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Arizona Cardinals 2020 Offseason Preview


Kyler Murray had one of the most impressive rookie seasons for a QB in NFL history, he's an absolute stud and a legitimate franchise QB. Brett Hundley is set to become free agent but seemed to mesh well with Kingsbury and could be retained to continue to serve as Murray's backup.

Need Level: Low

Cardinals Free Agency Preview at Quarterback: If the Cardinals choose to go in a different direction than Hundley, their options include: Case Keenum (who Kingsbury coached at the University of Houston), Kyler Sloter (Lions QB who wows in preseason action), and Mike Glennon (an unspectacular but capable backup).

Cardinals Draft Preview at Quarterback: With Kyler entrenched as the franchise QB it's unlikely the Cardinals will address QB through the draft.

Running Back

Kenyan Drake was one of the most explosive and effective RBs in the NFL following his trade to the Cardinals. Resigning him will likely be the the team's #1 offseason priority. Chase Edmonds, who also performed will in 2019, will likely serve as Drake's primary backup. David Johnson is widely expected to be released or traded.

Need Level: High

Cardinals Free Agency Preview at Running Back: If Johnson is let go, the Cardinals may enter free agency with Edmonds as their only RB. While most expect the team to resign Kenyan Drake, they will have the opportunity to consider other free agents RBs like: Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler, Derrick Henry, and Kareem Hunt.

Cardinals Draft Preview at Running Back: It's not hard to envision the Cardinals stocking the RB depth chart on Day 3 of the draft.

Wide Receiver

Christian Kirk is coming off a solid second season with the Cardinals but many consider him to be more of WR2 than a WR1. Larry Fitzgerald is set to become a free agents but also already indicated a willingness to return to his complimentary player/team leader role. The Cardinals did not see much return on the three WRs (Any Isabella, Hakeem Butler, Keesean Johnson) they selected in the draft last year but each one of them offers the potential for a second year leap. Still, for an offensive built on the passing game, the Cardinals lack a bonafide WR1 - they should look for one this offseason.

Need Level: Medium

Cardinals Free Agency Preview at Wide Receiver: Robby Anderson and Breshad Perriman are young WRs with great speed and either could be of interest to the Cardinals. Anderson in particular has been a big-play threat over the last few seasons. I'd expect the Cardinals to pass on bigger names like Amari Cooper (who will probably be resigned by Dallas) and AJ Green (too old).

Cardinals Draft Preview at Wide Receiver: The Cardinals should be in prime in position to select one of this year's top WR prospects. Jerry Jeudy and Ceedee Lamb have WR1 written all over them and would immediately make Kingsbury's offense even more dynamic. Note that Lamb played with Kyler at Oklahoma.

Tight End

The Cardinals got very limited production out their TE unit in 2019, in part because Kingsbury likes to run 4 and 5 WR sets, which leaves the TE on the sideline. As it stands now Maxx Williams will enter 2020 as the starter, with Dan Arnold as a pass catching compliment. Unless Kingsbury chooses to make the TE a more featured role in his offense, it doesn't make sense for the Cardinals to devote resources to upgrading the position.

Need Level: Medium

Cardinals Free Agency Preview at Tight End: There are some big name TEs scheduled to hit the free agent market, including Austin Hooper (who is coming off a breakout season), Hunter Henry, Eric Ebron, and the lesser known but talented Blake Jarwin. Any of them would represent an upgrade at the top of the depth chart in Arizona.

Cardinals Draft Preview at Tight End: The 2020 TE draft class includes some prospects who could be potential upgrades for the Cardinals, such as Cole Kmet, Brycen Hopkins. Jared Pickeny.

Offensive Line

Perennially one of the league's worst offensive lines, the 2019 version was actually decent. While they allowed far too many sacks (50), the unit did pave the way for a strong running game and some of the sacks can be attributed to rookie mistakes by Kyler Murray. Impending free agent LT DJ Humphries is coming off his best season as a pro - he finally stayed healthy and allowed only 2 sacks all year - however he was one of the penalized offensive lineman in football. RT is also an uncertainty, with no obvious starting option for the 2020 season. The interior line is in better shape, Justin Pugh is locked in at LG and J.R. Sweezy is locked in at RG. 2018 3rd rounder Mason Cole will likely be the favorite to start at Center, though there is buzz that the Cardinals will resign long-time starter AQ Shipley.

Need Level: Very High

Cardinals Offensive Line Free Agency Preview: The Cardinals should strongly consider resigning Humphries as there are not really any suitable LTs set to hit the free agent market. There are however some solid options at RT, such as Jack Conklin, Bryan Bulaga, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Daryl Williams.

Cardinals Offensive Line Draft Preview: If the Cardinals are not able to resign Humphries and fail to address LT in free agency, then it becomes thier de facto #1 draft need. The good news for the Cardinals is that the 2019 OT tackle class is very strong, the list of prospects includes Jedrick Wills Jr, Andrew Thomas, Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, and Josh Jones. It's possible some of these prospects would even be upgrades over the oft-penalized and injured Humphries.

Defensive Line / Edge Rush

Chandler Jones was a one man wrecking crew in 2019 and he's among the league's best defensive players but the Cardinals must do more to bolster their pass rush and strengthen their run defense. Zach Allen, a 3rd rounder last season, showed some upside as a rookie and will probably start in 2020. But the other two line spots (DE, NT) need upgrades in a bad way. As does the OLB edge rush spot opposite Jones.

Need Level: High

Cardinals Defensive Line Free Agency Preview: The top defensive lineman include Chris Jones, DJ Reader, Leonard Williams, Javon Hargrave, Arik Armstead, and Michael Pierce. Anyone of them would represent a massive upgrade in Arizona. Edge rush options include Yannick Ngakoue, Jadeveon Clowney, Dante Fowler Jr, Bud Dupree, Matt Judon, Vic Beasley, and Emmanuel Ogbah. The Cardinals would do well to bring in at least one if not two of these players.

Cardinals Defensive Line Draft Preview: The Top Defensive Line options are Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw. Brown, in particular would be a great fit in Arizona, though he may be gone before pick #9. Edge Rush options in the draft include: AJ Epenesa, Yetur Gross-Matos, and K'Lavon Chaisson.


Jordan Hicks has one the ILB spots nailed down, but the other spot is open for business. Former 1st rounder Haason Reddick wasn't a success at ILB last season and doesn't exactly fit the mold of a 3-4 OLB. Though, there is some buzz surrounding Reddick getting a shot at OLB in 2020. Perhaps the Cardinals will check his trade value this offseason - recall that his former college coach Matt Rhule is now with the Panthers and in need of LB help.

Need Level: Medium

Cardinals Free Agency Preview at Linebacker: There are number of solid ILB options on the free agent market, including Cory Littleton, Joe Schobert, Nick Kwiatkowski, and Blake Martinez.

Cardinals Draft Preview at Linebacker: The top inside linebacker in the draft is Patrick Queen, who may be available when the Cardinals select in the 2nd round.

Defensive Backs

Patrick Peterson is tentatively expected to return for the 2020 season, despite trade rumors and a suspension in 2019, he still proved to be an excellent player when on the field. The other outside CB spot will be manned by either Robert Alford (a big free agent signing last offseason, who ended up missing the year with a leg injury) or 2019 2nd rounder Byron Murphy who struggled as a rookie. Budda Baker made his first Pro Bowl in 2019 and is entrenched at one of the Safety spots. Dionte Thompson (2019 5th round pick) and Jalen Thompson (2019 5th round supplemental draft pick) are young players who flashed as rookies and will likely compete for the other starting Safety job in training camp.

Need Level: Mild

Cardinals Defensive Back Free Agency Preview: If Patrick Peterson is traded or the Cardinals make Alford a cap casualty, they could kick the tires on free agents like Byron Jones, James Bradberry or even older vets like Chris Harris and Jimmy Smith. If the Cards want to increase competition at Safety, Anthony Harris, Jimmie Ward, and Justin Simmons are all solid options.

Cardinals Defensive Back Draft Preview: Xavier McKinney and Grant Delpit are considered the best Safeties in the class and either would be a potential upgrade over the "Thompsons". Top CBs are Jeffrey Okudah and Kristian Fulton.


Zane Gonzalez had an excellent year kicking the football and is locked in as the Cardinals Kicker. Andy Lee is ancient but still very good at punting.

Need Level: Low

Dolphins Special Teams Free Agency Preview: Gonzalez is a restricted free agents so the Cardinals should be able to retain his services - its possible they even discuss a long term extension.

Dolphins Special Teams Draft Preview: Not applicable.

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