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Breaking Down The Cardinals' Roster After 2018

Finding a new coach top priority, but personnel reconstruction beckons

Cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebackers Haason Reddick and Deone Bucannon are among those who will have to fit in potentially a new defense in 2019.
Cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebackers Haason Reddick and Deone Bucannon are among those who will have to fit in potentially a new defense in 2019.

The Cardinals, for a second straight year, are looking for a head coach.

The Cardinals, as is every year, are looking to reevaluate the roster.

Sometimes that looks a little different. Following the 2015 NFC Championship game appearance, the Cards needed only to tweak the roster. This season, following a 3-13 year, many decisions -- and upgrades -- are needed.

"We all have to be bought in," General Manager Steve Keim said. "We have to have a certain type of player, whether it's the mindset that he's an alpha male or he's a team player, a leader, that he's going to buy into the process and to be a Cardinal moving forward. And there's a certain way that guy looks."

The Cards have the No. 1 overall draft pick and the first pick in every round, along with the top priority on waiver claims. They have north of $60 million in cap space. But first, Keim and his department have to analyze the players already on the roster, and what to do with them going forward.

With the season coming to a close, 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. Curating a roster for the new head coach -- whoever that might be -- will obviously have a significant impact.

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Mike Glennon 2019 Worked out as perfect backup, and actually played OK in brief work
Charles Kanoff 2019 Undrafted rookie has enough upside to keep around as a No. 3
Josh Rosen 2021 Still QB of the future. But also still an unknown, with a long way to go
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Derrick Coleman *UFA* Played well on special teams. Will new coach need a fullback?
Chase Edmonds 2021 Showed nice flashes as a complement to Johnson
D.J. Foster RFA Local hero missed all season with ACL tear
David Johnson 2021 After signing big contract, not year he or the Cards expected
T.J. Logan 2020 Got a little work late, but never really was in former staff's plans
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Pharoh Cooper 2019 Cards would love waiver claim to regain Pro Bowl return status
Malachi Dupre 2019 Will try to find a way to fight for roster spot
Larry Fitzgerald *UFA* To play or not to play? That is the question
Christian Kirk 2021 Proved to be a solid pick. Will be better off with added WR talent
J.J. Nelson *UFA* His inactive status in the final couple of games shows he's unlikely to return
Trent Sherfield 2020 Undrafted rookie flashed and is determined to be in the 2019 mix
Jalen Tolliver 2019 Another undrafted guy who might sneak in -- depending on WR additions
Chad Williams 2020 A disappointing sophomore season
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Darrell Daniels ER Might be a guy to look at, but entire position needs upgrade
Jermaine Gresham 2020 Coming off Achilles injury, didn't have kind of season Cardinals hoped
John Phillips *UFA* Made a great catch in finale, but isn't a long-term answer
Ricky Seals-Jones ER The hope was that he'd emerge. Like much of the offense, he could not
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Oday Aboushi (G) *UFA* One of the many in-season additions forced to play
Joe Barksdale (T) *UFA* He'd be a veteran presence if they brought him back
Mason Cole (C) 2021 Needs to add strength as he tries to fend off Shipley next season
Korey Cunningham (T) 2021 Got some experience, but Cards likely see him as depth for now
Zack Golditch (G/T) 2019 Even with injuries, couldn't get on field
Colby Gossett (G) 2019 Battled some as fill-in starter, could be depth help
Will Holden (T) 2019 One of many forced into the 10 different OL lineups
D.J. Humphries (T) 2019 Contract year approaches. Can he stay healthy?
Mike Iupati (G) *UFA* Ended year on IR again, which makes it tougher to bring him back
Daniel Munyer (C) ER Will be difficult to make team if Shipley is healthy
Rees Odhiambo (G/T) 2019 Picked up as depth but never got a chance to do anything
Justin Pugh (G) 2022 Cardinals have to hope he can avoid injury and settle a guard spot
A.Q. Shipley (C) 2019 Coming off a torn ACL, has every intention of regaining starting role
Jeremy Vujnovich (G) ER Another pickup that, if healthy, could be depth
John Wetzel (T) RFA Top OL backup one of 7 OL on IR by end of season
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Vontarrius Dora 2019 He's here, he's not, but the Cards never lose his number
Markus Golden *UFA* Wants to stay, but what contract can two sides agree upon?
Rodney Gunter *UFA* Had his best season -- and in his contract year
Chandler Jones 2021 Remains a pass rusher to fear and a playmaker
Cameron Malveaux 2019 Blocked punt in finale his big contribution
Benson Mayowa *UFA* Steady season as top backup DE
Zach Moore ER Another guy whose future likely tied to defensive scheme
Robert Nkemdiche 2019 In his crucial season, had one breakout game. Then tore ACL
Corey Peters 2020 Quietly, the rock of the defensive line
Olsen Pierre RFA Seemed to take a step back after scheme change
Pasoni Tasini 2019 Another guy that the Cards keep bringing back when a body is needed
Vincent Valentine 2019 Helped with late-season depth after rash of injuries
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Josh Bynes 2020 Veteran was solid, until he got hurt
Deone Bucannon *UFA* So, with a different coach, does that mean Buc might return?
Jeremy Cash RFA Out all season with a knee injury
Dennis Gardeck 2020 Proved to be excellent on special teams
Gerald Hodges UFA For a late signing, proved to be quite helpful when they needed him
Haason Reddick 2020 Former first-round pick improved, but work still to be done
Zeke Turner 2020 Good on special teams. TBD on defense
Joe Walker 2019 Veteran helped on special teams but didn't get a chance on D
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David Amerson (CB) 2019 Last in long line of No. 2 starting CBs, and Cards still need clarity there
Budda Baker (S) 2020 Solid second season and remains a key part of defense
Antoine Bethea (S) 2019 Important leader on field but perhaps more crucial, important in locker room
Tre Boston (S) *UFA* Whether he returns impacted by surprising Swearinger availability
Rudy Ford (S) 2020 Uses speed on special teams, but still learning how to play defense
Chris Jones (CB) 2019 Another young player the Cards held so they could get longer offseason look
Deatrick Nichols (CB) 2019 Undrafted rookie's status yo-yo'd all season from practice squad to roster
Patrick Peterson (CB) 2020 Yes, there was some drama, but proved to be among the best again
D.J. Swearinger (S) 2019 Cards will benefit in 2019 because they were able to bring him back
Brandon Williams (CB) 2019 Given a chance on special teams but time as CB seems to have run out
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Aaron Brewer (LS) 2021 Truth about long snapping: When he's invisible, that's good
Phil Dawson (K) *UFA* Trip to IR ended what felt like final season
Zane Gonzalez (K) 2019 Will make push to be team's long-term answer at position
Andy Lee (P) 2019 Another great season: Led NFL in punting and set team record