The Arizona Cardinals have some big decisions coming up after the 2016 season, which can be looked at as a make or break year for the Keim and Arians regime.
While the overall make up of the team could change drastically in 2017 with a Super Bowl win, there is little doubt that even with a loss; the Arizona Cardinals will have some difficult decisions to make.
ESPN analyst John Clayton has come out with his "Top 25 Free Agents for 2017", and the Arizona Cardinals take up 16% of the list, with four players on the top 25.
Here are the players and what ESPN has to say:
2. Tyrann Mathieu: Mathieu's impasse in contract talks with the Cardinals is because he wants to be paid like a top defensive player instead of being just the highest-paid safety in the league. What can't be ignored is how good he is when healthy.
7. Calais Campbell: Campbell is a dominating force along the Cardinals' line. He turns 30 in September, and it's vital the Cardinals sign him to a long-term deal.
9. Chandler Jones: Jones had two double-digit-sack seasons with the Patriots, and they traded him because he was going to be too costly to keep. It's now Arizona's job to sign him to a long-term deal.
14. Larry Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald's contract voids five days after the Super Bowl, and figuring out his value is fascinating. He has been one of the best receivers in his era, but next year he will be 33 with 13 years of NFL experience.
While Cardinals fans have lamented the importance of Campbell and think that Michael Floyd could be the answer to replacing Fitzgerald, Clayton sees the impending departures as being must addressed type issues.
Jones is something we have talked about quite a bit here at Revenge of the Birds, and that's you have to keep him on board for at least two years, since they gave up a second round pick.
Mathieu is the one that is sticky. His demands and in reality his importance to the team, just doesn't align with his positional value or the fact that he has been consistently injured during his career.What do the Cardinals do? How would you prioritize the Arizona Cardinals free agents that need to be re-signed?