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Glimpse Ahead to the Cardinals’ 2024 Season Part II

Which of the Cardinals’ free agents and outside free agents would you like to see the team sign for 2024?

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Here is the current list of the Cardinals’ 2024 free agents:

UFAs

  • WR Marquise Brown —- 27
  • LB Zeke Turner —- 28
  • TE Geoff Swaim —- 31
  • DT Carlos Watkins —- 31
  • CB Antonio Hamilton —- 31
  • G Trystan Colon —- 26
  • LS Aaron Brewer —- 34
  • G Elijah Wilkinson —- 29
  • DE L.J. Collier —- 29
  • CB Rashad Fenton —- 27
  • LB Josh Woods —- 28
  • DT Kevin Strong Jr. —- 28
  • C Pat Elflein —- 30
  • RB Marlon Mack —- 28
  • LB Krys Barnes —- 26
  • DT Leki Fotu —- 26
  • CB Bobby Price —- 26
  • P Blake Gillikin —- 26

RFAs

  • WR Greg Dortch
  • C Keith Ishmael
  • DE Jonathan Ledbetter

ERFAs

  • LB Jesse Luketa —- 25
  • T Carter O’Donnell —- 26

SFAs

  • G Hayden Howerton —- 25
  • DT Naquan Jones —- 25

Note: Yesterday PPF put out their 2024 Free Agency To 10 at Each Position primer:

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

WR Marquise Brown was the only current Cardinal to make the top 10 list at his position. In his case he was listed #4 behind Tee Higgins, Michael Pitman Jr. and Mike Evans. Spotrac.com current projects Hollywood’s market value at $14.8M a year.

I do not envision the Cardinals paying Hollywood anything more than $10M with incentives. The brass might be just as intent to try to get some comp pick value if Hollywood signs elsewhere.

The highest priorities of the Cardinals’ UFAs/RFAs (guess):

  • DT Kevin Strong Jr.
  • WR/PR Greg Dortch —- RFA
  • G Trystan Colon
  • P Blake Gillikin
  • LB Krys Barnes
  • DT Leki Fotu
  • DE Jonathan Ledbetter —- RFA
  • ST/LB Zeke Turner
  • LS Aaron Brewer

Several of the remaining UFAs might elect to re-sign with the Cardinals at the veteran minimum. But the Cardinals priority UFAs should be offered more than the veteran minimum.

Current Practice Squad Players Who Could Be Elevated to Roster (at some point over the next 4 games) or who could be signed to 2024 Future’s Contracts:

  • TE Bernhard Seikovitz
  • DE Kendal Vickers
  • G Marquis Hayes
  • QB Jeff Driskel
  • WR Daniel Arias
  • LB Tyreek Maddox-Williams
  • CB William Hooper
  • CB Quavian White
  • RB Tony Jones
  • T Jackson Barton
  • DE Ben Stille
  • RB Corey Clement
  • WR Marco Bacellia
  • DE Phil Hoskins
  • CB Davaad Wilson

Players Who are on the IR and will not be 2024 free agents unless they are released:

  • LS Matt Hembrough
  • CB Kyler McMichael

Players Under Contract for 2024:

  • QB: Kyler Murray, Clayton Tune
  • RB: James Conner, Michael Carter, Emari Demercado
  • WR: Rondale Moore, Michael Wilson, Zach Pascal
  • TE: Trey McBride, Elijah Higgins, Blake Whiteheart
  • T: D.J. Humphries*, Kelvin Beachum, Paris Johnson Jr.
  • G: Will Hernadez, Dennis Daley
  • C: Hjalte Froholdt, Jon Gaines II
  • DI: Dante Stills, Roy Lopez
  • ILB: Kyzir White, Owen Pappoe
  • OLB: Dennis Gardeck, Zaven Collins, Cameron Thomas, B.J. Ojulari, Victor Dimukeje
  • CB: Marco Wilson*, Garrett Williams, Kei’Trel Clark, Starling Thomas V
  • S: Budda Baker*, Jalen Thomspon, Andre Chachere, Joey Blount, Qwantrezz Knight
  • K: Matt Prater

Cardinals’ Free Agency Approach

Even though the Cardinals are expected to have over $70M in cap space in 2024, it’s likely that Michael Bidwill’s current philosophy of not signing any outside free agents to deals that average over $10M a year is going to stick. Monti Ossenfort appears to be in full support of this approach, although I believe that for a special player there could be an exception.

2024 UFAs who have ties to the Cardinals via the GMs and/or coaches: (UFAs likely highest on MODS’ shopping list in BOLD)

  • RB D’Andre Swift —- PHI via DET —- 25 (Dave Sears)
  • RB Antonio Gibson —- WAS —- 26 (Drew Terrell)
  • RB Craig Reynolds —- DET —- 28 (Dave Sears)
  • RB Boston Scott —- PHI —- 29 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • G Jonah Jackson —- DET —- 26 (Dave Sears)
  • G Robert Hunt —- MIA —- 27 (Derrick LeBlanc)
  • G Danny Pinter —- IND —- 28 (Klayton Adams, Jonathan Gannon)
  • G Iosua Opeta —- PHI —- 28 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • G Hala Vaitai —- DET —- 30 (Dave Sears)
  • C/G Graham Glasgow —- DET —- 32 (Dave Sears)
  • T Matt Nelson —- DET —- 29 (Dave Sears)
  • T Jack Driscoll —- PHI —- 27 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • T Saahdig Chales —- WAS —- 25 (Drew Terrell)
  • TE Harrison Bryant —- CLE —- 25 (Drew Petzing)
  • TE Kevin Rader —- TEN —- 29 (Monit Ossenfort)
  • WR Michael Pittman Jr. —- IND —- 27 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • WR Quez Watkins —- PHI —- 26 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • WR Donovan Peoples-Jones —- DET via CLE —- 24 —- (Drew Petzing)
  • WR D.J. Chark —- CAR via DET —- 27 (Dave Sears)
  • WR Curtis Samuel —- WAS —- 27 (Drew Terrell)
  • NT Teair Tart —- TEN —- 26 (Monti Ossenfort)
  • DT Christian Wilkins —- MIA —- 27 (Derrick LeBlanc)
  • DT Fletcher Cox —- PHI —- 34 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • DT Grover Stewart —- IND —- 30 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • DT Denico Autry —- TEN —- 34 (Monti Ossenfort)
  • ED Brandon Graham —- PHI —- 36 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • ED Romeo Okwara —- DET —-27 (Dave Sears)
  • ED Casey Toohill —- WAS —- 28 (Drew Terrell)
  • LB Sean Bradley —- PHI —- 27 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • CB Kristian Fulton —- TEN —-26 (Monti Ossenfort)
  • CB Kendall Fuller —- WAS —- 29 (Drew Terrell)
  • CB Kenny Moore II —- IND —- 29 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • CB Nick Needham —- MIA —- 28 (Derrick LeBlanc)
  • S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson —- DET via PHI —- 25 (Jonathan Gannon)
  • LS Rick Lovato —- PHI —- 32 (Jonathan Gannon)

2024 UFAs with ties to Kyler Murray:

  • WR Jalen Guyton —- LAC —- 26

The One High Price UFA Exception?

Because of how thin the 2024 NFL Draft pool is for 1st Round worthy defensive tackles, it might be a good idea for the Cardinals to pursue Dolphins’ DT Christian Wilkins (6-4, 310, Clemson, R1 2019). The Cardinals’ superb defensive line coach, Derrick LeBlanc, worked with Christian Wilkins last year as the Dolphins’ assistant defensive line coach.

The Dolphins are currently $29M over the 2024 Cap. They already signed DT Zach Sieler to a lucrative long-term contract. It’s possible that the Dolphins could place the franchise tag on Wilkins but they also have a big decision to make on their best guard, Robert Hunt.

What are your thoughts about Christian Wilkins? What draft capital would you be willing to offer the Dolphins if they tag him?

ROTB Questions:

  1. Which of the Cardinals’ 2024 UFAs would you like to see the team sign for 2024 and perhaps beyond?
  2. What are your thoughts regarding the contracts of S Budda Baker, LT D.J. Humphries and CB Marco Wilson?
  3. Are there any other current players under contract for 2024 whom you feel should be traded, restructured or released?
  4. Of the outside 2024 UFAs mentioned with Cardinals’ ties, which ones would you like to see the team sign?
  5. Are there other 2024 UFAs not mentioned in this article whom you would like to see the team sign?

Here is Spotrac’s 2024 Free Agent Tracker:

2024 NFL Free Agents Tracker | Spotrac

Glimpse Ahead to the Cardinals’ 2024 Season Part III:

Projecting the Cardinals 2024 NFL Draft