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Cardinals’ Youth Movement

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We Cardinals’ fans have been hoping to see the the organizing take stronger advantage of its young talent —- and this season, perhaps more than any other —- we are seeing a bona fide youth movement in Arizona, as celebrated by this achievement by 2nd year CB Marco Wilson:

Have yourself a gander at the number of young players who will be heading into their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th years in the NFL in 2023. (* denotes —- 2023 UFA)

  • QB: Kyler Murray, Trace McSorely*
  • RB Eno Benjamin, Keaontay Ingram, Jonathan Ward, Ty’Son Williams
  • WR Marquise Brown, Rondale Moore, Greg Dortch, Antoine Wesley, Andre Baccellia
  • TE Trey McBride, Bernhard Seikovitz
  • T Josh Jones, Joshua Miles*, Badara Traore
  • G Cody Ford*, Will Hernandez*, Marquis Hayes, Koda Martin
  • C Lecitus Smith
  • NT Rashard Lawrence, Leki Fotu, Andrew Brown
  • DI Zach Allen*, Cameron Thomas, Michael Dogbe*, Jonathan Ledbetter, Manny Jones
  • ILB Zaven Collins, Isaiah Simmons, Blake Lynch
  • Edge Myjai Sanders, Victor Dimukeje, Jesse Luketa
  • CB Byron Murphy*, Marco Wilson, Trayvon Mullen*, Christian Matthew, Jace Whittaker
  • S Jalen Thompson, Tae Daly
  • K Rodrigo Blankenship

Notable Players Entering 6th season in 2023:

  • RB Darrel Williams*
  • C Billy Price*
  • LB Zeke Turner*
  • Edge Dennis Gardeck

Veteran Players Under Contract in 2023:

  • QB Colt McCoy —- 14th season
  • RB James Conner —- 7th season
  • WR DeAndre Hopkins —- 11th season
  • WR Robbie Anderson —- 8th season
  • TE Zach Ertz —- 11th season
  • T D.J. Humphries —- 9th season
  • C Rodney Hudson —- 13th season ( has him listed as a 2023 UFA, perhaps when he returned this season, he and the Cardinals agreed to void the final year of his contract).
  • Edge Markus Golden —- 9th season
  • S Budda Baker —- 7th season

UFAs in 2023:

  • QB Trace McSorley
  • RB Darrel Williams
  • WR A.J. Green
  • TE Maxx Williams
  • TE Stephen Anderson
  • T Kelvin Beachum
  • T Joshua Miles
  • G Justin Pugh
  • G Will Hernandez
  • G Cody Ford
  • G Max Garcia
  • C Billy Price
  • C Sean Harlow
  • T Kelvin Beachum
  • DE JJ Watt
  • DE Zach Allen
  • DE Michael Dogbe
  • LB Tanner Vallejo
  • ILB Ben Niemann
  • ILB Nick Vigil
  • CB Byron Murphy
  • CB Antonio Hamilton
  • CB Trayvon Mullen
  • S Charles Washington
  • S Chris Banjo
  • LS Aaron Brewer
  • K Matt Prater
  • P Andy Lee

RFA’s in 2023:

  • RB Jonathan Ward
  • WR Greg Dortch

ERFA’s in 2023:

  • WR Antoine Wesley
  • Edge Jesse Luketa

Questions of the Day:

  1. On a scale of 1-10, how impressed are you with the Cardinals’ current youth movement? Why?
  2. Of the young players who are under contract in 2023, which ones do you project as starters?
  3. If you could only pick 5 UFAs whom you most want the Cardinals to re-sign, who are your five?