Cardinals should focus on finding a quarterback in free agency

The Cardinals don't have to sign Kirk Cousins, but they have to sign someone. They currently do not have a quarterback under contract for 2018. AP Photo/Mark Tenally

Here are the moves the Arizona Cardinals should consider when free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 14:

Find. A. Quarterback.: Until this is accomplished, the Cardinals shouldn't pay attention to any other position -- that's how big of a deal not having a quarterback is becoming. They don't have one under contract for 2018 and today is the first day they can add one -- anyone. It doesn't have to be Kirk Cousins, but the Cardinals need to sign a veteran who can start if needed or can be a mentor to a rookie if they decide to draft one. The Cardinals are in a unique position, however. If the right quarterback lands in Arizona, the Cards can turn him into a short-term solution as their starter while drafting a project in April.

Shore up cornerback: This has been one of the positions the Cardinals have struggled to find an answer to since letting Jerraud Powers walk after the 2015 season. And this should be the year they finally find a starter to pair with Patrick Peterson. Signing a veteran, perhaps a young one, could give the defense a foundation at both cornerback positions for the next handful of years -- making life easier for Arizona's pass-rushers in the process. There are a handful of cornerbacks, such as Malcolm Butler and E.J. Gaines, who are coming off their first contract who fit the bill.

Find Larry Fitzgerald's successor: If there's a position the Cardinals might want to invest significant money into this offseason it's wide receiver. Fitzgerald is coming back for, likely, one more season, but then what? The Cardinals don't have a true No. 2 receiver on the roster. Finding one in free agency could change that and set Arizona up to have Fitzgerald's successor on the roster. The hot name in free agency was Allen Robinson, but he's heading to the Bears. There are other options for this season, though, while continuing their search for Fitzgerald's replacement in the draft.

Find a way to keep Tyvon Branch: Whether the Cardinals keep Tyrann Mathieu, Branch established himself as one of the league's best safeties last season before he tore his ACL. However, he's 32 and likely won't be full strength until training camp, which could mean there either won't be a market for him at all or if there is, it'll be when he's healthier. That can give the Cardinals an opening to keep their secondary together at a low cost.