The Arizona Cardinals seemed to take an all-in approach to their 2021 NFL season.
Bill Barnwell of ESPN ranked every teams offseason and was not overly impressed with what the Cardinals did.
21. Arizona Cardinals
What went right: Arizona retooled what has been an inconsistent offensive line to try to help Kyler Murray, with the big move coming when general manager Steve Keim dealt a third-round pick to the Raiders for a seventh-round selection and star center Rodney Hudson. It was a bit of a surprise to see a third-round pick change hands when earlier reports had suggested that the Raiders were about to release the veteran center, but Hudson is a useful player who should help make Murray’s life much easier.
What went wrong: A lack of depth flummoxed the Cardinals during their second-half fade, but Keim continued to opt for a top-heavy approach in going after expensive veterans like Hudson and Watt.
What they could have done differently: The money the Cardinals spent on Green ($6 million) and Butler ($3.3 million) could have combined to net Kliff Kingsbury a better cornerback in Kyle Fuller ($9.5 million).
Barnwell’s hangup with A.J. Green is a fair one. They paid a veteran wide receiver who has not produced or been healthy for years, and instead went cheap at their biggest position of need in cornerback.
We will see if it works, but if you value cornerbacks, then you do not value what the Arizona Cardinals did this offseason.