Player News - Cardinals

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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

The Cardinals are considering leaving D.J. Humphries at left tackle.

Humphries spent most of 2016 struggling at right tackle, but filled in for Jared Veldheer on the blindside in Weeks 12-14. Humphries missed the final three games of the season with a concussion. "Just his smoothness, the punch, the feet, everything looked natural," OC Harold Goodwin said. The Cards are clearly still high on the 2015 first-rounder, even though he wasn't great last year and was a healthy scratch his entire rookie season. Humphries turned 23 in December.
Feb 2 - 8:50 PM

Both the Arizona Republic and AzCardinals.com consider suspended ILB Daryl Washington unlikely to be reinstated in 2017.

An Arizona television station reported Washington could be reinstated in March, but the sources closest to the team have a much different view. Now 30, Washington hasn't appeared in a game since 2013. For whatever reason, he doesn't seem willing to do what's necessary to get back in the league's good graces.
Feb 2 - 1:24 PM

David Johnson told PFT Live his "goal" is to record 1,000 yards both as a runner and a receiver.

The scary thing for opposing defenses is this goal is very attainable. Johnson came close with 1,239 yards on the ground and 879 yards through the air in 2016, and he thinks he was just a few mistakes away from a 1,000-1,000 season, which only Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk have done in NFL history. "The biggest thing is my route running," Johnson said. "I remember all the routes I messed up on and I probably would have had 1,000 yards this year." With the knee injury he suffered in Week 17 thankfully not a long-term concern, Johnson is locked in as a top-two fantasy running back for 2017.
Feb 2 - 9:20 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, "those who know them well" believe Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are "tied at the hip" in terms of their plans to play football in forthcoming seasons.

RapSheet agrees with beat writer Kent Somers that Fitzgerald's commitment to playing another year is a "good sign" Palmer will return, too. Palmer has been noncommittal on 2017, but he has indicated his intention and hope are to play, depending upon how his body recuperates. At age 37, Palmer should be able to give the Cardinals at least one more year of top 15-20 quarterback performance.
Feb 1 - 10:40 PM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers believes Larry Fitzgerald's decision to return for the 2017 season is a "good sign" Carson Palmer will continue playing.

Fitzgerald's decision probably would have been tougher if he didn't have some idea Palmer would be back. Palmer definitely sounds like he wants to play, but he's trying to get his body to respond after a trying, battered season. The Cardinals are still hoping to hear official word from Palmer by mid-February.
Feb 1 - 10:10 PM

Larry Fitzgerald told ESPN's Jim Trotter he's "definitely" returning for the 2017 season.

It'll be the final year of his contract, and quite possibly Fitzgerald's farewell tour. We'll be interested to see whether Fitzgerald's decision to play another season will affect Carson Palmer, who is believed to be more seriously weighing retirement. Turning 34 before the 2017 season, Fitzgerald has strung together consecutive 100-catch, 1,000-yard campaigns. Although he has faded down the stretch in each of the last two years, Fitzgerald remains Arizona's best and most reliable receiver, reviving his career in the slot under coach Bruce Arians, who used Hines Ward and Reggie Wayne in similar roles in each of his past two stops.
Feb 1 - 9:41 PM


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