The Cardinals’ front office is surveying the free agent landscape, hoping to complement a core which went 13-3 last season and advanced to the NFC Championship game. Free agency begins on March 9, and we’ll break down the team’s needs at each position leading up to the signing period.
Free agent primer: Cornerback
Cap numbers of players under contract for 2016:
Analysis: Patrick Peterson established himself as one of the league’s top cornerbacks in 2015, and he will man an outside spot for many years to come in Arizona. The cornerback position opposite him is in flux with Jerraud Powers hitting free agency. Powers isn’t the same quality of player as Peterson, but he was a steady piece over the past three seasons. If he leaves, the Cardinals must decide whether Justin Bethel is ready to assume full-time starting cornerback duties or if he is better used in a complementary role. Bethel played well early in the season when filling in for Powers, but struggled a bit down the stretch.
The Cardinals have been active in adding cornerbacks this offseason, re-signing Cariel Brooks and adding
Notable past free agent CB signings by the Cardinals: Antonio Cromartie (2014); Powers (2013); Antoine Cason (2013); William Gay (2012); Bryant McFadden (2009); Roderick Hood (2007); Ralph Brown (2007); David Macklin (2004); Duane Starks (2002).