Which of best remaining free agents make sense for Cardinals?

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The Arizona Cardinals were not active signing free agents that come from other teams earlier in the offseason. They focused on bringing back their own free agents.

Now that we are past the NFL draft, free agent additions do not count toward the compensatory formula and there are still of number of quality players left unsigned.

Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar put together a list of the best remaining free agents. Below, we look at whether each one of them makes sense for the Cardinals to sign.

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WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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Doesn’t make sense for Cardinals

Beckham would improve the Cardinals, especially without DeAndre Hopkins for the first six games of the season. Of course, Beckham tore his ACL in the Super Bowl, so he probably would not be able to do anything until after Hopkins returns. The Cardinals re-signed A.J. Green and Zach Ertz and then drafted Trey McBride. Beckham doesn’t make sense now.

DL Akiem Hicks

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Doesn’t make sense for Hicks

Hicks is a fantastic player but has been dealing with injuries. He played in only nine games last season and five in 2019. He would absolutely be a nice fit for the Cardinals in a rotational role, as they already have J.J. Watt and Zach Allen to play defensive end. Hicks has been mostly an every-down player when healthy. If he is ready to be a rotational player, the Cardinals are a good fit, but that isn’t likely what he is looking for.

OT Duane Brown

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Doesn’t make sense for Cardinals

Brown is turning 37 years old this year. The Cardinals already have a Pro Bowl left tackle in D.J. Humphries. Brown isn’t going to replace him and they don’t need someone that age coming in.

DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney

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Makes a lot of sense for Cardinals

Clowney is an elite run defender. He had nine sacks last season. He has played outside linebacker in the same defensive scheme the Cardinals play.

The Cardinals certainly could use him, but the price he is asking might be too high. They drafted Cameron Thomas and Myjai Sanders but Clwoney still makes sense as a player.

WR Julio Jones

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Doesn’t make sense for Cardinals

Had the Cardinals not re-signed A.J. Green and then traded for Hollywood Brown, he could make sense. However, even with DeAndre Hopkins’ suspension, he doesn’t make sense now. Where would he play upon Hopkins’ return?

WR Jarvis Landry

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Doesn’t make sense for Cardinals

He would have made more sense had the Cardinals not traded for Brown. He plays inside and out and could have played the role Christian Kirk vacated.

OLB Melvin Ingram

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Doesn’t make sense

Ingram as a player makes sense because the Cardinals could use a veteran pass rusher. However, the Chiefs placed the unrestricted free agent tag on him, which would mean he counts against the compensatory formula, something that the Cardinals have attempted to avoid doing this offseason.

WR T.Y. Hilton

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Doesn’t make sense for Cardinals

See the reasons above for the other receivers mentioned. They all apply to Hilton as well.

TE Rob Gronkowski

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Doesn’t make sense for Cardinals

They have Zach Ertz and drafted Trey McBride. And does anyone believe he will play for anyone that doesn’t have Tom Brady on the team? He will be a Buc or retired.

DT Ndamukong Suh

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Makes a lot of sense for Cardinals

Suh is a veteran interior disruption. He can play nose tackle, a position the Cardinals could use a veteran at. They like Rashard Lawrence but Suh is one of the best to do it.

He would fit in with J.J. Watt. He was coached by Vance Joseph in Miami in 2016. The only question is price.

CB Kyle Fuller

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Makes sense for Cardinals

Arizona is very excited about the addition of Jeff Gladney, but he hasn’t played since 2020. Marco Wilson is promising and they love Byron Murphy, but adding competition to the room is always good. You can never have enough cornerbacks.

DE/OLB Jerry Hughes

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Makes sense for Cardinals

The Cardinals did just draft Cameron Thomas and Myjai Sanders, but they are hardly proven pass rushers in the NFL. The only proven pass rusher the Cardinals have on the edge is Markus Golden. Cevon Kennard is nice in base sets to play run defense, but Hughes as a situational rusher makes sense, even though he has a total of 11 sacks combined over his last three seasons.

C J.C. Tretter

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Doesn’t make sense for Tretter

The Cardinals do not need a starting center. Tretter is still solid. He is probably looking for a starting gig. As a backup, he totally makes sense for the Cardinals.

DT Eddie Goldman

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Makes a lot of sense for Cardinals

He is a very good veteran nose tackle. He would fit perfectly in the Arizona defense.

DT Linval Joseph

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Makes sense for Cardinals

He is another aging interior defender who could fit in Arizona. A starting defensive line of Watt, Joseph and Allen would be formidable.

LB Nick Kwiatkowski

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Doesn’t make sense for Cardinals

Please, no more inside linebackers.

DE Carlos Dunlap

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Makes sense for Cardinals

We have detailed how he would be a good fit in Arizona. As a situational pass rusher, he could come in for Devon Kennard. Even with Cameron Thomas and Myjai Sanders, can you have enough talented rushers, even in supporting roles?

DT Larry Ogunjobi

Makes sense for Cardinals if healthy

Ogunjobi suffered a serious foot injury in January that needed surgery. For all the reasons mentioned for the other interior defenders above, Ogunjobi would make sense, but he has to be healthy.

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