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Free Agent NFC West Targets for Cardinals

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

As they say ‘familiarity breeds contempt” —- however when it comes to adding key free agents, familiarity can breed extra interest.

There is a double advantage of signing UFAs within one’s own division —- not only would the Cardinals be acquiring players they are very familiar with, they would be weakening their division rivals and would be able to profit from the intel they would bring about their former teams and the inner workings of their offensive and defensive systems.

Last night as a guest on the ROTB Podcast with Blake Murphy and John Venerable, I expressed my hope that the Cardinals target UFAs in their mid 20s who are heading into their primes. Thus, here are my top NFC West UFAs whom I am hoping the Cardinals can sign to long-term deals:


SAM OLB Haason Reddick—-26 (6-1, 235)—-72.8 STARTER

OLB Dennis Gardeck—-26 (6-0, 232)—-89.6 NICKEL RUSHER, STs ACE

S Charles Washington—-28 (5-10, 192)—-89.0 STs ACE, BACKUP S

ILB Tanner Vallejo—-26 (6-1, 230)—-67.0—-STs ACE, STARTER/BACKUP

ILB Ezekiel Turner—-25 (6-2, 214)—-86.4 (STs)—-STs ACE, BACKUP ILB

WR Trent Sherfield—-25 (6-1, 219)—-71.2 (STs)—-STs ACE, BACKUP SLOT WR

TE Dan Arnold—-26 (606, 220)—-61.6—-STARTER


C Austin Blythe—-29 (6-3, 298)—-70.3—-STARTER

DE Morgan Fox—-27 (6-3, 275)—-57.8—-ROTATION RUSHER (33 QB pressures and 7 sacks)


CB Ahkello Witherspoon—-26 (6-3, 195)—-80.2 STARTER


CB Shaquill Griffin—-26 (6-0, 198)—-64.6 STARTER

Outside the division: (CAR)

WR Curtis Samuel—-24 (5-11, 195)—-77.0 STARTER SLOT WR

Pair these UFAs with the following draft picks:

Trade: Pick #16 to the Steelers for picks #24 and #55

24. Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa (604, 260)—-STARTER MIKE LB

49. Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina (5-10, 220)—-STARTER

55..Hunter Long, TE, Boston College (6-5, 253)—-STARTER IN 12 PERSONNEL

79. Deonte Brown, G, Alabama (6-3, 338)—-STARTER at RG

143. Keith Taylor, CB, Washington (6-3, 196)—-STs ACE, BACKUP CB

206. Brady White, QB, Memphis (6-2, 215)—-BACKUP QB

How does this plan look to you?