Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN 980 Washington reports the Redskins are interested in free agent NT Dan Williams.

Williams, the No. 26 overall pick in the 2010 draft, played close to 500 snaps for Arizona last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall 3-4 nose tackle. He finished third among nose tackles in run defense. After cutting NT Barry Cofield, the Redskins are in the market for a new space-eater up front.
Mar 2 - 9:55 PM

Cardinals re-signed OT Bradley Sowell to a one-year contract.

Sowell was slated to be a restricted free agent. A fourth-year undrafted free agent, Sowell appeared in all 16 games last season, but played zero snaps on offense. He'll fight for one of the Cardinals' final roster spots in camp.
Feb 26 - 3:35 PM

The Cardinals could ask Carson Palmer to restructure his contract.

Palmer currently has a $14.5 million cap hit. He's due a $9.5M roster bonus in March that will likely be converted to a signing bonus. The Cardinals would free up around $7 million by restructuring Palmer.
Feb 25 - 6:21 PM

Cardinals signed GM Steve Keim to a contract extension through 2018.

Keim was promoted to GM in January 2013 after spending 14 seasons in the Arizona front office. His first order of business was hiring coach Bruce Arians, who was also extended through 2018 on Monday. Keim then went out and traded for Carson Palmer, solidifying the quarterback position. He's also nailed free-agent signings OLB Matt Shaughnessy, ILB Karlos Dansby, CB Antonio Cromartie, and LT Jared Veldheer. Keim hasn't gotten much out of first-round picks LG Jonathan Cooper and S Deone Bucannon, but has made up for it in the middle rounds with WR John Brown and DB Tyrann Mathieu.
Feb 23 - 6:12 PM

Cardinals signed head coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim to contract extensions through 2018.

Financial details aren't yet available, but both will get big raises as part of four-year deals with fifth-year options. Despite a bunch of lost talent on defense and starting quarterback Carson Palmer getting hurt, the Cardinals went 11-5 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Arians, who is now 21-11 in two seasons in charge of the Cards, was named the NFL's Coach of the Year. He came in fourth in Patrick Daugherty's 2015 head-coach rankings, which are accessible at the link below.
Feb 23 - 12:59 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he wants Andre Ellington to get "bigger and stronger" in the weight room this offseason.

Listed at 199 pounds last season, Ellington was asked to touch the ball 20.5 times per game. A preseason foot injury didn't help, but he wore down under that workload, averaging a horrific 3.3 YPC. Keim and Bruce Arians have both said they want Ellington to remain their feature back and focal point of the offense, but staying healthy is going to be a concern. We've also repeatedly seen added bulk have a negative impact on running backs, especially those that rely so heavily on speed and quicks.
Feb 23 - 9:14 AM

Larry Fitzgerald's new two-year, $22 million contract with the Cardinals contains a no-trade clause.

As all of Fitzgerald's 2015-2016 pay is guaranteed and he can prevent any would-be trades, Fitz is locked in as a Cardinal through his age-33 season (2016). Fitzgerald received a $10 million signing bonus and will get base salaries of $1 million in 2015 and $11 million in 2016. There are $16 million salaries in 2017 and 2018, but they void after the 2016-2017 Super Bowl.
Feb 20 - 10:44 AM

Cardinals released ILB Larry Foote.

It's a procedural move, as Foote has already joined the Cardinals' coaching staff. The 13-year veteran will be a defensive assistant. Foote started 15 games last year and played well in spurts, so we wouldn't completely rule out a return to the playing field. FOX Arizona's Mike Jurecki reports it's a possibility. Jurecki also reports Foote needs his knee scoped. We'd guess Foote coaches.
Feb 19 - 5:59 PM

Speaking Thursday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Patrick Peterson battled blood-sugar issues early last season, and was "borderline" diabetic.

Arians believes it was one of the reasons Peterson's season got off to a slow start. He apparently got things under control by October. It would certainly help explain Peterson's poor early play, but his struggles did not end after September. Due $11.691 million in 2015, Peterson has a lot to prove.
Feb 19 - 4:54 PM

Suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington can apply for reinstatement in late March.

It's the date on which Washington can apply. His one-year ban extends to late May, at which point Washington could be formally reinstated. The Cards have said openly they're not counting on having Washington back, but they would certainly welcome him with open arms. He's a difference maker versus both the run and pass and an elite pass rusher at inside linebacker.
Feb 19 - 3:27 PM

Coach Bruce Arians announced Larry Foote has accepted an assistant coaching job with the Cardinals.

Foote hasn't officially retired yet, so this could be more of a stopgap move than a full-time position. If the right deal comes along in free agency, Foote could certainly back out of his coaching obligations and return for another season. The Players Association has outlawed player/coaches so eventually Foote will have to decide on his future one way or another.
Feb 19 - 11:22 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is "still the focal point of the offense."

That's good to know, though we're more concerned about Ellington's health. The 26-year-old was hampered by a split tendon in his left foot for all of the 2014 season and recently underwent sports hernia surgery. Having the whole offseason to heal should allow Ellington to improve on the measly 3.3 yards per carry he averaged in 2014. But questions remain if the 199-pound Ellington can make it through the season as a "focal point" without getting hurt. The 20.5 touches per game he averaged last year took a major toll.
Feb 19 - 10:31 AM

Cardinals signed WR Larry Fitzgerald to a new two-year, $22 million contract through 2016.

Fitzgerald was originally set to count a whopping $23.6 million against the 2015 cap. The new deal clears about $13 million. In exchange, Fitzgerald is guaranteed $11 million per year over the next two seasons and locked in with Arizona through his age-33 campaign. Prior to the new contract, the Cardinals were projected about $12 million over the cap. They now need to figure out what to do with LE Darnell Dockett's $9.8 million cap hit.
Feb 18 - 11:13 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald are "closing in on" a new multi-year contract.

It will reportedly allow Fitzgerald to finish his career in the desert, but more importantly knock his massive $23.6 million cap hit down considerably. Getting Fitzgerald figured out was Arizona's top priority of the offseason and it needed to be done before the start of the new league year on March 10. Fitzgerald will turn 32 before next season and is coming off one of his worst statistical years. Michael Floyd is the No. 1 receiver in this spread-the-wealth passing offense.
Feb 18 - 9:11 AM

Carson Palmer (ACL) tells ESPN's Ed Werder that he's "feeling great," and expects to "be involved" in June's minicamp.

Palmer is the early frontrunner for the offseason's rosiest injury reports. He continues to insist that he's ahead of schedule, and apparently has no doubt that he'll be ready for training camp. Now 35, Palmer is still only three months removed from blowing out his left knee. Setbacks remain possible, but for now at least, participating in training camp appears realistic.
Feb 17 - 3:23 PM


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