The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday that they have signed 2022 2nd round pick, TE Trey McBride to a rookie contract. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: McBride was simply dominant at Colorado State. Per PFF, McBride produced a 38.1% dominator rating in his past two seasons, an incredible number for a receiver, but even more absurd for a TE. McBride is a high-quality TE prospect, but rookie TEs don't historically offer much fantasy relevance and his landing spot with Arizona is far from ideal. In 2022, McBride will likely play behind veteran TE Zach Ertz and be limited to playing in 2-TE sets. McBride isn’t likely to be a player worth rostering in most redraft leagues, but he could be a valuable asset in dynasty leagues for fantasy managers who are willing to roster him for the long haul.
Jordan Davis and the Eagles have agreed to terms on a contract, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter of ESPN on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It's a four-year deal worth $17 million, with a fifth-year team option. The deal is fully guaranteed for the defensive tackle from Georgia, who also gets a $9.55 million signing bonus. Davis will join Fletcher Cox on the interior of the Eagles' defensive line, on what should be a stout tandem.
Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins is being suspended for six games this season for a PED violation. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hopkins won't be available for the first third of the season this year after violating the NFL's PED policy. This likely comes as a result of medications he took while recovering from his knee injury last season, but that has not been confirmed. This will have a major negative impact on Kyler Murray and the Cardinals pass game as a whole, but Marquise Brown and James Connor will likely see bigger roles in the offense to make up for the Pro-Bowler's absence.
Kyler Murray's fifth-year option has been picked up by the Arizona Cardinals, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This move is no surprise as Murray has been named to two Pro Bowls in his first three seasons in the NFL. While he is now locked into Arizona for the next two years, all eyes will be on if the two sides can agree to a long-term contract extension.
A.J. Green has re-signed with the Arizona Cardinals on a 1-year deal, according to Ari Meirov. (Source: Ari Meirov of PFF on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Green's return adds another target to Kyler Murray's arsenal this upcoming season. The team lost Christian Kirk and Chase Edmonds in free agency, but still has Green, DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore, Zach Ertz, and James Conner, at Murray's disposal.
Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals official site reports that WR Antoine Wesley has signed his exclusive rights tender which will keep him in Arizona for 2022. (Source: Darren Urban, Arizona Cardinals official site)
Fantasy Impact: Wesley, who played collegiately at Texas Tech and was named as an All-American in 2018, spent the first two seasons of his NFL career on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Wesley finally made his way onto an active NFL roster with the Cardinals last season and he recorded 19 catches for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns. Wesley, who’s still just 24 years-old, could possibly find more playing time in 2022 with AJ Green’s departure in free agency, but he still sits behind DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore on Arizona’s depth chart and the Cardinals could be a team that’s in the market for additional WR help via the draft or free agency. For now, Wesley isn’t worthy of a draft pick in redraft leagues but he can be viewed as a late round dart throw in best ball and dynasty leagues with deep benches.
The Arizona Cardinals have signed OL Will Hernandez to a contract. Hernandez was a second round pick of the Giants in 2018, but was a substandard player after a solid rookie year. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hernandez will be a good depth piece and swing guard for a Cardinals team that is looking for help on the offensive line. Hernandez is a solid run blocker but is extremely weak in pass protection. Kyler Murray will be running for his life if Hernandez is to start.
According to Jordan Schultz via Twitter, the New York Giants and OL Max Garcia have agreed on a 1-year deal for the 2022 NFL season. Garcia started a chunk of games for the Cardinals last year. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Giants are not messing around. They have gathered significant resources into the offensive line this offseason. Depth will be better at a minimum. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley have to be loving the potential protection they could have Week 1.
The Arizona Cardinals brought in Robert Alford for a visit and medical recheck. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Alford played 13 games for Arizona last season and tallied 37 tackles, four defended passes, and one interception. He has struggled with injuries in recent years including a broken leg and torn pectoral muscle which kept him sidelined in 2019-2020.
Wed, Mar 16th 3:00pm EDT
By Owen Klukas
Per Ian Rapoport, tight end Maxx Williams will return to the Cardinals for a one-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Williams was on pace for a career year in 2021 before suffering a season ending torn ACL. The 27-year-old was averaging career bests in yards/game (38.6) and receptions/game (3.2) in 2021. However, with the Cardinals signing Zach Ertz to a big 3-year deal, Williams will not see the same opportunities that he did before his injury last season.
Per Tom Pelissero, linebacker Chandler Jones is finalizing a deal for around $17 million a year with the Raiders. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The two-time All-Pro pass rusher will now be paired up with Maxx Crosby on a Raiders defense that just lost Yannick Ngakoue via trade. At 32-year-old, Jones is still a difference maker recording 10.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, 12 tackles for loss, and 26 QB hits last season for the Cardinals. AFC West quarterbacks have much to fear with Khalil Mack and Chandler Jones joining their division.
Mon, Mar 14th 5:13pm EDT
By Owen Klukas
Per Adam Schefter, the Cardinals are re-signing quarterback Colt McCoy to a two-year, $7.5 million deal with $6 million fully guaranteed. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McCoy was a very solid backup quarterback last season for the Cardinals. The 35-year old helped guide the Cardinals to two wins in three starts in place of an injured Kyler Murray. In those three starts, the Texas product threw for 684 yards, 3 touchdowns, and one interception.
Mon, Mar 14th 12:18pm EDT
By Kelly Kirby
James Conner and the Cardinals are reportedly closing in on a free agent deal. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Pro Bowl running back was expected to test free agency, but it appears he will stay put. With Chase Edmonds signing with Miami, the 26-year-old back should be the lead in Arizona's backfield. For fantasy managers last season, Conner was something of a touchdown machine, tallying 18 overall with 15 of them rushing. With this ability, he should be a low-end RB1, his stock only hindered with Kyler Murray's ability to scramble.
TE Zach Ertz and the Arizona Cardinals are finalizing a deal that would keep him in Arizona for three more seasons. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Ertz had a career-reviving year in Arizona this year, and both sides are looking to run it back for the foreseeable future. One of the top free agent tight ends is now off the market, and fantasy managers should expect the veteran tight end to be a solid fantasy option at the position for a few more years.
Linebacker Jordan Hicks has been released from the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hicks has been a key piece in Arizona's defense for the past three seasons, but now they are cutting him and letting him hit the market. He should have a robust market in free agency, and he will likely sign a sizeable deal with a linebacker-needy team.
According to Cardinals reporter Adam Beasley, Jonathan Ward will be back with the Arizona Cardinals in 2022 on an ERFA tender. (Source: Adam Beasley)
Fantasy Impact: With James Conner and Chase Edmonds both headed towards free agency this offseason, the Cardinals tagged restricted free agent RB Jonathan Ward on Wednesday. The veteran ran for only 33 yards in total during his 2021 stint with the team.
Cardinals WR Andy Isabella is requesting a trade from the team. (Source: Evan Lazar on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Isabella requested a traded and the Cardinals reportedly granted permission for his camp to seek one. There is reportedly interest from the Patriots, but that is all just speculation at this point. Look for the trade market for the 25-year old to heat up around the draft.
Wed, Mar 2nd 11:16am EST
By Kelly Kirby
The Arizona Cardinals have reached agreements with coach Kliff Kingsbury and GM Steve Keim on new contract extensions, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The contracts for both men will run through 2027, according to the team page. Next season will be Kingsbury's fourth as coach. In his previous three seasons, he increased the Cardinals' win total from five to eight to 11. Keim will head into his tenth year as GM.