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    At Their Core, Cardinals Hopeful Of Future

    David Johnson smiled and paused, considering life with the Cardinals in the not-so-distant future when the roster will change and stars like Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer are no longer around.
    ” the star running back said. “I really do think more about Carson and Larry and getting the ring for them and other veterans,“I never even think about not having Carson and Larry on the team, so that question doesn’t really even dawn on me.”
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    On defense,the Cardinals have safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Patrick Peterson in the secondary along with pass rushers Markus Golden and Chandler Jones. There are high expectations that defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche,womens Damarious Randall Jersey, linebacker Haason Reddick and safety Budda Baker will evolve into high-end players.
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    “But we don’t give much thought into it.”
    In a league that feels very much – with significant roster change each year and non-guaranteed contracts – as a year-to-year proposition, that makes sense. womens Jason Spriggs Jersey,But the players that figure to be around for a while have reason to consider later, at least a bit.
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