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Cards not using the tag

Posted by Darren Urban on February 25, 2010 – 11:46 am

No surprise, but the Cardinals aren’t using the franchise tag or transition tag this season. It wasn’t going to be used on Karlos Dansby. The only possibility was probably kicker Neil Rackers, but it in the end, it didn’t make much sense.


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45 Responses to “Cards not using the tag”

  1. By Connor on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Is there any news on who might Arizona pursue in the off-season?

  2. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Connor –

    Not yet.

  3. By Brayden on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Any recent information about Antrel Rolle?

  4. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Brayden –

    Nothing has changed with Rolle.

  5. By gordo on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    i guess graves and bidwell must be content on already makin the superbowl. WHICH WERE NOT!

  6. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Gordo –

    What makes you say that?

  7. By MoJo on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Any possibility of signing Sharper if we loose Roll. Do you also think Kapman can be an option.

  8. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    MoJo –

    Sharper has said he doesn’t plan on leaving N.O. and I doubt he will. Kampman didn’t fit well in the Packers’ 3-4, so I don’t think he’d work well here either. He’s a 4-3 DE.

  9. By Mike T on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    We all pretty much knew that Dansby was only “rented” for one more year last year. Question is who replaces Dasby now? Davis? Baggs? FA? Rookie?

  10. By gordo on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    darren how about robinson and peirce.

  11. By MoJo on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    then what is the plane if Roll were to leave??

  12. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Mike T –

    A good question. Davis and Baggs are outside LBs. My guess is they will sign an FA or draft one.

  13. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Gordo –

    Pierce is old and has had injury issues. Unless he’s working for cheap, I doubt it. The problem with Robinson is going to be his price. They also already have a No. 1 CB in DRC. I doubt it, just because there are greater needs (NT, LB) in free agency.

  14. By gordo on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    lets hope we make a impact some how this offseason that can show everyone that were still are the top team in the nfc west.

  15. By Mark on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    With all the NT getting tagged there is not a lot of NT options left. Still think Fred Robbins or Jimmy Kennedy might be the best available options. ILB is tough in FA. Maybe Foote, Chillar, Crowell , Wilhelm, Beisel, or Bullock or Bracket, but I think all of these would just be keeping a seat warm until whoever the Cards draft is ready to start. Any other good options I am missing?

  16. By Eric on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    What is the difference between a transition tag and a tender? What is a tender, exactly? Have any Cardinals players received tenders yet?

  17. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Mark –

    “Good” is a relative term.

  18. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Eric –

    A tender is used for the restricted free agents, although in a lot of ways, the franchise and transition tag are just a fancy tender offer. In all cases, the team keeps the right of first refusal, meaning if a player signed an offer sheet from another team, the original team can match the contract. A transition tag is keeping the ROFR for an unrestricted free agent, so it’s worth more than a usual tender offer to an RFA.

  19. By Eazy E on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hey darren, you know its a passing league and you have to have your starting corners both able to shut it down. Not one pro bowler(drc) and the other below average(b-mac) based on last year. Teams will pick on b-mac, i think b-mac will do better next season but we can’t not address the cb position and dunta would just be another #1 opposite drc, just like our wr position, anquan is a #1 and fitz is also. Also cb steps in as our #2 biggest need behind LB because unfortunately all the big name NT got franchised or agreed to a deal(casey got a 3 year deal earlier today). We have to pay up. The draft is super deep at NT and we can possibly grab a cody or dan williams at #26. CB in the draft is not exactly strong, so we need to pursue that position in free agency and LB. We already gotta upgrade opposite drc and possibly hopefully not rolle.

  20. By Jesus on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Gordo,
    wlecome aboard on the Cards wagon, your just like the rest already writing us off, real fan I take it. so when the season is over who’s going to be your team

  21. By Derek on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-

    So does that mean that Rackers is gone?

  22. By alex u on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    The way the off-season is going so far tells were not going to make the playoffs.

  23. By Jesse Robles on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    This draft is so deep at Defense, we will get some good picks.

  24. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Eazy –

    It’s easy to say “pay up” but you can’t pay everyone. You pay another star cornerback with DRC and Adrian (and still possibly Rolle) and then get a pass rusher and pay Dockett … actually, I have heard the CB draft is deep. And they have Toler, who is the guy they want to evolve into that other corner.

  25. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Derek –

    It means Rackers will be a free agent. It doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t return.

  26. By 949cardsfan on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    EasyE, couldnt agree with you more. CB is our biggest weakness, Michael Adams and Ralph Brown dont even belong on the practice squad and BMac is a nickel back at best. Bringing robinson takes the secondary from being a liability to a strength. and Darren we are fine at DT. Dockett, Watson, and an improving Branch, and what about Robinson?

  27. By gordo on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    jesus
    im sorry i dont jump from team to team ive been a cards fan for 21 years i can name every coach quarteback u name it.. im from yuma arizona.. im dedicated! to the CARDINALS! ur the wagon jumper.. bet u were a cowboys fan.. or a raiders fan .

  28. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    949 –

    The Cards want to see what they can do at DT. Robinson can come back, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cards try to upgrade.

  29. By Carter on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    any possibility of signing julius peppers if we lose dansby or someone else?

  30. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Carter –

    No, not for the money he will expect.

  31. By RodgersCromartie on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    McFadden disapointed me with 0 picks and letting recievers score on him at anytime, you think someone with 2 Rings would step up, but id like to see him stay and actually do something for us, I dunno if I can stand another 18 years of shame, but anyway, derren, are we going to resign Rolle or not? If we let him go this franchise fails

  32. By RodgersCromartie on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    i honestly dont wanna see this team end up like the Diamondbacks in 01, finally got that world series! Only to lose every single star player due to not “Paying up”. I love Rolle and Boldin, I like Dansby too, I love all of our Vets on this team, and so far one by one they slip away, getting rid of JJ and Hood last year really upset me, and now that my 2nd fav player Q is probably going to be another teams treasure i am going to be heart broken

  33. By darrenurban on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    RodgersCromartie –

    Then I guess there’s a chance the franchise fails. Or a chance that you enjoy a little hyperbole.

  34. By RodgersCromartie on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    What id love to see happen this offseason is for the front office to get on thier hands and knees and beg Warner to come back behind Lienart for one final season and go out with another ring like Favre almost did, throw him as backup in case Lienart cant get it done, then resign Rolle, work something out with Anquan, and fix the holes we are going to have after Dansby and other leave

  35. By dylan on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    if it is a uncapped season then pay what we gotta pay lol

  36. By RodgersCromartie on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Untill next season……. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for defensive MVP 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! have a good one boys

  37. By Aaron on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    Just asking for your opinion on this. Assuming that Dansby and Rolle don’t return, what would you consider the biggest need on the team at the moment?

  38. By darrenurban on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron –

    There is no question it is defense at linebacker. Without Dansby, Berry and Okeafor, that corps got thin in a hurry.

  39. By Ditship on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    Anyone thinking we need to worry about CB more than LB has no clue how important LB is in a 3-4 defense. BFad might have been a disapointment this year but with the 2 year contract I feel the thought was of him being a transition player anyway.. we still have DRC and I feel we’ll see Toller step up this year and we should see a vet come in as well.. though not a high dollar one. I am horrified about our situation at LB right now though. OLB we have Haggans who has had issues staying healthy and getting a little long in the tooth and then 4 unknowns (Baggs, Brown, Davis and Washington). Inside we have Hayes (who really seemed to falter badly after about mid season) and 2 Special Teams players (Walker and Highsmith). I’m not even sure if Highsmith is still on the team (I think he was moved to the PS?). I almost feel that we should draft LBs with 2 of our first 3 picks this year. Other than a backup QB in the Mid to later rounds I almost feel we should go all defense.

    There is a WHOLE LOT of unknown going into this season. GO CARDS!

  40. By Cory on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-

    I agree that we are hurting at linebacker. What I don’t understand is why we are looking at all these options to replace Dansby. Why aren’t we trying to keep him? Is it that he doesn’t want to be a Card anymore, or are we not willing to pay him the money? I just got done watching SC- they called him the number one free agent behind Peppers… so why look for a free agent when we have a relationship with the best already?

  41. By darrenurban on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    Cory –

    Just because he is the best available in this FA class doesn’t mean he is necessarily worth the money he will get. I’m not knocking Dansby, because he is a very good player and important to the team. But first, Dansby isn’t going to sign anywhere until he knows his worth. He has to hit the market. And put aside the actual dollars the Cards would have to shell out for Dansby for a moment. What would it do for the locker room if Dansby got that money, knowing his good but not great production and no Pro Bowls? What would Wilson think? Dockett? That plays a role.

  42. By Mike"Pay Q" on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    Rodgerscromartie, I am sorry but you obviously know nothng about team sports or football. No one with any sense would “beg” Kurt Warner, a certain hall of famer, to come back to BACK UP Leinart? Come on…

  43. By 949cardsfan on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for explaining that to folks Darren. If your gonna pay top dollar, it better be for a top dollar player. Dansby is good, but not great, you cant pay him as if he is a top 5 LB in the league, he’s not. Remember Calvin pace, remeber his free agent contract. Whats he done sinse?

    Ditship, Your right about our need at LB , but like I said, you don’t throw huge loot at marginal players (Dansby and Rolle). You throw it at dominate players with a unique skill set, preferably at the most important positions on the field…QB,CB,OT. Peppers is the only LB I would include in this category (dominant), and Im not sure about him either, he’s getting a little old. We should be able to replace marginal players like, Okeafer, Berry, through the draft. But when you have an oppurtunity to make a huge upgrade at a position you are weakest at, you do it! Dunta Robinson is probably the only defensive free agent out there in the prime of his career, worth the big time money. How sick would it be to have DRC, D.Robinson, BMac, and Toler out there, as opposed to DRC, BMac, Adams, and Ralph Brown. If your gonna be avg at one level, LB, you better be dominate at the next, Secondary!

  44. By John on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    Help is on the way andits not free agency. There isn’t anyone who jumps out in FA.
    The Cards need to draft well. The draft is deep at passrushers and corners. Cards need to trade Boldin and pick up another 2. Then grab an ILB like Witherspoon at 1, Grab a Safety like Allen with the Boldin pick and get a guy like Jerry Hughes at OLB with the other 2. There will be a number of corners available in the 3rd round not to mention a couple of NTs in Troop and Houston. Remember, Aeneas Williams, Darnell Dockett and Adrian Wilson were 3rd round picks.

    The big wildcard (and I mean big) is Mount Cody. We do need a NT and it will be hard to let him pass. A good nosetackle is a must for 3-4 teams and since all the NTs have been signed or franchised, the cards may need to draft one.
    Darren, has anyone with the Cards talked about Cody. I could see the cards grabbing him if he fell to the 2nd round.

  45. By darrenurban on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    John –

    I haven’t heard Cody’s name specifically, but there is little question a good 3-4 defense needs a strong nose tackle and the Cards are paying attention to the position this offseason.

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