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On free agency eve, the Cards’ FAs-to-be

Posted by Darren Urban on March 8, 2017 – 4:07 pm

By this time tomorrow the Cardinals and the NFL will be well into free agency. The “tampering” period has given everyone plenty of opportunity to get a head start on signing players, although no visits are supposed to have been set up and no players — just agents — are supposed to have talked to teams yet.

What has floated around the Cardinals is all about their own guys so far. Linebacker Chandler Jones, who isn’t going anywhere because he was franchise tagged, is reportedly close to a contract extension with the Cards. That would help cap space, but there is nothing official yet and we’ll see how quickly it can get done. Calais Campbell has been linked to the Jaguars, Bucs and maybe Broncos, but nothing concrete, while Tony Jefferson can apparently break the bank in Cleveland if he wants, while the Ravens and Jets are also showing interest.

Reports also have cornerback Marcus Cooper getting interest from the Jets and safety D.J. Swearinger possible interest from  the Bears.

Where does that leave the Cards? Still with a long list of free agents who will hit the market officially at 2 p.m. Arizona time Thursday unless the team re-signs them beforehand. That current list:

— RB Andre Ellington
— RB Chris Johnson
— RB Stepfan Taylor
— TE Darren Fells
— G Taylor Boggs
— C A.Q. Shipley
— OL Earl Watford
— DT Calais Campbell
— DT Frostee Rucker
— LB Kevin Minter
— LB Sio Moore
— LB Alex Okafor
— CB Marcus Cooper
— S Tony Jefferson
— CB Mike Jenkins
— S D.J. Swearinger
— K Chandler Catanzaro

Free agency has arrived.


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4 Responses to “On free agency eve, the Cards’ FAs-to-be”

  1. By Infitzwetrust on Mar 8, 2017 | Reply

    Hopefully we can sign a top tier offensive lineman or corner via free agency this season.

    Darren,

    Would u be surprised if we went d line or linebacker with our first pick if Campbell officially leaves the desert?

    If so, could u see a scenario where buc ends up playing safety?

    So many possibities… I just hope we don’t go WR in round 1.

    Happy NFL new year’s guys and gals!

  2. By Darren Urban on Mar 8, 2017 | Reply

    Infitz —

    RE: First round

    I’m not ruling anything out in the first round.

  3. By CardsNation on Mar 8, 2017 | Reply

    Campbell and Jefferson left for good. Now, it’s really important to resign Swearinger and perhaps we even need to draft a safety maybe in the mid round. Cooper, Moore or Minter and Ellington are also important. But besides that, I think we are capable of signing other free agents from other teams to fill in the missing spots. We just resigned Jones to 5 years. We have about 20 million remaining. Keim needs to make a big mover and a splash in free agency.

  4. By CardsNation on Mar 8, 2017 | Reply

    Top Free Agents need and Players

    inexpensive options

    RG options: Chance Warmack, D.J. Fluke, Brandon Fusco. (That’s how bad 2013 draft for the offensive lineman. Not only the Cardinals failed to draft a good RG, many teams did.) Since we have a little cap space, I think they are reasonable placements.

    WR options: Torrey Smith, Victor Cruz.

    DT options: Johnathan Hankins, Nick Fairley, resign Frostee Rucker.

    CB options: Marcus Cooper, Brandon Flowers, Darrelle Revis (Cooper should be around 4-5 millions like Revis, then we can put flowers in the slot).

    ILB options: resign Sio Moore… draft ILB

    “SPLASH” options

    CB Morris Claiborne

    G Kevin Zeitler

    G Larry Warford

    G T.J. Lang

    LB Dont’a Hightower

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