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Four free agent wide receivers that make sense for the Arizona Cardinals

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Rob is back with four wide receivers who could make sense for the Arizona Cardinals in free agency

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In an effort to expand the writing staff I am opening up an opportunity for people to write.

First off, there are no paid positions available on the staff, I work with the budget I am given and that is at $0 right now, but I wanted to get that out of the way first just in case anyone had an inkling.

Second, I am happy to allow any and all of you an opportunity to write, so if you are interested, write something and send it to me, my email is in the bio.

Rob reached out to me on Twitter and then blew me away with what he sent me.

Note: I am waiting to get Rob’s information to put him on the title, but you can find his Twitter here, reach out and let him know what you think. He is taking a chance and I appreciate it.

Here is Rob’s first article on who to try and keep and who to let go among the Arizona Cardinals 2017 free agents.

Here is Rob’s second article on seven potential cuts for the Arizona Cardinals.

Offseason needs and players who fit Arizona’s profile:

The 2017 offseason may represent a shift in Steve Keim’s free agency philosophy. Previous years of his reign have included surprise marquee deals (Carson Palmer, Jared Veldheer, Mike Iupati, Chandler Jones), been bolstered by under-the-radar yet productive role players (Frostee Rucker, Matt Shaughnessy, Jerraud Powers, Yeremiah Bell, Antonio Cromartie, Corey Peters etc.) and highlighted by veteran bargains deemed past their prime by the rest of the league (Karlos Dansby, Larry Foote, John Abraham, Dwight Freeney, Chris Johnson etc.)

The emphasis must now be on resigning the talented core of Cardinal free agents. Doing so could potentially eat up most of the team’s remaining cap space and (unless Keim can weave some contract magic) would limit them to mid-tier and bargain bin players.

WR: Given the uncertainty surrounding Larry Fitzgerald’s 2017 playing/retirement status, the demise of Michael Floyd and John Brown’s struggles with his sickle-cell trait it seems prudent to add another weapon to Carson Palmer’s arsenal. A receiving corps of John Brown, JJ Nelson, Jaron Brown, Britten Golden, Aaron Dobson, Chris Hubert and Marquis Bundy should not inspire a great deal confidence. The unit would be transformed if Larry Fitzgerald decides to come back for another run at the Superbowl. Any incoming player would have to: A) be relatively cheap and B) fit Bruce Arian’s preference for smaller receivers who possess lightning quickness.

Even if Fitzgerald does decide to saddle up for one last ride it would be wise to think ahead and plan for 2018 and beyond.

  • Kenny Stills (Mia): May be out of Arizona’s price range but he has a habit of putting the ball in the paint (9 touchdowns last year and averages 5 per season). In 2016/17 he also accumulated a healthy 17.3 yards per reception, the third highest mark in the NFL and 3 spots than out own JJ Nelson (16.7ypr), which highlight his speed and ability to get downfield. Could he be reunited with Oklahoma alum Tony Jefferson?
  • Kenny Britt (LA): The 8 year veteran quietly had the best season of his career despite the Rams’ atrocious offense 68 receptions/1,002 yards/5TDs. The 28 year old, 6’3” receiver would be a useful replacement for Michael Floyd as a big bodied pass catcher with the ability to win jump balls on the perimeter. The 2009 former 1st round pick was rated as the 39th best receiver out of 119 qualifying players. Both Washington and Tampa Bay are already rumored to be in the hunt for his services.
  • Kendall Wright (Ten) Former 1st round pick has made on secrets about his desire to move on from the Titans. Viewed as a slot receiver on the team that utilizes the least 3-receiver sets in the league, can he regain his 1,000 yard form of 2013? Despite not being a burner he is an intriguing option having recorded an 8receptions/133yards/1TD game this season to remind the league of his potential.
  • Marquise Goodwin (Buf): A one trick pony? But possessing world class speed forces opposing defenses to pay attention. Should be cheap.

(If Larry does decide to walk away from the game then Steve Keim could have the cap room to target a superior tier of wide receivers)