5 Free Agents the Arizona Cardinals Should Re-Sign This Offseason

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5 Free Agents the Arizona Cardinals Should Re-Sign This Offseason

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The Arizona Cardinals had a successful 2013 campaign going 10-6. I myself figured the Cardinals would be 8-8, 9-7 at best. You could even say I maybe lost a bet on the Cardinals winning more than nine games. That is of course if betting were legal. Back to the matter at hand. The Cardinals at 10-6 still couldn’t get a playoff spot in a stacked NFC. It also goes to show how great their division is, with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks set to play in the NFC Championship this Sunday.

Could you imagine if the Cardinals were in the AFC? Let’s say hypothetically they has the No. 6 seed like the San Diego Chargers had. I believe the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Bengals like the Chargers did. Which would have set up the Cardinals for a second round matchup against the Denver Broncos. Am I crazy to think the Cardinals could win that game straight up? They have the type of physical defense that would have frustrated Peyton Manning. Then again having the Cardinals win there means you would have to trust Carson Palmer on the road. This is my not so subtle way of saying the Cardinals need a franchise QB of the future, although Palmer is a nice stopgap for the time being.

If the Cardinals want to continue to compete with the big boys, it would help if they re-signed few of their own first. The Cardinals should re-sign these five players for the upcoming season. Enjoy the show.

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5. Andre Roberts

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Andre Roberts might not come back, but he is a nice little slot receiver that complements Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Roberts would be an inexpensive re-signing.

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4. Jim Dray

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Jim Dray is a solid No. 2 TE who excels at run blocking and is a decent receiver. He could also be brought back pretty cheaply as well.

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3. Eric Winston

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Eric Winston struggled mightily at the beginning of the season, giving up seven sacks in 10 games. Winston buckled down in the final six, though, allowing no sacks. Winston is a solid veteran that should be brought back to at least compete for the starting RT position in 2014

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2. Matt Shaughnessy

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Matt Shaughnessy was a solid free agent addition in 2013 as he compiled 31 tackles and three sacks. Shaughnessy could be a solid starter or rotational guy with the Cardinals' nice depth at the linebacker position.

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1. Karlos Dansby

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Karlos Dansby had a great season last year at the age of 32. Dansby compiled 122 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four interceptions. It would be foolish to expect those exact numbers in the following years, but Dansby is a proven veteran leader who can anchor this defense. He should be the Cardinals' top priority this offseason.


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