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Kolb’s first day as camp nears

Posted by Darren Urban on July 29, 2011 – 1:16 pm

Kevin Kolb, in his press conference, talked about how comfortable he already was in this city. And he looked it. He handled the questions as you’d think, acknowledging he has a lot to prove and that there is risk involved from the Cardinals’ end. But he clearly is confident he will make this deal pay off, and while you’d expect him to say just that, it’s one thing to say it and another thing to sound like you mean it. Kolb is the latter.

He said, after working out with Larry Fitzgerald that one time in the offseason that it was a “good fit.” Better yet was this line on Fitz: “Great teammate and you can tell he’s a great leader … you don’t always find that in a receiver.” When Kolb arrived, by the way, Fitz was there and gave him a big hug.

Kolb said he hopes to “work something out” with kicker Jay Feely to wear No. 4. I’m guessing that isn’t going to be a problem. Kolb also will be sidelined practice-wise until Aug. 4. As a refresher, anyone signing a new contract this offseason has to wait until that date — next Thursday — meaning all the non-rookies the Cards sign (including their own, like center Lyle Sendlein) can’t do anything until then.

– The Cards agreed with Eagles LB Stewart Bradley (and, I didn’t note this last night, lost DL Alan Branch to Seattle).

– The Cards will get a veteran WR, but it’s not going to be a big name (i.e., no Malcom Floyd or Braylon Edwards). They are still looking at cornerbacks.


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112 Responses to “Kolb’s first day as camp nears”

  1. By Sean on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ugh man… This wide receiver corps… Fitz is gonna be quadruple teamed until someone proves himself to be a threat… Roberts, Doucet, Komar, Williams, plus whoever this no-name veteran is… gonna be a pain to watch. I really hope some of these guys pan out.

  2. By 40yearfan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, I missed Kolb’s press conference. Are the Cardinals going to put a video of it on the web-site?

  3. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren will you post the presser?

    Thanks for putting the schedule in Outlook again this year.

  4. By john on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    If they aren’t going after floyd or edwards who will be on their search list?

  5. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Why do we need to look for a veteran WR. Oh yeah, that’s right – we let our own veteran 1,000 yard receiver go someplace else. Wonder how that’s sitting with Fitz.

    Kolb doesn’t look much more intelligent than Derek Anderson in that photo above. ;)

  6. By Javi on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    why no malcom floyd darren?

  7. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Stewart Bradley? Didn’t he and Kevin both go down with concussions in the first game last year against the Packers?

  8. By MikeFlorio on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Okay so..Kolb and Bradley..For DRC and 2nd rd pick. I can swallow that alittle bit more.
    Also whiz was on PFTLive and had alot of sense with his thoughts on the Kolb trade.

    just wish that the Cards would make a splash…A big named WR and CB would be awesome…Who wouldn’t wanna tandem with Fitz and work with Adub???

    Any thoughts Urb, on who we are going after??

    Also whats the status of Watson, Robinson, and Deuce??

    Will Kolb at least be at the training camp on Sat??

  9. By theuglitruth on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Harvey Dahl just signed with the Rams…nice pick up for their oline. Are we in the market for more Olinemen?

    Thx!

  10. By Jesse Robles on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Plus Sam Acho at LB, we are making some good moves. A couple more moves like Darren noted, should be in good shape. Was a little skeptical about Kolb, but all we can do is see. Excited for the season, Cam Newton Season opener should be interesting.

    Bart Scott: “CANT WAIT!”

  11. By Nick Pepe on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I hope he’s as comfortable in the pocket as he was in the press room.

  12. By nola on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Definetly a good pickup in bradley…kinda helps me forget the whole Drc thing. so darren speaking of drc, would you give me a couple of names that the cardinals could possibly be interested in as far as replacing drc and breaston? is antonio chromartie possible?
    thanks D:)

  13. By Gocardds on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Go cards!!!!!!

  14. By tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    really liked his press conference. i see no way he doesnt get number 4 with that new contract and its feely… feely will take the money hes a kicker!

  15. By Jake on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    You have any thoughts on the idea that as a whole the Cardinals org/FO seems unwilling to admit mistakes they have made and rather than cutting their losses or improving on them, they just let them run their course and then resolve the issue a year or two later.

    The QB issue was glaring and they addressed that in essentially a “make of break” type move where both Graves and Whiz will be fired if it doesn’t work out

    They still admit that drafting Levi Brown wasn’t a mistake, they keep talking him up like he’ll suddenly become a good LT this year or next year, when he is regarded as a below average T. There have been plenty of solid options in FA, draft, etc but they don’t choose to upgrade the position instead they just make due with what they have – same goes for other defensive positions etc.

    They say their CBs are solid when both Toler and DRC and the backups played very poorly last year along with the defense as a whole. Now they remove DRC and replace him with a rookie who has never played a snap and missed all the off season OTA’s etc(though he does have a lot of promise). Meanwhile there are a ton of solid FA CBs available who would be solid #1s, allowing Peterson to be the #2 and Toler the nickel. They don’t even go after some guys who are just experienced quality vets at the position.

    Joey Porter was lousy as a pass rushing force last year( as many pundits predicted he would be) but we’re gonna keep him at a reduced rate and start him rather than simply cut our losses and improve at that position with a Rudd, Roth, etc.

    O-line…there were o-lineman considered to be much better tackles, guards, etc than the GB guard we signed…but we opted for the guy who most experts called “solid, but not great and better options were available.”

    Again..if the Cardinals O-line and offensive coaches had a history with building a great line then that would be one thing…but Whiz and Grimm have been fairly lousy so far.

    They always say “we have a system…just believe in it” but these areas are consistently poor. Yes the Cards were a horribly run team for years prior…but simply going from horrible to average/decent in a incredibly weak division as an organization shouldn’t = just trust us when people call them out on clear mistakes.

    Thoughts?

  16. By Susan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Well, he’s cute.. that counts for somethin’! Welcome to Phoenix Kevin!

  17. By Alex on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren. I saw that quite a bit of good players were released by the Patriots. Any chance we bag some of them?
    Patriots released OLB Tully Banta-Cain, CB Tony Carter, TE Alge Crumpler, T Nick Kaczur, DL Marcus Stroud, DL Ty Warren, LB Ryan Coulson

  18. By Michael on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, with all of that cap space (or I guess what is left after kolb) why are they not going “all in” and getting a top tier #2 wide out to replace Breaston? Any word on which CB they are looking at?

  19. By Nick on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Whatwhatwhat?! He should be wearing red – not pink!

  20. By Tyrelle Dunn on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    So Roberts will be our number 2 and we are looking at DB. A 3rd string DB?

  21. By Ben on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Do you think the Cardinals would be willing to go after Michael Jenkins from Atlanta? He has been in the league for eight years; however, I do not know what type of salary he would be demanding. What are your thoughts on this?

    Thanks,
    Ben

  22. By whoknowsnothing on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Urban, What are the chances of landing the other Cromartie? and going after another inside linebacker like Barnett, Rudd, or Tulloch?

  23. By modavaysean on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    AAawwwwwwww was hoping for Floyd . I had my doubts about Braylon . Do you think Legado Naane or James Jones could be a possibility . A speedster that could stretch the field would be huge for us .

  24. By Ben on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ignore the above if the rumor about the Cardinals will sign Chansi Stuckey is true…

  25. By Rody on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren

    I noticed that the 1st week of training camp there are 2 a days scheduled but not week 2. I thought I had heard under the new CBA no 2 a days. does week one follow under the old CBA? Thanks

  26. By D on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    c. stuckey?? that isn’t going to get the double team away from fitz….I say we go after R. Moss…

  27. By Robbie on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, what linebacking position do you thing Bradley will play?

  28. By Tx Cards fan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Things are looking good so far I think Bradley will fit well. Is there any word on resigning any of our own talent or draft picks to get them in camp? Also a T, WR, and CB are still a must in my humble personal opinion. We have to protect Kolb or we shouldn’t have went and got him. We need a left Tackle and have Brown and Keith compete for the right side. Lastly do we really think Fitz will resign if he spends all year getting double teamed and get no balls? A WR is a must and play Roberts at the slot.

  29. By aitchem on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    The Cards may be looking at CBs, but the Eagles are looking pretty good there. Apparently they just signed Nnamdi. Paired with DRC, they might be a tad tough to pass on for a while.

  30. By Darren Urban on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Javi —

    RE: Floyd

    I don’t know why. Haven’t had a chance to ask.

  31. By Darren Urban on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    theugli —

    RE: OLine

    I would expect so, yes.

  32. By Andy on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Are the Cardinals going to be in the race for Assante Samuel once he is relaesed or is he too much?

  33. By Jeff on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Watching the NFL network and they mentioned AZ was in the race for nnamdi after he signed with the eagles, was this true?

  34. By Darren Urban on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    MikeFlorio —

    RE: Questions

    1) Don’t know on Watson, Deuce. Not sure Robinson is in the mix.
    2) Kolb will be there but cannot practice.

  35. By brad oneill on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    hey come on Ottis Kenny powers rocks!!!!

  36. By Darren Urban on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Michael —

    RE: CBs

    No, I don’t know who.

  37. By Darren Urban on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Ben —

    RE: WR

    They signed Chansi Stuckey.

  38. By Darren Urban on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Whoknows —

    RE: LB/CB

    They signed Stewart as ILB. Don’t know on CB.

  39. By Darren Urban on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Robbie —

    RE: Stewart

    I’d guess he will replace Hayes/Lenon and team with Washington.

  40. By modavaysean on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    ASANTE ASANTE ASANTE ASANTE ASANTE ASANTE ASANTE ASANTE !!!!!!!

  41. By James on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren-

    Unlike some people i am SOOO excitef for this year i think we found our franchise QB we are making big Moves! Is there any intrest in reciever malcom Floyd the WR from Chargers man he is 6-5!! he could help Fitz any thoughts?

  42. By stephn on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren what are the chances Arizona goes back to Philly to get Assante Sammuel with Asomugha joining the Eagles now

  43. By ernie on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I think the cards should get todd heap at tight end and breaston replacement should be veteran wr derrick mason. mason was a beast last year in baltimore. this would make this offense very dangerous. What you think Darren??????

  44. By Rugbymuffin on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    We lose Steve Breaston and replace him with C.Stuckey ?

    WOW. What a downgrade for that position. How do you go from the WR core of 2008 to this pile of pig poop ?

    If Fitzgerald goes down, then the Cardinals will have the worse WR core in the entire NFL.

    Unbelievable. What a horrible signing, and move.

  45. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Stewart Bradley has only played 12 games in the last 2 years; I do not think I would be getting rid of anybody we have.

    Chansi Stuckey is not a number 2! He has 5 touchdowns in 5 years and a 10 yard per catch average, certainly he is not the answer to anything is he?

  46. By Scharf on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, I was reading that Tim Hightower didn’t sign his tender offer. What does that mean? If he doesn’t sign it what will happen to him?

  47. By buuuuuuuush on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    wow, we sign a nobody WR. A couple average to below average players that the contending teams didnt want anymore. Traded our best young defensive back AND a 2nd rd pick for an unproven QB. I HATE our FO. Looks like the cards took a page from the suns book of how not to run a team. why not get a good reciever to replace breaston? why not sign a good cb to replace DRC? We let the eagles steal nhamdi also??? couldnt make a good offer with all your cap space? good luck i hate the cardinals now. LARRY PLEASE LEAVE AND GO SOMEWHERE THAT WILL GIVE U A CHANCE TO WIN, I AND MANY OTHER EX CARDS FANS WONT BLAME YOU!!!!!!

  48. By JOhn on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Who is chansi stuckey? lets sign steve smith or randy moss. These two would be way better than stuckey.

  49. By D on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Duece got loose…now a Bengal

  50. By azcards24 on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    hey darren,
    2 questions

    *So with the signing of this Stuckey, are the cardinals truely done looking for a WR.?

    *IF SO will we look in to another tight end to compete for that position?

    i know we have alot of guys at TE already but its obvious we need another decent person for kolb to throw to.

  51. By John the draft guy on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Jake,
    Ruud plays MLB in a 4-3, Porter is an outside LB in a 3-4. Ruud is considered soft in Tampa.

    Guys we are set at TE. We are not getting Heap. Jeff King was a solid pick up. Plus we drafted a TE in the 3rd round. It’s done.

    Stuckey is not the only WR we are going to bring in. He will compete for a spot and be looked at as a possible punt returner.

    The cards have had an excellent off season so far. I love Kolb’s presser. He sound like a guy who understands what is expected of him and ready to accept the role of being the guy. To me, he sounds like a franchise guy.
    Bradley is a good signing. Injuries are a concern, but his talent is real. If healthy, teamed with Washington, we have the ILB spots filled for a while.

    Be patient people. another WR will be brought in and another CB. No it won’t be Samual, but I’m sure it will be someone solid to come in and compete.

  52. By Mr. Know It All on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    The Eagles Land DRC and N Asomugha if they keep
    A Samuel that is a awesome trio of CB’s Eagles flyin to the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cards DC Horton best wishes on putting together a better trio of CB’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. By K DUB on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Will the website release a video of Kolb’s arrival and meeting everyone at the tempe facility?

  54. By aitchem on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    now we’ve lost Lutui too. No surprise, I guess. Wish Dahl had come here instead of going to the Rams.

  55. By Cactus jeff on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren

    Cardinals won’t sign a big name free agent. They are done. They will sell us on Kolb as the big move. Am I right…again?

  56. By Richard S. on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Losing Alan Branch. Kind of makes you think Seattle was thinking “What can we do to sabotage Arizona’s chances this year.” Looks like the Eagles are going to the Super Bowl this year. The trade they made with us, picking up a backup QB with a winning record, and now adding Asomugha. They should be NFC champs this year. I think one thing we may look back on and say we did well was signing Free Agent non-draftee William Powell. I mean look at his college stats – 34.6 KO return average, 23 carries for 250 yards. I hope we got another Terelle Davis there. Looking at those stats make me feel the same way I felt when I saw video of Q after he was drafted, putting a move on a defender as he made his way into the end zone. I instantly told my son to draft him in his fantasy draft, of course he ignored me until after the first game.

  57. By Mike In Mesa on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Rugby I think you are underrating the receivers here. I actually think the Cardinals should stand pat with the receivers they have. Roberts, Doucet, Williams, and Komar all can shine here I think. How are we going to know what they can do if no one gives them a chance? Floyd didn’t shine until Jackson sat out.

  58. By lg on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    we need to get nate clements im i right or wrong

  59. By tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    darren,

    when is the first practice??? and will you have pictures up when there is the first practice?

  60. By tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    lol darren i need you to post pics of peterson when hes practicing! i gotta see him in some red and white! obviously once hes signed… GO CARDINALS!

  61. By Tx Card fan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    So that answered my question about re-signing our own players. Duce is now with the Bangles. That makes four starters that need replaced now. Please football God’s do not let the Cardinals “replace them from within” like we did with the guys from last year. So if I’m counting right we still need a starting WR, G, and CB just to replace what we have lost from our 5 and 11 team of last year. I also see that we have the three draft picks that will possibly be counted on to start not signed and not in camp. I hope the suits don’t think that bring in Kolb and going after Chansi Stuckey, and resigning Reagan Maui’a and Ben Claxton would be enough. As always trying to be positive. All I will say is you can’t blame coaches with no talent and you can’t judge QB’s with no O line.

  62. By Tbru on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Andre Roberts is going to be a star

    Not counting the undrafted tackling dummies we signed, do we even have 53 guys under contract right now?

  63. By Alex on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Soooo close. I heard we nearly had Nnamdi last night. Well there’s still Cromartie. Or Asante.

  64. By tom on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    darren

    just heard the cards went after nnamdi a little last night! wow! does that surprise you?

  65. By ernie on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I guess the cards heard me on this one, looks like we getting heap, GO CARDINALS!!!!!!!! now get that veteran wr. I like either mason or randy moss.

  66. By Motavaysean on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I been a fan and have stuck through thick and thin ever since 88 but this is just sad . Even when forced to spend this organization goes cheap . Im going to watch the games but i wil not attend any . Nor will i buy anymore Cardinal stuff either . We have down graded again and again and we have been made the laughing stock of the NFL again . Im just sick to my stomach . We are a joke and as faithful as i have been for 20 + years this is a total slap in the face . I guess they are all right about us . We got lucky with Warner but it will never happen again . Thanks for being SOOOOOO aggressive in FA LOL aggressive at getting cheap players . Goodbye Fitz it was nice seein you play here but your better off somewhere else and by next year you will be . MAKE ME WRONG ABOUT THIS GGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. By ernie on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    It makes sense to target heap because kolb loves throwing to tight ends. brent celek was one his fav targets in philly

  68. By Robbie on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, now that Nnamdi is in Phili, do you think we will try and get him back?

  69. By Robbie on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    DRC that is.

  70. By Scott H on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    great…we lose Breaston and we can now feel assured that whoever comes in to replace him will not be a big name. Wow, that’s really aggressive. Malcom Floyd ISN’T EVEN what I would call a “big name” WR and we can’t even look forward to someone on THAT level??? Sigh…boy, I’ll tell ya what…when it comes to aggressiveness during free agency, the other 31 teams in the NFL don’t stand a chance when the Cardinals are around! Good luck to Fitz trying to get open this season when he’s being triple-covered everywhere he goes. Honestly – who else do opposing defenses have to worry about??? If we can’t even look forward to a Malcom Floyd-level WR coming here to take Breaston’s spot…then that is yet another failure by this organization.

    Darren – Can I ask you to up-date me on the Cardinals situation with the salary cap? Because I thought they were one of the teams in better shape going into FA and were going to be in a position to be active. Obviously, they had to pay Kolb, but…is that it???

  71. By Scott H on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    PS – Yo, Kevin…what’s with the hair??? You just roll out of bed, or what???

  72. By Brad Oneill on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    i figured duece was gone but it still hurts. i hate this time of year.

  73. By Andre on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    unless they surprise EVERYONE like they did in 09… remember when alot of people said the cards wouldnt make the playoffs? well they made to the Big game!

  74. By Eazy E on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I also heard and saw that last night we got in on the asomugha sweepstakes late and almost got him. Cards gotta close these BIG deals. Dammit!! They better get samuel I heard from philly. Cards need to spend to replace Breaston because dre, stuckey, doucet or whoever isn’t gonna do. Get Floyd or Edwards to pair with Fitz. King is also not going to work at TE. We can do SO much better than him at TE. Colledge is a pretty good guard, so I like that pickup, but I don’t like us losing duece our own players gone again. We still need to pick up another great lineman. We also have to address our pass rush at OLB too. Let’s go cards, I don’t like the kolb deal at all!! Get it together cards.

  75. By lvtoaz on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    i have a question trying to be answered and have been messaging you foeever yoday why is ocho practicing with the pats and kolb not aloud till aug 4th?? please please tell me!!!

  76. By Scharf on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren – What does it mean that Tim Hightower hasn’t signed his tender? Is he still under contract this year?

  77. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    Nick Eason 14 starts in 7 years. Stuckey 5 starts in 5 years.

    Why are we signing career backups?

    What is wrong with this picture?

  78. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    No Duece?

  79. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Jeremy Bridges and Rex Hadnot more backups.

  80. By Derek on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    “I’d guess he will replace Hayes/Lenon and team with Washington.”

    Lenon was a bright side to our Dline last year, what happened to that? Washington will be a monster.

    This time of year is always so damn terrifying. You have to give our defense credit last year, they weren’t great but they were on the field ALL THE TIME. Eventually that gets tiring.

    Darren,

    We got Stuckey, who isn’t breaston but is “ok.” Is there a reason why we wouldn’t spend some of the money we’ve been saving up for years on Floyd? Any long term plans for #2. We both know Doucet isn’t exactly ready just yet, especially after the injury last year.

    Look at everyone elses team. 68M for Kolb for 5 years isn’t going to break the bank. Not when the Pats are on a spending spree and the Eagles are gunning for everything under the sun. If the Pats got the money to spend you know FOR A FACT Michael Bidwill does, the man just has to be willing to put money on this team instead of wanting “the cheap but available to fill slots” type of player. Hey Michael, thanks for the memories man but could you do us and your own family history and stop being so damn cheap. If you can’t afford to make the “big pays” than it’s time to sell to an owner who’s willing to put the money down. But I’m glad I could help you build the stadium with my taxes bro, thanks for the short cuts.

    Come on Cards, it’s us and Seattle.

  81. By Mike K on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I sense alot of anxiety from fans expecting ‘more’ of a spending free. Nobody had any idea we got into Nmandi ‘late’. So I am going to assume that the Cards are busy but the FAs are starting to look a little bleak. After Cromartie and Rogers, the DBs get thin. Two career journeymen battling to start at RG. Questionable bookends. Hightower trying to make his on trade/free agency. Less is more at WR? The fans need a splash, so they are certain Kolb was a desperate move. Please put the word in for us.

  82. By NJAzCardsFan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren- are you on here 24×7 for a while??? -LOL-

    I saw Duece is going elsewhere on a Foxsports website but they didn’t say where. Any ideas?
    Why hasn’t THT sign his tender offer? Is he going to bolt also?

  83. By theuglitruth on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    I hope you had a nice drive to Flag…I bet the weather is awesome there compated to the valley.

    As for free agency, it’s getting a little thin now. Jusin Blalock< Kyle DeVan still out there, Chris Carr, Clements, and A Cromartie still out there…James Joes… Regarding Samuels, I say we don't give up anymore picks to the Eagles.

    Fingers crossed, tomorrow is another day.

  84. By Bryan on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren
    will the cardinals look to some of the players that Pittsburgh let go today like they have done in the past? I think they should pick up both max starks for the o-line and pick up randle el for a replacement for breaston. what are your thoughts? thank you

  85. By chickenstax on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    With all the money this team DIDN’T spend last year and with the most cap room in the league this year, how do you rate the trade-offs of guys we lost versus the guy’s we’ve gained in FA?

    Chansi Stuckey v. Steve Breaston – Stuckey’s never had more than 400 yards in a season and has missed huge chunks of time over his career as a replacement. Breaston, who missed 4 games in 4 years, knows the system and has averaged 800 yards the last three years and didn’t get a contract that breaks ANY bank.

    Stewart Bradley v. Gerald Hayes: We replace an old broken down SILB in Hayes (who we depended on last season even though we know he was hurt) with a guy who’s missed 20 games in two years and hasn’t played good football since 2008. How do you rate that signing?

    DRC v. No One (or someone most likely the level of Stuckey): How do you rate this one?

    Kolb v. Anderson – BIG win for the Cardinals.

    Deuce Lutui v. Player of Chani Stuckey level: Our best O-linemen for what?

    Curious in your throughts on this.

    Also, Kent Somers reported that we can’t get any of our top 3 picks signed because the front office is too small and was too busy making the Kolb deal. Knowing how chaotic FA was going to be, why didn’t the front office add MORE PEOPLE to it, rather than just assign more DUTIES TO THE SAME AMOUNT OF PEOPLE?

    Penny for your thoughts.

    CS

  86. By Eric on Jul 29, 2011 | Reply

    Clearly there has been a plan with Breaston. I suspect constant injury contributed to him being 3rd on the depth chart. Not worried about the WR position.

    Things are really shaking out fast! Kolb, Bradley, and now the possibility of Asante Samuels? How awsome would that be? If he gets here it will be “DRC who?” more than it already was. At least he can tackle!

    I am so stoked about this season. I really believe our D is going to be awesome under Horton. I’ll be in Flag Sunday!

    I for one am impressed with Whiz and Graves work, especially when I heard how Close we were to Osi, holy crap!

    I am seing a bright future here and am glad I UPGRADED my five season tickets.

    GO CARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. By Artie on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    All-

    I must say that amongst my friends i have been the the biggest hater of getting Kolb for DRC, let alone DRC AND a second round pick. I feel that we had the opportunity for the best secondary in NFL history ( which actually is now Philly’s secondary) After feeling a little duped by Philly to get that amazing secondary for what they deemed as a back up quarterback. I hear everything Kolb has to say about coming to the desert and I can’t help but believe him. “This town fits my personality”. I mean what kind of statement is that, if he truly wasn’t meant to be here. Just hearing him speak I can definitely get on board. Now if his words turn into wins in an easily winnable division then call me the first on the Kevin Kolb bandwagon!!!

    GO CARDINALS 2011 NFC WEST CHAMPS!!

  88. By cardsalltheway on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    Other than Kolb, which the FO has had MANY MONTHS to think about where is the “aggression”?

    But maybe that doesn’t even count as “aggression” since many people don’t even consider that as “aggressive” considering the price.

    I know, there’s still time but please let us know the answer to my question in due time. When a coach(Ken W.) and/or FO(Cardinals) wouldn’t even consider players that some of the more successful teams do, then I’ve got to wonder what is wrong with those people? Should fans stick with the Arizona Cardinals because the coach and FO is more “ethical” in some non-defined way?

  89. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Scharf —

    RE: Hightower

    He wants to test the market.

  90. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    azcards24 —

    RE: TE

    The Cards are talking to Todd Heap.

  91. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    RE: Kolb video

    I don’t know if that will be happening. Lot of stuff going on at once.

  92. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Tom —

    RE: First practice

    First practice is Saturday at 3 p.m. Az time. We will have pictures and video.

  93. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Tom —

    RE: Nnamdi

    Yes, I was surprised.

  94. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Robbie —

    RE: DRC return

    Uh, no.

  95. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone —

    RE: Salary cap room

    I don’t know what the salary cap room is and won’t during camp. Too many moving parts, not enough contract details.

  96. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    lvtoaz —

    RE: Ochocinco

    Are you sure he is practicing? If he is, it’d be because his contract was traded and not restructured. Any one who re-does his deal has to sit.

  97. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Scharf —

    RE: Hightower

    The Cards tendered Hightower a one year deal back before the lockout. He is a FA, but if a team signs him to an offer, the Cards can match. If the Cards don’t, they’d get a second-round pick in return. I would think it unlikely Hightower gets an offer because a team wouldn’t give up a second-rounder, but he is going to look around the market. He can’t practice until the 4th anyway, so it’s not a big deal.

  98. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    NJaz —

    RE: Deuce/Hightower

    Deuce signed with Cincy. Not a surprise. I think both he and the team were ready to part ways. Hightower I still think will return after testing the market.

  99. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Bryan —

    RE: Starks/Randle El

    I don’t think they are going to go after a Randle El after getting Stuckey. Same type player. Starks has had weight issues so I don’t know if he’d be the one they’d want.

  100. By Darren Urban on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Chicken —

    RE: You owe me a penny

    Honestly, I’m too busy to debate stuff right now. It’s exhausting. I get everyone is mad. Nothing I can do about it.

  101. By Lonnie Nutt on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    ok, just day-dreaming….. how about Peterson and Samuels as starting corners and then Toler as third, then was still need at least two more GOOD not average O-linemen, come on man, we are so close. Just a couple of key players left and we will be there. I’m still not totally sold on Kolb, think what Orton did with who ever his receivers where in denver vs. what he could have done with us. And would have kept or secondary tight for at least one more year.

  102. By ross on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, you the man. I hear you are getting your back pay. Ask for interest. And a raise. You deserve it.

  103. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    “The Cards are talking to Todd Heap”.

    Talk is cheap. Sign him that will make a big statement on the commitment to winning.

    Lets Roll

  104. By John the draft guy on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,
    Your comment above about everyone being mad.
    Not everyone. I love this offseason. Add a tackle and this is our best offseason yet.

    As for WR, Roberts played much, much better than Breaston did at WR in his rookie year. Steve came back in year 2 to have a huge year including the playoff run that had Boldin out. Look for great things out of Roberts ( and yes, I’ll be the first to say I hated the pick when he was drafted). Sometimes the best signing is the one you don’t do.

  105. By modavaysean on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Well the Todd Heap and Richard Marshall signing are a sigh of relief . I understand we aren’t going to go after a WR worth talking about , but if we could get one more Oline man to solidify the line it would really help us believe this year won’t be so bad . There are line men being cut left and right . Tausher from the pack would be cool heck we just got Colledge from them maybe he would be willling to come also .

  106. By Tbru on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    “great…we lose Breaston and we can now feel assured that whoever comes in to replace him will not be a big name. Wow, ”

    Breaston wasn’t a big name when we drafted him. Big name free agents come with a big price tag, and they are guys the original team didn’t try to resign or franchise. I would rather draft or persue rank and file FA’s anytime than the so called big names.

    So long Duece, don’t let the door hit your fat a$$ on the way out

  107. By Tbru on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    “Darren, now that Nnamdi is in Phili, do you think we will try and get him back?
    DRC that is.”

    OMG, I almost hurt myself laughing that was a good one.

  108. By Larry on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, I’m not made. I for one, being a cardinal fan since 73 is liking these moves. Back ups are just as important as the starters. If a starter goes down, you want a back up that knows what he is doing out there and there is no real down grade at that position.

    I like the Stewart sign, Marshal signing, I like the Jeff King signing, but knowing that he is more of a blocking TE. Wouldnt the team (using a baseball term here) tip their pitches when they sub another TE into the game?

    As far as the KOLB trade and signing. I LOVE IT! Just seeing the team have the moxie to pull this type of trade alone is a welcome site.

  109. By ernie on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Did we get Heap yet?????????????

  110. By nooner on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    everyone is acting so surprised that the cards are doing what their doing do you think something was going to change after all these years, really the only real reason fitz got the contract he did is because of dare i say it dennis green trust me i am just as frustrated as the next person but come on lets just wait and see i think the only reason some the big market teams are making all these contracts is because of the short training camps

  111. By Eazy E on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Why aren’t we talking and signing an elite TE named Zach Miller from Oakland?

  112. By charles on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    From a Philly guy, Thanks! S. Bradley is a good pick up, and I think Kolb is a gutsy QB, always looking down field. We didn’t have the “O”line that could support him, that’s why Vick was a better fit for our team. If you can give Kolb a decent pocket, he will produce. He is accurate with his short to medium passes, but lacks a gun for deep balls. I liked both players and am sorry to see them go.

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