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Looking At The Offseason Resources For The Cardinals

Entire NFC West ranks low in overall flexibility

The Cardinals sit in the best division in the NFL. That was the thought before the season, and the way the year played out -- three playoff teams, and the Seahawks were still 7-10 despite Russell Wilson's injury issues -- did nothing but prove that true.

How the offseason will play out will be interesting. We already knew that about the Cardinals.

Pro Football Focus put together a chart that factors in draft capital, current contracts and cap space to rank all 32 teams in terms of how capable they are to maneuver through the offseason. They start with the Jets, who get the "100" score when combining contract flexibility, draft picks and cap space. Every other team is graded from there.

The Cardinals aren't in the best spot. They have a composite score of 22.6, which puts them 25th in the league. Given their key free agents and draft capital -- they pick 23rd in the first round -- they will need to do some work to help the roster. But the rest of the NFC West isn't in great shape either. The Seahawks are 21st (hurt by their lack of draft capital). Then there are the 49ers and Rams, who are No. 31 and 32 (the bottom two) respectively. The Rams won't care much if they win the Super Bowl, but their cap issues combined with lack of draft capital makes it more difficult.

None of this means the Cardinals (or any other team) can't make improvements. But young guys like Zaven Collins, Marco Wilson and Josh Jones need to make significant jumps to aid a team that might not be able to make as many moves as last offseason.

Owner Michael Bidwill and GM Steve Keim talk before a preseason game against the Chiefs in 2021

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