With the free agency upon us, and moves happening across the board, there is a ton of speculation, betting news and odds on which players will be the next to switch teams.
The first day of the free agency brought a shake-up to the Cardinals roster. Former 49ers safety Antoine Bethea whilst kicker Phil Dawson agreed terms, effectively ending Chandler Catanzaro’s chance of a return. Centre A.Q. Shipley has signed a new deal and inside line-backer Karlos Dansby will also join the team.
Calais Campbell will also depart the Cardinals as he heads for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6ft 8” defensive tackle will leave somewhat of a legacy in Arizona.
Despite his large frame, Campbell had feet like ballerina and boasted some flawless agility. And along with his admirable athleticism, he had the personality to match. He was truly grateful for the hand that life had dealt him having made his way from homelessness to an $11 million-a-year career.
Campbell will be remembered at the Cardinals for some time but he’s not the only player to leave a legacy.
Wide receiver Roy Green may have been heading towards the end of his career following the Cardinals move to Phoenix but that didn’t stop the two-time All-Pro receiver from becoming the main man for Arizona’s newest sports franchise.
During his three years in Phoenix with the Cardinals, Green tailed 2,597 receiving yards along with 18 touchdowns. Green has since made his way into the Cardinals’ ring of honor and understandably so.
Fast-forward a few decades and Darnell Dockett is selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2004 draft. Having played defensive tackle for his first five seasons, he was switched to defensive end after the team shifted to a 3-4 defensive formation.
Dockett has been named to three Pro Bowls and racked up a total of 36 sacks including four interceptions and seven forced fumbles. Dockett left the Cardinals after ten years at the franchise and signed for the San Francisco 49ers but was released after just six months.
Less than a year later, Dockett announced his retirement signing a one-day contract with Arizona so he could retire at the Cardinals.
Aeneas Williams was a third-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 1991 and proved to be a bright on the defensive side during a ten-year stint of below average teams in the desert.
During his rookie campaign, he drew level for the league lead in interceptions with 46 behind him. Traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2002, Williams has six Pro Bowls under his belt and was named as an All-Pro three times.
During his career, Williams was regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the league and is undoubtedly one of the best defensive players the Cardinals have ever had on their books, the fact he is on the Cardinals’ Ring of Honor speaks volumes.
Though Kurt Warner spent just four short years at the Cardinals, that in no way means he can’t make this list. The signal caller arrived at Arizona in 2005 as a free agent.
And he far from got off to a dream start as he became plagued by injury nightmares before losing his starting place to Matt Leinart. Warner made a comeback in 2006 and the 2007 season saw a dramatic improvement in the team.
His side missed the playoffs but still managed to improve their record 8-8 with Warner finishing with 3,417 passing yards and 27 touchdowns. But Warner was just warming up and in 2008, his offensive prowess exploded.
He finished with 4,583 yards passing and 30 touchdowns and to lead the Cardinals to a 9-7 record, a playoff run and most importantly, their first Super Bowl final in franchise history.
His last season with the Cardinals ended with a 10-6 record and a second consecutive vie for the playoffs, though a second-round loss to the New Orleans Saints proved fatal for Warner’s career when he was injured on a cheap hit in the opening stages of the game.
Warner left the Cardinals with 15,899 passing yards and 100 touchdowns to his name, an incredible record.