The Cardinals got a player on waivers, claiming outside linebacker Thomas Keiser. Keiser was just released by San Diego – a team that just happens to be the Cards’ opponent for the opening game. To make room for Keiser, the Cardinals cut wide receiver Walt Powell. Powell now becomes a likely practice-squad addition.
It takes the Cards down to five wide receivers, but they now have 11 linebackers on the roster. That’s a healthy amount. That may be the only waiver addition by now. It doesn’t mean the Cardinals didn’t try to claim others, but right now, the waiver claim order is based on draft order, and at 20, there are a lot of teams players must get past before the Cardinals would be able to get them.
Keiser came in as an undrafted free agent with the Panthers in 2011 and has nine sacks in his career. The Stanford product (6-4, 260) forced a Logan Thomas fumble in Thursday’s preseason game.
The Cardinals also signed six to their 10-man practice squad: C/G Anthony Steen, T Kelvin Palmer, CB Jimmy Legree, LB Jonathan Brown, WR Brittan Golden and TE Andre Hardy.
UPDATE: In terms of ex-Cardinals, defensive tackle Bruce Gaston, who was a player the Cardinals would have liked on the practice squad, was claimed by the Patriots, where he will go right on to the 53-man roster. Quarterback Ryan Lindley landed on the Chargers’ practice squad, thanks to the new “veteran” exceptions.
Tags: Andre Hardy, Anthony Steen, Brittan Golden, Jimmy Legree, Jonathan Brown, Kelvin Palmer, practice squad, Thomas Keiser, Walt Powell
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It’s tough to fully analyze the Cardinals’ roster right now after the initial moves to get to a 53-man roster. Waiver claims come through Sunday, and really, the surprise will be if the Cardinals don’t claim one or two players — which would mean they would have to cut the corresponding amount from the 53. So a guy could have made the team today and be off by tomorrow. Yes, it’s a rough, rough business.
Surprises? Nothing of note. I had different picks for my 53, before the final preseason game. I managed to hit on the offense. They kept only four cornerbacks — I had Bryan McCann as a fifth — and the linebackers as I thought were a problem for me. I had Desmond Bishop and Glenn Carson cut, and Marcus Benard in. Wrong. But as we go forward, what to expect?
There are six wide receivers for now, but as Bruce Arians said, the bottom five on the roster shouldn’t be comfortable because the potential for change is constant. Walt Powell could easily slide on the practice squad at some point. So too could Carson, if the Cardinals don’t need a fifth inside linebacker. Is another backup tackle possible? Could Max Starks come back like Arians said he might? I suppose the one surprise is the fact the Cardinals only have eight defensive backs, given that Tyrann Mathieu’s status is so up in the air. But I believe Teddy Williams is practice-squad eligible and I don’t know if McCann is going to get picked up anywhere anyways.
The practice squad will be 10 strong now, don’t forget, with the potential of a couple of veterans. So maybe the Cards keep WR Brittan Golden if he isn’t claimed, and other potential practice-squad guys would be defensive tackle Bruce Gaston, interior offensive lineman Anthony Steen and tight end Andre Hardy. I’d think there also could be a couple of outside guys come in for the practice squad too.
This isn’t over yet.
— A quick note: Veteran LB James Harrison retired today. So that’s no longer an option.
Tags: Andre Hardy, Anthony Steen, Brittan Golden, Bruce Gaston, Bryan McCann, Desmond Bishop, Glenn Carson, James Harrison, Marcus Benard, Max Starks, Roster, Teddy Williams, Walt Powell
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In October, the Cardinals signed tight end Darren Fells to the practice squad. Fells was a project, cut already by Seattle, a 6-foot-7, 280-pound former college basketball player who had already spent four years playing professional hoops overseas. The Cards liked what they saw out of Fells enough to re-sign him going forward to a “futures’ contract. Now, the Cards are doubling down on the whole basketball-player-could-be-a-football-player thing.
One of the three players the Cardinals signed to “futures” deals Tuesday is tight end Andre Hardy, who averaged 8.0 points and 6.7 rebounds a game his final two years at Cal State-Fullerton but did not play football in college. Hardy, 6-6 and 245, was briefly with the Raiders in the offseason of 2012. Whether he or Fells could turn into Antonio Gates or some facsimile thereof would be nice. The offseason is the time of year you mull such things, and the team is going to work on its tight end depth. The Cardinals also signed Brett Brackett, a tight end who has spent time on the Jaguars’ and Dolphins’ practice squads.
Guard Christian Johnson, the third signee, has spent the last three seasons in the Arena Football League.
A futures contract is signed locking a player into a team even though the new league year — and contracts — don’t kick in until early March.
Tags: Andre Hardy, Brett Brackett, Christian Johnson, Darren Fells, free agency
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