Kirk; A.J. Green; Andy Isabella; KeeSean Johnson; Trent Sherfield; Krishawn Hogan; Isaac Whitney; JoJo Ward
TE: Maxx Williams; Ian Bunting
LT: DJ Humphries; Josh Jones; Joshua Miles
LG: Justin Pugh; Max Garcia; Sean Harlow
C: Mason Cole; Lamont Gaillard
RG: Justin Murray; Shaq Calhoun
RT: Branden Bowen; Koda Martin

Notable Free Agents: WR Larry Fitzgerald, RB Kenyan Drake, RG JR Sweezy, RT Kelvin Beachum, TE Dan Arnold 

DeAndre Hopkins is unquestionably the No. 1 target in Arizona's passing game. He enjoyed another prolific campaign in his first year with the team, catching 115 passes for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns.

Beyond Hopkins, Arizona's depth slips a bit.

Larry Fitzgerald turns 38 in August, so it's fair to wonder how much value he'll provide even if he returns for 2021. He set career lows (54 receptions, 409 yards, one touchdown) across the board in 2020.

Christian Kirk has been solid since the Cardinals selected him in the second round of the 2018 draft. He still left the team with plenty of room to upgrade in the event it wanted a better second option through the air.

Green was limited to nine games in 2018 and missed the entire 2019 season. While he was on the field for the entirety of 2020, he wasn't the pass-catcher who made seven straight Pro Bowls.

Joe Burrow's knee injury could be partially to blame for that because the offense was a mess without him to close out the year. Green seemed to be visibly frustrated at times, too, as the losses piled up.

Now that he's on a better team with one of the league's better young quarterbacks in Kyler Murray, he could become an elite receiver again.