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Arizona Cardinals: It All Depends on Peyton

Notable Free Agents: DE Calais Campbell (Franchised), WR Early Doucet, QB Max Hall, QB Richard Bartel, OG Deuce Lutui

For Arizona, everything rides on Free Agent QB Peyton Manning. He visited the team and reportedly has the Cardinals as one of his top choices, which means the Cards really can’t do anything until Manning makes up his mind. If he chooses Arizona, the Cards instantly become a playoff contender and the favorites to win the weak NFC West. I’m not a big Cards fan, but I dream of a Manning-Larry Fitzgerald connection. Fitz is the league’s best WR and having the second Hall of Fame-caliber QB throwing him the ball (Kurt Warner being the first) could send Fitz and the Cards right back to the Super Bowl. Arizona would probably also land Free Agent WR Reggie Wayne and/or another Free Agent WR like Laurent Robinson.

As for the draft? I don’t think it matters who is starting at QB, they need a better offensive line. G David DeCastro would fit nicely. But for now, it all depends on Peyton Manning.

On the Clock: Dallas Cowboys (Pick #14)

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