Coming off a disappointing 2016 campaign that saw them finish under .500, the Arizona Cardinals have to improve during the offseason if they want to be considered Super Bowl contenders in 2017.
Even with both Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald committing to return for next season, there’s still a lot of holes on this roster. Arizona could use upgrades along both lines, at linebacker and in the secondary. It also has to deal with impending free agent Chandler Jones, who is expected to be given the franchise tag.
Addressing this and a whole lot more, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim made it clear that the team will be active in free agency.
“We’ll certainly be aggressive and keep our foot on the gas pedal, try to keep pushing this thing in the right direction,” Keim said, via the team’s official website. “There’s no doubt we took a step back last year. We’ve got to pick up the pieces and make some good decisions this offseason.”
Arizona is currently a projected $35.5 million under the cap. It’s a number that can increase by nearly $5 million should the team finally decide to move on from the suspended Daryl Washington.
There’s a lot Keim and Co. can do once free agency starts. The team sure has flexibility and a nice amount of needs on both sides of the ball. Though, an upgrade at tackle and cornerback should be Arizona’s top priority heading into March.