With free agency coming Wednesday and the right for teams to talk to the agents of other teams' free agents beginning Monday morning, the Cardinals looked to keep some key parts by making tender offers to restricted free agent linebackers Dennis Gardeck and Ezekiel Turner.
Both can still seek offers from other teams. The Cardinals reportedly gave Gardeck a second-round tender -- meaning any team that signed him away must surrender a second-round pick -- and that's worth $3.38 million this season, a nice raise for the former undrafted rookie.
Turner reportedly was given the right-of-first-refusal tender ($2.1M), meaning the Cards have the right to match any offer.
Both have been integral parts of special teams, and Gardeck emerged as an excellent situational pass rusher in 2020 as well, piling up seven sacks in only 93 defensive snaps. With the news that the Cardinals agreed to terms with fellow pass rusher Markus Golden Monday, the pass rush seems fairly set.
Gardeck did tear his ACL against Philadelphia in Week 15, so his rehab will be part of the offseason and likely into training camp and the preseason.
The Cardinals also tendered an offer to exclusive rights free agent linebacker Kylie Fitts. With his offer, Fitts is off the market. Wide receiver Trent Sherfield , like Gardeck and Turner a restricted free agent, was not tendered an offer. That means he will be unrestricted on the market, although he could still return.
Teams can already talk to the agents of free-agents-to-be from other teams, although deals cannot be signed before Wednesday at 1 p.m. Arizona time.