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Andre Ellington forced just 20 missed tackles on 247 touches last season.

Out of 18 running backs who accounted for at least 50 percent of his team's attempts, Ellington received by-far PFF's worst "elusive rating." It's just another sign that the Cardinals can't rely on 199-pound Ellington as their backfield workhorse. He's a change-up back and complementary piece to use in space, not a foundation runner who can bang it between the tackles. Arizona would love for Georgia RB Todd Gurley to be there at No. 24 overall in the draft.
Apr 1 - 11:20 AM

Cardinals signed QB Chandler Harnish to a one-year contract.

A fourth-year journeyman, Harnish played for Bruce Arians in Indianapolis. He could fight for No. 3 duties in the desert, but is likely just a camp arm.
Mar 31 - 3:24 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said Deone Bucannon will move back to safety this season.

Bucannon was a versatile stud as a rookie, playing a hybrid linebacker position despite getting drafted as a safety. But with Sean Weatherspoon now in the fold and Daryl Washington possibly getting off suspension, the need at linebacker isn't as great. So Bucannon will be competing with Rashad Johnson, Tony Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu for snaps at safety -- at least in base looks.
Mar 30 - 11:17 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he wants to see more "consistency" from Michael Floyd in his fourth NFL season.

Arians called Floyd a "victim" of Arizona's 2014 revolving door at quarterback, but indicated the jury is still out on the 13th pick in the 2012 draft. "I think some frustration went into his play at times," said Arians. "But he still needs to hit a consistency level. He's a thousand-yard player every year. He should have had a thousand, easily, last year." The Cardinals must soon decide whether to exercise Floyd's 2016 option year. Floyd turned 25 late last November.
Mar 29 - 2:25 PM

The Cardinals plan to get Logan Thomas "a ton of reps" this offseason.

"He's going to get a ton of work," Bruce Arians said. "We drafted him for two years from now, not November." The Cardinals need to find out what they have in Thomas, who should open the season behind injury-prone QBs Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. He struggled on limited snaps in 2014, and was passed over for Ryan Lindley in two late-season starts. Thomas won't prevent the Cardinals from drafting a long-term answer at quarterback.
Mar 27 - 8:07 PM

Cardinals signed TE Ifeanyi Momah to a one-year contract.

Momah is the third-known Veteran Combine participant to land a contract. The 6-foot-7 receiver-tight end hybrid has bounced around the league since being part of the Eagles' final cuts last summer. All he really offers is size.
Mar 25 - 3:04 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team will give Kareem Martin a look at outside linebacker.

Martin struggled through an underwhelming first season, recording just one sack over 186 snaps at defensive end. He wasn't much of a run-stopper, finishing 73rd out of 89 3-4 defensive ends in Pro Football Focus' rankings. Sam Acho and Matt Shaughnessy were Arizona's main outside linebackers last season, though Acho remains a free agent.
Mar 25 - 11:56 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals would "like to have a bigger back."

The Cardinals asked Andre Ellington to be their workhorse last season, a role his 199-pound frame was ill-equipped to handle. His yards per carry dropped off a cliff with a heavier workload, which strongly suggests Ellington is more suited for a change of pace role. The Cardinals have shown interest in Adrian Peterson but it's more likely they address running back in the draft.
Mar 25 - 10:33 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said 2013 first-round OG Jonathan Cooper will play right guard after the signing of LG Mike Iupati.

Cooper was the No. 7 overall pick in 2013 and was even touted as the greatest guard prospect of all time. He missed his entire rookie season due to a fractured left fibula. Cooper then ended up in coach Bruce Arians' doghouse last summer and was beaten out by Ted Larsen and Paul Fanaika for the left and right guard jobs, respectively. He's started just two games through two seasons.
Mar 23 - 8:37 PM

Cardinals signed WR Nathan Slaughter.

A former undrafted free agent, Slaughter was signed after working out at the Veteran Combine. He posted the event's fastest 40-yard dash. Slaughter will be a long shot to survive Arizona's first wave of cuts.
Mar 23 - 1:54 PM

Suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington said he recently completed anger management/domestic violence classes.

He's also showed up for and passed all of his random drug tests since being suspended last May. Washington has found himself in plenty of off-field trouble, pleading guilty to aggravated assault and being slapped with a yearlong ban because of marijuana. Washington can apply for reinstatement this month.
Mar 22 - 11:11 AM

New Cardinals ILB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles') has been fully cleared.

Injuries have limited Weatherspoon to seven games over the past two seasons. "I just have to get back to practicing a little bit more and being on that steady routine," he said. "But I definitely think it saved my legs being off of them for the past two years." 'Spoon has been a difference-maker when healthy, but the Cards can't count on a full slate of games from the 2010 first-rounder.
Mar 17 - 10:25 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns tried to trade for Larry Fitzgerald before his contract was reworked last month.

We assume the Browns would have insisted on a contract restructure, as Fitz was originally scheduled to make $16.25 million in 2015. Even then, the move would have been a head-scratcher for a team that has no quarterback and needs to conserve draft picks. The Browns are proving as rudderless as ever under screwball owner Jimmy Haslam.
Mar 16 - 12:39 PM

Carson Palmer has agreed to restructure his contract, saving the Cardinals $7.1 million in cap space.

He converted a $9.5 million roster bonus into a "signing" bonus, which will be prorated over the rest of his deal. Recovering from his second career ACL tear, 35-year-old Palmer is signed through 2017. The Cardinals needed the room during a busy free agency period wherein they've landed Corey Peters, LaMarr Woodley, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, and Cory Redding, among others.
Mar 12 - 9:59 PM

Cardinals signed G/C A.Q. Shipley to a two-year contract.

Shipley played limited snaps after losing his starting job last season, but graded out positively in pass protection and in run blocking, according to Pro Football Focus. He'll give the Cardinals quality depth on the interior line. Shipley should push overpaid Lyle Sendlein for Arizona's center job.
Mar 11 - 6:52 PM

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