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Bidwill: Franchising Jones, and London talk

Posted by Darren Urban on February 14, 2017 – 10:30 am

It’s been no secret — Bruce Arians made it pretty clear the day after the season — that the Cardinals are planning on using the franchise tag on linebacker Chandler Jones if necessary. Team president Michael Bidwill reiterated that Tuesday during an appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7.

“We’re not going to mess around with that,” Bidwill said. “He’s a great pass rusher, but if we can’t agree to terms that work for us, we’re just going to franchise him. His people know that.”

Some of the other points Bidwill made (aside from a concert moving training camp for a few days):

— On the Cardinals’ own significant free agents: “We’re going to be negotiating with these folks and we already are, and we’re hopeful to get everyone under contract,” Bidwill said. “If we get everybody under contract, that’ll be a huge win for us. If we get most of them, that will be very good for us.”

Bidwill wasn’t specific about the players, but among them are defensive keys, Jones, defensive lineman Calais Campbell and safety Tony Jefferson.

— On the London game against the Rams, which will be either Oct. 22 or 29. “We’ve been lobbying for us to get over there,” Bidwill said. “(The league) wanted us to give up a home game, which we will have to do as part of the next bid for the Super Bowl, but we really wanted to be a visiting team. This year we finally got the call.”

Bidwill said the NFL is “overdue” in making the announcement over the specific date, and he will be pushing for that decision so that the team and fans can plan for the trip.

— Wide receiver John Brown should regain his form after battling his sickle cell issues, Bidwill said. “He is very healthy,” Bidwill said. “It looks like they found the issue and we’ll get Smoke back the way we had him.”

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27 Responses to “Bidwill: Franchising Jones, and London talk”

  1. By erik on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    Just going to touch on the safety spot real quick. I have been a big Tony Jefferson fan from the beginning, but he is as good as gone. And good for him, he deserves it. The one thing that has me worried though is if they let Swearinger sign elsewhere, too. In my opinion, he is exactly the type of player this team needs. A fearless, hard-hitting safety, roaming the field, making receivers think twice about going over the middle. It would be very easy to resign him, too, just cut Branch. Branch didn’t even look good when healthy. Cut him and give that money to Swearinger, who deserves it.

  2. By JTDG on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    OK, If true, Big news about John Brown. Hopefully back to 100%.

    Interesting, he wants to sign all the cards FAs. If he did that somehow, there would be no money for any other FAs.

    So, just owner talk? Well, I think he is saying, in a perfect world , we want them all back.

    So let’s assume its a perfect world and he does sign both safeties and Cooper, Minter,Campbell and Jones, along with Gresham and AQ. With no outside FAs.

    So, what do we need? first, that RG is a big hole. The CB opposite Peterson needs an upgrade, and we could use another receiver.

    Now the draft looks very different.

    I am a huge fan of Forrest Lamp. Plug him in year one at RG. Can you trade down and get him? Not sure since Daniel Jeremiah has him going to the Skins at 17.

    I think there is depth at CB in the draft and you could land a pretty good one in round 2, and then come back to receiver in round 3.

    So, if we brought them all back;

    1. Forest Lamp C/G
    2. Teez Tabor (dropping on boards), Maybe Adore Jackson who can return punts too. Marlon Humphrey Could trade into bottom of round 1 to get your guy.
    3. Zay Jones WR

  3. By D on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    I would have recommended the Cards go up to Vegas for a few days of training camp, but since that’s a hot issue with the Raiders, may not be possible at this time. I always wondered why Mr. B hasn’t attempted to expand their fan base into Nevada and or Utah.

    They may have to go up to Tontozona to expand some marketing to the Rim Country fans. (if asu is okay with it)

    I don’t believe the NFL making a team to give up a Home game in order to have an opportunity for a Super Bowl is smart business.

    Darren- did Michael discuss on if ticket prices will increase or stay the same for 2017?
    Thanks

  4. By Darren Urban on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Vegas/tickets

    “Hot issue?” I see what you did there. Practicing in Vegas in August isn’t exactly my first choice, team or no team.

    He didn’t say anything about ticket prices.

  5. By sbrown on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    Looking ahead, hope that the NFL does give the Cards one of their “east coast” games ( Wash or Phily ) then be able for the team go to London for the next week. That way the team don’t need to fly back to PHX, just to fly back across the US.

    Then I would guess, following week, after London would be the Bye week for the Cards.

  6. By D on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    JTDG- I believe the front office is currently fluid on resigning their own free agents and the exact amount of Cap Space that will be available. The only “known” is that Jones will be “Tagged” and will be taking as much as 15 mil of the Cap Space.

    Until free agency begins and the market for C. Campbell is established, they most likely will wait for the dominos to fall, as in if they have a chance to resign CC, Gresham and Jefferson or if they are not able to be close to other offers, then fall back to their list of other players to retain and sign. Guessing Swearinger and Cooper to be on that list.

    Until we know what holes are filled and left open in free agency, then it’s difficult to guess on players to take in the draft.

    IF CC is blown away by Denver or Chicago or silly money by the Browns (goes for Jefferson too) then I would take the available CAP Space and try to sign the following:

    1- Swearinger
    2- Gresham
    3- M. Cooper
    4- A RG, ie Warford, or R. Leary
    5- Possible CB: L. Ryan or P. Amukamura
    6- Would need another DL player if C. Campbell leaves; M. Hunt or D. Taylor (who had a bad 2016 yr but still young to rebound)
    Probably should bring back C. Johnson on a cheap 1 yr deal if agreeable since the RB room is young.
    If Gresham moves on with a better offer in free agency, then they would need a veteran TE, maybe a L. Wilson.

    Then they could address QB, WR, S, RB, TE in the draft.

  7. By Scott H on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    All pretty good news, especially the news about Smoky. Seemed like he kinda disappeared in 2016, just as Floyd did ( but at least Smoky had a legit reason for his play dropping off ). And that was yet another reason why the whole season just felt….wrong,

    With how Nelson came on last year….Fitz coming back……Jaron getting a chance to step up into Floyd’s spot….and Smoky being back to the player we know he is, I am REAL psyched about our offense for the coming season!

    Feels like we need a do-over for the 2016 season, and I think we definitely have the offense to give it to us. No reason the D shouldn’t be up to the task as well. Now, if we could just get a friggin up-grade at punter…..ain’t gonna take much, ya know? But seriously, we need to get back to having a punter like Zastudil was – a weapon. A guy who can kill it and change field position. Not a guy who punts from the 15 and the other team still ends up on OUR side of the 50 yard line. That has been life with Drew Butler. And I’ve had enough. I don’t even want to see his sorry rear end in training camp – unless he’s getting coffee for the coaches.

  8. By dobie on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    way don’t they make it for the two teams that go to Landon away games that does not seam hard to me or is there something I don’t know when they do that

  9. By NJAzCardsFan on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    Darren- Do you see C Johnson coming back to the Cards???

  10. By Darren Urban on Feb 14, 2017 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Chris Johnson

    Not sure. Would he play for minimum? And is he willing to barely play, since David Johnson is going to be in there 90 percent of the time?

  11. By Big Ken on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    You’ve heard the phrase ‘coach speak’? When the NFL head coach makes all sorts of comments, this time of the year especially. I think Michael Bidwell was doing a little ‘owner speak’. He owns the team but employs good people to run it.

  12. By Big Ken on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    Great news about Smokey. I was worried if he might ever be back.

  13. By clssylssy on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    Having Chris Johnson back would be huge since David credited him very graciously for teaching him how to learn BA’s game, and the RB room will need someone like Chris with the loss of Stump Mitchell. Playing David 90% of the snaps just seems plain stupid to me, but that is BA style of riding them till they are hurt and on IR where they can’t help and leaving the team with another giant hole. Increased exposure=increased risk and for someone as valuable to our offense as David, I would hope we could be smart in how we use him. Chris is tough, is still fast, and one of the best in the business, and while he has had injuries, I don’t think any other team would have been so hasty to send him to IR–he’s a much better player than Andre Ellington. I think bringing up Penny could also provide us with some creative options (that BA talked about last season) eventually, and Chris could provide initially. He has already been playing on the cheap and we’re going to need veterans to help stabalize the offense. We already saw how the defense suffered when we dumped our veterans like Freeney to “get younger”.
    We have one of the oldest coaching staffs in the NFL, which is great until they start losing the locker room (as seemed to happen last season) and it seems that having veterans like Chris Johnson to help bridge the age barrier will be critical for any hopes of getting back to the playoffs, and would be worth the realitively insignificant cost.
    I really don’t get why Mr. Bidwill is so hot to drag our team to Europe for what will likely be a bad game, (much more profitable here in the states since the LA stadium holds 90,000 as opposed to 30,000 in Europe) and given it’s a division rival which, under the worse circumstances is always well attended here in the states. I find it very insensitive to our fans and sort of a “let them eat cake” attitude, so BRING ON METTALICA!

  14. By Darren Urban on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: London

    There were 74,000 at the Rams-Giants game at Twickenham Stadium this past season. That’s where Cards-Rams will be played.

  15. By Scott H on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    RE: CJ would barely play

    Really? You think he would barely play?? Yes, DJ is clearly the lead dog now, as opposed to his rookie season. But IF CJ were here, I find it hard to believe he would barely play. Two things – one, CJ has too much to offer based on how productive he has been in this offense, and two, giving CJ some touches every week would help keep DJ from wearing down.

    I would think the team could distribute playing time in a way that CJ would get more playing time than “barely.”

    Now, if CJ is looking for a 50-50 split, he’d be out of luck. But if he wants to be here, he HAS to be realistic enough to know that’s not gonna happen.

    But if I’m the Cardinals, I would love to have CJ back again and he’s definitely going to get some work.

    And as we all know, any back-up player is only one injury away from being a starter.

  16. By Darren Urban on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Chris Johnson

    CJ played four games this season before he got hurt.

    — 2 snaps vs NE
    — 21 snaps vs TB (blowout)
    — 3 snaps vs Buf
    — 16 snaps vs LA

    Could they distribute playing time? Of course they can. Will they? It’s a question he’d have to ask himself. Also might depend on who else they bring in.

  17. By alan konrath on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    I’ll bet if you took a poll it would be a unanimous opinion that going to London to play a game sucks…especially giving up a home game..
    I hate it.

  18. By Darren Urban on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    Alan —

    RE: London

    Well, the Cardinals aren’t giving up a home game this season.

    And if they give up one in the future, it’s required by the league in order to get a Super Bowl. No choice.

  19. By Big Ken on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    CJ has an empty tank.

  20. By Scott H on Feb 15, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    So, in half the games he played in, he got considerable work. Project that out over a whole season ( or close to it ) and it adds up to a good bit more than “barely.” As was seen in 2015, to a lesser degree in 2016, the Cardinals are built to blow some teams out. Assuming we can look forward to some more of those in 2017, those are going to be opportunities to rest DJ and let somebody else mop up. Also, imagine turning a fresh CJ loose on other teams late in games after DJ has beaten them up and worm them out for 3 quarters.

    No, I’m not saying that guy HAS to be CJ. But if he is as physically capable right now as he has been since he’s been here and he wants to stick around ( again ) to finish the un-finished business….who are we to stand in the man’s way?

    This man was leading the league in rushing as recently as 2015. And he’s had a whole lotta rest since that time. If he’s still got it, I still want it.

  21. By sbrown on Feb 16, 2017 | Reply

    looking forward ( and already planning ) on making the trip to London to watch the Cardinals this year.
    Late October in London is a great time of the year, and should be something special to see a game at Twickenham.

    hopefully the Cards / NFL will have some great travel and ticket packages, I have been on the NFL London Games site, but nothing put up yet.

  22. By Scott H on Feb 17, 2017 | Reply

    alan –

    I agree. I think EVERYTHING about the London games sucks. Despite what anyone says, I don’t think the players like them. I don’t think the coaches like them. An NFL season becomes all about a weekly routine once you settle in. Monday Night games disrupt that. Thursday Night games disrupt that even more. Heck, it’s hard for west coast teams just to play on the east coast! So, don’t tell me a trip OVER SEAS to London doesn’t throw everyone completely off.

    But even for the fans, you wake up on Sunday morning and there’s a game already in progress. What the hell is THAT??

    And, yes, the whole issue of one team losing a precious regular season home game. Sorry, that should NEVER happen.

    I guess that’s why I’m not the NFL commissioner. Because I’d be telling London ( OR Tokyo OR Mexico City OR any other foreign city ) that if they want to see regular season NFL games, they can get on a plane and come here ( which, BTW, is good for OUR cities and the businesses in them ). You want a game in your country? We got one for ya – the Pro Bowl is all yours.

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