Cardinals named best landing spot for speedy free agent WR

The Arizona Cardinals need help at receiver. They have seen Hollywood Brown depart in free agency and Rondale Moore shipped off in a trade. They added Chris Moore, who had 22 catches last season.

While the free agent market is lean, the Cardinals are the best landing spot for one talented receiver who remains unsigned.

PFF says the Cardinals are the best place for former Carolina Panthers receiver D.J. Chark, one of the site’s top 20 remaining free agents available.

Chark has struggled to separate at the intermediate and deep levels in recent years, and inopportune drops also plagued him a bit over the tail end of the 2023 campaign. That said, he still brings field-stretching ability and should be more productive in any other offense besides Carolina’s.

Chark is 6-foot-3 and 200 with elite speed (he ran the 40 in 4.34 seconds coming into the NFL in 2018). He had a 1,000-yard season in 2019 and made the Pro Bowl but has not been great since.

He has not made it through a full season healthy yet in his career. Last season with Carolina, he had 35 catches for 525 yards and five touchdowns. His 771 offensive snaps played were the most for him since 2019.

If he joined the Cardinals, he would immediately become the most accomplished receiver on the roster. Their current projected top three receivers have never reached 600 yards in a season. The only player who has is Zach Pascal, who twice had 600-yard seasons for the Colts. He had four receptions for the Cardinals last year.

Chark has been disappointing in his career, but he has length and speed, two things that will find him success in Arizona’s offense.

He would make a nice fit, especially on a cheap deal.

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Title: Cardinals named best landing spot for speedy free agent WR
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