Arizona Cardinals a big loser in 2023 NFL free agency reviews, grades: 'Rock bottom'

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

Early reviews are in for the Arizona Cardinals' moves in NFL free agency and they aren't exactly high on the team's acquisitions.

Not at all.

Several sites list the Cardinals as a "loser" so far in free agency and others don't exactly give Arizona's NFL team glowing comments in their NFL free agency grades.

Arizona has added to its offensive line and did add a former Eagles wide receiver and linebacker, among other moves, but the team hasn't made any big splashes in its signings.

It has also lost some key contributors to other teams, like cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. and defensive end Zach Allen, leading to some comments questioning the Cardinals' NFL free agency strategy from media members and fans.

Check out what NFL writers are saying about the Cardinals and their moves (or lack thereof) in NFL free agency right now:

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Yardbarker: Cardinals among five losers in early NFL free agency

Michael Gallagher writes: "Aside from securing offensive line depth, the Cardinals, which have the fourth-most cap space ($24.056 million) per Over the Cap, have been unimpressive. WR Chosen Anderson — formerly Robbie Anderson — is gone, and signs point to DeAndre Hopkins being traded sometime before the draft, leaving "Hollywood" Brown, Rondale Moore and Pascal as Kyler Murray’s top targets. Arizona could have helped its franchise QB by signing another veteran wideout. Cornerback, defensive line and running back are among the Cardinals' other top positions of need, and yet they let many of the premier free agents at those positions sign elsewhere. It is a bold but unwise strategy to try to plug every area of need through the draft."

Touchdown Wire: Cardinals among three biggest losers in NFL free agency

“What are the Cardinals doing?” Kyle Madson asked on the podcast. “They are tearing it down, it looks like. … I thought the Cardinals were trending up a couple of years ago and now they are rock bottom.”

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Sports Illustrated: Cardinals a big loser in NFL free agency

Conor Orr writes: "While we’re belaboring a point, the fact that this team had to bring in any off-ball linebacking help at all is somewhat astonishing given the capital spent by the previous regime at the position (even though one of the players, Isaiah Simmons, isn’t really a linebacker anymore)."

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Pro Football Focus: Cardinals land a C- in early NFL free agency grade

Of Arizona's signing of LB Kyzir White, it writes: "White has five straight seasons earning a coverage grade above 60.0 and racked up 56 stops in run defense over the past two seasons, the 12th most among off-ball linebackers."

Sporting News: Cardinals earn a C- NFL free agency grade, class ranked No. 28 out of 32 teams

Vinnie Iyer writes: "New GM Monti Ossenfort got caught in a tough situation replacing Steve Keim with some key young pieces such as Murphy and Allen not being affordable and had to settle for the reasonable re-signings and bargain-bin moves."

CBS Sports: Cardinals receive a C- for NFL free agency moves

Garrett Podell writes: "Despite having nearly $23 million in cap space, according to, and a new regime with new general manager Monti Ossenfort and new head coach Jonathan Gannon, the Cardinals have been quiet. They lost a decent defensive lineman in 25-year-old Zach Allen to the Denver Broncos on a three-year, $45.8 million deal, according to NFL Media as well as one of their top cornerbacks Byron Murphy, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings on a two-year, $22 million contract. Otherwise, the team has reunited Gannon with Kyzir White, a solid but unspectacular starter from the Eagles' defense."

How would you grade the Arizona Cardinals' moves in NFL free agency so far?

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