With Season Over, Cardinals Consider Zach Ertz, Other Free Agents

Zach Ertz was only a Cardinal for a few months, but he wouldn’t mind if it was longer.

Considering Ertz, who only played in 11 regular-season games, tied the franchise record for tight end receptions in season his desire to stick around makes sense.

Besides, said the free-agent-to-be, “I still feel like we have unfinished business as a team. I would love to be part of it.”

But as the offseason began for the Cardinals Tuesday following their Wild Card playoff loss to the Rams Monday night, much must be sorted out on the free-agent front. The salary cap will take a post-pandemic jump of $25.7 million – up to $208.2M, before per-team rollover – but “we have a lot of good players who are free agents as well,” Ertz correctly noted.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury noted, as the head coach does annually, that with free agents “there are some tough decisions to make.” Among the veterans scheduled to hit free agency besides Ertz: linebacker Chandler Jones, running backs Chase Edmonds and James Conner, wide receivers A.J. Green and Christian Kirk, and backup quarterback Colt McCoy.

The process of evaluating the roster is immediate – “we’ll start talking about it today, while it’s fresh,” Kingsbury said – and players won’t be the only ones. Kingsbury said there will be a “deep dive” into the coaching staff as well, to determine if any changes need to be made.

Free agency begins March…

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