Takes come in all shapes and sizes.
Some are hot, some are trash and some just have to be fired off the cuff to the point where they sound outlandish, but then they land and you let them marinate and… Well they’re still crazy, but they start to make sense.
That’s what is going on with the Arizona Cardinals and their quarterback situation.
Pro Football Weekly had a take that seems downright absurd, but the more it sits with you… it makes some sense.
Tyrod Taylor, Arizona Cardinals, 4 years, $75 million ($35 million fully guaranteed)
The numbers seem outrageous, but $17.5 million a season for the first two years gives the Cardinals some wiggle room while locking up a young quarterback who has shown an ability to play within a system that can help him. The Cardinals can offer that with some offensive line help, and have maybe a better version of LeSean McCoy in David Johnson.
More than that, it gives them freedom in 2018.
Sure, they need at least one more quarterback on the roster in 2018, but it doesn’t have to come early in the draft.
It also doesn’t preclude them from taking a quarterback early if the one they cover, Baker Mayfield (?), falls to them
The biggest thing is Taylor is a successful NFL QB, one that has been to the playoffs, and keeps the Cardinals afloat in a competitive looking NFC West without the nasty bottoming out.
And for the Cardinals, they wouldn’t feel as if they were light years away in the QB arms race forming out west. Sure, they’d be behind the Seahawks, Rams and 49ers, all of whom have their franchise throwers in place for the many years to come. But the plucky Taylor would be a good placeholder and allow them to be competitive in what could be Larry Fitzgerald’s final season.
While it seems expensive, it makes sense for the Cardinals in the short term while keeping the long term in their control.
Lamar Jackson in round two? Sure.
Kyle Lauletta in round three? Perfect.
The Cardinals getting a Taylor or Case Keenum makes sense, even if it’s not sexy.