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Arizona Cardinals 2021 free agency outlook

The Arizona Cardinals head into 2021 free agency coming off an 8-8 season. We break down their free agents, cap space, and more.

Kenyan Drake #41 of the Arizona Cardinals in action against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 13, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cardinals defeated the Giants 26-7. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Arizona Cardinals have some fairly notable free agents going into the off-season. One-time cornerstone players like Patrick Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald are set to hit the open market. They also have decisions to make around the likes of Haason Reddick and Kelvin Beachum. There are some big decisions as the Cardinals look to get over the hump and into the playoffs. General manager Steve Keim is going to have his work cut out for him.

Lost revenue due to COVID-19 will impact every team, but with so many free agents the likely drop in the league wide salary cap number could make things difficult. The 2020 number was around $198 million, while the 2021 number could drop to $180.5 million according to Over The Cap, but is subject to change.

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space (Jan 19): $24,814,420

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities

Cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebacker Haason Reddick are the two most likely candidates. Peterson hasn’t been quite the lockdown corner of late, but remains a big part of the defense. The Cardinals declined Reddick’s fifth year option, but he’s looking at a sizable pay day if the Cardinals do not tag him.

Last year, the Cardinals used the transition tag to retain Kenyan Drake. Chase Edmonds has impressed at times, but also dealt with injuries and the team’s unwillingness to use him more regularly.

2021 transactions

Free agent signings


Free agent departures




Notable free agents

Cardinals 2021 Free Agents

Pos. Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
Pos. Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
QB Brett Hundley Cardinals
RB Kenyan Drake Cardinals
RB D.J. Foster Cardinals
WR Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals
WR Trent Sherfield* Cardinals
TE Dan Arnold Cardinals
TE Darrell Daniels Cardinals
TE Seth DeValve Cardinals
RT Kelvin Beachum Cardinals
RG J.R. Sweezy Cardinals
LG Max Garcia Cardinals
EDGE Haason Reddick Cardinals
EDGE Markus Golden Cardinals
EDGE Dennis Gardeck* Cardinals
EDGE Isaiah Irving Cardinals
DT Corey Peters Cardinals
DT Domata Peko Cardinals
DE Angelo Blackson Cardinals
LB Tanner Vallejo Cardinals
LB Zeke Turner* Cardinals
CB Patrick Peterson Cardinals
CB Dre Kirkpatrick Cardinals
CB Johnathan Joseph Cardinals
CB Kevin Peterson Cardinals
S Chris Banjo Cardinals
S Charles Washington Cardinals
K Zane Gonzalez Cardinals
K Mike Nugent Cardinals
P Andy Lee Cardinals