Will they Stay or Will they Go?

A Super Bowl appearance spooned the sweet taste of success the Cardinals' way. There's no turning back. AZ is well under the cap. Big numbers are the only way to keep around the heavy hitters that brought them to victory. Anquan Boldin (if he stays) and Darnell Dockett still want to be paid, but these top unrestricted free agents will eat up some of the pie. Out of 12 UFAs, here's the top-four.

1. Kurt Warner

Warner is contemplating retirement. But Arizona is his only choice if he decides to stay in the league. He has no plans of going elsewhere. Unfortunately for Matt Leinart, the Cardinals will have Warner if he has another go. Warner wants to get away from football for a while and likely pray on the decision.

2. Karlos Dansby

Dansby and the Cardinals couldn't work out a deal last offseason. The heat will be on this year. League-wide Dansby ranks in the top-10 of possible departures. The Cardinals could very well use the franchise tag on him again this offseason if they can't get a long-term deal done. He is an influential player on the Cardinals' defense. Dansby earned a pick and eight tackles against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. He led the team in tackles in the regular season.

Scout.com's Adam Caplan, who was on the forefront of reporting Calvin Pace's departure, says the type of numbers Dansby could be looking for is a five-year deal with $20 million guaranteed ($12 million signing bonus/option bonus of $8 million). Average per season is about $7 million.

3. J.J. Arrington

Arrington turned a negative situation into a positive. Last offseason he was dangling on the edge after lack of production on the field and a nightclub incident off the field. But his running mate Marcel Shipp was shipped off instead.

This year's running back crew was thrown a number of curveballs with Edgerrin James losing his starting job, and Tim Hightower getting the edge over James. In the mix was Arrington who was used as a change of pace speed to compliment the bruiser Hightower.

Arrington used the opportunity to turn on the burners. He averaged 6 yards a carry and was reliable on the pass too (8.8 yard average). Arrington earned a touchdown on the ground and in the air. He was used in a variety of situations, including a gadget play that sent a 60-yard plus touchdown Larry Fitzgerald's way.

The Cardinals are strong believer in developing their players. This second-round pick didn't miss the boat this season.

4. Antonio Smith

Smith's goal of reaching the Pro Bowl didn't quite work out, but he earned quite a bit of arm flexing celebrations throughout the high caliber year. Overall, including the playoffs, he tacked on 5.5 sacks and wrapped up multi-tackle games (five tackles in one game was the highest).

Smith's a locker room guy and adds stability to the front-seven. The Cardinals could like the continuity of keeping Smith, but there are several soon-to-be sophomore players vying to break through.

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