The Arizona Cardinals are in need of building a winning culture this offseason, but these free agents could cost them.
What to make of the Arizona Cardinals? Give it one more season and there will be a clear picture.
Kliff Kingsbury made the jump from college to the NFL due to his knowledge of working with mobile quarterbacks. From training Patrick Mahomes into a generational talent to building a career with Kyler Murray, there’s now an inclination that Kingsbury could be more of a problem than a solution.
Two seasons, two missed playoff appearances and now frustration is ensuing out west. Could this be the end of Kingsbury’s tenure in the NFL? Free agency should factor into his hot seat ratio entering the new year.
The Cardinals will have roughly $11.8 million in cap space entering March. That doesn’t mean the numbers won’t expand with several cap casualties being released in the process. For Arizona, everything is about to make smart, quality moves over the big-time signings.
These three names would not only cost the Cardinals a hefty price, but they also do little for the team in the short term.
Which free agents should the Cardinals avoid this offseason?
Speed wins. It just does and it becomes a necessity to be effective on offense moving deeper into the season. The Houston Texans found a 1-2 combination that worked with DeAndre Hopkins as the go-to and Will Fuller as the vertical threat.
Arizona already traded for Hopkins. They’ll need to replace Larry Fitzgerald at some point on the perimeter. Fuller is good, but he’s not worth what the open market price is going to be.
Looking back, the fifth-year pro dazzled in a contract season, setting career-highs in receptions (53), yards (879) and touchdowns (8). Those would have only expanded should he not have been suspended for the final five games of the season due to a PED scandal.
Fuller has yet to play a full season in the NFL. His overall speed will be used in bursts, but not as much as fans believe. There are usually two or three games a year where he becomes the more productive receiver in Houston and the rest are met with mixed results. His asking price? Likely a four-year deal.
Murray needs a third receiver, but there are healthier and cheaper options in the draft and down the pipeline.