|Offense||23rd||86.6 (29th)||227.5 (14th)|
|Defense||6th||89.6 (6th)||221.3 (14th)|
|54||Albright, Bryson||LB||6-5||245||3/15/1994||1||Miami (Ohio)|
|9||Barkley, Matt||QB||6-2||227||9/8/1990||5||Southern California|
|75||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||8||Ohio State|
|46||Brewer, Aaron||LS||6-5||232||7/5/1990||6||San Diego State|
|12||Brown, John||WR||5-11||179||4/3/1990||4||Pittsburg State|
|20||Bucannon, Deone||ILB||6-1||211||8/30/1992||4||Washington State|
|37||Foster, D.J.||RB||6-0||195||11/22/1993||2||Arizona State|
|42||Goodwin, C.J.||CB||6-4||220||2/4/1990||2||California (PA)|
|95||Gunter, Rodney||DE||6-5||305||1/19/1992||3||Delaware State|
|48||Hill, Bronson||RB||5-10||215||1/2/1993||1||Eastern Michigan|
|Johnson, David||RB||6-1||224||12/16/1991||3||Northern Iowa|
|50||Martin, Gabe||LB||6-2||236||6/5/1992||2||Bowling Green|
|96||Martin, Kareem||ILB||6-6||272||2/19/1992||4||North Carolina|
|34||Miller, Harlan||FS||6-0||182||6/20/1994||1||Southeastern Louisiana|
|87||Niklas, Troy||TE||6-6||270||9/18/1992||4||Notre Dame|
|90||Nkemdiche, Robert||DT||6-4||296||9/19/1994||2||Ole Miss|
|78||Painter, Vinston||T||6-4||318||10/11/1989||3||Virginia Tech|
|72||Pierre, Olsen||DT||6-4||293||8/27/1991||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|92||Rucker, Frostee||DE||6-3||280||9/14/1983||12||Southern California|
|86||Seals-Jones, Ricky||TE||6-5||243||3/15/1995||R||Texas A&M|
|53||Shipley, A.Q.||C||6-1||307||5/22/1986||6||Penn State|
|5||Stanton, Drew||QB||6-3||243||5/7/1984||10||Michigan State|
|79||Tuerk, Max||C||6-5||298||1/27/1994||2||Southern California|
|71||Watford, Earl||G||6-3||300||6/24/1990||5||James Madison|
|73||Wetzel, John||T||6-7||328||7/18/1991||2||Boston College|
|26||Williams, Brandon||CB||6-0||200||9/9/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|25||Williams, Tramon||DB||6-0||192||3/16/1983||11||Louisiana Tech|
|16||Williams, Chad||WR||6-1||204||10/19/1994||R||Grambling State|
|33||Williams, Kerwynn||RB||5-8||198||6/9/1991||4||Utah State|
|94||Williams, Xavier||NT||6-2||309||1/18/1992||3||Northern Iowa|
|41||Bethea, Antoine (IR)||SS||5-11||206||7/27/1984||12||Howard|
|27||Branch, Tyvon (IR)||SS||6-0||210||12/11/1986||10||Connecticut|
|30||Ford, Rudy (IR)||CB||5-11||204||11/6/1994||R||Auburn|
|10||Golden, Brittan (IR)||WR||5-11||186||7/20/1988||4||West Texas A&M|
|44||Golden, Markus (IR)||OLB||6-3||260||3/13/1991||3||Missouri|
|74||Humphries, D.J. (IR)||T||6-5||307||12/28/1993||3||Florida|
|76||Iupati, Mike (IR)||G||6-5||331||5/12/1987||8||Idaho|
|22||Logan, T.J. (IR)||RB||5-10||196||9/3/1994||R||North Carolina|
|80||Momah, Ifeanyi (IR)||TE||6-7||255||10/23/1989||3||Boston College|
|62||Munyer, Daniel (IR)||C||6-1||305||3/4/1992||1||Colorado|
|3||Palmer, Carson (IR)||QB||6-5||235||12/27/1979||15||Southern California|
|68||Veldheer, Jared (IR)||T||6-8||321||6/14/1987||8||Hillsdale|
|38||Zamort, Ronald (IR)||CB||5-10||174||11/10/1991||1||Western Michigan|
|Anau, Peli||DE||6-3||250||10/26/1993||R||Northern Arizona|
|Carter, Jarell||DB||5-10||196||8/7/1995||R||Trinity International|
|Dillon, K.J.||DB||6-1||205||5/11/1993||2||West Virginia|
|Dora, Vontarrius||DE||6-4||256||9/7/1992||1||Louisiana Tech|
|Moxey, Jonathan||CB||5-10||188||1/14/1995||R||Boise State|
|Ross, Rashad||WR||6-0||180||2/2/1990||3||Arizona State|
The move marks Painter's third stint on the Cardinals' 53-man roster this season. Guard Earl Watford is likely to miss some time with a high-ankle sprain, but Painter should still only serve in a reserve capacity on the offensive line.
Peters was poised to hit free agency at the end of the season but inked an extension through 2020 in December. The 29-year-old is the anchor and run stuffer on the interior of the Cardinals defense, though his contributions don't typically light up the stat sheet.
Martin was signed to the Cardinals' 53-man roster in late November off the Saints practice squad and served as a reserve linebacker and special teams player. The 25-year-old isn't guaranteed to remain with Arizona and is likely to be battling for a roster spot in training camp, wherever he ends up.
Williams logged three starts in his rookie season last year and appeared primed for an increased defensive role in 2017, but managed only one defensive snap for the season. The 2016 third-round pick will need to impress in training camp in order to get back on track for the 2018 season
Pierre actually finished second on the Cardinals in sacks behind NFL leader Chandler Jones (17.0), a quality season after starting the year with a minimal defensive role. The 26-year-old enters 2018 as an exclusive-rights free agent, and a return to Arizona would not be surprising given his role in 2017.
Gunter's production in 2017 was similar to his first two seasons in the league as he remains in a reserve role in the defensive line rotation. The 25-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2018 and appears slated to serve as starting nose tackle Corey Peters' backup once again.
In recent days, Zamort was taking advantage of Justin Bethel's absence from practice due to a hyperextended knee, running with the first-team defense over 2016 third-round pick Brandon Williams. However, Zamort proceeded to tear his ACL on Saturday, ending his brief dalliance in a significant position. If he passes through waivers unclaimed, the performance was likely enough to earn a place on injured reserve with the Cardinals for the upcoming season.
Arizona cut Hill loose prior to Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Redskins, but he'll be brought back as insurance at running back after starter Kerwynn Williams sustained a quadriceps injury in the contest. Even if Williams is ruled out for Arizona's Week 16 game against the Giants, D.J. Foster and Elijhaa Penny would likely factor more prominently into the backfield mix than Hill.
After missing the last three contests of 2016 due to a high-ankle sprain, Bucannon eventually underwent surgery in May to alleviate the concern, but his recovery lingered into the regular season, resulting in three additional absences. He finally made his debut Week 4, and after a one-tackle performance, he recorded at least seven stops in six consecutive games. However, the dollar linebacker injured his ankle again just five snaps into Week 12 and was inactive one more time before playing the last four outings of the year. The injuries aside, Bucannon has averaged 6.5 tackles per game in his career, which could help him earn an extension with the Cardinals in the offseason. Otherwise, he'll play out the 2018 season on his fifth-year option.
Ross, a local product who attended Arizona State, landed on the Cardinals' practice squad during the latter portion of the season. He will now look to make an impression during the offseason and try to earn a role on the active roster for the 2018 season.
Munyer was unavailable for Sunday's win over the 49ers due to the injury, and the Cardinals evidently determined that the issue was significant enough to sideline the center for additional time. Arizona signed fellow center Max Tuerk off the Chargers' practice squad to take Munyer's spot on the 53-man roster.
The Cardinals lost TD machine David Johnson (wrist) in Week 1, barely fielded a serviceable receiving corps behind Larry Fitzgerald and only had Carson Palmer under center for seven games this season. Such a hurricane of hits to the offense would seem to impact a scoring offense negatively, and indeed Arizona ranked 25th in the NFL with 18.4 points per game. Nonetheless, Dawson, who dealt with accuracy issues at times, posted the third-most points (119) in a given season in his 19-year career. If the Cardinals keep Dawson around in his age-43 campaign, he'll be owed $3.5 million in 2018.
A 2017 fifth-round selection, Logan was never able to recover sufficiently after injuring himself in the Hall of Fame Game. In a bit of foreshadowing, his injury was actually matched by workhorse back David Johnson in the season opener, and neither player took the field again in 2017. Once he's back to full health, Logan will be one of the top options for kickoff returns next season, but Kerwynn Williams (assuming he's retained) and D.J. Foster could also vie for the role.
Dillon is a 2016 fifth-round draft pick, who lasted just five games during his rookie season before tearing an ACL. He's back and healthy and looking to win the open strong safety job that was held by Quintin Demps in 2016. Demps went to Chicago via free agency, and safety is one of the main position battles being waged in preseason.
The roster move was fully expected after Golden fractured his arm in Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Redskins and required surgery a day later to address the injury. According to Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com, Golden will need three to four months to recover from surgery, which could result in the wideout drawing limited interest when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He'll finish the 2017 campaign with five catches for 70 yards and no touchdowns across 13 appearances.
Williams had a standout performance in his first start with the Cardinals in Week 7, but he's had a relatively quiet season otherwise. The 34-year-old added another pass breakup Sunday, bringing his season total to 10 in 11 games.
All of Williams' appearances coincided with John Brown's DNPs, but the 2017 third-round selection wasn't unable to make may inroads as a receiver. While he hauled in three of his seven targets for 31 yards, he surpassed all of that production with a 33-yard run, his second and last of the campaign, Week 14 against the Titans. With John Brown, Jaron Brown and Brittan Golden all hitting unrestricted free agency, and Larry Fitzgerald potentially following Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians into retirement, Williams could make a quick ascension in the receiving corps in his sophomore season.
Fitzgerald had a lot working against him this past season. First and foremost, he turned 34 just before Week 1, a game in which stellar running back David Johnson (wrist) was lost for the year. The double whammy would've been difficult for most wide receivers to overcome, but Fitzgerald weathered that storm, as well as three different quarterbacks, en route to a third consecutive 100-catch, 1,000-yard campaign. With a defensive mind taking over the top coaching post, Fitzgerald's decision may depend on the hire at offensive coordinator and how the Cardinals populate the QB room in the offseason.
With Jermaine Gresham (illness) considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins, the Cardinals have opted to call up Holmes to bolster their depth at tight end. While he still remains unlikely to see much time on offense, the 26-year-old could see some action on special teams.
Bethel's nearly two-year pursuit of the starting gig has been wrought with injuries, which actually reared their head in the early portion of training camp. With a hyperextended knee a thing of the past, he's beginning to lock down his long-coveted role. Although second-year pro Brandon Williams and veteran Tramon Williams are also a part of the competition, Bethel seems on pace to lock down the job by Week 1.
Rucker signed a one-year deal last spring and improved upon his sackless 2016 season. Retirement is certainly a viable consideration for the 34-year-old at this point, and he is likely to be limited to a rotational role if he does return for the 2018 season, which he enters as a free agent.
For the first time in five NFL campaigns, Mathieu wasn't bit by the injury bug in 2017. The development allowed him to play all but six of the Cardinals' 1,062 snaps on defense and 43.1 percent of the team's special-teams snaps en route to the league lead in overall snaps (1,263). Considering he put up 89 tackles and five interceptions, including a pick-six, in 14 games two years ago, Mathieu isn't operating at his previous potential. Instead, he appears to have found a happy medium between health and production as he enters the second season of a five-year contract.
Victor, an undrafted free agent, landed with the Saints prior to the season kicking off. However, he was ultimately unable to make their final 53-man roster. He later joined the Cardinals' practice squad, and will now look to earn a spot with the team for the 2018 season.
Tuerk, a 2016 third-round pick, proved to be a bust for the Chargers, with the team waiving him in October immediately after he was reinstated from a four-game suspension. The 23-year-old had been a member of Los Angeles' practice squad, but Tuerk will now move up to Arizona's 53-man roster after the team was in need of a depth option at center when Daniel Munyer (toe) was moved to injured reserve.
Plucked from the Patriots' practice squad in the aftermath of David Johnson's dislocated wrist in the season opener, Foster didn't make an appearance until Week 11. Thereafter, Foster was consistently targeted in the passing game, whether Blaine Gabbert or Drew Stanton (knee) was under center, averaging four targets per game. A contributor on kickoff returns as well, Foster posted the highest average (23.0 yards per on his right chances) among Cardinals, which could be the determining factor for a roster spot next fall in what's expected to be a crowded backfield.
Albright bounced between the Bills' practice squad and 53-man roster last season, and he has spent this season on the Cardinals' practice squad. The 23-year-old will likely serve as a reserve linebacker and special teams player.
Golden is out for the season after Monday's MRI revealed a torn ACL, which he sustained during Sunday's matchup with the Niners. Despite being off to a slow start this season, his absence is undoubtedly a blow to the Cardinals defense. Kareem Martin, a 2014 third-rounder, is expected to slide into the starting lineup as a result.
Russell, who went undrafted out of Toledo in 2015, spent last season on the Bengals' practice squad, but is still awaiting his NFL debut. He'll assume the spot on the Cardinals' practice squad that had previously belonged to fellow wideout Carlton Agudosi, who was promoted to Arizona's 53-man roster Tuesday.
Robinson has resided on the Jets' injured reserve list for most of the season before he was released a week ago. It's believed that Robinson has fully recovered from the groin issue that resulted in his extended shutdown, so he should be available for the Cardinals in a depth role at linebacker Week 17 against the Seahawks.
Peterson can generally be taken at his word on this, but his availability for Week 17 perhaps shouldn't be taken for granted at the moment -- that he was evaluated for a concussion might make his symptoms worth monitoring in the upcoming days. For now, though, the belief is that he suffered no injury.
Humphries suffered a torn ACL in Thursday's loss to the Seahawks. He will now set his sights on a 2018 return.
Branch landed a two-year deal with the Cardinals in March of 2016, but his susceptibility to injury forced IR stays in both campaigns. In 2016, he dealt with a groin tear and had to accept a $2 million paycut in order to return to Arizona this past season. Prior to tearing his ACL in Week 10, Branch was among the Cards' leading tacklers with 69 stops. On the latter occasion, rookie safety Budda Baker emerged as a force in a stacked secondary, so it wouldn't surprise if general manager Steve Keim lets the 31-year-old Branch search for employment elsewhere in the offseason.
Nelson upheld his stature as a hit-or-miss option, with far more of the latter than former in his third NFL campaign. As of Week 5, he had two touchdowns and two games with at least 80 yards receiving. Over the final 11 contests, though, he didn't reach the end zone once, had no more than two catches in a given game, and was held below 46 yards in every outing. No matter, his ability to rip off yards in big chunks helped Nelson reach 500 yards through the air for a second consecutive year. Nelson is one of three Cardinals wide receivers under contract next season -- also, Larry Fitzgerald and Chad Williams -- meaning the pecking order at the position will be in flux until the offseason program begins in earnest in April and May.
One day removed from head coach Bruce Arians making the same announcement, Palmer will head into the sunset after 15 seasons with three different teams. After waiting one year to get his first shot with the Bengals in 2004, the previous year's No. 1 overall pick spent seven years with the organization as the starting quarterback. A dispute with ownership in 2011 eventually resulted in a trade to the Raiders, where he suited up the next two campaigns. To wrap up his career, Palmer landed in the Arizona desert in April of 2013 and spurred one of the most successful runs in the history of the Cardinals in that state, accumulating a 38-21-1 record as a starter. His injuries woes emerged at inopportune times, though, as he was only available for one of the team's two playoff runs. In 182 regular-season games played, Palmer averaged 254.1 yards per contest, completed 62.5 percent of his passes and accrued 294 touchdowns versus 187 interceptions for an 87.9 quarterback rating.
Primarily a special-teams contributor for most of the season, Penny become more involved in the offense after Adrian Peterson injured his neck in Week 13. From that point forward, he earned 67 of his 96 offensive snaps for the year, during which he recorded all but one of his rushes and receptions apiece. Working behind veritable workhorse Kerwynn Williams, Penny was used as a short-yardage specialist, yet he still averaged 4.0 YPC in his first stint as a pro. Penny is an exclusive-rights free agent in the offseason, so if the Cardinals opt to offer him a tender, he'll likely have to earn his way onto the 53-man roster with David Johnson (wrist) and 2017 fifth-round pick T.J. Logan (wrist) back to full health and Williams likely around due to his passable spell as the lead runner.
This move comes as no surprise, as head coach Bruce Arians announced Friday that Iupati would need to undergo surgery on his elbow to repair a bone spur. It was quite the turn of events, as the guard indicated a few days earlier that there was "100 percent chance" he would start this week. The injury is expected to keep him sidelined roughly eight weeks, which is around the time he will be eligible to return from IR.
Even though the specificity and severity of the injury remains unclear, the Cardinals' season came to an end Sunday, which allows for plenty of healing time for Seals-Jones. The 22-year-old ends his rookie season with 201 yards and three touchdowns.
Martin started 10 games this season, in large part due to starter Markus Golden suffering a torn ACL in Week 4. The 25-year-old set a career-high in tackles and will enter 2018 as an unrestricted free agent.
Following the retirements of quarterback Carson Palmer and head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals are starting from scratch from a scheme standpoint, which will be dictated by whoever GM Steve Keim brings in to replace Arians. As such, the quarterback room will have a different look from 2017, with Arians' favorite and unrestricted free agent Drew Stanton (torn ACL) almost certainly out of the picture. Gabbert could be in the same boat after an uninspiring run as Arizona's starting QB for five games this season. Overall, he completed just 55.6 percent of his throws for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns versus six interceptions. The 28-year-old will learn of his fate at some point in the coming months.
Veteran pickup Kasim Edebali has gotten most of the attention ever since starter Shane Ray went down with a wrist injury. Dora, however, showed flashes as an undrafted free agent last year, notching two sacks in the 2016 preseason. No matter who starts Week 1 opposite Miller, Dora or Edebali, they'll likely tumble down the depth chart as Ray and Shaq Barrett will be due back early in the season. Still, a strong showing through the preseason and early part of the season could lead to sustained snaps later on.
Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald had previously posted Sunday on his personal Twitter account after Arizona's 26-24 victory over the Seahawks that Stanton had started the final two games of the season with a torn ACL. While Stanton offered more definitive word on the nature of his injury, Rapoport's report adds that the signal caller had been playing through a chronic ACL issue for years, with the final ligament having snapped after he got over the bone bruise. Because of the lack of stability to the knee caused by playing without an ACL, medical professionals usually advise against forgoing surgery, but it sounds as though Stanton is willing to accept the risk due to his status as a pocket passer rather than a quarterback that relies on mobility and change of direction. Stanton will become a free agent this summer and will look to land a backup role somewhere.
Aside from TDs, Williams set career bests in sheer output on both the ground and as a receiver. The expanded workload was made possible by injuries to both David Johnson (wrist) and Adrian Peterson (neck). The latter set the stage for Williams' late-season run, which included at least 16 rushes in five consecutive games to close out the campaign. His YPC during that stretch (3.9) was acceptable enough and likely will spur the Cardinals to re-sign the unrestricted free-agent-to-be this offseason to serve as depth behind Johnson in 2018 and beyond.
A good sign for the highly-touted running back as he heads into the offseason, looking to put the injury-riddled 2017 campaign behind him. Although the reports say the wrist if fully healed, the injury is still something to keep an eye on heading into offseason workouts.
Upon joining the Cardinals in 2016, Jones (11 sacks) combined with Markus Golden (12.5) to spur a pass-rush resurgence, guiding the team to a league-leading 48 by the end of the campaign. One of ensuing benefits was a five-year, $83 million contract in the offseason, but Jones lost his running mate Week 4 of this season, when Golden suffered a torn ACL. From that point forward, Jones was a one-man show, failing to fell an opposing QB in a given game just twice in 12 chances. Over the last five years, he's established himself as one of the NFL's premier pass rushers with double-digit sacks in four of them.
The tackle output was the lowest for a 16-game slate in Dansby's 14-year career, but the 36-year-old was due for some regression at some point. In the process, he broke his streak of pro-rated campaigns with 100 tackles at 10, signifying that he hasn't fallen too far from his peak. He supplemented his line with one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery, the fifth time he's achieved the feat. As an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, Dansby's age could force the Cardinals to look elsewhere at inside linebacker, but he should be good for a significant number of stops wherever he lands.
Barkley gives the Cardinals some added QB depth, with Carson Palmer (arm) on IR and current starter Drew Stanton dealing with a knee sprain. In any case, he's also behind Blaine Gabbert on the team's depth chart, so game action is not imminent for Barkley in his return to the team.
After 11 seasons with the Niners, Lee spent his previous two with both the Browns and Panthers. He failed to win the punting battle with the Bengals during training camp, but the Cardinals were in need at the position. The veteran will now begin his 14th season in Arizona.
Brewer, who fractured his wrist in early October, had been practicing with the Cardinals for about a week after the team designated him as one of two players eligible to return from IR this season. He should immediately settle back in as the team's long snapper during Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Ford has missed the last two games with the knee injury, and the issue will end up being a season-ending one. Ford did not play a single defensive snap his rookie season, with all of his use coming exclusively on special teams.
Primarily a stud special teamer for the first half of his rookie campaign, Baker was pressed into action Week 9 after strong safety Tyvon Branch suffered a torn ACL. Baker parlayed a nine-tackle performance in that game into a starting gig thereafter, a seven-game span in which he racked up 50 tackles. Due to his nose for the ball and the Cardinals' propensity to deploy five or more defensive backs on most plays, the 2017 second-round pick will have a regular spot in the secondary for the foreseeable future.
Veldheer suffered a cracked ankle in Sunday's win over the Titans in what was another costly injury to the Cardinals' offensive line. With Veldheer now officially done for the rest of the season, Arizona will have to use rookie Will Holden at left tackle.
Goodwin was waived by the Falcons earlier in the week. He has recorded eight tackles (seven solo) across 12 games this season. The 27-year-old will presumably provide depth at cornerback for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals' season ended Sunday, but this injury to Gresham will likely carry over into the 2018 season. He finished this past season with 298 yards and two touchdowns, and still has three years remaining on his current contract.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced earlier Tuesday that Bethea came out of Sunday's win over the Giants with a torn pectoral muscle, so the safety's move to IR was fully expected. Bethea's absence for the season finale against the Seahawks leaves Harlan Miller as the only backup behind starting safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Budda Baker.
Earl Watford stepped in at left guard in Boone's absence. Boone will have plenty of time to heal up with the Cardinals' 2017 season now over.
If Okine clears waivers, he'll then be eligible to sign elsewhere.
The Cardinals brought in the veteran Barnes after placing Jared Veldheer (ankle) on injured reserve. Barnes, 35, spent time with the Saints during the preseason but was released prior to Week 1. Rookie Will Holden is likely to start at left tackle in Veldheer's absence, making Barnes a reserve option on the line.
The Cardinals have deemed the injury a "cracked ankle" and as a "broken leg" since Momah sustained the injury in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, but his 2017 has come to a close regardless. Ricky Seals-Jones will step in as the No. 3 tight end for Arizona unless the team opts to bring in a free agent.
For the second year in a row, Brown contended with health concerns, but his sickle-cell trait eventually took a back seat to a turf-toe injury. Among his six games missed in 2017, the latter issue forced four consecutive absences from Weeks 12 through 15. When he was on the field, Brown was unable to build a rapport with any of the Cardinals' signal callers, whether it was Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton (knee) or Blaine Gabbert. As evidence, Brown posted career lows in catch rate (38.2 percent) and yards per target (5.4), marks that are barely passable for an NFL wide receiver. As an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, a lack of sustained health and drastic downturn in production could relegate him to a mere prove-it deal next season.
Brown took advantage of a receiving corps plagued by injuries and inconsistency, setting career highs across the board in the process. In particular, fellow wideout John Brown missed six games due to a combination of complications with his sickle-cell trait and a turf-toe issue, while J.J. Nelson didn't have more than two receptions in a game after Week 5. The preceding helped Brown nearly match the offensive snap count from his first four years as a pro combined - 737, versus 709 in 2017. Question marks abound at his position with only Larry Fitzgerald, Nelson and Chad Williams under contract next season, so Jaron Brown seems like a decent bet to land back in the Arizona desert as an unrestricted free agent.
Bynes put together a solid two-game stretch in Weeks 12 and 13 with 17 tackles (16 solo), but failed to garner a significant defensive role through most of the season. The 28-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals last spring and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent.
Nkemdiche's sophomore season was marred by injury issues again, and he managed to record a tackle in only six of the 12 games he appeared in. The 2016 first-round pick has played in only 17 games across his first two seasons in the NFL.
Mauro was listed as questionable and had played through the injury in recent weeks, but is unable to give it a go Sunday. Thankfully for the Cardinals, defensive tackle Corey Peters (ankle) is active, with Olsen Pierre and Robert Nkemdiche likely to see increased snap counts with Mauro sidelined.
Selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, Niklas has been snake-bitten throughout four years in the NFL, almost entirely on the injury front. Entering this season, he was active in just 26 of a possible 48 games, but relative health (for him) resulted in 15 more appearances in 2017. Niklas rarely made an impact as a pass catcher, though, so whoever heads the new coaching staff may decided to move on, especially with tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Ricky Seals-Jones, a 2017 undrafted rookie, under contract through at least the upcoming campaign.