Player News - Cardinals

Date: Team: Pos:

Cardinals signed CB Bene Benwikere to a one-year contract.

Benwikere appeared in 12 games on special teams with Dallas last year, playing just 10 defensive snaps. He could get more playing time in Arizona, where the Cardinals have no proven options behind Patrick Peterson. Benwikere spent his first three years as the Panthers' slot corner but has been bouncing around the league since.
Mar 23 - 5:35 PM

Sam Bradford's deal with the Cardinals is actually worth $40 million over two years.

The contract was reported to be for one year, and it sort of is because Bradford is due a $7.5 million option bonus next offseason, which if paid would net him $20 million for 2019. Either way, Bradford is going to be on the Cardinals' 2019 books because the team gave him a $10 million signing bonus which prorates over the next two seasons. $15 million of the $40 million deal is guaranteed. It's a staggering sum for a player with Bradford's injury history.
Mar 19 - 1:56 PM

Cardinals FS Antoine Bethea agreed to a restructured contract.

Bethea was due a roster bonus on Sunday but instead had it converted to a signing bonus, saving the Cardinals $500,000 in cap space. The 33-year-old will earn $4.25 million in 2018.
Mar 18 - 9:49 AM

Cardinals OL Justin Pugh expects to play guard this season.

Pugh played right tackle with the Giants last year but will move back inside. It means Jared Veldheer's spot is likely safe coming off another down season. With Mike Iupati returning from injury, the Cardinals have an improved interior line.
Source: ESPN
Mar 17 - 4:02 PM

Cardinals signed G/T Justin Pugh, formerly of the Giants, to a five-year, $45 million contract.

The Colts wanted to get Pugh in for a visit, but they couldn't get him to leave Arizona. The Giants never seemed interested in bringing Pugh back after splurging on new LT Nate Solder. In Arizona, Pugh fills a gigantic hole on a Cardinals' line that is not only old, but wasn't any good. Pugh can play either guard spot or right tackle. Last year's RG Earl Watford is a free agent, or the Cardinals could simply choose to cut overpaid and bad RT Jared Veldheer.
Mar 16 - 11:17 PM

Cardinals LG Mike Iupati agreed to a $3 million pay cut.

He agreed to shave $2.75 million off his base salary and gave up the $250,000 roster bonus which would have been due on Friday. His contract is also now voidable in 2019, which is currently scheduled to be the final year of his contract. The restructure should keep him on the roster, but this is the definition of a make-or-break season for Iupati in Arizona.
Mar 15 - 9:13 AM

Free agent OL Justin Pugh will visit the Cardinals on Thursday.

Pugh is easily the top offensive lineman remaining, and the Cardinals have a nightmarishly bad line. The versatile Pugh should be drawing interest as a guard in the desert.
Mar 14 - 6:52 PM

Cardinals signed OT Andre Smith, formerly of Bengals, to a two-year, $8 million contract.

With incentives, the deal's total value could reach $10.2 million. Smith was expected to play guard for the Bengals last year but wound up starting eight games at right tackle. He struggled over his 536 snaps, particularly in pass-protection. Smith's versatility is a plus but we're guessing he won't do much to solve Arizona's offensive line woes.
Mar 14 - 4:58 PM

Cardinals re-signed ILB Josh Bynes to a three-year contract.

Bynes played 234 snaps for the Cardinals last season, receiving strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. It's possible Bynes mans the strong side for coach Steve Wilks, but he's not a three-down player.
Mar 14 - 4:04 PM

The Cardinals are expected to give second-year TE Ricky Seals-Jones a bigger role in 2018.

It's out of necessity -- Arizona is painfully thin on pass catchers and Jermaine Gresham (Achilles') won't be ready for Week 1 -- but also because Seals-Jones flashed big-play ability with 201 yards on 12 catches (16.8 YPR) last season. A college wide receiver, Seals-Jones is worth stashing in all Dynasty leagues and has a chance to become a re-draft factor with Sam Bradford.
Mar 14 - 3:30 PM

Cardinals signed QB Mike Glennon, formerly of the Bears, to a two-year, $8 million contract.

Glennon has still yet to officially be released by the Bears, but that will happen Wednesday, and he'll then put pen to paper for Arizona. The Cardinals entered Tuesday with no quarterbacks on the roster and have since added Sam Bradford and Glennon. Bradford is the unquestioned starter, but his significant injury history absolutely gives Glennon a chance to make starts in 2018.
Mar 13 - 8:50 PM

Cardinals signed QB Sam Bradford, formerly of the Vikings, to a one-year, $20 million contract.

Another quarterback comes off the board. The deal includes $15 million guaranteed and a $20 million option for 2019. Bradford was probably the best Arizona could have hoped for after seeing Kirk Cousins sign with Minnesota and Case Keenum land in Denver. The former first overall pick turned in a dominant Week 1 performance against New Orleans last year but spent the rest of the season battling injuries, as he's been known to do. The Cardinals are firmly in rebuilding mode and don't have a ton to work with on offense outside of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. They will be candidates to add another signal caller early in next month's draft.
Mar 13 - 2:26 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Mike Glennon is on the Cardinals' radar.

Arizona has missed out on the top free agent quarterbacks, but they should not be this low in the barrel yet. Glennon did not look like a starter in four games with the Bears last season. He should be limited to a backup role in 2018.
Mar 13 - 12:24 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Bills are a "team to watch" for free agent Sam Bradford.

Pelissero adds the Vikings have "stayed in touch" with the impending free agent, but Bradford "may have options, provided he can pass a physical." How Bradford's troublesome knee, which coach Mike Zimmer described as "degenerative," fares in medical testing will likely decide how strong his market actually is. If the Bills are comfortable with his health, this marriage makes a lot of sense.
Mar 12 - 8:57 AM

Cardinals exercised P Andy Lee's 2018 option.

Lee will make $2M this year with the Cardinals. He has bounced around a few teams in his career, spending time with the Panthers, 49ers, and Cardinals. He is one of the best punters and the Cardinals recognize that.
Mar 10 - 10:36 AM

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