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Arizona Cardinals have two of the top over 35 players in the NFL

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NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

For the Arizona Cardinals one of the keys to the maturation and return to winning ways is going to be the growth of their young players.

Two weeks ago Pro Football Focus released their top players in the NFL under 25 and the list of Arizona Cardinals was… well there were none.

That’s one of the biggest issues with the Arizona Cardinals moving forward is that their best talent tends to be on the older side of things.

When Pro Football Focus released their top players in the NFL over 35, well the Cardinals had two of the ten best players in the NFL over 35.


Truly an ageless wonder, Fitzgerald is a first-ballot Hall of Famer still churning out quality production for his Cardinals now 15 years into his career. He has graded out as a top-20 wide receiver in nine seasons, including four seasons where he ranked inside the top 10. In his move to the slot this past season, the 35-year-old phenom earned an impressive 72.3 receiving grade and should put out similar if not better production with rookie Kyler Murray and new coach Kliff Kingsbury pulling the strings.


Suggs has returned home to Arizona to play out the tail end of his career after suiting up for the Baltimore Ravens for 16 consecutive seasons. And while he isn’t the premier pass-rusher he once was, Suggs still brings high-floor run defense and worthwhile consistency to the table even at the ripe age of 36.

For the Cardinals it’s not a bad thing to have two great players over 35, it’s just you’d like to be able to balance that out with some great young players.

Maybe with the addition of Kyler Murray, Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, Byron Murphy and Hakeem Butler the Cardinals will find a couple that will fill that role.