One of the biggest holes on the roster that really reared its ugly head last season was the wide receiver position. Too many of the current players could not be relied upon, whether that was due to excessive drops, injuries, not being able to get open or all of the above.
The Cardinals may look to bolster their wide receiver corps in free agency this year, opting to let young guys like Chad Williams and any potential draftee continue to develop.
Let’s take a look at some current free agents and which ones might fit as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
By all accounts, Pryor has a dismal 2017 season. After coming over from the Browns, where Pryor showed that he was a rising star at the position in the league, he flopped as a member of the Washington Redskins, catching just 20 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. Pryor could be a cheap option to sign on a one year deal to see if he can regain some of the magic he had in Cleveland.
Another up-and-comer, Lee is a former USC standout that has shown to be a talented speedster for the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s hard to envision him ever being a 1,000 yards per season player, but at 26 and entering his prime, he could be a nice secondary or possibly even tertiary piece for the Cardinals offense. No matter what type of offense Mike McCoy decides to run around his unknown quarterback, having a speedy and shifty wideout like Lee on the roster is never a bad thing.
Speaking of speed, this NFC West rival receiver is all about it. Richardson has dealt with injuries throughout his short NFL career, but he had a breakout season in 2017 to the tune of 703 yards and 6 touchdowns. He would be a fantastic compliment to Larry Fitzgerald and the obvious bonus would be that you would be taking him away from the Seattle Seahawks. It’s basically a double-whammy.
Robinson is the most enticing option of all, but he may come with the highest cost and the most risk. He is just 24 years old, but is coming off a torn ACL and could be looking for a big payday. The talent is undoubtedly there. If he wants to sign a one-year deal so that he can regain some value, he may look to do it where there is already an established quarterback. That would likely mean the Cardinals need to break the bank up front to get him, which isn’t likely to happen with Fitzgerald already being paid $11 million this year.
Do Keim and Co. take another shot and sign Brown, looking to harness his once immense talent? Or is the thought of not having him for many games due to lingering injuries too much to overlook? I think the Cardinals should and will move on from Brown, but looking at his 2015 stats still gives me a sliver of hope...