Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) in the fourth quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals look to free agency for No. 3 receiver


With Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd entrenched as starters for the Arizona Cardinals, the team may look to free agency rather than the draft for its third wide receiver.

Last year’s No. 3 was free agent Andre Roberts, but it seems the Cardinals are going to let him test the market.

 

The Cardinals have all but one of their wide receivers under contract, including stars Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. The exception is No. 3 wideout Andre Roberts (43 catches, 471 yards, 2 TD in 2013), who may look for more playing time and a bigger contract elsewhere. Brittan Golden, Jaron Brown and Teddy Williams showed flashes of promise during the season, but the team will still be on the lookout for Roberts’ replacement. Coach Bruce Arians prefers a speed guy to stretch the defense vertically, and while Golden and Williams have that trait, both are unproven.

 

The Cardinals have had some success deep in free agency the past few years, a trend that may continue this year at the receiver spot.

 

General Manager Steve Keim could decide to focus on other areas of need early on and add a veteran wideout later at a below-market price. The philosophy worked to perfection last season when he picked up linebacker Karlos Dansby, linebacker John Abraham and right tackle Eric Winston months after the start of free agency.

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