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3 Best Offseason Moves From the Arizona Cardinals

David Kaestle
DeAndre Hopkins gives Kyler Murray the top receiver he needed.
DeAndre Hopkins gives Kyler Murray the top receiver he needed. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The Arizona Cardinals didn't have the season they hoped for last year, but that doesn't mean there weren't positive signs coming out of the rookie seasons for quarterback Kyler Murray and head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Finishing with a 5-10-1 record in 2019, Arizona had plenty of upgrades they needed to make and tons of cap space to make it happen in free agency. Let's take a look at the three best moves the Cardinals made so far this offseason.

1. Trade for DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins will be Kyler Murray's top target.
DeAndre Hopkins will be Kyler Murray's top target. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Kyler Murray was impressive in his rookie year, throwing for 20 touchdowns, but what made it that much more impressive is that he did it without a true No. 1 wide receiver. Arizona quickly changed that by acquiring the guy some consider to be the best receiver in the NFL right now. DeAndre Hopkins gives Murray an incredible receiving threat on the outside, while also opening up the field and coverage for other receivers on the roster to flourish. So while this will not only help Murray's development, it will provide more opportunity for players like Christian Kirk, Andy Isabella, Larry Fitzgerald and even more wiggle room for Kenyan Drake out of the backfield.

2. Sign Jordan Phillips

Jordan Phillips makes a weakness into a strength for the Cardinals.
Jordan Phillips makes a weakness into a strength for the Cardinals. / Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

While adding Hopkins was great, the Cardinals' defense was where most of their problems resided. With defensive line being one of their major areas of weakness outside of Chandler Jones, Phillips comes in and helps sure up the interior offensive line alongside Corey Peters. This signing instantly upgrades their defensive line in a big way.

3. Sign Devon Kennard

Devon Kennard comes in as a great pass-rushing compliment.
Devon Kennard comes in as a great pass-rushing compliment. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

While Chandler Jones has one side of the defensive line sured up, Kennard can come in and be the other side. With the ability to play both on the edge and as a linebacker, Kennard brings versatility to a Cardinals defense that desperately needs it. He will take pressure off Jones on the opposite side, while also having the ability to drop back in coverage when necessary.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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