Michael Bidwill expects “seismic shift in talent” across league this offseason

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The Cardinals didn’t wait until the start of the new league year to make a big score in free agency.

J.J. Watt signed with the team this week and Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said that Watt has already “raised the energy” around the team. During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bidwill said he saw an opportunity to add a “culture changer” when Watt was released by the Texans last month and he expects other teams to have the same chance in the near future.

Bidwill noted the position some teams are in with a shrinking salary cap and joined others who are predicting a lot more big names hitting the market as teams release them to maximize their cap room for 2021. He added that he believes that will lead to a change in where talent is centered around the league.

“I think there’s going to be a seismic shift in talent across the NFL,” Bidwill said. “You’ve got teams that are projected to be well over the cap. You’ve got teams that are projected to be well under. I know every free agent or potential free agent out there is thinking, ‘Well, they’re not going to get released.’ But there are going to be a bunch of surprises for people here in a few weeks when everybody has to get under the cap and free agency starts. And, my guess is, like I said, I see a big shift, seismic shift, in terms of the talent moving around.”

The Cardinals got out ahead of some of their peers with the Watt move, but that’s certainly not going to be the last splash  move made this month.

8 responses to “Michael Bidwill expects “seismic shift in talent” across league this offseason

  1. Bidwell is a moron. And everyone knows that the team who signs the most big name free agents each March wins the Super Bowl. What a dolt.

  2. The seismic shift will also be in the reality of a lack of big $ contracts to these free agents. Contracts will necessarily be structured to provide cap relief this coming season, kicking the ultimate cap hit into the next few seasons. I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

  3. Lol raising the energy got them so many wins in Houston. He is not bringing a winning culture like Brady did. Sell tickets is what the owner meant.

  4. It’s the middle market vets that will experience the seismic shift, some of which have talent, many of which don’t have the talent commensurate with their existing contract.

  5. Well Arizona won’t make the Richter scale move.

    The more I think about JJ WATT in AZ the more i see parallels of Bruce Smith/Jason Taylor/ Dana Stubblefield in DC

  6. I don’t see that but I get his point. Fact is there aren’t any *great* teams out there anyway. I know people are going to want to retort with the Chiefs or whatever team Brady is on, but the league has been pretty much at parity for a while now. Yes you have really bad teams, but for the most part the leap from good to great isn’t that large. Will be interesting what the cap does though.

  7. Teams that “win” in Free Agency every year are the same teams that historically “lose” in the draft every year.

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