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What's Next for Cardinals in Free Agency?

The Arizona Cardinals got most of their heavy lifting done, according to one team insider.

ARIZONA -- The Arizona Cardinals got off to a strong start once the NFL's "legal" tampering period began yesterday. 

Despite not making any earth-shattering signings, the Cardinals managed to plug some much-needed holes on the roster at multiple positions:

  • Sean Murphy-Bunting was added to the team's secondary to help bolster a young cornerback room.
  • Defensive linemen Bilal Nichols and Justin Jones were brought to a Cardinals defensive front that desperately needed upgrades at the position. 
  • Mack Wilson was signed as an interesting linebacker prospect that could align either as an edge defender or next to Kyzir White on the inside. 

Arizona's $89.4 million spent in total contracts at 5:00 PM local time yesterday was good enough for seventh in the league according to Warren Sharp

So - what's next for the Cardinals?

Arizona Sports insider John Gambadoro says most of the team's heavy lifting is done for the free agency period. 

"Most of the heavy lifting is done for the Cardinals in free agency. They added 4 quality players at positions of need on Day 1. Will look to add depth/competition at several positions now and focus on their own guys. Can see Aaron Brewer and Elijah Wilkinson getting done Tuesday," he wrote on Twitter/X.

Arizona already made more depth moves today with the signing of Seattle Seahawks running back DeeJay Dallas, a core special teams player set to play alongside James Conner and Michael Carter. 

The Cardinals may opt to bolster the offensive line with more outside additions, though the team has re-signed Keith Ismael and Trystan Colon along the offensive front. 

Arizona could also look to add veteran depth to position groups such as wide receiver, tight end, quarterback and edge as well.

Previous Cardinals such as Blake Gillkin, L.J. Collier, Jesse Luketa, Greg Dortch, Krys Barnes and Carter O'Donnell have also reportedly signed back with the team for 2024. 

Leki Fotu has been the lone reported Cardinals player to depart in free agency after agreeing to join the New York Jets. 

As of time of publish, the Cardinals have $45.8 million in cap space according to Over The Cap, seventh in the league. 

Arizona hasn't been shy on being vocal on their intentions of building through the 2024 NFL Draft, where they'll have double-digit selections, which includes six in the first three rounds and two picks in the first.