Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said LB Deone Bucannon will play weakside linebacker this season.

Bucannon will also call defensive plays from the huddle. Josh Bynes will start as Arizona's inside linebacker with Haason Reddick factoring in. The Cards are hoping for a bounce-back year from Bucannon as the 25-year-old finished with PFF's third-worst grade among inside linebackers last season. He'll be asked to play a similar role to how Thomas Davis was used in Wilks' base defense in Carolina.
Apr 19 - 5:26 PM

Cardinals signed CB Marcus Williams, formerly of the Texans, to a one-year contract.

Williams logged 18 tackles and one interception over 185 defensive snaps between the Jets and Texans last season. He's just a depth signing for Arizona.
Apr 19 - 1:28 PM

Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said there's "no rush" to get Sam Bradford on the field full-time.

Bradford was limited in Tuesday's workout and it seems like that's the approach Wilks will take in minicamp moving forward. "We will continue to do the same with Sam," Wilks said. Bradford signed a one-year, $20 million contract with Arizona this offseason that could net him another $20 million if the team picks up his option in 2019. The Cardinals are fully expected to draft a quarterback in the coming weeks.
Apr 17 - 9:24 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks confirmed the team would be switching to a 4-3 defense for 2018.

Wilks is a disciple of Ron Rivera's 4-3, so it's hardly a surprise, but Wilks suggested earlier this offseason he would be open to keeping Bruce Arians' 3-4. It's not happening, with Wilks citing not wanting Chandler Jones and Markus Golden dropping into coverage so much as the official reason. Whatever front he's rushing out of, it won't affect Jones' sack totals.
Apr 10 - 3:14 PM

Cardinals LT D.J. Humphries (knee) has been cleared for offseason workouts.

Humphries is close to fully recovered from November MCL surgery. He could be limited at OTAs but there's no concern over his Week 1 status. Humphries will open the year on Sam Bradford's blindside, with Andre Smith bookending him at right tackle.
Apr 6 - 5:22 PM

Cardinals OLB Markus Golden could shift to defensive end in 2018.

He's worked at outside linebacker since arriving as a second-round pick in 2015 but the Cardinals are moving to a 4-3 scheme under new head coach Steve Wilks. Golden played defensive end in college and seems open to playing there again. "Football is football to me, whether you are in the three-point stance, whether you are standing up," he said. "You can do all the technique you want, at the end of the day, you have to beat that man." A torn ACL limited Golden to just four games last season.
Apr 6 - 4:42 PM

Cardinals LT D.J. Humphries (knee) said he'll "for sure" be ready for Week 1.

Humphries tore his MCL and dislocated his kneecap in November. John Wetzel had to fill in most of the season and was a total disaster. With Humphries healthy, the Cardinals' current offensive line appears to be LT Humphries, LG Mike Iupati, C A.Q. Shipley, RG Justin Pugh, and RT Andre Smith. It's a very veteran line that needs to protect the immobile Sam Bradford in 2018.
Apr 4 - 10:33 AM

Cardinals OLB Markus Golden (ACL) has resumed running.

It's the first update we've had on Golden since he went down early last October. Headed into the final year of his rookie contract, Golden notched zero sacks in four games last season but is just two years removed from a 12.5-sack campaign. His healthy return would be a boost opposite Chandler Jones.
Apr 3 - 2:10 PM

Cardinals signed WR Brice Butler, formerly of the Cowboys, to a two-year contract.

At this stage of free agency, this is about as good as it gets when it comes to a signing. Butler has long been intriguing dating back to his Raiders days as a former seventh-rounder. He's big (6'3/220) with deep speed (4.37 forty) and averaged 17.3 yards per catch the last two seasons with the Cowboys, though he was criminally underused. With not much going on outside in Arizona, Butler should be given a real chance to carve out a prominent offensive role.
Apr 2 - 7:04 PM

Free agent WR Brice Butler is visiting the Cardinals on Monday.

Despite being underused in Dallas, Butler recorded 31 catches for 536 yards (17.3 YPR) and six touchdowns over the last two seasons. Desperate for receiver help, Butler would be a good flier for the Cardinals.
Apr 2 - 12:28 PM

Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said David Johnson (wrist) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

It is not a surprise after Johnson was deemed 100 percent healthy in January. A new coaching staff brings some uncertainty, but a Johnson should still dominate the backfield work in Arizona.
Mar 27 - 7:50 AM

Free agent WR Brice Butler has visits lined up with the Bears, Seahawks, Jaguars, and Cardinals over the next two weeks.

Butler's market has been nonexistent to this point despite averaging 21.1 yards per catch last season. The problem was he caught just 15 balls in a minuscule role with the Cowboys, who for some reason refused to play him significant snaps. Butler is long on talent. We'd love to see him in a more prominent offensive role with an aggressive coach and quarterback.
Mar 26 - 6:45 PM

Cardinals signed CB Bene Benwikere to a one-year contract.

Benwikere appeared in 12 games on special teams with Dallas last year, playing just 10 defensive snaps. He could get more playing time in Arizona, where the Cardinals have no proven options behind Patrick Peterson. Benwikere spent his first three years as the Panthers' slot corner but has been bouncing around the league since.
Mar 23 - 5:35 PM

Sam Bradford's deal with the Cardinals is actually worth $40 million over two years.

The contract was reported to be for one year, and it sort of is because Bradford is due a $7.5 million option bonus next offseason, which if paid would net him $20 million for 2019. Either way, Bradford is going to be on the Cardinals' 2019 books because the team gave him a $10 million signing bonus which prorates over the next two seasons. $15 million of the $40 million deal is guaranteed. It's a staggering sum for a player with Bradford's injury history.
Mar 19 - 1:56 PM

Cardinals FS Antoine Bethea agreed to a restructured contract.

Bethea was due a roster bonus on Sunday but instead had it converted to a signing bonus, saving the Cardinals $500,000 in cap space. The 33-year-old will earn $4.25 million in 2018.
Mar 18 - 9:49 AM

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