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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Arizona Cardinals had a down season in 2016 and it has really hurt the team’s ability to retain free agents. The Cardinals have lost several key players in free agency and that could have a detrimental impact in 2017. Arizona lost Calais Campbell, Earl Watford, Tony Jefferson, Marcus Cooper, Darren Fells, and Chandler Cantanzaro to other teams this off-season and that’s a lot of talent that just walked out the door. Head Coach Bruce Arians will certainly have his work cut out for him this upcoming season and it’s going to be extremely tough to be competitive unless some serious moves are made. Arizona was already bad last season with all of those players on their roster, now they are going to have to make due without key players like Campbell and Cooper. With a lot of the top free agents already off the market, it will be up to the Cardinals to work a few trades and draft extremely well next month. Even if everything goes right for the Cardinals it still might not be enough and you have to feel bad for Arians. No coach can win if the talent isn’t up to par and clearly the front office hasn’t given Arians enough to win with. When Arizona comes out and flops this year the team will likely move on from General Manager Steve Keim and Bruce Arians. Which makes you wonder why the Cardinals didn’t do more to give those guys a chance? It feels like the main goal for Arizona was cutting down on salary cap and purging some of their role players. Regardless though most of these players were in the league for less than 5 years and could have grown into big time contributors for Arizona. The Cardinals haven’t had any marquee signings to off-set those losses and that will come back to haunt this team when it comes time to play. It’s hard to understand what that team in the dessert is doing right now? They need a lot of help.
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