Player News - Cardinals

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Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune said he would be "stunned" if the Cardinals didn't franchise-tag impending free agent Chandler Jones.

Obviously Holder isn't a Cardinals beat reporter, but his belief that Jones will be franchise-tagged seems to be shared league-wide. Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he's had "great dialogue" with Jones but the sides are running out of time to reach a long-term deal before Wednesday's franchise-tag deadline. Jones remains one of the league's premiere pass-rushers and is almost certain to be back in Arizona next season.
Feb 26 - 9:46 AM

Restricted free agent TE Darren Fells is a non-tender candidate.

Fells had a decreased role last year, playing 371 snaps as a blocker behind Jermaine Gresham. The Cardinals want to avoid paying him $1.8 million on a low tender. Fells should re-sign closer to the $600K he made in 2016.
Feb 25 - 8:17 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports it is "likely" the Redskins pursue impending free agent DE Calais Campbell.

The match makes sense. Campbell is one of the highest-impact defensive linemen available, while Washington needs playmakers in their front seven. There will be plenty of other teams interested if Campbell hits the market, however, and Keim questions whether the Redskins are willing to get in a bidding war for a 30-year-old. Campbell has also been linked to Denver, and it will not be surprising if he ends up re-signing with Arizona.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 10:49 AM

Cardinals re-signed WR Jeremy Ross to a one-year contract.

Ross joined the Cardinals late last season, logging 39 snaps and parlaying four targets into 37 yards and a touchdown. The 28-year-old gives Arizona some wide receiver depth and should be a core player on special teams.
Feb 24 - 2:11 PM

The Cardinals and Cowboys will play in the 2017 Hall-of-Fame Game.

The league's annual preseason opener will take place on a Thursday (Aug. 3) as opposed to its traditional Sunday this year. Last year's game was canceled because of an unplayable field. We can only assume The Shield has since pumped some money into the Canton stadium. Carson Palmer and Dak Prescott will play a few snaps before giving way to the bottom of the 90-men rosters.
Feb 23 - 1:09 PM

Free agent ILB Kevin Minter indicated he'd be open to signing with the Jets.

Minter has ties to coach Todd Bowles, who coached him the first two years of his career in Arizona. The Jets don't have a huge need at inside linebacker, but Minter could be an option if Darron Lee moves outside. Minter is Rotoworld's No. 6 free agent inside linebacker.
Feb 22 - 5:40 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said the team has had "great dialogue" with impending free agent OLB Chandler Jones.

Keim added the team will tag Jones if the two sides cannot reach an agreement by March 1, which is the same thing both president Michael Bidwill and coach Bruce Arians have said this offseason. It is clear Jones will be with the Cardinals for many years to come, but getting his deal done before the tag deadline would give Arizona some flexibility with their other big-name free agents. Both S Tony Jefferson and DE Calais Campbell could be candidates for the tag if Arizona can get something done with Jones.
Source: ESPN
Feb 18 - 10:14 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects Tony Jefferson to become the second-highest paid free agent safety behind Eric Berry.

La Canfora added he would be "absolutely shocked" if Jefferson re-signed with the Cardinals, adding a "return to Arizona is not in the cards." The Arizona Republic reported Friday morning that the Cardinals have had "positive conversations" with Jefferson and free agent OLB Chandler Jones, but "no deal is imminent." Jones will be franchise tagged if no deal is reached, increasing the likelihood Jefferson reaches the open market.
Feb 17 - 2:22 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers reports the Cardinals are in "serious negotiations" with impending free agent FS Tony Jefferson.

Jefferson made 14 starts last season before landing on I.R. with a sprained MCL. He's healthy now and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 safety among 91 qualifiers, excelling in run defense. The former UDFA turned 25 in January and will likely end up as free agency's top safety once Eric Berry gets tagged or extended. Arizona will have to make a serious big-money offer to keep Jefferson.
Feb 17 - 11:10 AM

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill believes the team has solved John Brown's sickle-cell issue.

"He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue," Bidwill said. "We’ll get 'Smoke' back the way we had him." Brown missed only one game in 2016, but was limited for many others. His numbers plummeted from his breakout sophomore campaign. With Michael Floyd out of the desert, Brown will have an excellent shot at rebounding to WR3 status if he can remain healthy for 2017.
Feb 14 - 7:03 PM

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said the team will use the franchise tag on OLB Chandler Jones if the two sides cannot reach a long-term agreement.

"We’re not going to mess around with that," Bidwill said. "He’s a great pass rusher, but if we can’t agree to terms that work for us, we’re just going to franchise him." Bruce Arians said the same thing in early January, and it is clear the Cardinals' position has not changed since then. Tagging Jones will give Arizona extra time to work out a long-term deal with the star pass rusher.
Feb 14 - 12:53 PM

The Denver Post suggests free agent DE Calais Campbell could be a fit for the Broncos.

Campbell has earned All-Pro honors in two of the last three seasons. The 30-year-old grew up in Denver. Joel Corry of CBS Sports believes Campbell will surpass Michael Bennett's three-year, $31.5 million contract. Upgrading the defensive line is a priority after Denver's run defense collapsed last season.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 9 - 9:05 PM

Carson Palmer has confirmed he will return for a 15th NFL season in 2017.

This was expected all along, but Palmer took his time, just to be sure. Palmer's play fell off dramatically in 2016 following his stellar 2015, though he did stabilize down the stretch. His return is unquestionably good news for the Cardinals, but won't preclude them from seeking their quarterback of the future in the draft. There's a good chance 2017 will be Palmer's 15th and final season.
Feb 9 - 3:10 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he expects Carson Palmer to announce that he's coming back "real soon."

That's been the expectation since Larry Fitzgerald announced his return earlier this week. There was speculation that Palmer was moving his family out of Arizona but that report was quickly refuted by Palmer himself. The 37-year-old got off to a slow start in 2016 but came on strong late in the season. Palmer still has something left in the tank, but we'd expect the Cardinals to operate a run-heavy scheme with David Johnson as the focal point in 2017.
Feb 3 - 2:31 PM

The Cardinals are considering moving Jared Veldheer to right tackle for 2017.

Veldheer has been Carson Palmer's blindside protector since 2014, but the Cardinals are evidently sky-high on 2015 first-rounder D.J. Humphries. Veldheer missed the final eight games of 2016 with a torn triceps, but was having a decent campaign before going down. Veldheer has been solid, if unspectacular, since leaving Oakland. Veldheer would immediately slide in as a starter on the right side even if he lost his job on the left.
Feb 2 - 8:54 PM


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