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The Arizona Cardinals had a first-class NFL offseason

ARIZONA – There is growing hope and optimism regarding the Arizona Cardinals.

You don't hear much about that when a team went 4-13 the previous season.

Nevertheless, the work of figures such as head coach Jonathan Gannon and general manager Monti Ossenfort has been praised by many since they took office last season.

It's not easy to push the rebuild button, especially in a business driven by results, but the Cardinals have stayed true to their goal and, as a result, have a promising future ahead of them that many believe can turn things around this year.

While the results on the field are yet to come, there's no denying that the Cardinals had a strong offseason and continued their rebuilding efforts — according to CBS Sports, they had the second-best offseason of any NFL team.

Arizona is just behind the Chicago Bears. Here are the reasons Josh Edwards ranked Arizona so high:

“Arizona has done a good job of amassing talent without jeopardizing the future. The Cardinals were able to draft No. 4 overall for a reason, and it was time for them to add foundational players. Marvin Harrison Jr. is an effective replacement for quarterback Kyler Murray. They've also filled other positions like the defensive line and secondary without spending a lot of money on free agents and overstretching the franchise's financial position. By creating a more stable environment, the Cardinals will be in a better position to spend big on the right players in the years to come.”

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports

Many feared the Cardinals would overpay for a free agent, but that didn't happen. There were doubts that Marvin Harrison Jr. would end up in Arizona, which also didn't happen.

Not everyone was a big fan of the plan Ossenfort put forward this season – ESPN gave them a C+ grade for their efforts.

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