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Arians hire in Tampa improves late draft pick for Cardinals

There had been much speculation that Bruce Arians, after retiring, was still under the Cardinals' contract when he thought about getting back into coaching this year. Then it became clear he was not, and the Buccaneers would be free to hire him without owing anything to the Cards. But Adam Schefter reported Tuesday evening that the Cardinals argued the point with the NFL. Instead of fighting about it, the Bucs agreed to make a pick swap with the Cardinals -- dealing the Cardinals their sixth-round pick in April in exchange for the Cardinals' seventh-round selection.

So in the end, the Cards will not end up with any extra picks. They are expected to get three compensatory picks on top of their seven regular selections. But now, they moved their first pick of the seventh round (the Cards will pick first in every round with their normal choices) for what should be the seventh pick of the sixth round (the Bucs have to alternate spots in each round with fellow 5-11 teams the Giants and Jaguars).

The draft order beyond the first round doesn't come out until after the Super Bowl and after the comp picks are announced, which recently has been late February.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim before a home game in 2017

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