In case you missed it, the Arizona Cardinals re-signed to the AJ Green wide-ranging consignment on April 14.
Freelance has started to come alive again in the past few days with the signing of Stephon Gilmore of the Indianapolis Colts and Rodney McLeod safe and the Green Bay Packers signing wide-ranging receiver Sammy Watkins.
It’s clear that some teams want to secure slots before the April 28 NFL draft.
For Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, this could mean making another move, but this time with the help of outside free agents.
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Analyst named Cardinal is suitable for defender
Pro Football Focus’s Brad Spielberger recently predicted the best landing spots for the top freelancers left in the market.
Veteran sideline driver Jadeveon Clowney is still available and Spielberger has put the Cardinals on the list of potential matches. It’s worth noting that Spielberger has the Cleveland Browns as his best landing spot, where he played in 2021.
However, Clowney was slated for a year-long and fully guaranteed $12 million deal.
Clowney was picked first in the 2014 draft by the Houston Texans and made three Pro Bowl games during his tenure with the team. As of 2019, he’s played for three teams and made a one-year deal for the Tennessee Titans and Browns over the past two seasons.
The Cardinals have had a tough time stopping their run in 2021 and finishing 23rd in the allowed plunge yards. Clowney can fix that problem, who has a peak defensive PFF score of 90.9 since 2015, sixth best in that period.
There was a moment where Clowney looked disappointing from 2019 to 2020, where he produced just 3 eliminations and missed 11 games due to injury in that span. Clowney will go on to have nine sacks in 2021, just one and a half fewer than Chandler Jones, who left the Cardinals in free agency.
Fit Make Sense?
In a perfect world, the Cardinals would welcome Clowney with open arms for a year-long deal. Clowney could reunite with former teammate JJ Watt, both of whom shared success in Houston from 2014 to 2018. With Jones starting to join the Raiders, Devon Kennard is the Cardinals replacement at the border, who no sacks in 2021.
Over The Cap shows Arizona with $5.7 million in captivity. That doesn’t include Green’s guaranteed $3 million contract, which can now amount to less than $3 million in cap space.
It can be difficult to see Clowney with the Cardinals given the fact that the Browns have $19.9 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap. According to Spielberger, the Colts are also a good match for Clowney, who has $21.7 million in cap space (excluding Gilmore or McLeod contracts).
The Cardinals can restructure contracts and make cuts to have Clowney on the team. Remember, the Cardinals cut Jordan Phillips in March and will hit $10 million in cap space after June 1.
If the Cardinals don’t go after Clowney, the team can add a quick runner through the draft with the 23rd overall pick. But there’s no guarantee the Cardinals will receive a gift of a starter defensive talent. .
While adding Clowney wouldn’t come cheap, a potential one-year contract for veterans would be the safest best thing the Cardinals could do.
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