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Assessing the next moves

Posted by Darren Urban on March 22, 2012 – 10:29 am

It’s relatively quiet in Tempe right now. I know Adam Caplan reported that the Cards are re-signing reserve tackle D’Anthony Batiste — nothing official from the team yet, No surprise. There is a dearth of tackles on the roster and the Cardinals need players at the position (plus Batiste does have flexibility; he filled in for an injured Daryn Colledge at left guard at Minnesota last year.) Kicker Jay Feely also went on Sirius NFL radio today and said he is working on a new contract with the Cardinals.

The Cards have a few representatives at Stanford’s pro day today — including head coach Ken Whisenhunt — and part of the Stanford attraction is projected first-round offensive linemen Jonathan Martin, a tackle, and David DeCastro, a guard. At this point, free agent tackle Demetrius Bell, who visited last week, has not signed anywhere. Multiple possibilities remain in play.

Speaking of free agents, defensive back William Gay said on Twitter yesterday he was done with visits and now had to pick a team among the Cards, Steelers (where he has played his whole career), Broncos and Titans. So that decision should come soon. Gay would be a replacement for the departed Richard Marshall.


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81 Responses to “Assessing the next moves”

  1. By Matthew on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    really hope we get gay, i think he is a very physical corner, and just the right type of player for this new scheme of ours

  2. By Donttakelosses on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Any thoughts on the Deuce…?

  3. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Donttake —

    RE: Deuce

    Don’t see him in this team’s future as of right now.

  4. By D on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Things to do:
    Resign Feely, Holliday, Haagans
    Find out if W. Gay is an option, or look at Corey Graham.
    Resign our Punter, probably bring in competition for him
    Maybe take a flyer on Steve Smith WR
    Use the draft for OL, pass rush, safety and special teams

  5. By Chris Hughes on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Darren ~ What’s the deal with Bell? Does he just want to much money or did we really not like him that much? He visited us, buffalo was trying to re sign him, and I heard that he was going to visit the Redskins as well… I would really, really like to get him that way we are more flexible come draft day. I would possibly love to trade back 10 spaces and gain a 2nd rounder do you see that as a possiblity the cards would look into? If we don’t get Bell what are the chances we try to trade up to get Kalil (if he doesnt go 3rd) or Rieff (I figured trading with St louie would guarrentee us Rieff)

  6. By 2012 is done on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    This season is already over. What’s the salary cap lookin like for 2013 lol

  7. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Hughes —

    RE: Bell

    Well, if he hasn’t signed yet, it usually means that no one is offering him the money he was hoping/expecting to get.

  8. By Joey F on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Do the Cardinals really think Doucet is a viable #2 option? We have 2 # 3 WR. Doucet is great in the slot and as is Roberts. I hope we can sign Bell and/or Gay and trade down in the draft to take Descastro. We need another outside WR option and hopefully that can be addressed in the draft.

  9. By Iceman on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,
    any news about LS Leach? he has done a great job in a very under-rated but important position, he should be re-signed asap!

  10. By CardsFan on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Chris – Darren probably overlooked this, but I don’t see the Cards trading up to get Rieff. Since they already don’t have a 2nd rd pick, I don’t see them giving up even more this year (and next year, likely, since a 1 and a 3 probably isn’t even enough to move up that far) to move up. Plus, I don’t see St Louis necessarily willing to trade with a division rival unless they take us to the cleaners.

  11. By earlbb88cards on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with 2012 is done, we are not compeating with the teams in the NFC making moves like bringing back L Brown and resigning old used up players,the draft will only get us one posible good player but we will suck again,SAME OLD PHOENIX(AZ)CARDS

  12. By earlbb88cards on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Look at all the wr the patriots have signed, so u know who will be cut soon, yes mr ochocinco and he is a vet wr that could make a new start in Az,not a stretch the field guy but a name looking to get back and prove himself,what better way to come while larry is doubled to get some freeby stats to pad for retirement becuase his so call HOF joke has back fired in his face, i know it wont happen but what do u think of that move anyone?

  13. By earlbb88cards on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    I like Lee Evans deep guy’ and Ochocinco to add with larry its cheap and what is the worse can happen on one year deal, we would be more improved than last year for sure. Larry would help both these guys get back to dominance.with all our defense moves we will make (hopefully get Will Gay)and the draft maybe we got a chance to at least challenge SF for the div,seeing nieher of us got PM and both have suspect QB

  14. By Scott on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    DARREN, I love that sometimes you call people idiot in the comment section without actually calling them an idiot. Well done my friend.

  15. By cardsmex on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    darren do you think gay could sign with us?
    and we need a pass rush, do you know if the team is moving for someone?

  16. By D on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    doesn’t sound like good news on Martin up in Stanford…maybe they try to move down to get Cordy Glenn from GA if possible….

  17. By Matt in Philly on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    @ChrisHughes, great point about versatility. There will likely be a number of really nice options at that 13th pick — potentially, Riley Reiff, Jonathan Martin, Kendall Wright, Melvin Ingram, David Castro. If we already had solid veterans in place on the line like Bell, it would make it a lot easier to make a the best long term pick. If we managed to sign Bell, my vote would be to take Reiff (if he’s available), Ingram (if he’s available), Wright, then Decastro.

  18. By chad on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    I am surprised to here this article. With everyone not really knowing but just hearing where the Cards are financially. That’s great that we are still in the hunt for Gay and Bell.
    I like Feely he didn’t have his best year but I hope we bring him back.
    If we do get Bell and Gay we will most likely go OLB with the 13th pick. Which could be Melvin Ingram or Courtney Upshaw. If both are gone they could go ILB for Luke Kuechly or WR I don’t like any of them this early.

  19. By Joe Hancock on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Is the team going after a receiver in free agency to compliment Larry? I like bringing Ducet back. But they really need a solid number 2, instead of doing that by committee.

  20. By D on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Or, get a deal done with D. Bell at tackle, draft Fleener who appears crazy good, cut Heap…draft some OL in rounds 4-5 to develope

  21. By Jeremiah on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    @2012 is done, Though I don’t agree that this season is over just yet. To at least somewhat answer your question, Fitzgerald’s cap number this year is 20 mil and next year will only be 5 mil. So that frees up 15 right there, but I’m not sure if that means that will bring them under or if the other players contracts will bring that number back to even.

  22. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Iceman —

    RE: Leach

    I still think he will be back.

  23. By John the draft guy on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Chris,
    My guess with Bell is that teams aren’t going to shell out a lot of money for a guy who has injury issues. Bell is talented. But in 2009, he started 8 games. 2010, played all 16, 2011, started only 6 games. Young and talented, but caution flag up. Get him at a reduced contract with incentives, and we could have a steal.

    Everyone has fallen in love with Decastro. He is heads and shoulders the best guard. But it will be interested after his pro day, if Whiz and company consider him a tackle. In 2008, Brandon Albert was talked about in the same way as Decastro. The Chiefs drafted him and moved him to LT where he has started 60 games.
    Decastro’s attributes tell me he can play tackle.

    Darren, I know Coach Whiz wouldn’t tell you, but I wonder if they have that thought. If he doesnt work out at LT, Brown moves over to LT and Snyder goes to RT and Decastro slides in at guard. Love to be listening to their(coaches) conversation at the pro day.

    Of course, my first choice is to sign bell and at 13 take Ryan Tannehill. But he could be gone at 4 or 9. Second is to trade down and get OLB Mercilus. Third choice is don’t sign Bell and to trade down and land Mike Adams. And last would be sit at 13 and take Decastro and not sign Bell.

    Not much longer before we will see.

  24. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    cardsmex —

    RE: Questions

    1. Pretty sure I addressed this above
    2. Right now? I don’t know. Draft is possible.

  25. By John the draft guy on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    earlbb88cards;
    Why will the draft only give us one good player??

    last years draft gave us Peterson, David Carter, Sam Acho, and Anthony Sherman. All played and contributed.
    It also gave us guys with potential for this year like Housler, Williams, and Sampson.

    It is still too early to rate, but that was a good draft.(not the way I would have drafted) but good.

    Why will this years draft suck so bad?

  26. By Alan on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Darren
    Are the cards looking for someone to be a true #2 receiver and help Fitz? I still think Lee Evans should be looked at.

  27. By Craig Brown on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    Just wondering what the cardinals are going to do about wide receivers, I just don’t see them being that good if they continue to roll with doucet and roberts as number 2s with no one to back up fitzy?

    Do you see the cardinals pursuing any wide receivers on the market in the future?

    Thanks Darren and have a great day.

    Craig

  28. By cobra on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    It’s always hard to keep up with every position, yet I think resigning Doucet had to happen. I think he was a second rounder, finally healthy he had his moments, what 60 catches, most of them on 3rd down, damn Fitz didn’t hit 100. Too much panic, we had alot of injuries last year. Not sure who it was, but his point was, we are getting several players back this year. They are our FA players this year. I think we will have a good draft. Also, in reference to the Pats, they loaded on WR and already have great TE’s. Well, we do also. I hope we resign Heap. With Heap, King and Housler, not bad. If QB is better this year, the weapons are there, just need to finish the OL.

  29. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Jeremiah (and everyone) —

    RE: Fitz cap number

    For the final time, Fitz’s cap number for 2012 is $14.5 million. Not that $20M number floating around. And in 2013, it is significantly more than $5M.

  30. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Alan, Craig —

    RE: No. 2 WR

    I believe it will be addressed at some point.

  31. By YmmyYames on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    I too would like to see the Cards trade down. But you always need a partner. Depends on who is on the board at 13 and who wants them. May be able to move out of the spot if Richardson drops to us or if someone REALLY wants Michael Floyd. But other than that. I’m not sure. Looking at the board, Reiff may drop to us. That’s not a bad pick if he falls, you never know. Before the Winston signing, Reiff was sure to go no later than KC. Now that’s not happening.

    I’m not as concerned about Gay if he decides on a different team. They can add a DB in the 4-7 picks and train him up and enter camp with PP, Toler, and AJ. I like the ‘non’-moves on defense for the most part. The squad was gelling on the back end of the season. It’s pretty humorous how bad everyone’s memory is. I remember a team that came back after a pretty crappy loss to the Ravens on the road and did not lose their next 6 straight. The played hard and showed a lot character. I’m happy with the team going into the season.

    Brown improved, and could be a serviceable RT over the next few years and now at a decent price. Snyder was one of the most underrated players on a very good OL in San Francisco. And one thing I always hated about playing the Niners, they were way more physical than the Cardinals. Good to get him, and he’s versatile. The 1st round target is obviously a Tackle and the next pick is most likely a pass rusher. Or the other way around. 3rd pick will likely be a WR. Over the years, our Fitz-compliments have been after 1st round talents. I would expect that not to change. Cardinals scouting team can judge talent and they do a good job.

    Also, easy to forget the whole roster turnover the team experienced last year with a short offseason. We get an EXTRA preseason game, EXTRA week of camp…I like the direction.

  32. By johnnybluenose on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    i suppose ochocinco, once he is released, could be an option. he should not cost us too much and he hardly played in 2011 so he should be healthy. you have to wonder about the so called knowledgeable patriots’ front office, bringing in guys like ochocinco and haynesworth and having them do nothing. or letting richard seymour go to oakland a couple of years ago when he was and still is a very good player. as for lee evans, he did even less last year than ochocinco so i don’t think he is an option. can stephen williams step up or did he flame out in pre-season in 2010? and, if we were willing to sell the farm to get manning, why did we not go after michael bush? he was not that expensive and considering that wells missed playing time and williams did not play at all, should we not have tried to get better at running back? and, do we still have chester taylor and, if we do, should we not try and use him more than two or three times a game? just wondering.

  33. By Chris on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    RE: Fitz $20m cap #

    You can put the blame on: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/arizona-cardinals/cap-hit/

    I believe that site just scours the internet looking for #’s and puts it into a database then spits it out. People need to realize it’s not accurate.

  34. By in fitz we trust on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    im glad we re-signed doucet. hes made alot of good plays for us over the past few seasons.

    if stewart bradley shows up this year, that would be huge for the inside backer position.
    i think the o line with be great with the adjustments of levi to the right an drafting a LT
    saftey positions are perfect, we may need another corner.
    TEs are good.
    i dont think theres as many holes as people think.
    i think we still have a legitimate chance at winning the division, SF wasnt really better then us, we just lost too many close games.

  35. By cobra on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    We may all be surprised as to who the cards take with the first pick. Depends on who’s available. They will take the highest rated athlete on their chart, which they should do. Is everyone ready to make PP an OT? Didn’t think so. We will see.

  36. By drummer-1 on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Darren…. You think we will get a true #2 WR…lol..

    Just kidding, thought since this question gets ask’d every 3rd post, i’d join in..

  37. By Rufus on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Will Heap and Bradley be back? If Heap is released, will Cards look to draft another TE?

  38. By ltlaneaz on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    @all the FA critics/bandwagon offseason doom and gloom critics. The 2012 season is over? That talk is ludicrous and shortsided. It is safe to say our defense is going to build on a great second half of the season; as they fully understand the schemes. Our offense should improve with better QB play, to all the Kolb haters, Warner did not light it up year 1 either. Just give it time to play out and understand the Cardinals organization as a whole is trying to compete year in and year out; with vastly superior knowledge of the situation than any couch sharpshooter. So before you start looking forward to a 2013 offseason, maybe “support” another team with your give up, all is lost attitude.

  39. By Matthew on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, do you think Jonathan Martin the tackle from Stanford will be available at 13? and if he is are the cards interested?

  40. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Matthew —

    RE: Martin

    Maybe and maybe. Obviously tackle is a need. From there, hard to tell.

  41. By georgiebird on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,
    With KK being such a fragile QB both physically and mentally,
    how can the Cardinals even think of drafting an OL at #1. Now if the much tougher Skelton is the starter (which he should be) the OL is a logical pick. But as I said before- Luck made the two Stanford OL guys look a lot better than they are.

  42. By Rich on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    no more x- Steelers…..please……..

  43. By Eazy E on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Jonathan Martin is really good. He in my opinion is 2nd to Kalil among tackles. Reiff is good too, but Martin is better in my opinion. He blocked and kept the great Andrew Luck clean with DeCastro and the boys.

  44. By Eazy E on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    William Gay wouldn’t be a bad signing. He can play and he knows the scheme, so basically no learning curve he has to go through. We need some good news because everything seems to have collapsed in on us.

  45. By Tucson Cardinal on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Not sure why a bunch of people want Lee Evans really bad. He was pretty terrible last year. I think he caught 4 passes. The way to acquire recievers/offensive weapons is through the draft; its much cheaper and you can develop them in your system.

  46. By brad oneill on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    it sure as heck isnt last year on the free agent deal is it? ha ha ha. ok back to doing what ever it is i do between being stupid on here.

  47. By Dustin whitlock on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    darren-

    Do you see any other position that needs urgency other then the offensive line? i mean other then needing depth at positions i think our starters are about set.

  48. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Dustin —

    RE: Starters

    They still need to find another tackle, I think. And look hard at getting another receiver.

  49. By cards62 on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Assessing the next move for me is looking forward to the 2012 NFL Draft.
    Rod Graves can not say pass on this as he has to select a player.

    Last year drafted players are looking promising.
    This year free agency and trades not too much.

    Most of us agree on our needs and most of those are on offense, players and coaches. I would just like to see us draft or sign someone that most of us can get excited about and say hey our Cardinals have just improved themselves for 2012.

    Do any of you see any additions so far to our club in 2012 that you are excited about or you think will really help our club?

    I do not, but even if we do not add a stud
    I will not give up on 2012 before the season starts.
    I think QB play will be better Kevin and or John.
    I am expecting a big year from Beanie and Williams is back at RB.
    Defense will be better – more time in Horton’s system, full offseason for young players, Toler returns from injury and Rhodes was also injured for part of the year.
    Excited to watch all of our young guys on defense in 2012. The one I really worry about but hope has a great season for us is Dan Williams.

    Keep the faith Cardinal Fans.

  50. By Peter in Canada on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    John the draft guy –
    I agree with you 100%. Last year we had a fantastic draft. Only Sturdivant looks a miss. Even 2010 wasn’t too bad with Washington Roberts and Schofield and will look better if Williams can make the NT position his own. Why should anybody not think 2013 will not be good. Drafting well is more important than signing FA’s. They are a much too expensive way to build a team and should be approached cautiously. I don’t blame Graves for missing out on FA’s, there is often a good reason.

  51. By Eric on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Toler and Williams expectations may be too high, those were very serious injuries and it could take most of the next year before you see either of them up to full speed. That is why losing Marshall was critical. We still havent seen what Butler can do, but thats an option, and Gay would be nice if the money is right. I like Gay because he is physical. PLEASE don’t draft for need. My gut tells me Martin would be too risky at #1. I’m really hoping we trade to get a second back because this draft is deep in LB’s and DE’s. Bell would solve that issue of what we draft. We have one more glaring hole to fill and a great possibility would be Dont’a Hightower at ILB. Release Bradley and pick this kid up. I think he could slide late even if we trade and I would consider him to be a better overall than Martin who had a pretty lame pro day. Lets not repeat what we will refer to as the “Brown incident” again, missing on better players to draft for position. PLEASE!

  52. By D on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Kid failed his job interview and lost alot of money yesterday, don’t understand after 3 months of offseason that this could happen…
    per Russ Lande on J Martin

    “Martin looks a little fleshy on the hoof. Lacks strength. He was decent in field-work but not at all special like you would expect a potential 1st rounder to be. Got winded. Can bend but his quickness looked average and his strength, power and explosion were poor hitting the bags. Lacks a violent punch on tape and he looks the same in drills. Might be a tad of an underachiever. Does have some upside due to size and smarts.”

    looks like a Mid 2nd rounder now..

  53. By Cactus jeff on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Drummer….that was good. However, the cards via Darren are softening on their #2 WR stance. I get the feeling they are having trouble with season ticket sales and need to infuse some energy. The same thing happened last year with the Todd Heap signing. So look for a move soon in FA. Someone cheap but with name recognition. They are so predictable.

  54. By Dominaysean on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Of all the years we had starters going into free agency THIS is the year we decide to keep them ?????? Whats going on ???? Why if we were in the race for Peyton can’t we snatch up sum other real deference makers? The 9ers are going to bury us this year.

  55. By Chuck 1 on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Darren,

    How did Graves manage to put the Cards in such a bind with the salary cap?
    Which players have the biggest impact on the cap?

    There are some teams that don’t have the cap issue.

    Is that because they are the bottom feeders in terms of their 2010 and 2011 records i.e. they don’t have enough good players to compete?

  56. By Andy K on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    This is what the Cardinals should do:
    -Draft: Sign WR in the 1st round, DB 3rd round, OT 4th round, LB 5th Round,and WR 6th round .
    -FA: Sign CB William Gay(PIT), OT Demetrius Bell(BUF), DB Husain Abdullah(MIN), OG Trai Essex(PIT), DB James Butler(STL), (1 of these 3 WRs)WR Braylon Edwards(SF), WR Mike Sims-Walker(JAX), WR Jerome Simpson(CIN).
    -Promote LB Stewart Bradley as starter or else release him.
    -Resign: Hamza Abdullah,(need to sign tender offers) RBLaRod Stephens Howling and DB Greg Toler

    What do you think about this Darren?

  57. By cardsalltheway on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Eric,
    You are sooooo right about Toler and Williams.

  58. By Mal on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Darren-

    Is Flight Plan going to be live streamed? Can you provide a link?

    If not streamed, will it be available as a vid at this site later after its broadcast on tv?

  59. By Scott H on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    And now for the latest FA activity by the Cardinals…insert sound of crickets chirping here.

    Why is it that we always ( seemingly ) have to be among the 3-4 other teams in the running? Funny how when the Dolphins wanted Richard Marshall, they brought him in and that was it. Done. No other teams, no other visits. Kept him in town, got the deal done. It’s pretty sad when the Dolphins may be having the worst FA period of any team in the NFL and you feel like maybe the Cardinals need to take a few lessons from THEM!.

  60. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Chuck 1 —

    RE: Cap

    Teams that don’t have cap problems are for various reasons. Some just haven’t spent. The Cards didn’t have any cap issues in 2010, although everyone complained they didn’t sign anyone. The Cards’ situation came two-fold: Some of the extensions they signed for bigger players (Fitz, Dockett, Wilson) grew by now. And the Cards needed to sign free agents last year to fill holes, and FAs almost always cost more than, say, drafted players.

  61. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Andy K —

    RE: Plan

    I don’t think you can “predict” what positions you draft in that particular slot. I wouldn’t want any of the vet receivers you mentioned. Who are you replacing Bradley with if you cut him? (And he will still count significant dead money against the cap if you do.)

  62. By Darren Urban on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Mal —

    RE: Flight Plan

    It will not be live streamed. But I do expect pieces to be repackaged and put on the site.

  63. By cobra on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder if a lot of you pay attention before you make a comment. At one time, I thought it would be cool to have a job like Darren. Now, I think he deserves a raise. No one in their right mind would be able to deal with the da questions and comments on this site.(myself included),,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    This one is for you Darren!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. By cardsalltheway on Mar 23, 2012 | Reply

    Jay Feely – one of the oldest and highest paid kickers in the NFL. If he’d missed that kick against the Seahawks which spot would we be picking in the draft? Lazy scouting, kickers are like RB’s, a dime a dozen. Jerry Jones doesn’t pay kickers, in fact he keeps 2 and 3 on the roster to compete for less $$$ than Feely gets paid…2011 example…

    “With Buehler on IR, the Cowboys still have three kickers on the roster, and have a fourth kicker, Kai Forbath, who has just been cleared to resume practicing after spending the first half of the season on the NFI/PUP list. At practice today, incumbent kicker Dan Bailey, Chris Jones and Kai Forbath were all working on kickoffs.”

    If only the Cardinals could bring excitement through the product of real competition(Dan Bailey brought to the Cowboys last year) to our kicker position for less $$$ than Jay Feely’s salary. Feely signed a 2 year $3.5 million dollar contract last time and I doubt he’s getting any less now. Jerry Jones pays 4.5 – 5.5 hundred thousand to kickers. They’re plentiful, all ya gotta do is scout them – perhaps our scouts don’t like to travel or it costs too much in per diem?

  65. By chevy on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. A lot of inaccuracies. Doucet was a 3rd rounder, he had less than 60 catches and Heap is already under contract.

  66. By Andy K on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    Is there anyway we can get back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie?

  67. By Peter in Canada on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    It is obvious that in any salary cap league a team requires a mixture of veterans and young players to be successful. Veterans like Fitz, Wilson, and Dockett, while outstanding players, are in general, overpaid relative to their contributions while young ones like Washington Acho and PP are underpaid. That is a fact. When a young underpaid player like Campbell wants to join the expensive group some harsh decisions often have to be made. That is why drafting is so important because young players who can come in and compete at once are invaluable commodities. Free agency is not the way to build a team but should be used sparingly in order to fill a hole. I think Graves has a difficult job trying to keep the balancing act in order. Fans don’t seem to realize that this is not like baseball where expensive mistakes can be made and the contracts just moved to another team. See AJ Burnett and the Yankees. Mistakes in the NFL such as trading draft picks for expensive veterans can be disastrous and can cause problems for a long time.

  68. By Mike Ellingboe on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    Funny how the ones on this site clamoring for us to sign more FA’s are the same ones advocating releasing the ones we signed last year, without taking into account that it basically saves nothing against the cap this year.

    The other thing that continually amazes me is how much the same group likes everyone else’s castaways. How is Demetrius Bell in any way an upgrade to what we have? In the four seasons he’s been in the league, he’s started 30 games – which puts him more in Brandon Keith’s class than Levi’s (for comparison’s sake, Levi has started all 64 and Keith 20). Yet we read one negative report from Russ Lande about Martin and immediately jump to the conclusion we need Bell? The same Russ Lande who classifies Tannehill as an “elite” prospect? Who thinks Cordy Glenn is the second best T in the draft (in spite of playing most his college career as a G)?

    Braylon Edwards and Sims-Walker? Who are these two studs going to replace? What did they have between them last year, 20 receptions? What good is Simpson going to do us suspended or in jail? Please people, before you resort to questioning what Graves is doing, look at what you’re suggesting first. Can you imagine running the risk of cap violations for that?

  69. By Steve on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    @ the clows that claim the 2012 seson is done!! What is wrong with you people??? Last years team with fair quarterback play –should have beaten the eventual super bowl champs (remember the silly Victor Cruz giving up play) –They also beat the other team that played in the NFC conference game -San Fran lest you forget, (actually kind of punched them in the mouth physiclly that game, I might add).Still finished a solid 8-8. In regards everyone is jumping on the San Fran band wagon —I always cite that SF was +28 turnovers while Arizona was -13 … If both teams are at zero , you would have to assume 1 or 2 more losses for Sf and 1 or 2 more wins for Arizona which closes the gap …. also dont know if signing Randy Moss is really a differenc maker –a 36 year old receiver whose main attritube his whole career was speed and stretching the field —- can you expect that this year??? This is a moody. brooding man that takes plays off when things dont go his way… maybe by game 3 he realizes he isnt what he used to be and takes off the rest of the season!!!

  70. By Louisville Card on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    At least we can see one Card team possibly win a title this year!!!! (Louisville if you didn’t see the game!!!!)

  71. By Steward Badly on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    After the Cardinals front office saw the signing of Matt Flint to the Seatle Seahawks they felt sick to their stomach. Seatle signed Matt Flint to 3 years 26 million and they didn’t have to trade a pro-bowl player and a second round pick for him. GO CARDS

  72. By Dominaysean on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    Serioursly?????? you wouldn’t want Jerome Simpson over fall on my behind in the endzone Doucet or tiny but not very fast Roberts ? SERIOUSLY???????????? Geez and old ocho cinco is faster than any WR we have. Just seems to me the Bidwells don’t exactly bid well or they don’t care bc they making cash either way and having there side project (The Arizona Cardinals) not be competitive but still sell tickets is A OK with them. This off season has been eye opening to say the least. I may just become a Bronco or 49er fan if we have another crap season. I truely am still scratching my head with the Kolb trade to philly and now this offseason ???Any fan should start seriously having doubts about this managements motivation to bring AZ a Lombardi Trophy. Because I don’t think they care about the superbowl what so ever. Its going to be here in a few years anyway right who cares if its us in it or not the Bidwells are sill going to bank on it. WE ARE A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. By in fitz we trust on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    i think we need to trade down a few spots and get maybe the 3rd or 4th rated tackle late in the first, an get a second round pick.

    that would REALLY help alot.

  74. By Flood on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, can you confirm if William Gay signed? Last night he sent out the following tweet. Thanks. @williamgay22 I’m going to miss the final four to support my girl @natashahastings at #TexasRelays …. O yeah by the way I’m #Birdgang now west coast

  75. By Darren Urban on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Dominaysean —

    RE: Simpson

    Before you rant, perhaps you should do a little research on who you are endorsing to sign:

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/bengals/story/2012-01-19/simpson-indictment/52676660/1

  76. By Eric on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    To the guy bragging about Jerry Jones not paying kickers, were you at the Cowboy game? How many games did his economical kicker cost him this year? They would have won their division if he hadn’t lost those games! Also, to everyone wanting to jump ship to another team, don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out!

  77. By John the draft guy on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Ellingboe;
    Tannehill is an elite prospect. He could go to the Browns at 4 or Dolphins at 8. If he fell to 13, the cards would be lucky to solve their constant QB issues for the next 15 years. Is it Kolb? Is it Skelton? A year later and we still don’t know. Tannehill will be an elite QB in this league in a couple of years.

    As for Bell, he hasn’t played a lot of games due to injury, not talent. He could be an excellent LT if he could stay healthy. I think he is learning in FA that teams aren’t willing to pay big bucks for an oft injured guy, no matter how much talent he has. The right price, he would be a good signing. It would allow the cards to look at OLB, ILB, or WR in the first.

    Dominaysean;
    Seriously, Simpson is not the type of guy we want on our team. Also, if Bidwill wanted to sell tickets, they would bring in Ocho Cinco. But winning games, he won’t help.

    Stewart Badly;
    Matt Flint?? It’s Matt Flynn. The cards were under pressure to land a QB last year. They had Fitz’ contract to deal with and regardless of what anyone will say on the record, he wanted a QB to stay. The Kolb deal got Fitz to stay(along with the “cheap” Bidwill’s boatloads of money), and because of that, I support the trade. Regardless of how it turns out.

  78. By Scott H on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    Dominaysean –

    First, get a real name.

    Second, Jerome Simpson? No thanks. Seems like he shows up about once every 3-4 weeks. And that’s when he’s not in jail. Or suspended. He’s trouble we don’t need.

    Third, Chad Johnson? Really? Do I REALLY need to say anything more??? Besides, what makes you think the Patriots are gonna let him get away, anyway, after the Pro-Bowl season he just had there?

    PS – Yes, I’m being sarcastic with the Patriots remark. I thought you would know that but, then again…I really wasn’t sure.

    Stewart Badly –

    Who is this Matt Flint you speak of?

  79. By earlbb88cards on Mar 25, 2012 | Reply

    John the draft guy: Hay u made a valid point about last years draft, I guess my comments came out of frastration of us not having that number 2 guy for fitz, we have been in somewhat building mode sense Warner left and i think we should be further along,especially at #2WR, but your right,hopefully a dynamic wr will emerge for us.

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