That means keeping their own backend of the roster players, guys who know the system and can provide capable depth or compete for playing time is even more important than normal.
That is exactly what Steve Keim did on Tuesday, in a series of lesser publicized moves.
The Arizona Cardinals signed Zac Dysert their third quarterback, to a one year contract extension. Dysert did not play with the Arizona Cardinals, but they kept him on the active roster at the end of the season when it was speculated a number of teams were showing interest.
Two other moves that make sense were made as well, as defensive lineman Olsen Pierre, maybe a surprise 53 man roster player in 2016, was tendered with an offer as an exclusive rights free agent. Pierre was on the active roster all season, but was not active on gameday all season.
The biggest signing, of these three minimal, but important moves, was the tendering of John Wetzel. Wetzel played well for the Arizona Cardinals in 2016, seeing time in all 16 games and starting eight at three positions, left tackle, right guard and right tackle.
He could be a valuable swiss army backup for the 2017 season with the potential to be an effective starter if called on.