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The Cardinals weren’t very good this past year, but the first season of the Kliff Kingsbury/Kyler Murray partnership was by all accounts a modest success relative to expectations. They now have a pivotal offseason ahead of them, and it sounds like locking up Murray’s blindside protector is a priority.

Arizona GM Steve Keim said during a recent radio interview with 98.7 FM that he’s “very optimistic” about the team’s chances of bringing back left tackle D.J. Humphries, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. Keim added that the entire organization is “very confident” that Humphries is “one of the better tackles” in the league. The Cardinals drafted Humphries in the first round back in 2015, and his career got off to a very shaky start.

His rookie season was a disaster, as he couldn’t move past third-string on the depth chart and was inactive for all 16 games. He started his second season at right tackle, starting 13 games. He was the left tackle the following year, but knee issues limited him to only five appearances. In 2018 he started nine games at left tackle before another knee injury ended his season. This past year he finally stayed healthy, starting all 16 contests.

Humphries received solid grades from Pro Football Focus, and the Cards clearly don’t plan on letting him walk. When asked about using the franchise tag on him, Keim indicated he would rather work out an extension. “You always want to tie up your players that you feel good about and you want to come to an agreement moving forward to a longer-term deal than having to use those things,” he said. McManaman thinks that Arizona will have to pay the 26-year-old around $14M annually.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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Can you name every prominent quarterback in the history of the Arizona Cardinals?

While many quarterbacks have thrown passes for the Arizona Cardinals over the years, this quiz only lists the signal callers who led the team in passing yards in the years displayed. The franchise history of the Arizona Cardinals includes the St. Louis and Chicago teams.

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1932
Walt Holmer
1933
Joe Lillard
1934-1935
Phil Sarboe
1936
Pug Vaughn
1937
Pat Coffee
1938-1939
Jack Robbins
1940
Hugh McCullough
1941
Ray Mallouf
1942
Bud Schwenk
1943
Ronnie Cahill
1944
John Grigas
1945-1947
Paul Christman
1948
Ray Mallouf
1949
Paul Christman
1950
Jim Hardy
1951-1952
Charley Trippi
1953
Jim Root
1954-1957
Lamar McHan
1958
M.C. Reynolds
1959
King Hill
1960
John Roach
1961
Sam Etcheverry
1962-1966
Charley Johnson
1967-1968
Jim Hart
1969
Charley Johnson
1970-1971
Jim Hart
1972
Gary Cuozzo
1973-1981
Jim Hart
1982-1988
Neil Lomax
1989
Gary Hogeboom
1990
Timm Rosenbach
1991
Tom Tupa
1992
Chris Chandler
1993-1994
Steve Beuerlein
1995
Dave Krieg
1996
Boomer Esiason
1997-2002
Jake Plummer
2003
Jeff Blake
2004
Josh McCown
2005
Kurt Warner
2006
Matt Leinart
2007-2009
Kurt Warner
2010
Derek Anderson
2011-2012
Kevin Kolb
2013
Carson Palmer
2014
Drew Stanton
2015-2017
Carson Palmer
2018
Josh Rosen
2019
Kyler Murray

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