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SB Nation Reacts: Arizona Cardinals signing of J.J. Watt does not make them Super Bowl contenders... yet

SB Nation Reacts: Arizona Cardinals signing of J.J. Watt does not make them Super Bowl contenders... yet

Photo By: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team NFL. You can sign up HERE — it’s easy and free to join! For the Arizona Cardinals the question has become, what does the J.J. Watt signing mean for the Arizona Cardinals chances of a Super Bowl? At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters now. We asked the readers around SB Nation if the Cardinals signing of J.J. Watt makes them contenders for the Super Bowl. Only 17% of...
14 hours ago
News and notes from the San Francisco 49ers

News and notes from the San Francisco 49ers

Photo by Abbie Parr/ Happy Sunday one and all. We are a week away to the tampering period, meaning that news is going to be coming in hot over the next week, so we need to check in with our foes fro around the NFC West. Let’s finish our look around the division with our friends from Niners Nation on the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco 49ers draft: When the Niners hit home runs with draft day trades - Niners NationA look back at two draft day deals the Niners made that turned out great for the franchise. San Francisco 49ers 2021 NFL Draft: Which prospects are the...
18 hours ago
News and notes from the Los Angeles Rams

News and notes from the Los Angeles Rams

Photo by Dylan Buell/ Happy Sunday one and all. We are a week away to the tampering period, meaning that news is going to be coming in hot over the next week, so we need to check in with our foes fro around the NFC West. Let’s start things off with a look at the Los Angeles Rams from Turf Show Times. 13 interior offensive linemen on the free agent market who are under 28 - Turf Show TimesThey aren’t big names, they’re big guys Can Rams franchise tag-and-trade anybody? - Turf Show TimesFive NFL players have been tagged-and-traded in the last three years Grading PFF...
20 hours ago
2021 NFL Draft: Original Draft Breakdown Podcast returns

2021 NFL Draft: Original Draft Breakdown Podcast returns

Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Welcome one and all to the return of the Original Draft Breakdown Podcast as Justin and I get into the 2021 NFL Draft. We started by looking the lack of the NFL Combine this year and what players are doing to make up for it. The Exos Combine numbers are coming out and they are impressive, the question becomes how much can we take from those numbers? We discuss the wide receiver numbers and some interesting tidbits we received on those numbers. We then wonder aloud if we will see a record set this year, despite not having a...
Mar 6, 2021
Arizona Cardinals sign J.J. Watt: Reactions, impact on team and potential free agents

Arizona Cardinals sign J.J. Watt: Reactions, impact on team and potential free agents

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Emergency podcast time!!! Yes, Uncle Jess and I got back together a week early to discuss the news of the Arizona Cardinals signing the one and only J.J. Watt. We looked at the game, the numbers and the potential impact on the team, before we turned our focus to a couple of other topics. It is another fantastic episode of the best hour of Cardinals talk on the web. Enjoy the show with the embedded player above or by subscribing to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favorite podcast platform, so you never miss a show. Make sure as well...
Mar 5, 2021
Cardinals 3 Restricted Free Agents: Will Dennis Gardeck and others be tendered?

Cardinals 3 Restricted Free Agents: Will Dennis Gardeck and others be tendered?

Photo by MSA/Icon Sportswire via Gardeck, Trent Sherfield, and Zeke Turner have been the Cardinals top special teams players since signing as undrafted free agents in 2018 Before the Cardinals shift their attention towards free agency on March 17th, they must determine the futures of their three restricted free agents. What is a RFA and the tender? A restricted free agent is a player with three accrued NFL seasons with an expired contract. A season can be categorized as accrued when the player has played in at least six or more games. The four kinds of RFA tenders...
Mar 5, 2021
Cardinals will release kicker Zane Gonzalez today

Cardinals will release kicker Zane Gonzalez today

Photo by Billie Weiss/ The Arizona State product was set to be an unrestricted free agent later this month The Arizona Cardinals plan to release kicker Zane Gonzalez today, according to NFL Reporter Mike Garafolo. The #AZCardinals are releasing K Zane Gonzalez today, source says, though there's still a chance he could be back in Arizona. Long story short: He was slated to be a free agent anyway. It's a procedural move because they put him on IR.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 5, 2021 Gonzalez was slated to be an unrestricted free agent later this March but...
Mar 5, 2021
2021 NFL Draft: McShay Mock 3.0 gives Arizona Cardinals help at cornerback

2021 NFL Draft: McShay Mock 3.0 gives Arizona Cardinals help at cornerback

Photo by Joe Robbins/ With the Arizona Cardinals adding J.J. Watt, the most immediate and pressing need moves to the cornerback position. That has been a consistently mocked position to the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, and with the addition of Watt, that likely will become even more frequent. That is why when Todd McShay dropped his third mock draft of the 2021 NFL Draft cycle, it was not a surprise to see the Cardinals take a cornerback: From E$PN: 16. Arizona Cardinals Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina J.J. Watt and Chandler Jones spell problems for opposing QBs,...
Mar 5, 2021
Cardinals Re-Define Veteran Leadership

Cardinals Re-Define Veteran Leadership

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports In his most recent article for The Athletic, Michael Lombardi maintains, like a fair number of Cardinals’ fans, that the Arizona Cardinals paid way too much for DE J. J. Watt. Here is the crux of his argument: When J.J. Watt recently signed with the Cardinals, there were reports that Arizona was not the highest bidder. The Colts (completely false) and Browns (not sure, but highly doubtful) were rumored to have higher bids. Why is this even important? Watt being paid $15 million per season with $23 million guaranteed is a huge...
Mar 5, 2021
J.J. in the house: “Watt’s” next for the Cardinals defense

J.J. in the house: “Watt’s” next for the Cardinals defense

A decision on Haason Reddick should be one of the next big offseason dominoes to fall for the Cardinals. | Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports Well, we got Watt. That’s a step in the right direction for this defense. But “Watt” other needs remain? First off, no, I’m not apologizing for that pun. Second, I’d like to say I predicted the J.J. Watt signing—but really, I was just throwing the idea out there as a possibility. I was as surprised as anyone when the signing actually happened. But now that we’ve all had some time to pick our jaws up off the floor and...
Mar 5, 2021
2021 NFL Draft: Cynthia Frelund says the Arizona Cardinals should draft Christian Darrisaw to win now

2021 NFL Draft: Cynthia Frelund says the Arizona Cardinals should draft Christian Darrisaw to win now

Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via When it comes to winning now, that is king in the NFL. There is very rarely a long-term plan that is put into place and executed by NFL teams anymore simply because the NFL doesn’t give head coaches and general managers that much time. That is why when NFL.com’s Cynthia Frelund dropped her first 2021 NFL Mock Draft that looks at what teams should do now to win, it is interesting to see who she has the Arizona Cardinals taking: 16. Arizona CardinalsChristian DarrisawVirginia Tech · OT · Junior Darrisaw’s improvement...
Mar 5, 2021
Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals still have moves to make in free agency, details on the J.J. Watt contract and more

Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals still have moves to make in free agency, details on the J.J. Watt contract and more

Photo by Norm Hall/ Happy Friday one and all, we have made it. The Arizona Cardinals and the rest of the NFL are getting ready for the impending free agency period, and we have all the news to help you get ready. Let’s get to it. Free Agent Primer 2021: CornerbackPatrick Peterson headlines large list of Cardinals free agents at critical position Steve Keim Still Sees Free Agent Window After Watt SigningGM says Cardinals hope to re-sign some of their own players soon Free Agent Primer 2021: Wide ReceiverLarry Fitzgerald's decision could have domino effect on...
Mar 4, 2021
Do any of the newly released veterans make sense for the Arizona Cardinals?

Do any of the newly released veterans make sense for the Arizona Cardinals?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Arizona Cardinals made a splash when they signed J.J. Watt. Now the question is, could they find bargain veterans in free agency after being released from their teams? The Cardinals need help at tight end and Kyle Rudolph was just released by the Minnesota Vikings. After five consecutive seasons of playing in every game, the veteran missed four games in 2020. He is a solid two-way tight end as a blocker and receiver, he has slowed down quite a bit, but likely has just enough left in the tank for maybe one year. Kyle Van Noy is a veteran...
Mar 4, 2021
Arizona Cardinals have a couple of options to create cap space without making cuts

Arizona Cardinals have a couple of options to create cap space without making cuts

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports With the Arizona Cardinals signing of J.J. Watt they used a small chunk of their 2021 cap space. The Cardinals have a couple of options to free up some more cap space that doesn’t include making cuts to the roster. Looking at the Cardinals roster there are three moves they can make to free up some cap space. Extend (Restructure) Chandler Jones - The Cardinals could take the current contract they have Jones on, extend him a year but make it “voidable” and convert about $10-12 million in salary in bonus and spread that bonus out...
Mar 4, 2021
Devon Kennard the Arizona Cardinals top cut candidate? PFF thinks so

Devon Kennard the Arizona Cardinals top cut candidate? PFF thinks so

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports With the free agency period right around the corner, the Arizona Cardinals like the rest of the NFL are a bit cash strapped. One way to free up space would be to make some cuts, and Pro Football Focus looked at the top cut candidate on each NFL teams roster. For the Cardinals, it is one of last years big free agent acquisitions in Devon Kennard. From PFF: ARIZONA CARDINALS: EDGE DEVON KENNARD Current Projected cap space: $11,833,440 Post-June 1 cut cap savings: $6,656,250 Post-June 1 cut dead money: $1,250,000 With the emergence of...