Insiders grade Cards’ free agency

March, 25, 2014
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With free agency two weeks old and the rush to sign players beginning to slow down, a panel of ESPN NFL Insiders graded the haul for every team Insider.

ESPN Insiders Mike Sando, Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Matt Williamson and Field Yates gave the Arizona Cardinals a B+, one of just three such grades parceled out throughout the league. The quartet felt Arizona's six free-agency signings were smart moves yet not national news that made the Cardinals better overall.

The Jared Veldheer signing, in particular, drew praise from Yates because of how Arizona didn't back up the Brinks truck to lure him to the desert.

"Not a ton of moves here, but I really liked their decision to aggressively pursue Veldheer, the best left tackle out there in my estimation," he said. "Additionally, the money was fair value given the market."

Yates also liked the re-signing of outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy, even if it didn’t make a national splash.

Sando may have ruffled the feathers of some Seattle Seahawks fans by writing the signing of cornerback Antonio Cromartie gave the Cardinals "arguably" the best cornerback duo in the NFC West.

But for as well as Arizona did by signing players, the Insiders believed Arizona's best play was to not overspend on linebacker Karlos Dansby and let him go.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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