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Future Power Rankings: Arizona no. 11

The Cardinals had a strong year that saw improvements in drafting and coaching, but QB Carson Palmer's return from injury will determine the success of Arizona. Future Power Rankings (Insider)

Russell Wilson -- He's no backup

Russell Wilson's $1.54M base salary is in line with his draft position, but consider this: Eight backup QBs are scheduled to make a higher base salary than Wilson next season, including THIRD STRINGER Charlie Whitehurst.

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Countdown to the Body Issue

Larry Fitzgerald got a new contract with the Cardinals this offseason, so he can easily drop part of that $10M roster bonus on the new issue, due out July 6.

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Carson Palmer key to Cardinals' success (1:25)
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Fitz optimistic about defending division

Larry Fitzgerald is encouraged by QB Carson Palmer's recovery from his knee injury, calling him "mentally tough."

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Patrick Peterson reflects on playing with diabetes (2:40)
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Fitzgerald excited to have Palmer back (1:31)

Cardinals: Josh Weinfuss assigns letter grade to team's offseason; identifies best (defense) and riskiest (Cooper) moves

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