The Arizona Cardinals roster has been poached via free agency this offseason. Calais Campbell, Tony Jefferson, and other have left warm Arizona for richer pastures elsewhere. General Manager Steve Keim said in a recent interview that players leaving for rich contracts are actually a welcome sight.
“You can see we’ve obviously done a good job of identifying players,” Keim said, via the Arizona Republic. “When guys like Marcus Cooper get five-plus million dollars or D.J. Swearinger are getting big contracts, these are guys we took off the street that nobody else wanted. Our personnel department does a fantastic job and our coaches do a good job of developing these guys and getting them ready.”
“At the end of the day, we’ve got to continue to stack this roster and put in place guys who can make a difference not only on the field, but off the field,” Keim said.
The real news in all of this is how many compensation picks the Cardinals will collect next offseason. The NFL rewards teams for losing free agents by giving them draft pick compensation the following year. Steve Keim has proved he is one of the best in the business by finding players like David Johnson in the third round.