After a week and a couple days of free agency, it is safe to say that the Arizona Cardinals have addressed a number of their needs.
And yet, they have not done much to fill any of their needs.
I know, I know, that doesn’t make any sense.
What I mean is, when you look at the Arizona Cardinals offseason thus far, they have done a nice job of answering some questions that needed to be filled for 2018, but they’ve done little to address any of the needs past 2018.
Sam Bradford is on a dummy two-year deal, Andre Smith is 31 year old offensive lineman who hasn’t played a full season since 2013.
Justin Pugh is the closest thing to a long term signing and if he stays healthy he is, without a doubt the most important and best signing of this offseason.
The problem is, he’s one player. Mike Iupati is going to be gone, as is Jared Veldheer.
Add to that the Cardinals lost two starting defensive backs and have none in place to step in and you see the situation more clearly.
Despite filling holes that needed to be filled, the needs of the Arizona Cardinals heading into the 2018 NFL Draft are still the same.
They need an answer at quarterback. They need a corner opposite of Patrick Peterson. They need an infusion of youthful talent along the offensive line, hopefully in only two spots instead of four with the signing of Pugh and development of Evan Boehm. Oh, and don’t forget they have one of the worst, on paper, wide receiver and tight end depth charts in the NFL (no offense to Larry Fitzgerald or Ricky Seals-Jones).
Yet, you can say for the 2018 season, Steve Keim has done a nice job.
He’s just done it without the 2019 season and beyond in mind.