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The NFL’s new league year technically doesn’t begin until Wednesday when trades and free-agency signings become official, but the Cardinals have already filled two of their biggest needs this offseason in the past two days alone.

On Monday, word came about the blockbuster trade that sent running back David Johnson to the Texans in exchange for superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a deal involving three draft picks. On Tuesday, the Cardinals signed Bills free-agent defensive tackle Authentic Jordan Phillips Jersey, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the deal for Phillips is worth $30 million over three years.

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Also on Tuesday, the Cardinals announced they have offered an exclusive rights tender to right tackle Justin Murray and, as previously reported, tendered a one-year qualifying offer to restricted free agent kicker Zane Gonzalez.

Exclusive rights free agents – players with two years or fewer NFL experience – who are offered tenders such as Murray are essentially bound to their teams. They can’t negotiate with other teams and must sign the contract offer or sit out the season. Murray, the starter 12 games at right tackle last season, appeared in 14 games overall, and the Cardinals have said they’d be content if he returns as a started again in 2020.

Wide receiver, defensive tackle and right tackle were three key positions the Cardinals were targeting to upgrade the roster.

They were in search of a No.1 wideout who could play on the outside and be a regular target for second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. In sending Johnson, their second-round pick this year and a fourth-round pick in 2021 to Houston, the Cardinals stole one of the best receivers in the league by acquiring Hopkins, along with a fourth-round pick in 2020.

Hopkins, 27, is a three-time, first-team All-Pro whose 632 career receptions in his first seven seasons are tied with Antonio Brown for the second-most in NFL history over that span. He immediately lifts the Cardinals’ offense to greater heights and will pair with future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald and third-year pro Christian Kirk to form an ideal three-wide receiver set.

In adding the 6-foot-6, 341-pound Phillips, the Cardinals also improved their situation on the defensive line, which had become perilous. Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, the former first-round pick, was released last summer along with defensive end Darius Philon, a free-agent addition who was expected to be reliable starter.

Meanwhile, a group of four other defensive linemen led by Rodney Gunter are set to hit free agency. Arizona might try to bring one or some of them back, but Phillips, who is coming off a career season with the Bills, will slide into a starting role next to veteran nose tackle Corey Peters with second-year pro Zach Allen a likely starter at defensive end.

Phillips, originally a second-round pick out of Oklahoma by the Dolphins in 2015, set career highs in 2019 with 31 tackles, 9½ sacks, 13 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback hits. He hasn’t missed a game in the past three seasons and in 76 career games overall, has 113 tackles, 15 sacks and 27 tackles for loss.

He joined the Bills five weeks into the 2018 season after being placed on waivers by the Dolphins, for whom he played his first three and a half years. His signing won’t become official until Wednesday.

Other defensive linemen presently under contract with the Cardinals include nose tackle Authentic Miles Brown Jersey and ends Authentic Kylie Fitts Jersey, Authentic Michael Dogbe Jersey and Authentic Lyndon Johnson Jersey, who was signed to a futures deal that also won’t become official until Wednesday.

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Besides Gunter, Arizona’s other defensive linemen set to hit free agency are Jonathan Bullard, Caraun Reid, Clinton McDonald and Zach Kerr.

With Hopkins and Phillips on board, the Cardinals likely won’t be targeting a receiver or defensive lineman with the No.8 overall pick in next month’s draft. They’ll be looking for help along the offensive line, outside and inside linebacker, and probably at safety and can use free agency and the draft to find it.

Meanwhile, the team also took steps to help ensure the return of running back Kenyan Drake by placing the transition tag on him on Monday. It allows the team to match any offer Drake may field on the open market, although it is Arizona’s hope to sign him to a multi-year deal, especially after trading away Johnson.

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The Arizona Cardinals may have been the worst team in the NFL last season, but the team doesn’t have the worst fans.

Emory professor Michael Lewis, a professor of marketing and faculty director of the Emory Marketing Analytics Center at the Goizueta Business School, recently released his annual ranking of NFL fan bases and the Cardinals’ fans come in at No. 25.

They also came in at No. 25 in 2018.

In 2015, Cardinals fans were ranked No. 19. In 2016, they slipped to No. 25. In 2017, they were No. 27.

Hey, at least it’s not No. 32.

That spot belongs to Arizona’s NFC West rivals, the Los Angeles Rams.

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The Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs are the other teams whose fan bases are ranked behind the Cardinals.

How did he come up with the rankings?

Lewis wrote that he used “data on attendance, revenues, social media following and road attendance to develop statistical models of fan interest.”

Lewis added that he used those models to determine which fan bases “are more willing to spend or follow their teams after controlling for factors like market size and short-term changes in winning and losing.”
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Lewis said that he used three measures of fan engagement to craft his list: fan equity (which he described as home box office revenues), social equity (which he described as engagement level in social media communities) and road equity (which he described as measured fan support on the road). Then, using those three components, Lewis generated what he called a “Brand Equity Factor” to rank all 32 teams.

Of the bottom five teams in the rankings, Lewis wrote: “These teams all suffer from the same issues,” Lewis wrote, “relatively weak pricing power and limited social followings.”

The top fan bases in the NFL, according to Lewis’ study are the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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A breakdown of the Arizona Cardinals’ 2019 free-agent signings.

Terrell Suggs, linebacker

The Cardinals will sign Suggs to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Here’s a closer look at the linebacker who spent the previous 16 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens:

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What it means: The Cardinals found a veteran in the 36-year-old Suggs who can immediately establish himself as a stabilizing presence in the locker room after Arizona released veteran safety Antoine Bethea over the weekend. In Suggs, Arizona will also get a durable pass-rusher who, while he may end up on limited snap counts, has shown he’s still effective at getting to the quarterback. He had 26 sacks the last three seasons, including seven in 2018 and 11 in 2017.

What’s the risk: Suggs will turn 37 on Oct. 11, and even though he’s played all 16 games in 12 of his 16 seasons — and 15 in one and 13 in another — age will still be a concern with him this season. But the reward with Suggs is greater than the risk because of his recent production rushing the passer. However, if the Cardinals count on Suggs too much on defense, instead of relying on him to be part of the rotation, and his age finally catches up to him, then the Cardinals could see the risk sooner than the reward.

J.R. Sweezy, guard

The Cardinals will sign guard J.R. Sweezy to a two-year deal on Wednesday. Here’s a closer look at the guard who spent five of the previous seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks:

What it means: The Cardinals found their replacement for Mike Iupati at left guard. Sweezy started 13 of his 15 games in 2018 at left guard and will give Arizona the final piece of its 2019 offensive line. Sweezy moved from right guard, where he played the majority of his career, to left guard before last season. He’s another veteran offensive line signing for Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, continuing a run that’s lasted most of Keim’s tenure as GM. In 2018, Sweezy allowed a career-low 19 hurries and 26 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus.

What’s the risk: Sweezy missed all of 2016 with a herniated disc, so his health would be a concern. When he’s healthy, Sweezy is durable. Another risk is that he turns 30 in April, so Sweezy may not be a long-term answer at left guard, leaving the Cardinals in the same situation either next year or in 2021.

Brett Hundley, quarterback

The Cardinals will sign quarterback Brett Hundley to a one-year deal on Wednesday. Here’s a closer look at the quarterback who spent last season with the Seahawks:

What it means: It’s too early to tell. It’ll all depend on who else the Cardinals have at quarterback next season. If it’s Josh Rosen, then Hundley and could help be part of Rosen’s support group along with Charles Kanoff. Rosen followed Hundley as UCLA’s starter, so the two have a history. If it’s, by chance, Kyler Murray, then Hundley may fit the type of athletic quarterback that new coach Kliff Kingsbury is looking for.

What’s the risk: There’s really not much risk at all, unless Hundley needs to play at length. But that’s more because he won’t be the everyday quarterback. He’s 3-6 as a starter, he’s thrown for nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his career and has 1,853 yards while tallying a 59.5 percent completion rate. While he’s been in the NFL since the Packers drafted him in the fifth round in 2015, Hundley doesn’t have much game experience, which could be a factor if the starter gets hurt.

Jordan Hicks, inside linebacker
The Cardinals will sign Hicks. Here’s a closer look at the linebacker who spent the previous four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles:

What it means: Inside linebacker quickly became a position of need for Arizona’s defense after it released Josh Bynes and reports have linked the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Deone Bucannon. So, Hicks fills a fairly large void in the Cardinals’ latest version of a 3-4. He’ll quickly be inserted into the starting lineup, likely alongside Haason Reddick, giving the Cardinals an athletic, dynamic and versatile pair of inside linebackers. Hicks also reunited Billy Davis, the Cardinals linebackers coach who was the Eagles’ defensive coordinator when Philadelphia drafted Hicks.

What’s the risk: The primary concern with Hicks is his durability. He missed nine games in 2017 with an Achilles injury and four games last season win a calf injury. As long as Hicks can stay healthy, he can the inside linebacker the Cardinals need him to be.

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eam do I want to sign with so I have the chance to start?’” Vaccaro said. “And Arizona had him dropping a little bit (into pass coverage). He’s not an outside ‘backer. He’s a true 4-3 end, and that’s what we’re having him do. So it ended up being a dream-like fit for him.”

It’s been the same type of fit on a personal level, said Vaccaro, who quickly bonded with Okafor after they went to Texas in the same recruiting class — then became two of the few who “lasted.”

“We’re the only ones who had enough up here to realize the big picture in the end,” Vaccaro said as he pointed to his head. “Alex comes from a good family. He’s a great person. I realized right when I got to Texas that this is a guy I need to stick with.”

Flash forward to now, and Vaccaro said, “It’s great. People don’t understand the magnitude. … It just makes you want to smile.

“Just to line up next to your friend during the national anthem in the National Football League, that does not happen, ever, really,” Vaccaro said. “The percentage to be in the NFL is already low. To play with your best friends or people you played with your whole life is probably zero, basically.”

Okafor, who was a fourth-round draft pick in 2013, spoke highly of his time in “AZ” and said he didn’t necessarily think he was misused — just that he has more to offer after his snaps decreased in the past two years while he battled toe and biceps injuries.
“I did what I love. I mean, I love to rush the passer, and at AZ I came in on passing downs … but I just feel like I’m more than that,” Okafor said. “I feel like I’m a starter in this league, and I have an opportunity to do that out here.”

The Saints parted ways with their top two weak-side defensive ends from last year, Paul Kruger and Kasim Edebali. They didn’t sign any other high-profile free agents, and they didn’t draft any defensive ends until the end of Round 3.

However, Okafor will still compete with former second-round pick Hau’oli Kikaha (who is returning from an ACL injury), veteran Darryl Tapp, Obum Gwacham and rookies Trey Hendrickson and Al-Quadin Muhammad, among others.

“It’s just a fresh start and a great opportunity,” Okafor said. “I’ve been that guy before, and I know I can do that here. So it’s just getting back to what I do.”