Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals signed ILB Donald Butler, formerly of the Chargers.

Butler was given a seven-year, $51.8 million extension in 2014, but quit on the team after getting paid and was run out of town back in March. Beat writer Kevin Acee went as far to call Butler a "thief" after he "stole from the team." Butler was Pro Football Focus' 51st-ranked inside linebacker out of 60 qualifiers last season. He'll compete for a gig behind Kevin Minter and Deone Bucannon.
Jul 27 - 3:00 PM

Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) expects to be activated off the PUP list "shortly."

The Cardinals won't rush Mathieu's activation, as it would preclude him from beginning the year on the reserve/PUP list. The reserve/PUP seems highly unlikely, but Mathieu has said he won't return until he's 100 percent healthy. Evidently, he thinks it will be soon. Mathieu should be considered questionable for Week 1 until proven otherwise.
Jul 26 - 3:54 PM

Cardinals placed DE Frostee Rucker (ankle) and CB Justin Bethel (broken foot) on the active/PUP list.

As previously reported, Tyrann Mathieu will also start out on the PUP as he completes his recovery from a torn ACL. Rucker and Bethel will both be ready for Week 1. Mathieu is questionable.
Jul 26 - 3:26 PM

Suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington remains banned indefinitely.

Unlike Josh Gordon, Washington doesn't seem terribly interested in gaining reinstatement. His last down of football was in Dec. 2013. Washington turns 30 in October.
Jul 25 - 2:32 PM

Former Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett is retiring from football.

He will sign a one-day deal to retire with the Cardinals on Monday. 35-year-old Dockett spent the last two seasons out of football following an ACL tear. He will hang 'em up with 40.5 career sacks -- seventh most in Cardinals franchise history -- and three Pro Bowl appearances. In his prime, Dockett was one of the NFL's premier interior rushers. Dockett lacks Hall of Fame credentials, but he deserves a spot in the Cardinals' Ring of Honor.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 3:19 PM

Cardinals DT Red Bryant is on the roster bubble.

Bryant played only 135 snaps in a run-stopping role last year. He needs to hold off Rodney Gunter, Corey Peters, and Xavier Williams to keep his job. Arizona can save $625K from releasing Bryant.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 5:12 PM

Cardinals S Tyvon Branch projects to open the season as a starter.

Branch will start opposite Tony Jefferson if Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) isn’t ready for Week 1. The Cardinals should have a heavy safety rotation this year.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 5:02 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss listed Chris Johnson as the team's first-string running back in his starting lineup projections.

Weinfuss created a stir in early June when he suggested the player once known as CJ2K would start over David Johnson this year. Weinfuss is back and doubling down, omitting David from his starting lineup projections in favor of the elder Chris. In a recent video on Cardinals.com, venerable longtime beat reporter Darren Urban stated emphatically that David is Arizona's feature back and "I don't know how anyone would suggest otherwise at this point."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 12:07 PM

Larry Fitzgerald said he thinks Carson Palmer will be even better this season.

"He’s getting better with time," Fitzgerald said. "Coming off of that knee injury last year, he played the best football last year at 35 years old and only better things are coming for him this year." It is going to be difficult for Palmer to surpass the 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns he threw for last season, but he should at least come close to replicating those numbers in Arizona's high-powered attack. As long as he stays healthy, Palmer will be a solid QB1.
Source: NFL Network
Jul 21 - 11:46 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said CB Justin Bethel (foot) is the "current starter," but the team plans to have an "open competition."

Bethel missed the entire offseason program with a broken foot, but he should be ready for training camp. Whether he can keep his starting job once he gets there is another question. "We’ll play the best 11 out there, so whoever gives us a chance to succeed," Keim said. "He’s got to continue to hone his skills, more so with the eyes, the vision, the instinctual things that come with the game." Arizona added Mike Jenkins earlier this week and plan to bring in Chris Culliver (knee) for a visit. Bethel finished last season in the starting lineup, but he needs to show well in training camp to keep that position.
Source: ESPN
Jul 21 - 10:35 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said there’s no timetable for an extension with contract-year RE Calais Campbell.

Campbell has been a top 3-4 end the last few years and is only entering his age-30 season, but re-signing him could be difficult with the Cardinals’ cap situation. Locking up Tyrann Mathieu is Arizona’s top priority.
Jul 20 - 5:42 PM

Cardinals RG Evan Mathis (ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Mathis hasn’t had any setbacks from early June surgery. The Cardinals want to get him as many reps as possible in his transition to right guard. PFF’s No. 1 run blocker last year, Mathis gives Arizona one of the league’s better top guard duos.
Jul 20 - 5:20 PM

Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu (knee) will open training camp on the active/PUP list.

It’s an expected move with Mathieu recovering from his second ACL surgery. Frostee Rucker (ankle) is also likely to open camp on PUP.
Jul 20 - 5:11 PM

Cardinals S Chris Clemons is facing assault charges stemming from a May 8 incident outside a Scottsdale, Ariz. nightclub.

Clemons allegedly "completely knocked out" a woman outside a nightclub in Scottsdale. The story seems somewhat complicated, as police heard the commotion, tracked down Clemons and his girlfriend as they were fleeing, but ultimately let them go before other bystanders at the scene said Clemons knocked the other woman out with a "closed-fist punch to the center of her face." Maricopa County (Ariz.) doesn't play around. Clemons could be in big trouble.
Jul 20 - 1:41 PM

AzCardinals.com considers it "no guarantee" that D.J. Humphries wins the team's right tackle job.

In-house reporter Darren Urban confirms the team "wants" the 2015 first-rounder to win the job, but that they "won’t just give (it to him)." Urban doesn't rule out the addition of a veteran free agent if Humphries falters early in camp. Eugene Monroe and Will Beatty are the best-available options.
Jul 19 - 5:23 PM


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