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Cardinals’ 2024 top priority free agents? Yes—-No—-Maybe?

After 11 games, which of the Cardinals players are most deserving of new contracts with the team?

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Pro Football Focus posted an article yesterday of their picks for the top Ten 2024 free agents at each position. Only two Cardinals made the list:

  • WR Marquise Brown —- #4 WR
  • C Trystan Colon —- #8 C

Two Cardinals who were traded by the team this season also made the list:

  • QB Josh Dobbs —- #2 QB
  • T Josh Jones —- #10 T

Here is the PFF link —- it’s a great read:

2024 NFL Free Agency Primer: Top 10 free agents at every position | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF

  • Note —- if you cannot access the PFF article link and you have specific questions, I would be happy to provide the info for you.

Here is Spotrac.com’s list of the Cardinals 2024 free agents:

2024 NFL Free Agents Tracker | Spotrac

My Guesses:

UFAs (18)

  1. S Budda Baker (28) —- Yes.
  2. WR Marquise Brown (26) —- at spotrac’s current market value of $14.9M a year —- No. At a more team-friendly salary —- Yes.
  3. LB Ezekiel Turner (27) —- at his current $2M —- No. Closer to veteran minimum —- Yes.
  4. TE Geoff Swain (30) —- at his current $1.7M —- No.
  5. DT Carlos Watkins (29) —- at his current $1.7M —- Maybe.
  6. C/G Trystan Colon (25) —- at his current $1.7M —- Yes.
  7. CB Antonio Hamilton (30) —- at his current $1.5M —- Maybe.
  8. LS Aaron Brewer (33) —- at his current $1.45M —- Maybe.
  9. G Elijah Wilkinson (28) —- No.
  10. LB Josh Woods —- No.
  11. DE L.J. Collier —- No.
  12. CB Rashad Fenton —- No.
  13. DT Kevin Strong —- Yes.
  14. C Pat Elflein (29) —- No.
  15. RB Marlon Mack (27) —- No.
  16. LB Krys Barnes (25) —- Yes.
  17. DT Leki Fotu (25) —- Yes.
  18. WR Greg Dortch (25) —- Yes.

RFAs (1) :

  1. C/G Keith Ishmael —- no tender —- if still available —- Maybe.

ERFAs: (4)

  1. DT Jonathan Ledbetter —- Yes.
  2. CB Darrell Baker Jr. —- Yes.
  3. LB Jesse Luketa —- Yes.
  4. T/G Carter O’Donnell —- Yes

Note: it’s easy and highly inexpensive to hold on to these exclusive rights’ free agents.

ROTB Poll:

Poll

Should MODS try to re-sign the most deserving 2024 UFAs before the end of the season?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Yes
    (115 votes)
  • 19%
    Maybe
    (32 votes)
  • 10%
    No
    (17 votes)
164 votes total Vote Now

Personally, I think it would be great for team morale if MODS rewarded a few of the UFAs -to-be, particularly the ones who epitomize the kind of players the organization values.

How would you prioritize the Cardinals’ 2024 UFAs as players you would most like to see the team re-sign?

My Top 5:

  1. Budda Baker
  2. Greg Dortch
  3. Kevin Strong
  4. Krys Barnes
  5. Tie: Trystan Colon & Leki Fotu

Your Top 5?

The Hollywood Debate:

Obviously, if Kyler and Hollywood display outstanding chemistry down the stretch this season, then they could make a very strong case for Hollywood’s value to the team moving forward.

On the other hand, if their chemistry down the stretch is not quite what the team expects, and with the potential to draft a potentially elite receiver with one of the team’s two 1st round picks, then the Hollywood contract would likely need to be mutually agreeable.

2024 NFL Draft Position Rankings: Wide receivers | NFL Draft | PFF:

1. WR MARVIN HARRISON JR., OHIO STATE

BIG BOARD RANK: 2

Imagine if former Colts legend Marvin Harrison Sr. was 4 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier. That’s a good way to explain his son as a prospect. MHJ’s technique is beyond his years. He has elite body control, reliable hands and WR1 athletic ability.

2. WR MALIK NABERS, LSU

BIG BOARD RANK: 8

Turn on the tape, and it won’t take long to realize Nabers moves differently than his peers. His body control and route-running potential are already good enough to stand out in the pros. He’s a future focal point of an NFL passing attack.

3. WR ROME ODUNZE, WASHINGTON

BIG BOARD RANK: 10

Odunze brings top-tier size, speed and strength to the receiver position. He has consistently dominated at the catch point this season and can reportedly run 4.3-4.4 at around 215 pounds.

4. WR KEON COLEMAN, FLORIDA STATE

BIG BOARD RANK: 21

Coleman is one of the most competitive receivers you’ll see at the catch point. This 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has the strength and speed combo to be a starting X receiver at the next level.

Plus —- this guy (per Pro Football Network):

Top TEs in the 2024 NFL Draft: Ranking Brock Bowers, Ja’Tavion Sanders, and More (profootballnetwork.com)

1) Brock Bowers, Georgia

It’s Brock Bowers, then everyone else. It always was, and it always will be.

Bowers has dominated at the collegiate level since stepping on the field as a true freshman. Through three seasons, the Bulldogs star has 160 catches for 2,391 yards and 24 touchdowns, to go along with 19 carries for 193 yards and five additional scores.

An ankle injury knocked Bowers off the field early in the 2023 campaign, but the Georgia TE was already a blue-chip prospect coming into the year, and he remains a blue-chip prospect with top-five upside in the 2024 NFL Draft.

At 6’4″, 240 pounds, Bowers doesn’t have elite size — but that’s one of the only knocks in his profile. He’s a functional route runner who best operates when he’s able to use his elite explosiveness to exploit seams. In that role, Bowers has extraordinary catching instincts, vice-grip hands, and brawling RAC ability. And he doubles as a game-changing blocker.

Things like alignment versatility, natural slot ability, and receiving value helped Kincaid become a first-round pick in the 2023 class. Bowers fits a similar mold, but he’s younger and has even greater tools at his disposal. It stands to reason that he could go off the board very early next April.

But wait, according to Bob McManaman of azcentral, Hollywood Brown and the Cardinals are already in contract talks.

Cardinals’ Hollywood Brown expects to be long-term part of the plan (azcentral.com)

Hollywood says he wants to stay in Arizona, he feels he’s a “big part” of the plan moving forward and hints that he’s more concerned about the fit than the money.

ROTB Question: as of right now, where do you stand with regard to the Hollywood debate?