Given the salary cap setup in the NFL, it is not uncommon to see teams go through a few lean years after dumping salaries in an effort to rebuild from the ground up. That task can often be a little tougher for teams that are playing in one of the tougher divisions in the NFL, as playing catchup with the teams at the top is never an easy task. The NFC West is one of those divisions, with the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and LA Rams all teams that have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs and challenging for a Super Bowl this coming season. That leaves the Arizona Cardinals, who finished bottom of the division last season, with a lot of work to do to become competitive in the West. They look like a team ready to take on that challenge, though, as they have made some big moves during the early part of the free agency period. The Cardinals have a lot of work still to do, so look for them to address even more of their needs in the coming weeks. Here’s an overview of the Arizona Cardinals and their NFL Odds as it stands.
Arizona Cardinals Odds After Free Agency W1
Player Movement and Possible Future Moves
It was a disappointing season for the Arizona Cardinals in 2019, finishing 5-10-1 on the year. The reality, though, is that the end result was not entirely unexpected. This is a team that started the season with a new head coach and a major rebuild ahead of them, so the expectation from here on out is that the Cardinals should get better with each passing season. The fact that they have already addressed many of their glaring holes is a positive sign for Arizona fans.
The second season for QB Kyler Murray should see the young man begin to improve, but there is talk that the Cardinals might be looking to bring in Cam Newton, who is now surplus to requirements in Carolina.
No matter who end up under center in Arizona this season, it is clear that he will need more weapons to throw to. The Cardinals made one of the biggest moves of the free agency period to ensure that happens, bringing in DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans. The Cardinals now have a legitimate #1 receiver on their team, which has a lot of folks thinking that they are a potential playoff candidate this coming season. De’Vondre Campbell was brought in to add depth to the linebacker group, as was OL Devon Kennard. One of the more glaring holes for the Cardinals was on the D-line, so they addressed that by signing DT Jordan Phillips to a 3-year deal. They also placed the transition tag on RB Kenyan Drake, which means that he will almost certainly be staying in Arizona.
The Cardinals are almost certainly not done with their wheeling and dealing and will also likely address more of their needs in the draft.
The Arizona Cardinals Odds to Win the Super Bowl
While we certainly expect the Cardinals to be better this season, they are probably still a long way off from being a legitimate Super Bowl contender. There is reason to believe, though, that they could challenge for a Wild Card spot. The Cardinals are currently +4500 to win it all.