The Arizona Cardinals are one team that might be a fan of the proposed 14-team playoff alignment after the way they were screwed over this past year. Because of the strength of the NFC (and their particular division), the Cardinals will face an annual uphill battle but it’s clear they are very close to returning to playoff relevance.
If Carson Palmer and the Arizona defense can continue to play as well as they did last year, they need only to make a few adjustments and additions in order to be right in the thick of things in the NFC West.
- CB Antoine Cason (Panthers)
- CB/RS Javier Arenas (Falcons)
- TE Jim Dray (Browns)
- LB Karlos Dansby (Browns)
- WR Andre Roberts (Redskins)
- LB Jasper Brinkley (Vikings)
- RB Rashard Mendenhall (retired)
- OG Darryn Colledge (released)
- CB Antonio Cromartie (Jets)
- OT Jared Veldheer (Raiders)
- CB Bryce McCann (re-signed)
- WR/RS Ted Ginn Jr. (Panthers)
- RB Jonathan Dwyer (Steelers)
- C Ted Larsen (Buccaneers)
- DE/LB Marcus Benard (re-signed)
- DE Matt Shaughnessy (re-signed)
- DL Frostee Rucker (re-signed)
- TE Jake Ballard (re-signed)
- TE John Carlson (re-signed)
- K Jay Feeley (re-signed)
- P Dave Zastudil (re-signed)
Cardinals Team Needs
1. Rush Linebacker
The Cardinals got some solid production last year out of John Abraham, but they could stand to address the rush linebacker position once and for all, and get someone in there who can get to the QB on a consistent basis.
2. Right Tackle
Jared Veldheer was a great pickup for Arizona, but they still need a permanent solution at right tackle. Can Bobby Massie hold it down? This will be an interesting situation to monitor.
Tyrann Mathieu is a great cornerstone piece for the back end of the secondary, but he needs a running mate with Yeremiah Bell now gone.
6. Wide Receiver
7. Running Back