Arizona Cardinals one of the winners in 2013 NFL free agency

Stephen Dunn

ESPN's John Clayton praises the Cardinals for the value of the players they signed.

The Arizona Cardinals were extremely active in free agency this offseason, as they had a myriad of needs to fill. They parted ways with a few starters, including longtime player and likely future Ring of Honor inductee Adrian Wilson.

Typically, it is not a good thing if you have to rely heavily on free agency to get you team competitive, but in this case, it appears that the Cardinals went about it the right way. They got a lot of value and did not tie up much money long term.

ESPN's John Clayton evaluated the teams around the league and how they did in the free agency period and called the Cardinals one of three "winners."

As for teams, three winners emerged from the post-frenzy shopping market -- Arizona, Chicago and Tennessee. Based on playing time from last year, I'd give the Cardinals the slight edge from the post-March 17 market. Among their signings, cornerback Antoine Cason played 976 snaps for the Chargers last year, Jasper Brinkley had 813 snaps at linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, and Chilo Rachal had 643 snaps on the Bears' offensive line. The cost was a combined $5.7 million in contracts.

Obviously we have to wait and see to evaluate the quality of the free agents the team picked up, but one thing is certain -- they didn't risk a lot. If most of them don't pan out, guess what? Considering how many are on one-year deals, they simply walk away, and if they do, the Cardinals could be in a position to pick up some compensatory draft selections in next year's NFL Draft.

Keep up with Cardinals news and opinions when you are not on the site. Follow Revenge of the Birds on Twitter at @revengeofbirds and "like" us on Facebook. You can follow me individually at @senorjessroot.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Revenge of the Birds

You must be a member of Revenge of the Birds to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Revenge of the Birds. You should read them.

Join Revenge of the Birds

You must be a member of Revenge of the Birds to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Revenge of the Birds. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker