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Pro Football Focus names the one free agent the Arizona Cardinals must sign this offseason

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With free agency just around the corner, the lists, previews and rankings are heavy.

One site that does an excellent job of trying to fit round pegs in round holes for NFL teams is Pro Football Focus.

Whatever you think of their grading, they tend to look at fit more than some other football publications.

So, when they breakout a list of “must sign” players for every NFL team, it’s a good read through.

For the Arizona Cardinals, they believe the answer at wide receiver is found in free agency.


2019 team: Jets | Age: 26

The Cardinals aren’t the first team that comes to mind for Anderson, but it’s a fit that makes a lot of sense for the Cards and for the 26-year-old wide receiver. The Cardinals need a reliable field-stretcher and top option, with Larry Fitzgerald set to enter next season at 37 years old. Anderson fits the bill, having hauled in 37 passes thrown 20 or more yards downfield since 2016 (11th at position) despite shaky quarterback play in New York. The bonus for Anderson is that he gets to play with Kyler Murray, last season’s No. 1 pick, who ranked seventh in the NFL in passing grade on throws of 20 or more yards downfield as a rookie.

I’ve said before I think Robby Anderson is the perfect fit for Arizona.

However, his price tag is what the question becomes. Reports are Anderson will command around $13 million a season. That is now the going rate for wide receiver two money.

The Cardinals are too cash strapped, in my opinion, to make that type of commitment to a receiver when they’ll have options in the 2020 NFL Draft.

If Anderson was closer to $8 million a year I think it’s a no-brainer, but with the likely salary demands and the talent in the draft class, it seems too costly a price to pay.