Earlier this week, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians went on Arizona Sports 98.7 to talk about the team's upcoming offseason. One thing that was mentioned was the team's desire to upgrade their pass rush before the start of the 2016 season.
Arians pointed out that the team is not planning to go out and sign one of the big dollar players on the free agent market, so that means the team will likely look to select a high-impact pass rusher early on in the upcoming NFL Draft.
While Arians says that the team likely won't sign a big name free agent this year, you never know what is actually being discussed within the organization. Should the right situation present itself, plans could change.
An interesting topic of discussion is Denver Broncos' linebacker Von Miller. Miller is considered to be one of the NFL's best pass rushers, and never seems to have an off-day. With the Broncos having several guys needing new contracts this offseason, and Von Miller in line for a massive contract, the linebacker could be franchise tagged by Denver in order to keep him in town.
Nothing has happened yet, meaning that Miller could still hit the open market. While there's virtually no chance of that happening, Miller could change Arizona's mind when it comes to their offseason approach.
Tagging Miller would force any team that signed him to a deal to forfeit two first-round picks, which is a huge deterrent. But with Arizona being a consistent contender, giving up those two picks may not be as big of an issue as most of their picks would be fairly low in the order.
It's extremely unlikely that the Arizona Cardinals would pursue Von Miller if he is franchise tagged in Denver, but it's an interesting discussion at the very least. Adding an impact pass rusher would make a great Cardinals team even better, and Von Miller is one of the best.
By Jacob Young