Player News - Cardinals

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When asked if he plans to return for another season, Larry Fitzgerald said, "I don't know."

"Right now I'm enjoying the offseason, giving my body some time to rest, working on my golf game," said Fitzgerald. "In a couple weeks I'll figure out what I'm going to do for next year." The 33-year-old seems to be seriously considering retirement, but isn't in any rush to make that decision. Fitzgerald earned his 10th Pro Bowl nod in 2016 while topping 1,000 yards for the eighth time in his career.
Jan 15 - 10:37 AM

Cardinals signed DE Josh Mauro to a two-year contract.

Mauro was slated to be a restricted free agent. After starting six combined games between 2014-15, Mauro started 13 this season, playing 389 ordinary snaps. Mauro generated zero heat as a pass rusher, but was stout against the run. He should remain a role player in 2017.
Jan 12 - 5:28 PM

Suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington is "optimistic" about being reinstated for the 2017 season.

Washington is still technically on the Cardinals' roster but hasn't played since 2013. He's spent the last three years serving an indefinite suspension for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy. This is the first time in a while Washington has even hinted at a return. Even if Washington applies and successfully gains reinstatement, there's a good chance the Cardinals wouldn't want him anyway. Cutting Washington would save them $4.67 million in cap space.
Jan 9 - 6:25 PM

Cardinals signed Aaron Dobson to a reserve/future contract.

They also signed P Richie Leone to a reserve/future deal. Released by the Patriots at final cuts, Dobson spent a week on the Lions' roster early in the season but was otherwise unemployed. The second-round bust will be a long-shot for the final roster next year.
Jan 5 - 12:42 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin will interview with the Rams on Thursday and Bills on Saturday.

We already knew of Los Angeles and Buffalo's interest in Goodwin, but now we have a timetable of his interviews. Goodwin is sort of an unknown, but he's been getting interviews for head-coaching vacancies the past two offseasons. He already met with the Jaguars earlier this week. Goodwin has been coaching in the NFL since 2004 as an offensive line coach before taking over as Arizona's OC when Bruce Arians was named head coach. Arians is the play caller.
Jan 4 - 9:31 AM

Cardinals signed RB Elijhaa Penny, LB Cap Capi, WR Marvin Hall, WR Chris Hubert, OG Kaleb Johnson, OL Daniel Munyer and CB Ronald Zamort to reserve/future contracts.

The Cards are promoting most of their practice squad to the offseason roster. Penny was an UDFA who made a little bit of noise in the preseason, but not enough to earn a regular season call-up.
Jan 3 - 2:39 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians won't try to lobby Larry Fitzgerald on his retirement decision.

Every indication is that FItz is seriously considering hanging up his cleats after 13 years in the league. Of course, he has $11 million reasons to return for 2017. Fitz once again slowed down as 2016 progressed, but remained a well above-average player. Fitz has said he won't announce his retirement ahead of time and embark on a farewell tour, but the best guess is he'll be back for 2017.
Jan 2 - 1:47 PM

The Cardinals confirmed the Jaguars, Bills and Rams have all sought permission to interview OC Harold Goodwin for their head-coaching vacancies.

It's the second straight year Goodwin has been a hot commodity. Goodwin did an excellent job in 2016, helping mold David Johnson into arguably the best back in the league, and masking Carson Palmer's issues after an early-season slump. Of course, coach Bruce Arians also deserves a ton of the credit.
Jan 2 - 1:28 PM

Speaking Monday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team will franchise tag impending free agent Chandler Jones if a long-term deal is not reached.

Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson are also headed to the open market, but the Cardinals want to keep 27-year-old (in February) Jones after he tallied 11 sacks his first year in the desert. A long-term deal is the most likely outcome.
Jan 2 - 1:23 PM

David Johnson has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL, and doesn't need surgery.

Johnson's injury looked brutal on replay, but he's escaped with the best-possible news. He needs "just" 6-8 weeks of rehab. Johnson finishes 2016 as the NFL's yards from scrimmage leader (2,118), and cleared the 100 barrier in 15-of-16 contests. Johnson's monumental workload will be a concern down the line, but still only 25, he'll be ready to go as a top-two fantasy running back for 2017.
Jan 2 - 1:13 PM

Cardinals RG Evan Mathis is retiring after 12 seasons in the NFL.

Mathis told reporters he is hanging up his cleats "unless I can play defensive end." Mathis ended his final season on injured reserve with an ankle injury, but the ending does not take away from an exceptional career. A two-time Pro Bowler and First-Team All-Pro in 2013, Mathis was a quality player early in his career, but he was outstanding after landing in Philadelphia in 2011. Mathis won his ring with the Broncos in 2015.
Jan 2 - 12:36 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jaguars are interviewing Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin on Monday.

It is the Jaguars' second official interview after the team met with Tom Coughlin last week. Goodwin was a hot name last January and could see several more interviews this time around. Jacksonville is also expected to interview Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan and Bucs DC Mike Smith this week.
Jan 2 - 11:30 AM

Kerwynn Williams contributed 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Rams.

He wasn't able to reel in his lone target. Williams and Andre Ellington split carries after David Johnson went down with a knee injury late in the first quarter. The 12 carries were more than Williams had in his previous eight games combined. We’re not putting too much stock in a garbage-time fueled Week 17 performance. Assuming Johnson is healthy for the start of next year, Williams won’t be a factor in real life or in fantasy.
Jan 1 - 9:21 PM

Andre Ellington carried the ball seven times for 18 yards while securing two-of-three targets for eight yards Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Rams.

He was out-touched 12-9 by Kerwynn Williams. Ellington served as the main handcuff for David Johnson this year but that role didn’t amount to much fantasy significance. He finished the year with just 96 rushing yards on 34 carries. Ellington will test the free agent market for the first time this offseason.
Jan 1 - 9:19 PM

Jermaine Gresham failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Rams.

It’s a fitting end to another disappointing year for Gresham. He was arguably the worst blocking tight end in the league this season and earned PFF’s second-worst grade overall ahead of only Giants tight end Will Tye. Gresham actually drew a fair amount of targets this year as Carson Palmer abandoned throwing deep in favor of short check-down passes. But Gresham scored just two touchdowns all year and only topped 50 yards on one occasion. Even in deeper leagues there isn’t much point in drafting him next summer, unless you're enamored with tight ends who don’t get yards or touchdowns.
Jan 1 - 8:51 PM

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