Offseason progress reports: Arizona Cardinals

It's too early for '09 season previews, and too late for '08 season reviews. What's an NFL blog to do in the never-ending quest to overcover the bejeezus out of the NFL? Offseason progress reports. Let's go in alphabetical order. Up first, the Arizona Cardinals.

Free agents lost: RB J.J. Arrington(notes), LB Monty Beisel(notes), CB Eric Green(notes), RB Edgerrin James(notes), DE Antonio Smith, FB Terrelle Smith(notes)

Free agents gained: TE Anthony Becht(notes), S Keith Lewis(notes), CB Bryant McFadden(notes), RB Jason Wright(notes)

Drafted: RB Chris Wells(notes), DE Cody Brown(notes), S Rashad Johnson(notes), CB Greg Toler(notes), OT Herman Johnson(notes), DE Will Davis(notes), RB LaRod Stephens-Howling(notes), OG Trevor Canfield(notes)

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, none of the transactions above rank among the biggest things they're dealing with this offseason. Yeah, Edgerrin James made headlines, but everyone expected that he'd be gone, and the Cardinals only saw him as a part-time player anyway.

The Anquan Boldin situation is the big one, of course, and it's yet to be dealt with. The Cardinals' method of dealing with it to this point has been to hang back and hope Anquan eventually begins to loathe the organization less. That hasn't happened. He still wants out. The Cardinals still don't want to do it. At this point, there's not even a good educated guess that can be made as to how this will play out.

Now Darnell Dockett(notes) wants to be traded, too, and again, the Cardinals don't want to oblige. Dockett feels like he outperformed his contract last year, and the Cardinals feel like, "Maybe you did, but so what?" I don't know how that'll be resolved, either.

The one thing that's unequivocally gone well for the Cardinals this offseason was the Kurt Warner(notes) situation. Warner wasn't sure if he wanted to come back and play in '09, and then he wasn't sure if he'd come back and play in '09 unless the Cardinals gave him a ton of money, and they did. He's back. That's good.

Then there's the departure of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, as he left to take over as head coach of the Chiefs. Haley's a fine coach, but I tend to believe that the Cardinals' offensive success was due more to Warner, Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald(notes) more than Todd Haley. It's a loss I think they can sustain.

Speaking of Mr. Fitzgerald, he's on the cover of Madden '10. If you believe in Madden Curse, this means that Fitzgerald will soon be doubled over in pain, screaming "MY KNEE, MY KNEE!" If you don't -- and you shouldn't -- there's nothing to worry about. Larry will be fine.

Progress: It's hard to call this one right now, especially with Boldin's situation still unresolved. If things work out as poorly as they possibly can, I'd subtract four wins from their '08 total. If they go as well as they possibly can, I'd leave the total unchanged. Let's just split the difference.

Minus 2 wins. 9-7 last year, 7-9 this year.