Steve Keim had a successful first offseason as Cardinals general manager, moving aggressively in free agency to acquire players that helped the team win 10 games during the 2013 season.
Keim is planning more of the same this time around. He told Darren Urban of the team’s website that the team plans to be “aggressive with offers” in the opening days of free agency in hopes of landing some of their top targets and explained that the team is operating the same way when it comes to their own free agents.
“Sometimes the players and their agents want to get to the market and see where the numbers go,” Keim said. “At the same time we have aggressively pursued some of our own free agents and we have deals on the table that we feel pretty good about.”
The Cardinals have already re-signed punter Dave Zastudil, leaving linebacker Karlos Dansby, kicker Jay Feely, running back Rashard Mendenhall and tackle Eric Winston as the biggest pending free agents on the roster. Bringing all of them back would be difficult, assuming that’s of interest to the team, and Keim showed last year that he’s willing to move on quickly to his next option if a player isn’t on the same page in terms of an offer.
That approach worked the first time. If it goes well again, the Cardinals may be able to be more than the best team outside the playoffs when the 2014 season comes to a close.