Player News - Cardinals

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Cardinals re-signed DE Frostee Rucker to a one-year contract.

Rucker didn't draw much (any?) interest elsewhere so he'll return for a fifth season in Arizona. The 33-year-old earned PFF's No. 37 grade out of 51 qualifiers at 3-4 defensive end last year. Rucker's return takes on greater importance following the loss of Calais Campbell.
Mar 17 - 4:36 PM

Cardinals signed OLB Jarvis Jones, formerly of the Steelers, to a one-year contract.

Jones was supposed to visit the Rams next, but the Cardinals wouldn't let him leave without a deal. Jones has been a disappointment as the No. 17 overall pick of the 2013 draft, but is coming off his best season. He'll be playing in a 3-4 defense similar to Pittsburgh's. Jones provides zero pass-rushing upside, but is decent enough at setting the edge.
Mar 14 - 3:13 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals plan to use recently re-signed RB Andre Ellington "more at wide receiver than running back."

Ellington has a reputation of being more valuable as a pass catcher than runner at this point in his career, but has just 27 receptions over his past 26 games. He's a potential mismatch out of the slot or in the open field, but the Cardinals would probably still be better served by giving those snaps to, you know, an actual receiver. Ellington is only 5-foot-9. The Cards are clearly still in the market for a veteran backup behind David Johnson. Chris Johnson is available.
Mar 14 - 1:21 PM

The Arizona Republic believes the Cardinals could re-sign free agent DE Frostee Rucker.

Rucker offered little as a run stopper or pass rusher last season, but knows Bruce Arians' system and will be cheap. Rucker turns 34 in September.
Mar 14 - 1:18 PM

Cardinals re-signed RB Andre Ellington to a one-year, $905,000 contract.

The one-time ascendant player pencils back in behind David Johnson, though the Cardinals could definitely add another veteran body. Ellington generated a ton of excitement as an elderly 23-year-old rookie in 2013, but quickly proved too brittle at his 5-foot-9, 199-pound size. In theory, he offers play-making ability, but has looked more worn down with each passing season.
Mar 13 - 3:58 PM

Free agent OLB Jarvis Jones will meet with the Cardinals on Monday.

It is the first known interest for Jones, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Steelers are still interested in bringing him back. A first-round disappointment, Jones recorded just six sacks in four seasons with Pittsburgh. He is scheduled to visit the Rams next.
Mar 13 - 11:15 AM

David Johnson (knee) says he's back "full throttle."

"My wheel is good," Johnson said of his Week 17 injury. "Good to go already. Back training, full throttle. Doing everything." Johnson gave Dynasty owners the scare of a lifetime in Arizona's meaningless finale, but he ended up dodging a bullet. Johnson and Le'Veon Bell will compete for No. 1 overall status in fantasy drafts this summer.
Mar 11 - 4:22 PM

Cardinals S/CB Tyvon Branch agreed to a $2 million pay cut.

Branch was scheduled to earn $4 million -- a $3 million salary plus $1 million roster bonus -- but has agreed to chop it in half. Branch opened last season covering the slot for Arizona, but tore his groin twice, requiring a couple of sports-hernia operations. The 30-year-old has long been injury-prone.
Mar 10 - 9:39 AM

Cardinals signed ILB Karlos Dansby, formerly of the Bengals, to a one-year contract.

It will be Dansby's third stint in Arizona, and second with Bruce Arians. Now 35, Dansby started just 7-of-16 games for the Bengals last season, but ended up playing 782 snaps. He'll be a role-playing thumper in the desert.
Mar 9 - 6:15 PM

Cardinals agreed to terms with K Phil Dawson, formerly of the 49ers.

He will replace Chandler Catanzaro. 42 years old, Dawson was nevertheless solid in San Francisco the past two seasons, canning 42-of-48 field goal attempts for an 87.5-percent conversion rate. He'll be a fantasy factor in a better offense where the Cardinals play beneath a retractable roof.
Mar 9 - 5:05 PM

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals are "in negotiations" for free agent Phil Dawson.

The Cardinals are in the market for a kicker after not tendering Chandler Catanzaro. The 42-year-old drilled 18-of-21 field goal attempts for San Francisco last year including 10-of-10 inside 40 yards. Dawson's fantasy upside would be far greater in Arizona.
Mar 9 - 3:46 PM

Cardinals re-signed C A.Q. Shipley to a two-year contract.

Shipley played all but five offensive snaps for Arizona last season, earning PFF's No. 18 center grade out of 72 qualifiers. Shipley has overcome infamously short arms to settle in as one of the NFL's most reliable starting pivots.
Mar 9 - 2:12 PM

Cardinals signed OLB Chandler Jones to a five-year, $82.5 million contract with $53 million guaranteed.

This deal makes Jones one of the highest-paid linebackers in football. The Cardinals placed the franchise tag on Jones to buy them more time to negotiate a long-term deal but obviously they didn't need it. Jones has amassed double-digit sacks in three of his last four seasons while emerging as one of the league's top pass-rushers. He's still just 27.
Mar 9 - 1:37 PM

Cardinals signed S Antoine Bethea to a three-year contract.

Cut by San Francisco two days ago, Bethea will slide in as Tony Jefferson's replacement. The 12th-year pro struggled in 2016, but could be rejuvenated by playing for an actual defense. If nothing else, Bethea is a snap hog.
Mar 9 - 1:24 PM

According to MMQB's Albert Breer, Cardinals franchise player OLB Chandler Jones is expected to earn $16.5 million annually on his new contract.

That would make Jones the third-highest-paid 3-4 outside linebacker in the league behind Von Miller and Justin Houston. The 27-year-old has developed into an elite pass rusher, recording 23.5 sacks over the last two seasons. The Cardinals placed the franchise tag on Jones to buy them more time to hash out a long-term agreement. A new deal should come together quickly.
Mar 9 - 12:45 PM


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