It seems there are contracts every offseason that must be addressed, whether they be salary cap casualties or deals that need to be adjusted or extended. This offseason is no different as the Arizona Cardinals wish to get over the top and win a championship.
Some (including our own Seth Cox) believe this is the year to go all in and, salary cap be damned, try to push as much money into the future and stack the defense so that they can get a championship this year or next while Carson Palmer is still around.
Whether you agree with that or not, there are contracts that can be and probably should be addressed.
Here are some.
Possible cap casualties:
Cory Redding: The longtime veteran considered retirement before he signed with the Cardinals last offseason. He made some key contributions during the season and was a great guy in the locker room. However, as a guy that played about 20 snaps a game as a maximum, his cap hit of $4 million is pricey. The team also wants to get younger, presumably on the defensive line. Redding's contract is pretty easy to shed. It will leave $1 million in dead money.
Alex Okafor: He was an unlikely cut, but the end of last season might have changed things. He was supposed to be the most consistent pass rushing threat. He only had two sacks, both of which came in Week 1, got hurt and then landed on the non-football injury list after a toe injury at some pool party. He holds a $1.8 million cap hit in 2016, but cutting him would save nearly $1.7 million.
Frostee Rucker: He was so good for a while, but the team wants to get younger and perhaps they move on from him, especially with Corey Peters returning and perhaps with Rodney Gunter ready to play a more full-time role than just nose tackle. The team extended his contract last offseason, but the way it was structured appeared to be more about paying him more then and rewarding him for his play. He is under contract for 2016 for $1 million and a roster bonus of more than $200K. Cutting him will have zero affect on the salary cap and would save the team more than $1.2 million.
Kevin Minter: Minter enters the final year of his contract and he played solidly in 2015. However, the team could save more than $1 million cap space by moving on. He will count more than $1.3 million this season. This seems unlikely, but there are some savings to be had.
Contracts that need restructuring or extending:
Calais Campbell: Campbell's contract perhaps is the biggest contract to address this offseason. He will make more than $9 million in salary and counts more than $15.2 million against the cap. Yes, they could cut him and save nearly $10 million, but that would be silly, as he was a Pro Bowler for the second straight season, he was a defensive captain and was still the most productive defensive lineman on the team. However, he will turn 30 this year and his production still has not been superstar level. This deal needs to be extended by a year or two to bring down the cap number.
Michael Floyd: I could have put him as a cap casualty, but with the team trying get a ring, it would seem odd to get rid of him. His fifth-year option the team picked up is worth more than $7 million this year. The Cardinals can cut him and have no hit to the cap, but with Larry Fitzgerald also entering the final year of his contract, extending Floyd might be a good idea. The question is how much money that will take. He has shown flashes of brilliance, but, except for the last few games of the season, has not had consistent production and seems to get nicked up with some injury every season.
Patrick Peterson: The star cornerback will count more than $13 million against the cap this year. The only way to play with this would be a restructure, pushing money down the line. It would cost a lot after 2016, but there are savings to be had. If they were to pay him a $5 million restructuring bonus, it would reduce his cap number by $4 million. It would, though, raise each year that follows by $1 million.
Larry Fitzgerald: He enters the final year of his deal and will count a whopping $15.85 million against the cap. They could extend him a year beyond this coming season, but Bruce Arians has already expressed wonder if Fitz will play beyond this season. Moving salary down the line is already hard, though, because he already has cap hits for the seasons to come.