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TheRedMarauder
12-31-2007, 02:08 PM
With the team's season being over use this thread to post news and rumors for the team's offseason and discuss what moves the team should make.

TheRedMarauder
12-31-2007, 02:09 PM
Cardinals CB Antrel Rolle may be moved to free safety in 2008.

The move has been speculated about for years and makes sense if Arizona hadn't signed Terrence Holt to a pricy deal last offseason. Rolle is great on the ball and has the build, but he's more likely to stay at corner in 2008.



Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt made it clear after Sunday's season finale that Matt Leinart remains his likely starting QB in 2008.

"I don't believe in a player losing his job because of an injury, which is what happened with Matt," Whisenhunt said. Kurt Warner threw 27 TD passes, completed 62.3% of his throws, and is probably a top 15 quarterback in the league, but Leinart is the future for a young ballclub. It would likely take a terrible offseason for Leinart to not be starting in Week 1 of 2008.

That's the right move in naming Leinart as the starter right now without hesitation.

rotoworld

TheRedMarauder
12-31-2007, 02:20 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves says re-signing impending free agent LB Calvin Pace is his No. 1 priority this offseason.

The sides have been talking for the last few months. Pace, a former first-round draft pick, finally lived up to expectations in Arizona's new hybrid 3-4 defense. He can play both inside and outside linebacker.

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SportFan4Life
12-31-2007, 05:50 PM
Don't be shocked if Edgerrin James is wearing a different uniform next season according to the East Valley Tribune. His salary cap number will be $5 million for the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals won't dump James if they don't have a capable replacement. They saw how well that worked out with Pete Kendall.

But if Arizona can find a quality running back in the draft, moving James for salary cap relief would make sense. The Indianapolis Colts did it, and they won a Super Bowl with his replacement, Joseph Addai...

Continued... (http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/105560)

chadillachembre
01-01-2008, 04:40 PM
Continued... (http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/105560)

ive been waiting for whispers of edge leaving. he is getting old and his numbers are replacable. i think we can get a running back with his numbers for a cheaper dollar. i love edge and wouldnt want anything more than the best for him but i think hes overpaid for what he does.

chadillachembre
01-01-2008, 04:43 PM
as baseball has players that can play a number of positions i see anrell rolle being used best as a utility player returning kickoffs, playing back up safety and back up corner. he may be a back up in a few different roles but he will still pay alot to his strengths backing up.

chadillachembre
01-01-2008, 04:44 PM
this season is a make or break season for leinart. i believe his career will be in jeopardy this season. he will always be in this league but his star power will be in question

TheRedMarauder
01-02-2008, 12:38 AM
Lots of Cards news:


The Arizona Republic writes that it's "questionable" how Edgerrin James fits into Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt's scheme.

James lost work to Marcel Shipp and J.J. Arrington in 2007 and indicated after Sunday's season finale that he wasn't happy about it. "He got some carries, but we never got quite into the flow we thought we were going to," Whisenhunt said. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Cardinals add a power runner in the offseason and make James into a committee back next year.


The Dolphins reportedly may pursue Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley to join their coaching staff in 2008.

Haley worked with Bill Parcells in Dallas. In order to interview with Miami, however, Haley would have to be considered for the head coaching position. Otherwise, the move from Arizona to the Dolphins would be a lateral one.


Cardinals signed CB DeMario Minter, TE Alex Shor, RB Steve Baylark, WR Jemalle Cornelius, CB Travarous Bain, and TE Elliot Vallejo to reserve/future contracts.

All were on the practice squad in 2007. Minter was a fifth-round pick out of Georgia in 2006. Bain is a speedster with great ball skills from Hampton.


Cardinals ILB Karlos Dansby is more optimistic about getting a long-term deal hammered out to stay in Arizona than is OLB Calvin Pace.

Dansby says the "worst thing that can happen is that I’ll make $7 million," referring to the franchise tag. Pace hinted that talks between the Cards and his agents may not be going well. If the Cardinals can extend Pace, it's possible they'll release Bertrand Berry to create cap room.


Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said at his season ending presser Monday that he'd like the team to re-sign Bryant Johnson.

Johnson also says he wants to return. Arizona has about $30 million in cap space this offseason, but only 34 players under contract for 2008. Redoing Larry Fitzgerald's deal will likely take precedence over re-signing Johnson.

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chadillachembre
01-02-2008, 03:14 AM
id actually like to see breaston take the 3rd wr slot for Bryant Johnson. id prefer to see BJ back with us because he is a great #3 but at the same time i think having a fast/quick wr in the mix with boldin and fitz mix's it up a bit. that might just be me thinking like an idiot too since breaston has been playing great for me in madden lol..

TheRedMarauder
01-02-2008, 05:40 PM
The Cardinals are expected to add a more explosive running back with tackle breaking ability this offseason.

J.J. Arrington is fast, but doesn't shed many tackles. The Cards will likely bring Edgerrin James back, but it sounds like they want him to be part of a committee in 2008. Arrington will be competing just to make the club.

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chadillachembre
01-02-2008, 05:51 PM
ive never been a fan of jj arrington. i think his speed makes him a dangerous special teams player but nothing more than that. the championship whiz won he had a 2 back system in willie and the bus. i can see edge as being athe running back that brings the thunder but we gotta get the back thatll be the lightning. id love to have a back that has potential to go off for a 60yrd td. i dont think edge has ever gone over 20 or 25 with us

Ramon Nivar
01-08-2008, 10:59 PM
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals don't intend to let big-play linebacker Karlos Dansby get away when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season.

If they can't re-sign him, expect the Cardinals to use the franchise tag to force him to stay.

Full Story (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3170392)

I really like how we are willing to go to these measures to keep Dansby. I hope it doesn't come to franchise tagging him but if it does I'm glad we are willing to.

TheRedMarauder
01-09-2008, 11:23 AM
Beat writer Kent Somers believes the Cardinals will not make a push to re-sign impending free agent Bryant Johnson.

The Cards could give Jerheme Urban or Steve Breaston a shot to be their third receiver in 2008. Johnson, a first-round pick in 2003, is coming off a pedestrian season. He's unlikely to get a guaranteed starting job elsewhere.

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TheRedMarauder
01-10-2008, 05:50 PM
Full Story (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3170392)

I really like how we are willing to go to these measures to keep Dansby. I hope it doesn't come to franchise tagging him but if it does I'm glad we are willing to.

The agent for Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby is believed to be seeking a contract that will pay his client over $15 million in guarantees.

Dansby has been somewhat injury prone, but is younger than Adalius Thomas was at this point last year and is arguably just as impactful. Thomas got $20 million guaranteed, so $15-$20 million wouldn't seem unreasonable.

rotoworld

chadillachembre
01-11-2008, 03:18 PM
Beat writer Kent Somers believes the Cardinals will not make a push to re-sign impending free agent Bryant Johnson.

The Cards could give Jerheme Urban or Steve Breaston a shot to be their third receiver in 2008. Johnson, a first-round pick in 2003, is coming off a pedestrian season. He's unlikely to get a guaranteed starting job elsewhere.

rotoworld

ive never been a big bryant johnson fan but it wasnt a large problem because he was our #3 wr id love to see breaston step up and get the 3rd wr role

TheRedMarauder
01-11-2008, 05:22 PM
Terrell Suggs would like to play for the Cardinals.

Arizona passed on Suggs when he was coming out of school, and traded the pick for Bryant Johnson and Calvin Pace. Suggs seems unlikely to even hit the open market, and the Cardinals probably couldn't meet his pricetag anyway.

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TheRedMarauder
01-11-2008, 08:53 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves met with the agent for LB Karlos Dansby for more than an hour Thursday.

Kirk Wood, Dansby's agent, left the Cardinals' facility Friday morning without a deal. Dansby will become an unrestricted free agent in March if no contract is reached and he's not franchise tagged. The franchise number for linebackers is projected to be a little over $7 million.

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Ramon Nivar
01-11-2008, 09:08 PM
The Cardinals passed on Arizona State’s Terrell Suggs in the 2003 draft (they traded out of the No. 6 overall pick for the chance to take two players — Bryant Johnson and Calvin Pace — instead) but they have another chance at the linebacker/sack specialist now.

Source (http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/106327)

Great to bring in a hometown guy who is very good in the 3-4 as an OLB. Not sure how we could afford him.

TheRedMarauder
01-17-2008, 10:06 PM
Anquan Boldin doesn't think he'll need surgery on the toe he dislocated late in the year.

Boldin has been working out at the Cardinals' facility and says that rest has improved the condition of his toe significantly. After the season, Boldin also revealed that his hip injury from Week 3 was more serious than the Cardinals let on, but that isn't expected to need surgery either.

rotoworld

TheRedMarauder
01-22-2008, 04:22 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves plans to meet with the agents for Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Pace, and Karlos Dansby during Senior Bowl week.

Pace and Dansby can be free agents on February 28, while Fitz needs his $16+ million cap number reduced. Dansby is a prime candidate for the franchise tag. Long-term agreements with Pace and Fitzgerald seem likely.


Anquan Boldin won't need to undergo any surgeries this offseason.

Boldin played through a fractured hip and a dislocated toe in the second half of 2007, but already feels "better than expected." He should be 100% by training camp and primed for another strong PPR campaign in 2008.


Cardinals TE Leonard Pope (dislocated ankle) is not expected to take part in any summer work.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt expects Pope to be good to go by June, more than a month before the start of training camp. Pope scored five times in 2007, but has a ways to go before he can be considered a solid all-around starter.


Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson (Achilles' surgery) is expected to miss OTAs.

The Cards expect him back by training camp. Wilson is in search of a big new contract, but may have to show he's healthy before Arizona addresses his deal. The Cardinals have other players' deals to tend to at this point.

rotoworld

TheRedMarauder
01-22-2008, 06:00 PM
Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic speculates that FS Terrence Holt could be released in the next month or so.

Holt disappointed in his first season with the Cards, and Arizona will avoid paying him a $1.5 million roster bonus if they cut him before March 1st. The Cards are considering moving Antrel Rolle to free safety, where he would compete with Aaron Francisco for the starting job if Holt is released.

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chadillachembre
01-22-2008, 10:55 PM
Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic speculates that FS Terrence Holt could be released in the next month or so.

Holt disappointed in his first season with the Cards, and Arizona will avoid paying him a $1.5 million roster bonus if they cut him before March 1st. The Cards are considering moving Antrel Rolle to free safety, where he would compete with Aaron Francisco for the starting job if Holt is released.

rotoworld

are they that unappy with terrance holt? i thought he was solid

SportsFan1988
01-26-2008, 01:30 AM
The Cardinals are expected to place the franchise tag on impending free agent LB Karlos Dansby.

It's unclear whether Dansby will get the exclusive rights version, preventing other teams from making offers, or the non-exclusive tag, which would bring the Cards two first-round picks if they fail to match. Dwight Freeney was the only franchise player to get the exclusive rights tender last offseason.

Rotoworld

Ramon Nivar
01-29-2008, 08:59 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves spoke with the agent for Karlos Dansby last week in Mobile, but no progress was made towards a long-term contract.

Barring a breakthrough between now and mid-February, Dansby is a virtual lock to wear the franchise tag in 2008. He's said before he isn't opposed to it.
Source: Arizona Republic


Larry Fitzgerald recently heard his name involved in "internet trade rumors," and says he hopes they aren't true.

"I want to be a Cardinal," he assured. "I love my teammates. I love working for the Bidwills." Fitzgerald says his agent is talking to the club about lowering his $16+ million cap number, but the sides aren't close to a resolution.

rotoworld


Glad to see Fitzgerald wants to stay, and hopefully we haven't been thinking of trading him and won't think about it.

musclemenace
01-30-2008, 06:23 PM
Scott Bordow, of the East Valley Tribune, reports the Arizona Cardinals will be looking to draft a running back in the first three rounds of the 2008 NFL Draft. If the team is able to draft a running back then RB Edgerrin James could be released which could save the team several million dollars in cap space.
EVT

chadillachembre
02-01-2008, 02:55 AM
wow. i would be extremely suprised if edge is released

NYMetros
02-01-2008, 08:14 PM
Matt Leinart will consult Dr. James Andrews about soreness he's recently been experiencing in his knee.

Visits to Dr. Andrews often involve surgery, but a recent MRI revealed no structural damage. Leinart played most of his college career with a bulky knee brace and had tendinitis in it from time to time. The meeting appears to be precautionary for now. Leinart can't afford any more significant injuries if he hopes to hold off Kurt Warner for the starting job in 2008.

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TheRedMarauder
02-01-2008, 11:18 PM
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Friday that Antrel Rolle will be moving to free safety in 2008.

It's an overdue move, although corner is such a valuable position that it's hard to knock Arizona for staying with Rolle there during his first three seasons. This makes it a near lock that Terrence Holt will be cut.

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chadillachembre
02-02-2008, 04:59 PM
Matt Leinart will consult Dr. James Andrews about soreness he's recently been experiencing in his knee.

Visits to Dr. Andrews often involve surgery, but a recent MRI revealed no structural damage. Leinart played most of his college career with a bulky knee brace and had tendinitis in it from time to time. The meeting appears to be precautionary for now. Leinart can't afford any more significant injuries if he hopes to hold off Kurt Warner for the starting job in 2008.

rotoworld

this has to be leinarts year if he wants to solidify his a great future in this league. he had an extremely promising rookie season and just as disapointing of a season last year. leinart has to play like a big money qb

TheRedMarauder
02-07-2008, 09:38 AM
Matt Leinart's knee is "fine," according to the Arizona Republic, despite a report that he scheduled a visit with Dr. James Andrews about the joint.

Leinart's collarbone is also progressing well, and he's been working out in California. He should be a participant in all offseason practices. Leinart enters his second year in coach Ken Whisenhunt's offense as the heavy favorite to start over Kurt Warner. Whiz shed his run-first label in 2007, with the Cards finishing second in the NFL in pass attempts.

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TheRedMarauder
02-08-2008, 04:25 PM
Kurt Warner is asking the Cardinals to award him a $500,000 bonus payment he narrowly missed out on in Week 17.

Warner needed to finish the year with a 90.0 passer rating, but threw two picks in the finale and ended at 89.9. GM Rod Graves says he doesn't want to set a precedent by paying the bonus. This situation shouldn't escalate into a holdout, but the Cards clearly aren't over their cheap minded ways.

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TheRedMarauder
02-08-2008, 08:49 PM
The Cardinals confirmed that they don't expect to re-sign impending free agent Bryant Johnson this offseason.

Asked if Johnson could be the odd man out in a salary cap crunch, GM Rod Graves said, "I think that's the right characterization." Johnson will make a serviceably cheap pickup elsewhere, but don't expect him to start.


The Cardinals say they haven't yet considered cutting or trading Edgerrin James.

"As right now, we're factoring him in as being here," GM Rod Graves said. But then he spoke about how crucial it is for the team to lower Larry Fitzgerald's cap number and the impact that could have on others. "If not, we could very well be faced with some very tough decisions down the road." It sounds like James will probably be back, but it's not a sure thing.



The Cardinals expect to use the franchise tag on Karlos Dansby, then try signing him to a long-term contract over the summer.

They will have until July 15 to get a new deal done, although making Dansby play for a new contract again sounds like a good idea. Dansby's career has been somewhat up and down, but he's one of the most talented linebackers in the league and entering his prime.

rotoworld

TheRedMarauder
02-09-2008, 10:42 AM
The Cardinals are unlikely to bring back DE/OLB Bertrand Berry at his current salary, according to the Arizona Republic.

Berry, 32, has a $4 million salary in 2008. He hasn't played more than ten games in a season since 2004. Arizona could certainly use Berry's pass rushing on the outside, but he'll be released if he doesn't take a pay cut.


The Cardinals fully anticipate letting OLB Calvin Pace hit the free agent market.

GM Rod Graves called re-signing Pace a priority back in January, but the Cardinals can't afford to franchise Karlos Dansby and lock up both Pace and Larry Fitzgerald with lucrative contracts. A 2003 first-round pick once thought to be a bust, Pace set career highs for tackles (97) and sacks (6) in 2007.

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Ramon Nivar
02-10-2008, 02:35 PM
Anquan Boldin will likely ask for a new contract this offseason.

If Chad Johnson feels underpaid, Boldin should feel homeless. Arguably the best blocking receiver in football and one of the top threats after the catch will make just $2.5 million in 2008. It's very likely that Boldin will have to wait until next offseason for a new deal due to Arizona's cap troubles.

rotoworld

I really hope Boldin is fine with waiting another year to get paid... This is one of the big problems with building around stud skill players 1st, you have bad years but they still want to get paid the big money. At least Boldin deserves a pay raise.

Bob Dobolina
02-11-2008, 05:39 AM
Any names as possibilities for James' replacement?

chadillachembre
02-11-2008, 01:11 PM
Any names as possibilities for James' replacement?

ive been wondering the same thing. all ive heard are pick ups in the draft which im not in favor of. i havent heard one name yet. i wouldnt mind dropping edge as long as we can get a good 1,000yrd back on a cheaper dollar. would you send a 3rd pick or maybe a 2nd rnd pick to minnesotta for chester taylor and we release edge?

TheRedMarauder
02-20-2008, 02:03 PM
The Cardinals are negotiating to bring back DE/LB Bertrand Berry for the upcoming season.

After missing chunks of each of the last three seasons, there was widespread speculation that the team would let Berry and his $4 million salary go. Berry's agent insists that his client will be back in Arizona with a renegotiated lower cap number.

rotoworld

cardsfan4ever
02-22-2008, 12:07 AM
ok so here we go edge should not be released he is a valuable trench runner he needs to be stressed the importance of the lack of time he has to win a super bowl and how much of a chance with a little bit of effort towards the team they can pull it off... and bryant johnson being gone is gonna be a blessing as long as urban is not given the third spot because his hands are more slippery then a fishermans fighting with a giant tuna... what needs to be sured up is the lines on both sides offense and defense... on the defensive line dockett is an animal and needs alot of support to keep that strong push he provides ... i would say someone like justin smith who has a good motor and size would be a great fit... on the offensive side i think alan faneca is the way to go he is strong minded and has a winners mentallity something the cardinals have needed in a lineman for a little while now... the next biggest thing that needs to be addressed is the lack of a pass defense and i say the one thing that should be done is a trade to get another pick in round one... simply put edge is someone the cardinals are talkin about releasing how bout instead make a trade involving edge and say a third round draft pick to sweep in and get a late first from a team in need of a vet back... with that pick we can draft someone like cason who is a playmaker and will create turnovers with rolle back at free safety and a returning adrian wilson and eric green make that a scarier secondary than last years... and the final thing that needs to be taken care of is the cardinals lack of specialists on the offense outside of our 2 stellar recievers ... which when i say specialists i mean home run threats ... neither our running backs or wide outs can stretch the field vertically at all...

TheRedMarauder
02-22-2008, 10:56 AM
Cardinals released FS Terrence Holt, DL Chris Cooper, and OT Oliver Ross.

The Holt signing last year was bound to flop. Holt was a strong safety trying to play free safety. The Cards needed someone to patrol center field, letting Adrian Wilson stay in the box. Converted CB Antrel Rolle will get that chance in '08. Cooper was a deep reserve. Ross' career might be over.

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NYMetros
02-22-2008, 01:29 PM
Cardinals released FS Terrence Holt, DL Chris Cooper, and OT Oliver Ross.

The Holt signing last year was bound to flop. Holt was a strong safety trying to play free safety. The Cards needed someone to patrol center field, letting Adrian Wilson stay in the box. Converted CB Antrel Rolle will get that chance in '08. Cooper was a deep reserve. Ross' career might be over.

rotoworld

So they are releasing Holt because he was out of position, yet they plan on putting Rolle, who is a true CB, in the FS spot. That doesn't make sense to me.

NYMetros
02-22-2008, 02:33 PM
The Cardinals met with the agent for LB Calvin Pace on Friday, but no deal is expected to be struck before free agency.

"They like Calvin and would like to have him back, but they have a lot on their plate," Pace's agent said. As far as 3-4 teams in search of outside linebackers are concerned, Pace will be the top name available.

rotoworld

chadillachembre
02-22-2008, 07:54 PM
if i lived in a perfect world....

a. the cardinals would release edgerin james.
b. we would send a 2nd maybe a 3rd rnd pick to minnesotta for chester taylor
c. we would sign alan faneca.
d. im not a huge college football fan so i cant name drop a player nor do i know the drafts depth at this position but with the 16th pick i would like to see them get the best cb available if the talent is valid

chadillachembre
02-22-2008, 07:55 PM
im listening to ktar 620 here in phx and they are talking about asanti samuel becoming a free agent. do you think the cardinals should pursue him?

TheRedMarauder
02-25-2008, 11:56 AM
When asked who'll replace Bryant Johnson as his third receiver, coach Ken Whisenhunt mentioned Jerheme Urban, Ahmad Merritt, and Jamaica Rector.

No Steve Breaston? Urban is a restricted free agent and will get a tender by the Friday deadline. Merritt and Rector will be battling just for roster spots.

rotoworld

chadillachembre
02-25-2008, 05:26 PM
wow im suprised breaton isnt being mentioned. i think hes a better #3 wr in our system then BJ was any way. Q and Fitz are strong thunder wr's and breaston is fast and can be the lightning to the others thunder. he mixes it up between the 3 better than BJ did. i would be a bit disapointed if breaston wasnt in the mix. i loved urbans play last year coming out of no where to our roster

TheRedMarauder
02-28-2008, 02:02 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves says the team is not interested in parting with Kurt Warner.

Warner's in the final year of his deal in 2008, but the Cards need insurance for Matt Leinart, who's coming off a serious injury and didn't light it up before getting hurt. Warner threw for 3,417 yards and 27 touchdowns last year.

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TheRedMarauder
02-28-2008, 02:07 PM
The Cardinals have expressed interest in retaining free agent Joe Tafoya.

Tafoya can play end when Arizona uses a 4-3, outside linebacker in its 3-4, and is a willing special teamer. He should come cheaply as a reserve.

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TheRedMarauder
03-01-2008, 03:05 PM
Add the Cardinals to the teams interested in DE Antwan Odom.

Odom is scheduled to visit Arizona on Tuesday after visiting with Cincinnati this weekend. Odom may well be the best defensive end on the market now that Justin Smith has signed with San Francisco.

rotoworld

dbow2019
03-01-2008, 05:29 PM
you should have kept pago tagafau... great name, great linebacker, great person

TheRedMarauder
03-02-2008, 12:02 PM
The Cardinals will host LB Brandon Chillar Monday.

Chillar, 25, was a decent starter in St. Louis, but sometimes got ran over in run support. He'd help replace Calvin Pace in Arizona. Green Bay is also interested.

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TheRedMarauder
03-02-2008, 06:05 PM
Free agent Travis LaBoy is currently visiting with the Cardinals.

It looks like LaBoy canceled his visit with the Saints after they signed Randall Gay. He's drawn a surprising amount of interest from 3-4 teams. LaBoy, a 6'3/260-pounder, is coming off a six-sack, 12-tackle campaign.

rotoworld

TheRedMarauder
03-03-2008, 12:52 PM
League sources tell the Arizona Republic that the Cardinals are more likely to land free agent DE Travis LaBoy than Antwan Odom.

Considering their shape under the cap, the Cards will probably have to settle for the cheaper one. LaBoy would also look better in Arizona's 3-4 scheme.

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TheRedMarauder
03-03-2008, 02:51 PM
The Cardinals are interested in free agent TE Jerame Tuman, according to the Arizona Republic.

He played for coach Ken Whisenhunt when Whiz was a coordinator in Pittsburgh. Tuman, 32, is a blocking specialist coming off a serious back injury.

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TheRedMarauder
03-05-2008, 11:33 PM
The Cardinals have had "very preliminary discussions" with Kurt Warner about a contract extension.

Warner's $5 million cap charge could be reduced with a new deal. He turns 37 before the season, so it'd probably only be a one- or two-year extension.

rotoworld

TheRedMarauder
03-18-2008, 09:37 AM
Cardinals released WR Sean Morey.

Arizona recently gave LS Nathan Hodel a four-year contract banking that Larry Fitzgerald's cap-saving deal would be sealed and delivered by now, but it's not. Morey had to take the fall. He'll probably be back later in the week.

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TheRedMarauder
03-20-2008, 10:22 AM
Cardinals SS Adrian Wilson says his rehab from Achilles surgery is "going fine."

Wilson will miss virtually all of pre-camp workouts, but should be near 100% by Week 1. He could return to elite IDP status when healthy in 2008, but it'd be hard to project him for 16 games coming off an injury that tends to linger.

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TheRedMarauder
03-25-2008, 09:11 AM
The Cardinals will reportedly host free agent OLB Matt Stewart this week.

Stewart missed all of last season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn muscle in his shoulder. It happened in August, so he should be healthy now.

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TheRedMarauder
03-26-2008, 01:58 PM
Matt Leinart (collarbone) will be a full-go for the Cardinals' offseason conditioning program.

"I wouldn’t say I am 100% but I feel great," Leinart said. "I have been throwing 100%. I don’t have to take a hit until August so I still have four months to keep getting stronger." Leinart expects to be fully healthy by the summer.

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TheRedMarauder
03-27-2008, 11:18 AM
The Cardinals are reportedly interested in free agent Brian St. Pierre.

St. Pierre could be their third QB behind starter Matt Leinart and backup Kurt Warner. Signing St. Pierre would mean that Tim Hasselbeck will not return.

rotoworld

NYMetros
03-31-2008, 04:08 PM
Jerheme Urban and Ahmad Merritt are reportedly "neck and neck" for the Cardinals' third receiver role.

While the coaching staff might like Merritt, Urban should actually have a big advantage coming off a strong season as a reserve. Merritt didn't even play.


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TheRedMarauder
03-31-2008, 07:36 PM
Cardinals re-signed DB Matt Ware to a two-year contract. Ware, a reserve corner and safety, had seven special teams stops in 2007.

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TheRedMarauder
04-01-2008, 01:55 PM
Kurt Warner's agent plans on speaking to GM Rod Graves about a contract extension once the owners meetings are over.

The two sides talked briefly last week, and both seem intent on hammering out a new deal for Warner. He has a $4 million contract that will count $5 million against the cap this season, and the Cardinals would like to spread some of that money out over at least one more year.

rotoworld

NYMetros
04-01-2008, 03:48 PM
A face-to-face meeting last week between Cardinals officials and the agent for inside linebacker Karlos Dansby produced little, and it appears the team is no closer to signing Dansby to a long-term contract.

Dansby's agent, Kirk Wood, flew to Arizona and met with General Manager Rod Graves, according to sources. The two sides have expressed a desire for a long-term contract but remain far apart on financial terms.

The team placed the franchise tag on Dansby in February, restricting his options in free agency. The franchise designation carries with it a one-year tender offer of $8.065 million, which becomes guaranteed if Dansby signs it.

That doesn't appear likely to happen soon, and Dansby is not expected to attend off-season workouts and practices.

The two sides have until July 15 to reach a multiyear deal. After that, a franchise player must play under a one-year tender and cannot sign a new contract until after the season.


AZCentral.com (http://www.azcentral.com/sports/cardinals/articles/0331cardsnb.html)

TheRedMarauder
04-02-2008, 09:21 PM
Cardinals re-signed CB Ralph Brown to a one-year contract.

Brown is at a point in his career where he'll likely play for one-year deals until it's over. The journeyman will battle Matt Ware, DeMario Minter, and Mike Adams to replace Antrel Rolle at nickel back. Rolle has moved to safety.

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TheRedMarauder
04-02-2008, 11:52 PM
Cardinals DL Darnell Dockett reportedly wants a new contract.

Dockett got a new deal two winters ago, but now feels underpaid. He's coming off a Pro Bowl-type campaign in his first year as a 3-4 end. The club has other players (Karlos Dansby, Anquan Boldin) it will likely address first.


Cardinals restricted free agent DE Antonio Smith reportedly wants to be traded.

He'll skip Arizona's offseason program. The Cards gave Smith a lofty first-round tender for $2.017 million, but that apparently wasn't enough. Due to the team's cap issues, Smith likely realizes he won't get an extension soon.

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TheRedMarauder
04-03-2008, 02:30 PM
Cardinals DE Antonio Smith denies reports that he asked to be traded.

He also says he'll join his teammates in off-season workouts. "I understand what's going on in free agency, with [Larry Fitzgeralds]'s deal and all. I'm optimistic that this is probably going to be the best option for me anyway," Smith said.

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NYMetros
04-03-2008, 11:01 PM
The Cardinals will open their 2008 preseason schedule at home with a nationally televised game vs. the New Orleans Saints.

The game will kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7.

The Cardinals will hit the road for the second and third preseason games, playing at Kansas City and Oakland. They’ll close the exhibition season at home vs. Denver.

Specific dates and times for the final three games have not yet been determined. The 2008 regular season schedule is expected to be announced later this month.


East Valley Tribune (http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/112923)

NYMetros
04-04-2008, 03:36 PM
The Cardinals re-signed backup center Scott Peters to a one-year deal, the team announced on Friday.

Peters, who played at Arizona State, joined the team last August and spent most of last season in the practice squad.

He entered the league in 2002 as a fourth-round draft pick of the Eagles and also has spent time with the Giants, 49ers and Panthers.

Peters faces a stiff challenge in making the roster because the Cardinals already have a proven starter, Al Johnson, and a solid backup, Lyle Sendlein.

The club reportedly is close to agreeing on terms with safety Oliver Celestin and defensive lineman Rodney Bailey, both backups.


Arizona Republic (http://www.azcentral.com/sports/cardinals/articles/2008/04/04/20080404cards.html)

NYMetros
04-07-2008, 04:26 PM
Cardinals beat writer Kurt Somers "would be surprised" if the team doesn't use its first-round pick on a cornerback.

With Eric Green in a contract year and Antrel Rolle moving to free safety, Arizona is desperate for corner help. Somers says hears that the team likes Brandon Flowers of Virginia Tech. The Cards could also target a running back in round one, especially if their team doctors clear Jonathan Stewart.

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NYMetros
04-09-2008, 04:53 PM
The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent running back Chris Vincent to a one-year contract Tuesday. In accordance with club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Vincent (6-foot-1, 224 pounds) originally entered the league by signing with Detroit in May 2007 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Oregon, but was released in June.

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/113340

NYMetros
04-09-2008, 08:56 PM
The Cardinals re-signed backup safety Oliver Celestin to a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday.

Celestin played in 15 games last season and started four because of injuries to Adrian Wilson and Aaron Francisco.

A four-year veteran, Celestin previously played for Seattle.

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/cardinals/articles/2008/04/09/20080409celestin.html

TheRedMarauder
04-15-2008, 04:33 PM
Cardinals NT Gabe Watson fractured his kneecap after falling on a treadmill last week.

Watson underwent surgery on the knee and will not be able to participate in off-season practices. He'll be limited when camp starts in July, but is expected to be ready for Week 1. Alan Branch, Watson's backup, has apparently reported to workouts out of shape.

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TheRedMarauder
04-16-2008, 05:13 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves says the team has no plans to upgrade DE Darnell Dockett's contract.

Dockett is skipping voluntary workouts. "I'm not sure what the issue is with him because we addressed Darnell's contract...in December of '06," Graves said. "He has four years remaining on his current deal."

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TheRedMarauder
04-17-2008, 02:28 AM
Cardinals signed OLB Matt Stewart, formerly of the Browns, to a one-year contract.

Stewart spent 2007 on I.R. after undergoing shoulder surgery. Arizona is quite deep at outside linebacker with Chike Okeafor, Travis LaBoy, Bertrand Berry and Clark Haggans in front of Stewart, so he may struggle to last long.

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TheRedMarauder
04-22-2008, 05:58 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves said the team is not interested in trading Anquan Boldin.

Boldin is looking for a new contract, but the Cardinals don't have much money to spare. This has led to rampant trade rumors. "Because of those rumors, a few teams have called to inquire, and my response has been consistent with everyone: we're not interested in trading him," Graves said.

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NYMetros
04-24-2008, 09:33 AM
The Cardinals plan to keep Edgerrin James in 2008 even if they draft a running back on April 26.

Although he's lost a step, the Cards think Edge played well last year. "He had 1,200 yards," coach Ken Whisenhunt said, "any time you can do that in the NFL, you are a good back." If Arizona can't land an eventual replacement like Jonathan Stewart, a change of pace like Chris Johnson could be considered.

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TheRedMarauder
04-24-2008, 04:51 PM
Arizona Republic reporter Kurt Somers is "hearing" that the Cardinals like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Leodis McKelvin over all the other CBs in the draft.

Apparently DRC and McKelvin are ahead of Aqib Talib, Antoine Cason, and Mike Jenkins on Arizona's draft board. Somers, however, guesses that the Cards will take Jonathan Stewart if he's there with the No. 16 overall pick.

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TheRedMarauder
04-28-2008, 11:14 AM
The Arizona Republic suggests that Cardinals fifth-round pick Tim Hightower could be in the mix for goal-line carries this season.

RBs coach Maurice Carthon compared Hightower to Marion Barber as a guy without a great forty time but good power. Hightower scored 29 TDs as a senior. The Cards are seemingly always trying to ease Edgerrin James' load.

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TheRedMarauder
05-02-2008, 01:36 AM
Anquan Boldin and Darnell Dockett both showed up for the Cardinals' first mandatory minicamp on Thursday.

Franchise player Karlos Dansby, who signed his one-year tender two weeks ago, was also believed to be in attendance. If Boldin or Dockett was serious about holding out of training camp, there's a good chance they wouldn't have shown up to a May event. Both remain dissatisfied with their contracts.

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TheRedMarauder
05-05-2008, 02:18 PM
Kurt Warner says nothing is imminent between him and the Cardinals regarding a contract extension.

Warner, 37, wants to play two more years. He's currently signed through only 2008 with a $5 million cap charge. Still, the Cards might feel they'd send a bad message to Anquan Boldin and Adrian Wilson by extending Warner first.

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TheRedMarauder
05-20-2008, 08:14 PM
Cardinals C Al Johnson recently underwent surgery on his left knee to clean it out.

Johnson was experiencing pain and swelling during workouts, and decided to get it taken care of now instead of dealing with it during the season. He should be fine for camp.

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TheRedMarauder
05-22-2008, 11:53 PM
Offensive coordinator Todd Haley will call the Cardinals' plays this year.

The Cards return every offensive starter and coaching assistant from last year. Arizona's offense will likely be more balanced in 2008 after getting pass-heavy with Kurt Warner at QB and Edgerrin James struggling last season. Still, expect a fair number of vertical strikes from Ken Whisenhunt's team.

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TheRedMarauder
06-03-2008, 12:01 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves says formal discussions about an extension for Kurt Warner haven't begun yet, but "we're going to try to work to get it done (by training camp)."

Warner indicated that he doesn't want talks to drag into the season: "I just want to be about football. I don't want to have to worry about that." Warner is currently competing with Matt Leinart to start, but is the clear underdog.

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TheRedMarauder
06-10-2008, 11:39 AM
Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents WR Anquan Boldin, DE Darnell Dockett, and FS Antrel Rolle, stopped by the Cardinals' facility on Monday.

It was probably just to touch base. The Cards appear in no rush to upgrade Boldin's contract and Dockett's is clearly on the backburner. Extending Karlos Dansby may be their priority. Rolle's deal will have to be addressed in 2010.

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TheRedMarauder
06-12-2008, 11:51 AM
Ken Whisenhunt using a dual-quarterback system this year, but doesn't anticipate it being "necessary" this season.

Last year, Kurt Warner was clearly better at the two-minute drill. But Matt Leinart has improved in that area, which may lessen the need for it.

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NYMetros
06-14-2008, 02:03 PM
Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin said Friday he wasn’t sure if he would be attending training camp.

"I honestly can’t say at this point," Boldin said in a text message. Seeking a new contract, Boldin skipped all four weeks of voluntary OTAs. It remains unlikely that he'll skip mandatory camp with its fines of $15,000 per day.

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TheRedMarauder
06-27-2008, 03:58 PM
The agent for Kurt Warner says talks with the Cardinals regarding an extension for his client remain slow.

Not many transactions will take place between now and July 4, when many NFL execs return from vacation. Warner wants two years added to his deal.

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TheRedMarauder
06-30-2008, 12:10 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves has been in contact with the agent for Anquan Boldin.

Graves reportedly made a "courtesy call" to agent Drew Rosenhaus, saying the club would like to upgrade Boldin's deal. Boldin has hinted that he might skip part of training camp if talks don't go smoothly. However, the team has only $2-4 million in available cap space and may need that for in-season signings. The Arizona Republic doesn't expect a new deal this summer.

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TheRedMarauder
07-01-2008, 11:57 AM
Cardinals writer Kurt Somers expects the team to continue throwing often in 2008 because they lack the personnel to be a power offense.

Arizona tied for second in pass attempts last season. Ken Whisenhunt would ideally run more, but Edgerrin James isn't a true power back. While we don't foresee the Cards repeating their number of attempts if the defense doesn't crumble again, their best offense players are still at wide receiver.

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TheRedMarauder
07-02-2008, 11:31 AM
Free agent RB Najeh Davenport is reportedly interested in playing for the Lions and Cardinals.

No word on whether the interest is mutual, but both teams could obviously use a big back with Davenport's skills. The Browns would be another interesting land spot, but Davenport admitted that it's not an option because of his troublesome relationship with his son's mother in Cleveland.

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TheRedMarauder
07-02-2008, 01:23 PM
His new Cardinals teammates have given rookie Brandon Keith a new nickname after learning of Keith's arrest for rioting at Northern Iowa.

"Even Leinart was like, 'You really got tasered? Did it hurt?'" said Keith, a 6'5/343-pound offensive tackle who got tasered by Iowa police a month before the draft. "They call me 'Taz.' They say its short for Tasmanian devil, but I think it’s short for taser. I tell them, 'Yall are trying to be funny.' But it’s a rookie thing, so I am down with it."

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TheRedMarauder
07-03-2008, 02:37 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves says the team has no interest in free agent Najeh Davenport.

Najeh said he'd target the Lions and Cardinals as suitors, but his off-field past will work against him. The Cards also aren't in position to sign players other than their rookies. It's too bad, because this could've been a nice fit.

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TheRedMarauder
07-17-2008, 08:45 PM
In another YouTube Video, agent Drew Rosenhaus says there's an "open dialogue" between him and the Cardinals regarding a possible contract extension for Anquan Boldin.

The Cards break for training camp on July 23. Rosenhaus says he hopes true negotiations, and ultimately a finalized deal, can happen before then. Rosenhaus doesn't say whether Boldin is considering a holdout.

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TheRedMarauder
07-21-2008, 01:52 PM
Cardinals GM Rod Graves conceded that Leonard Pope (ankle) may not be ready for the start of training camp.

The Cards kick off practices on July 24. Pope's 2007 season ended with a dislocated ankle. He was never reported to have had surgery, but didn't practice at all this offseason, so his injury has become a real concern.


Cardinals GM Rod Graves expects SS Adrian Wilson (Achilles' surgery) to be "100 percent" when the team opens training camp.

Wilson missed all OTAs, but it sounds like Arizona expects him to be working twice-a-day in August.

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TheRedMarauder
07-21-2008, 08:12 PM
Cardinals released DE/OLB Bo Schobel.

Schobel's proven that he isn't an impact defender. The Cards will keep him on speed dial, though; they cut and signed him at least five times last year.

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kingbrentg
07-22-2008, 05:49 AM
The agent for Kurt Warner says talks with the Cardinals regarding an extension for his client are still "not close."
If the Cards had room to be doling out extensions, Anquan Boldin would likely be their top priority, with Warner second. But Warner is 37 and has a contract for this season. He may have to wait until the winter for a new deal.

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kingbrentg
07-22-2008, 05:50 AM
Cardinals NT Gabe Watson (fractured kneecap) will not be available when the team opens training camp Wednesday.
He'll likely go on camp/PUP, but could come off a few weeks into August. Watson needed surgery to fix his injury in April. Backup nose Alan Branch, who was out of shape at minicamps, will benefit from the increased reps.

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TheRedMarauder
07-23-2008, 11:59 PM
Cardinals ILB Monty Beisel underwent back surgery a few weeks ago.

A slow recovery could kill his chances of making the roster. Beisel was Arizona's third inside linebacker behind Karlos Dansby and Gerald Hayes last season, but could easily lose that gig to Matt Stewart or Ali Highsmith.

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TheRedMarauder
07-31-2008, 11:18 AM
Cardinals QB Matt Leinart admits he was pretty much clueless in picking up coach Ken Whisenhunt's offense last year.

Leinart claims that he does have command of the offense this year in addition to a new found personal maturity. If he is showing commitment and putting his partying ways behind him, Leinart may actually be able to hold off Kurt Warner this season.

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TheRedMarauder
07-31-2008, 06:19 PM
Cardinals signed OT Kelly Butler to a one-year contract.

Butler, 26, has started games before but will be a backup in Zona.

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