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Arizona Cardinals cannot afford to lose Haason Reddick according to PFF

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The Arizona Cardinals have a lot of needs heading into the 2021 offseason, and they have a couple of their own free agents that fill those needs.

The question is, what free agents can they afford to lose and which free agents do they need to keep?

According to Pro Football Focus, the Cardinals cannot afford to lose Haason Reddick.

From PFF:


The Cardinals drafted Reddick with the 13th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, but the returns were very poor through his first three seasons. Reddick produced PFF grades of 54.0, 60.4 and 40.2, respectively.

Arizona finally moved the former Temple Owl from off-ball linebacker to a pure edge rusher this season, and the high-level play they were hoping for soon followed. He graded out at 72.8 overall and recorded an impressive 82.6 pass-rush grade, the 11th-best mark among all edge rushers who played at least 100 snaps.

The Cardinals will be getting Chandler Jones back and they still have Devon Kennard, the two players they went into 2020 with, but Kennard was less than effective and Jones is coming off a major injury and is 31 years old. Can the Cardinals afford to go with just those two players?

It would likely behoove them to bring back Reddick on the franchise tag at worst because they could make him prove 2020 was not a fluke, while still controlling his rights. It also gives them a bridge year as they get to decide what to do with Chandler Jones as his contract is up after 2021 and if Reddick is the real deal, you re-sign him and let Jones walk.

What do you think?