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Bell picks Philly

Posted by Darren Urban on April 4, 2012 – 9:29 am

The wait to see what tackle Demetress Bell (yes, Demetress; more on that in a minute) is over, now that he and the Eagles agreed to a five-year contract Wednesday morning. The Cardinals were among a handful of teams who had visited with Bell and were seeking his employ. The Eagles, however, lost starting stud tackle Jason Peters to a major Achilles injury last week and became both desperate and needy. I noted at the time it might have been the best thing that happened to Bell and now he ended up indeed signing with Philly (although many in Philly want to see the terms of the deal. It would seem logical that the Eagles will easily be able to get out of the contract after one season, since you’d think they expect Peters back at full strength by 2013.)

The Cards, meanwhile, move on. They still have options (I’ll have a post about it later) for the offensive line.

As for Bell’s name, it turns out it was never “Demetrius” but just misspelled that way. For some reason Bell and/or his representatives never made a point to fix that. The announcement with the Eagles apparently gave Bell the opening to let everyone know it was spelled “Demetress.” Odd.


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Cards have a little cap room, still looking

Posted by Darren Urban on March 30, 2012 – 6:33 pm

As of today, profootballtalk.com came out with a list of the current salary cap space for every team, revealing that the Cards have $2.1 million worth of room after their moves thus far. It’s no longer the least space in the league — four teams have less and the Cowboys are also at $2.1M — and gives the Cards a little breathing room right now.

The latest Demetrius Bell information is simply that the tackle has yet to sign anywhere, and I believe the Cards remain interested in signing him. As I have mentioned before, his number of visits while remaining unsigned usually points to a salary desire that’s higher than market value. There’s always a chance that could change. Bell has reportedly visited the Packers and Redskins besides the Cards, and he’s now in Pittsburgh and has a visit lined up with the Eagles, who lost stud starter Jason Peters to a ruptured Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. Demand is climbing, so Bell might have been smart to wait. He may not leave Pennsylvania.

The Cards will continue to monitor the free-agent market and by now, Bell aside, most players are coming down in price because teams are beginning to set rosters. The last thing you want as a free agent is to be without a team by the draft, because once teams draft players, they aren’t filling holes with anything but guys that can be had on the cheap, usually.


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Colledge restructures contract

Posted by Darren Urban on March 26, 2012 – 1:14 pm

After we just talked about the mechanics of restructuring contracts, news comes out today (via plugged-in NFL blogger Brian McIntyre) that Cardinals guard Daryn Colledge has restructured the contract he signed last season to help create cap room. Colledge had been due $3.8 million in salary; he gets $3.1M of that immediately as a signing bonus, lowering his salary to $700,000 and spreading that $3.1M over the final four years of his contract. It lowers his 2012 cap number from $5.5M to $3.175M, although it increases the cap number the last three seasons from $6.5M to $7.275M.

Where does that leave the Cards under the cap? I do not know. That moving target has been a mystery for now. The Card still have some free agents of their own they want to bring back, so they will continue to be judicious I would think in parceling it out. That said, I still believe they still have interest in T Demetrius Bell, although I’m not sure where that situation is at this point. I’d guess they aren’t the only ones looking at Bell.

It doesn’t look like any other players have restructured at this point. Given that it takes a hefty check handed out immediately to do these deals (because of the signing bonus), most teams hold off on restructuring until it is absolutely necessary.

– The Cardinals did not get any compensatory draft picks this year, no surprised since they signed more key free agents last year than they lost. The comp picks were just announced at today’s owners’ meetings in Florida.


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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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Three offensive linemen visiting UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on March 14, 2012 – 8:43 am

The Cardinals will have three offensive linemen visiting today for free agency: The aforementioned Jake Scott, a guard from the Titans (who used to play with the Colts and Peyton Manning), tackle Demetrius Bell of Buffalo and 49ers tackle/guard Adam Snyder. It’s not a big surprise, since the Cards have wanted to work on upgrading/overhauling the offensive line. They need to find tackles in particular with the future of Levi Brown and Brandon Keith very much in doubt since both are free agents themselves.

I’m sure it’s the first step in another day of watching and waiting.

UPDATE: And here this afternoon, Snyder signs a five-year deal for the Cards’ first free agent of the season.


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