The 3-13 Cardinals turned the worst record in football, into a 1st round selection of a QB for the second straight year. Out goes Josh Rosen to Miami, in comes Kyler Murray to run a new, likely faster, Cardinals' offense.
Notable Additions & Subtractions
The trade that sent QB Josh Rosen to the Dolphins represented a loss of $4.15M in cap space for Arizona, but was a necessary evil to give Murray the reigns. Not coincidentally, FS Antoine Bethea's release cleared $4.75M of space, more than enough to account for the Rosen move. Arizona also sent a late round draft pick to Pittsburgh to acquire OT Marcus Gilbert, who projects to become the starting RT for 2019. QB Kyler Murray comes to town on a 4 year, $35.1M, fully guaranteed, contract that includes a $23.5M signing bonus, and a cap figure of $6.3M in 2019. While the only notable contract extension went to WR Larry Fitzgerald , who rejoins Arizona for his 16th season on an $11M salary.
The Cardinals signed 16 free agents, combining for $220M of total contracts, $109M of which is guaranteed. They added or signed back 7 projected starters for 2019, while acquiring another (Marcus Gilbert, OT) via trade from Pittsburgh. It's a rebuild on the fly for Arizona, from the Head Coach, to the QB, & on down.
Top 2019 Cap Hits
|Pos.||Age.||2019 Cap Hit|
Top 2019 Cash Earners
|Kyler Murray||QB||21||$24,084,924||Murray's $23.5M signing bonus is likely split across the next calendar year, but he finds himself well ahead of the $4.6M bonus to play MLB|
|Chandler Jones||DE||29||$16,500,000||Jones enters year three of his $82.5M megadeal, the final season of guaranteed money. He'll have $31.5M of non-guaranteed salary to be made thru 2021.|
|Jordan Hicks||ILB||27||$15,275,000||Hicks joins Arizona on a 4 year, $34M contract that includes $20M guaranteed through 2020.|
Top Active Career Earners
|Larry Fitzgerald||WR||36||$163,296,387||Sticky Fingers has now earned $50M more than any other WR in the history of the game.|
|Terrell Suggs||OLB||36||$105,210,000||Suggs reeled in $105M during his time with the Ravens, and will see another $7M more from Arizona in 2019.|
|Patrick Peterson||CB||28||$74,772,926||Peterson's $74M earned ranks 6th all-time among cornerbacks. His current contract contracts another $19M left to be made.|
Notable 2020 Free Agents
|Marcus Gilbert||RT||32||The longtime Steelers lineman should improve the right side of the line for Kyler Murray in 2019.|
|D.J. Swearinger||FS||29||He's rebirthed his career since leaving Washington and should benefit from a massively fruitful free agency period for a half dozen or so safeties.|
|D.J. Humphries||LT||25||An inconsistent first 4 seasons has his future very much in question, but with his $9.6M option now fully guaranteed, he'll get a chance to prove he's worth another contract in 2019.|