With the NFL offseason on the horizon decisions on what teams should do with their own free agents will start to come out.
That means, pending free agent decisions for the Arizona Cardinals will be played out by fans and analyst from around the web.
That starts with ESPN as their legion of football writers asked which pending free agent was most important to each team and then one writer decided whether or not to re-sign that player.
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In a recent piece on ESPN.com, the NFL Nation team pulled together a list of the most significant free-agent decisions facing all 32 teams.
Well Field Yates decided to answer the question:
Cornerback Tramon Williams
Williams was yet another outstanding veteran find by general manager Steve Keim, who has a knack for signing players who help Arizona to short-term deals. The question here is: Do the retirements of Carson Palmer and coach Bruce Arians signify an organizational rebuild for the Cardinals under new coach Steve Wilks? If the team thinks that is the case, cultivating young talent should be the priority. If the team thinks the playoffs are within reach provided it can find a quarterback, retaining Williams makes sense. My two cents is that Arizona hedges closer toward this being a (quick) rebuild, working to pad the roster with young talent and a quarterback this offseason.
Verdict: Let Williams walk.
This makes sense, the Cardinals need to get younger and be built in the mold of their new Head Coach Steve Wilks. However, where I would disagree is that as the Cardinals are constructed now, they don't have an answer at cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson.
Moreover, unless a different veteran is headed to the roster, not making a play to have Williams back creates another hole that needs to be filled on a roster that resembles Swiss cheese.
Fixing a spot like corner, albeit short term, while looking for a long term answer in the draft is a better route. Williams will be affordable and you know what you'll get.
What do you think?