Filling Holes with Free Agency and Drafting Best Player Available
Last year, we saw a number of players sign 1 year and 2 year contracts with the Cardinals for what was considered 'a good deal '. This year, the Cardinals have some decisions to make. Can they follow that model again ? Can they stick with a plan to rebuild and challenge for a championship at the same time ?
It is important they stay with that plan, even if it doesn't allow them to bring Dansby back or to part ways with a player like DWash. The Cards must continue to fill holes with short term low risk contracts. They may not always or ever get the best player in free agency, but they will never have a need going into the draft and they will always be able to draft the best player available. This is how they must continue to build and challenge for championships at the same time. Heck, they almost did it last year if not for a few unfortunate losses.
The Cardinals turned over a majority of their roster in 2013, turned over the top 2/3 of the quarterback room, lost their 1st, 4th and 5th round picks early in the season and still almost made the playoffs finishing with 10 wins; mentioned by some in the same breath as Seattle and SF.
As a fan of the moment, I get carried away with what players I want the Cards to draft in each round, who's good, who's not, etc. It's fun. As a long time fan though I wouldn't want them to go into the draft, drafting anything worse than the best player available. So amongst the banter about different players, let's all hope that the Cards stick with the plan and fill holes in FA with 'good deal' contracts while getting the best players available in the draft.
With that said, here is some free agent players to fill the holes and not break the bank; allowing the Cardinals to really draft best player available. These names aren't stars or 10 year starters but they are certainly capable NFL players and fill a hole. If they can have a championship draft on top of filling their holes, they will be in good shape.
Tackles to acquire on 'good deals':
TE's to acquire on 'good deals':
Safety's to acquire on 'good deals':
Corners to acquire on 'good deals':
Walter Thurmond III
Speed receivers to acquire on 'good deals': Devin Hester Emanuel Sanders Ted Ginn Jacoby Jones
Rush backers to acquire on 'good deals':