Where Cardinals rank in positional spending among rest of NFL

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The Arizona Cardinals will begin training camp later this month. The roster is mostly what it will look like when camp begins, but there are moves that could be made.

There could be a contract extension for quarterback Kyler Murray or others. They could add a player or two in free agency.

But as we start off the final month of the offseason, let’s take a look at where the Cardinals rank in the league in terms of positional spending, according to Over the Cap.

On offense, they rank fifth, with more than $121.1 million in cap assets dedicated to that side of the ball this season. On defense, they rank 19th at more than $89.8 million in cap assets.

Let’s take a look at their ranking at each position.

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Quarterback

Spending, ranking: $15.6M, 17th

Kyler Murray’s contract has the biggest cap hit at his position at $11.4 million.

Running back

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Spending, ranking: $9.0M, 17th

James Conner’s $3.98 million cap hit is the largest at the position.

Wide receiver

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Spending, ranking: $31.5M, 7th

DeAndre Hopkins’ $17.95 million cap leads the way.

Tight end

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Spending, ranking: $10.9M, 14th

Zach Ertz’ new contract has a cap hit of $4.75 million this coming season. It is the largest cap hit on the team at the position.

Offensive line

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Spending, ranking: $52.1M, 1st

This could change if Rodney Hudson is no with the team in 2022 but having a veteran line is not cheap. Left tackle D.J. Humphries’ $19.3 million cap hit is the largest of the entire team. He is a possible candidate for a contract extension before the season, which would reduce his cap hit.

Defensive line

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Spending, ranking: $25.3M, 11th

J.J. Watt’s contract counts $15.9 million of that. It is the largest cap hit among the defensive linemen and third-highest on the team.

EDGE

Spending, ranking: $10.5M, 31st

With the loss of Chandler Jones, they have little money tied up at outside linebacker. Markus Golden’s $4.0 million cap hit is tops there and Devon Kennard is next at $3.6 million.

Inside linebacker

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Spending, ranking: $19.8M, 9th

Having two first-round picks in the group pushes the price up. Isaiah Simmons’ cap hit in 2022 is $5.6 million, the tops at the position.

Cornerback

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Spending, ranking: $13.2M, 28th

The Cardinals could spend more here if they liked. Byron Murphy is a contract extension candidate and his cap hit of $3.7 million is the largest at cornerback.

Safety

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Spending, ranking: $20.5M, 5th

Budda Baker has the largest cap hit among the safeties at $14.8 million. Jalen Thompson is a contract extension candidate.

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