Player News - Cardinals

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David Johnson (wrist) is back to 100 percent health.

Johnson is finally healthy after his injury cost him all but one game and 17 touches. It will be an offseason of change for Johnson, who must adjust to a new coach and is headed into the final year of his rookie contract. Although Bruce Arians relies on three-down bellcows to an unusual degree, whomever replaces him will do the same with Johnson. Johnson turned 26 in December.
Jan 18 - 7:13 PM

According to Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports, DC James Bettcher is still a candidate for the Cardinals' head-coaching vacancy.

The Cardinals' coaching search is beginning to take shape. Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Panthers DC Steve Wilks have been granted second interviews while Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak and Vikings OC Pat Shurmur have both bowed out. Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores is also in the running to replace Bruce Arians, though he won't be able to interview this week with New England preparing for its AFC title bout with Jacksonville. Bettcher was the first candidate the Cardinals interviewed back on January 3. Because he's been with the team for five years, Bettcher won't require a second interview.
Jan 17 - 7:32 PM

Larry Fitzgerald said the retirements of Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer will have "no impact" on if he'll return next season.

This is good news for Fitzgerald's chances of returning, as some assumed his status was tied to Palmer. Despite entering his age-35 season, Fitzgerald finished behind only Jarvis Landry in catches last year and still has plently left. Fitzgerald needs just 389 yards to pass Terrell Owens (15,934) for second all-time.
Source: NFL Network
Jan 12 - 6:21 PM

Larry Fitzgerald remained noncommittal Friday when asked about his plans for next season.

"I don’t have any timetable," said Fitzgerald, who is in Orlando for the Diamond Resorts Invitational. "I’m going to play golf tomorrow. On Tuesday, I’ll play golf again. Wednesday, I’ll play golf. Thursday, I’ll play more golf and we’ll figure it out as we go." Fitzgerald showed he still has plenty left in the tank by finishing second in the league with 109 catches this past season. The 34-year-old should make his decision sometime after the Cardinals select a new head coach.
Jan 12 - 2:31 PM

The Cardinals' official website expects the team to "take a look" at Tyrann Mathieu's "contract structure."

Although he was finally healthy and led the NFL in snaps in 2017, Mathieu's contract will almost certainly be readjusted. For 2018, he's due $10.75 million between salary and bonuses, including a $5 million roster bonus. If he's on the Cardinals' roster at the start of the new league year, he will be locked into $19 million guaranteed overall. That's too much for a 5-foot-9 hybrid who has declined from his play-making peak because of injuries.
Jan 4 - 5:34 PM

Cardinals OT Jared Veldheer wants to continue his playing career in 2018.

Longtime in-house writer Darren Urban considers it a "minor surprise" that Veldheer has already announced he will return. Going on 31, Veldheer has been slowly falling out of favor in the desert as his play has regressed. Veldheer was performing poorly before an ankle injury ended his season in early December. The Cardinals could clear $6.9 million in cap space by releasing Veldheer. At the very least, he will be asked to renegotiate.
Jan 4 - 5:29 PM

Cardinals CB Tyrann Mathieu will be guaranteed $19 million if he's on the roster at the start of the 2018 league year, March 14.

Mathieu would be guaranteed a $5 million roster bonus, his $5.75 million 2018 salary, and $8 million of his 2019 salary if that happens. Beat writer Kent Somers believes the Cardinals could ask Mathieu to take a pay cut or even release him if he refuses. Mathieu appeared in all 16 games this season for the first time in his career and played more snaps than any other player. Mathieu was Pro Football Focus' No. 44 corner out of 121 qualifiers in 2017, excelling as a pass rusher.
Jan 3 - 3:43 PM

Carson Palmer has announced his retirement from the NFL after 15 seasons.

Palmer turned 38 last week. "Over the years, I’ve had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew when it was time to walk away," Palmer said in a statement. "The answer was almost always the same: You just know. For me that time is now. Why? Quite simply, I just know." It ends a long, strange trip of a career. The 2002 Heisman Trophy winner at USC, Palmer was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 draft, but spent the entire year behind Jon Kitna on the bench. Palmer's career rapidly progressed after that before a devastating knee injury in the 2005-06 postseason. Palmer was never quite the same, though he was a second-team All-Pro for the Cardinals in 2015. Somewhat bizarrely, Palmer also quit on two separate organizations, forcing his way out of Cincinnati and Oakland. He finally found a home with the Birds, who are at square one as an organization without a coach or quarterback.
Jan 2 - 5:01 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals will interview DC James Bettcher for their head-coaching vacancy.

Bettcher was promoted from OLBs coach to defensive coordinator after Todd Bowles departed for the Jets in 2015. The Cardinals' defense remained an above-average unit on Bettcher's watch, but he's probably an unlikely candidate to succeed Bruce Arians.
Jan 2 - 2:21 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports impending free agent QB Drew Stanton will not need surgery to repair a torn ACL.

According to Rapoport, Stanton has been playing with a "thread" of an ACL for years, and now the ACL is gone completely. Even so, Stanton will be able to continue playing with the issue. It is good news for him as he heads into free agency.
Jan 1 - 11:09 AM

Drew Stanton completed 15-of-34 passes for 145 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Seahawks.

Stanton struggled mightily even as the Cardinals managed to spring the road upset. Going on 34, Stanton briefly lost the Cardinals' No. 2 job to Blaine Gabbert this season. Stanton might still be better than Gabbert, but he hasn't looked like a viable No. 2 in quite some time. Headed for a reset at quarterback, the Cardinals will probably let Stanton walk in free agency. According to teammate Larry Fitzgerald, Stanton had been playing through a torn ACL. That's going to make it all but impossible for Stanton to find a job on the open market.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:16:00 PM

Elijhaa Penny rushed eight times for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Seahawks.

A second-year UDFA, Penny closed out the season with three-straight 24-yard performances behind fill-in starter Kerwynn Williams. He managed to stick on the 53-man roster for the entire 2017 season. In theory, that should give him a leg up for 2018, though coach Bruce Arians' likely retirement would change that.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:12:00 PM

Ricky Seals-Jones was held without a catch on one target in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Seahawks.

A late-November sensation, Seals-Jones ended up catching just three passes over his final four games. It was a disappointing fade, but the 23-year-old (in March) converted wide receiver still offers some intrigue for the future in the desert, especially with Jermaine Gresham now recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon. It's possible Seals-Jones begins 2018 as a legitimate TE2 in fantasy.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:09:00 PM

J.J. Nelson caught 1-of-1 targets for 18 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Seahawks.

With John Brown in and out of the lineup this season, Nelson came in and out of relevance. He finishes with 508 yards, an impressive total for someone with Nelson's limited playing time though actually down from last season (568). The big-play streak specialist is headed into the final year of his rookie contract in 2018. With coach Bruce Arians seeming likely to retire, it's possible the Cardinals install an offense that doesn't fit the 5-foot-10 burner's skill-set.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:06:00 PM

John Brown caught 0-of-4 targets in Arizona's Week 17 win over the Seahawks.

It was a fitting end to another bitterly disappointing year for the soon-to-be 28-year-old wideout. Constantly injured, Brown appeared in just 10 games, posting career lows in both catches (28) and yards (299). He's now headed to free agency. With coach Bruce Arians — who loves receivers of Brown's skill-set — looking likely to retire, it's quite possible Brown is gone from the desert next season.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:03:00 PM


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