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Breaking Down The Cardinals' Roster After 2019

Cap space and many free agents promise busy offseason

Left tackle D.J. Humphries (74) and running back Kenyan Drake (41), here celebrating a Drake touchdown against the Browns, are both scheduled to become free agents in March.
Left tackle D.J. Humphries (74) and running back Kenyan Drake (41), here celebrating a Drake touchdown against the Browns, are both scheduled to become free agents in March.

The coach remains the same, as will the quarterback. That's a good place to start for any team, and a good place to start for the Cardinals given the last couple Januarys of upheaval.

But that doesn't mean there is a ton of work to get done, especially after a 5-10-1 season and another spot in the top 10 in the draft.

"I have a great plan in place for the offseason and I'm very excited in fixing things in all the areas where I think we need to fix and I'm very excited about the future," General Manager Steve Keim said last month. "I don't think there is any question we've identified a franchise quarterback, a guy who can put this team on his back and take us extremely far in the future."

The Cardinals will have an estimated (by overthecap.com) $65 million in cap space and that No. 8 overall selection in the draft.

With the season coming to a close, azcardinals.com writer Darren Urban gives his personal take on the majority of the Cardinals' roster heading into the offseason. UFA is unrestricted free agent. RFA is restricted free agent (and whose movement can be controlled with a tender offer, which gives right of first refusal). ER is exclusive rights, meaning a player must accept a tender offer.

Free agency figures to play a big role in how the roster evolves for next season, given all the free-agents-to-be. Comments are for today and the future for any particular player could be fluid.

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QUARTERBACKSSIGNED THROUGHCOMMENT
Drew Anderson2020Gets another offseason to show what he's got
Brett Hundley*UFA*Solid in his two late-season relief efforts, makes sense as backup
Kyler Murray2022Sure looks like Cards have QB for long-term
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RUNNING BACKSSIGNED THROUGHCOMMENT
Kenyan Drake*UFA*Mutual interest in return, now the numbers must line up
Chase Edmonds2021Injury derailed his chance to show he could be the "guy"
D.J. Foster*UFA*Injuries messed up a second straight season
David Johnson2021Where he spends his future is one of offseason's main storylines
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WIDE RECEIVERSSIGNED THROUGHCOMMENT
Damiere Byrd*UFA*Mild surprise has earned his chance to stay in the mix
Hakeem Butler2022Has the physical tools but after missing rookie year, has much to prove
Pharoh Cooper*UFA*Solid return man and turned into key receiver too
Larry Fitzgerald*UFA*Had fun, still productive, returning for a 17th season makes sense
Andy Isabella2022Cardinals have to find a way to get 2nd-round pick going next season
KeeSean Johnson2022Fast start, mostly inactive finish means there is still learning curve
Christian Kirk2021When healthy, has shown he can be very good in this offense
Trent Sherfield2020Has developed into excellent special teamer
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TIGHT ENDSSIGNED THROUGHCOMMENT
Dan Arnold2020Whether as a TE or taller WR, flashed some nice high-point catching skills
Charles Clay*UFA*Helped when he was healthy, but Cards might want to get younger
Darrell Daniels2021Served fine as a reserve and on special teams
Maxx Williams2021Contract extension shows what Cards think of him
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OFFENSIVE LINESIGNED THROUGHCOMMENT
Mason Cole (G/C)2021Filled in at guard, center, tackle, wide receiver -- can he find a starting role?
Lamont Gaillard (G/C)2022Team hopeful he can be a versatile piece in 2020
Max Garcia (G)*UFA*Will be interesting to see if they want to bring him back
Marcus Gilbert (T)*UFA*Was playing well before ACL tear; Cards might want to get younger
D.J. Humphries (T)*UFA*The market will pay him. How do the Cards feel about it?
Joshua Miles (T)2022Will try to find a place on the roster
Jordan Mills (T)*UFA*Without his injury, might've had chance to be right tackle
Justin Murray (T)ERImproved as year went on and is a guy worth keeping
Justin Pugh (G)2022Stayed healthy, played solid football
A.Q. Shipley (C)*UFA*Started 16 games after a season lost to knee. Leader on, off field. Would like to return
J.R. Sweezy (G)2020Solid free-agent pickup in playing all 16 games
Brett Toth (T)2021Cards see him as potential, and a project
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DEFENSIVE LINESIGNED THROUGHCOMMENT
Zach Allen2022Cards counting on him being a key piece in 2020
Miles Brown2021Made some strides as an undrafted rookie
Jonathan Bullard*UFA*Could return in a depth role
Michael Dogbe2022Raw talent that still needs work
Rodney Gunter*UFA*Will take another run at the open market
Zach Kerr*UFA*Made some plays down the stretch
Clinton McDonald*UFA*Older vet who is likely to move on
Corey Peters2020Unit's anchor needs some help around him
Caraun Reid*UFA*Late-season pickup likely ends up elsewhere
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LINEBACKERSSIGNED THROUGHCOMMENT
Keishawn Bierria2020Late-season addition will try to find spot in offseason
Vontarrius Dora2020Keeps finding a way to end up back on roster
Kylie Fitts2020Got some tape for Cardinals to consider moving forward
Dennis Gardeck2020Has become key part of special teams
Jordan Hicks2022Stayed healthy, good season, great leader, excellent FA signing
Chandler Jones2021Deserves to be in discussion for Defensive POY
Cassius Marsh Sr.*UFA*Could potentially return as depth
Haason Reddick2020Trying OLB as he goes into his last chance to secure a role
Brooks Reed*UFA*Stint in the desert didn't turn out as anyone hoped
Ezekiel Turner2020Like Gardeck, has become excellent on special teams
Joe Walker*UFA*Filled role admirably but the Cards will look at ILB upgrade
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DEFENSIVE BACKSSIGNED THROUGHCOMMENT
Robert Alford (CB)2021Lost season to broken leg; Cards still hoping he's the answer at No. 2
Budda Baker (S)2020Broke out in his first Pro Bowl season
Chris Banjo (S)*UFA*Became a solid backup, could have earned a chance to stick around
Andre Chachere (CB)2020Will try to see if he can break into depth chart
Jalen Davis (CB)2020See above
Chris Jones (CB)2020Cardinals needed to play him, he showed some flashes
Byron Murphy (CB)2022Up-and-down rookie season should be calmed with move to slot
Kevin Peterson (CB)RFAHelped give the Cardinals a little depth
Patrick Peterson (CB)2020Tumultuous year ended with excellent stretch. After everything, his spot for 2020 and beyond bears watching
Deionte Thompson (S)2022Inactive at end but the hope is that he can help in TE coverage in 2020
Jalen Thompson (S)2022Rookie trended up and has inside track at a starting job
Charles Washington (S)RFAHelped bolster special teams
Brandon Williams (CB)*UFA*Missed year with injury, his time in Arizona figures to be ending
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SPECIALISTSSIGNED THROUGHCOMMENT
Aaron Brewer (LS)2021You never notice him and that's a good thing
Zane Gonzalez (K)RFAHad a Pro Bowl-type season and deserves new deal
Andy Lee (P)2020Quietly continues to punt well even at his age

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