The Arizona Cardinals have been a perennial contender for years, but they haven’t been able to win a championship since 2011.
With new owner Arthur Blank, the team will try to make it happen again.
Here’s what you need to know about the team and what it means for the future.
The Cardinals have the most successful franchise since Arizona became an independent league in 1962.
They’ve won six Super Bowls in that time and have been to six straight NFC championship games.
Arizona has one of the highest payrolls in the NFL, but the team also has the NFL’s lowest payroll cap.
Arizona is set to have a franchise tag on quarterback Carson Palmer for $24.9 million over three years.
The team will be under the new ownership for the first time in nearly two decades.
The Arizona Republic reports that the team has signed two new general managers: former Packers GM Scott Pioli and ex-Browns GM John Dorsey.
Piolis was previously the GM of the Cleveland Browns and had been linked to a move to the Cardinals, but Dorsey is a familiar name to fans of the franchise.
The two were linked to the same job last season when Dorsey was promoted to general manager.
Dorsey and Piolias are both native Arizonaans and both were born in Phoenix.
The new GMs are also expected to have to decide on a few key contracts.
Priti and Dorsey will have to make decisions about what to do with wide receiver Michael Floyd and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, the two key pieces on the team’s top-ranked defense.
It’s unclear how much of a role Floyd will have, but if the Cardinals were to trade Floyd for a high-caliber cornerback, they’d be in a position to potentially have a major hole to fill.
The biggest question mark for Arizona heading into the 2017 season is quarterback Carson Carson Palmer.
Palmer will be 35 years old at the end of the season, and he hasn’t had the success he’d hoped to.
Palmer is coming off of back-to-back mediocre seasons, which has left many Cardinals fans wondering if the team is going to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Arizona also won’t have any significant salary cap room to offer Palmer, and that means the team needs to find a new quarterback.
There are a few other key free agents the Cardinals will have on the roster: safety Michael Floyd, cornerback Josh Robinson, offensive lineman Anthony Collins, wide receiver Mike Williams and defensive tackle Mike Johnson.
If Arizona can make the Super Bowl again, the Cardinals are likely to make a strong run in the AFC West.
The Rams are currently the only team that can get past Arizona in the division, but Arizona has been a contender for the last three years, and they could very well make a run at the division crown.
The Raiders and Rams are also in the NFC West, but those teams are in different divisions.
The 2017 season could be a pivotal one for the team, because the Cardinals face off against the Rams in the Superbowl.
If the Cardinals can’t win it, they could be looking at their third straight losing season.
With the team in Arizona, it could also mean a new look to the franchise, which is something the Cardinals haven’t done in a while.
While the Cardinals won the NFC Championship Game in 2017, they were never a top-tier team in the league.
The Cards went through the offseason without a single quarterback and are expected to move on from veteran Carson Palmer after this season.
With so many key pieces returning, the new GM will also need to look at other free agents.
The most intriguing free agent could be defensive tackle Ryan Kerrick, who is a free agent after this year.
The former first-round pick is the team lead in sacks (34) and tackles for loss (22) this season and will likely get a look from the team.
The 2016 season will be the first full season since the franchise moved from Phoenix to Glendale.
After a two-year hiatus, the Cards are expected back on the field this year and will have new coach Sean McVay as his offensive coordinator.
The franchise is expected to begin the process of naming a new head coach at some point this offseason.
The announcement of the new coach has been delayed several times, but with no new head coaches to choose from, the decision to hire a new coach will likely come in the fall.
Arizona will also have a new stadium to build a new football stadium in Glendale, which could also be the new home of the team after the relocation.
Arizona’s owner Arthur P. Blank has also said he plans to invest in the team with a $300 million stadium fund.
The stadium will be located in Glazier City, just outside of Phoenix, and the team hopes to build the stadium within the next two years.