With the new NFL year and free agency set to kick off in less than a month, I thought I would have a little fun and hopefully bring some positive vibes to the Cardinals by breaking down the five best offseason acquisitions by the redbirds since they moved to the desert.
5. John Abraham
Abraham was a late addition to the roster last season as he was signed by the Cardinals on July 25, after being cut by the Atlanta Falcons. It was an intriguing signing because of Abraham’s reputation as a potentially hall of fame caliber pass rusher who had recorded an impressive 122 sacks in his already illustrious career prior to signing with the team. The signing was met with tempered optimism and expectations though as many assumed the 35-year-old Abraham was over the hill and would be nothing more than a situational pass rusher who could provide a little pressure on the quarterback in short spurts.
Most were proven right initially as he began the season as a third string outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense and didn’t record a sack in the first six games of the season. After the Cardinals linebacking core was rocked by injuries though Abraham was given more of an opportunity and took after Week 7, recording 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in the final 10 games of the season in route to his 5th Pro Bowl appearance. Abraham is under contract for one more year so let’s hope he still has a little left in the tank.
4. Rob Moore
The Cardinals acquired 26-year-old Pro Bowl receiver Rob Moore from the New York Jets the night before the 1995 NFL Draft in exchange for the 16th pick of the draft. Although the price was a little steep by NFL standards, this move turned out to be a good one for the Cardinals as they acquired a proven commodity and Pro Bowl caliber receiver in his prime. Moore would compile over 5,000 receiving yards, more than 300 receptions and 27 touchdowns in five seasons with the team, including a Pro Bowl year in 1997, where Moore had 1,584 yards receiving, 97 receptions, and eight touchdowns. He also happened to actually be the Cardinals star receiver who wore number 85 during the time when the highly popular and quotable Jerry Maguire starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. came out in theaters. The movie depicted Gooding Jr. as Rod Tidwell, a star receiver on the Arizona Cardinals who wore number 85 and was represented by his agent Tom Cruise.