Eight signed to “future” deals

Posted by Darren Urban on January 18, 2010 – 5:14 pm

The Cardinals re-signed all eight of their practice squad players to “future” contracts, meaning all eight will be under contract heading into the offseason:

  • WR Onrea Jones
  • CB Rashard Barksdale
  • LB Ali Highsmith
  • WR Ed Gant
  • DE Ryan Kees
  • G Jonathan Palmer
  • T Tom Pestock
  • LB Mark Washington

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24 Responses to “Eight signed to “future” deals”

  1. By Tim in NJ on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Whats the status of Michael Ray Garvin? Is he still with the team. He showed some upside in pre-season.

    Thanks for the great coverage all season long!

    ~Tim in NJ

  2. By darrenurban on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Tim —

    MRG was eventually released after landing briefly on IR. At this point, I do not expect him to return after the play of Stephens-Howling as kick returner.

  3. By Marlon on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    He’s already with the Lions.

  4. By John Rennecamp on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Michael Ray Garvin signed with the Lions after the season. I think it was a futures contract ,too if I’m not mistaken.

  5. By Kevin Boswell on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply


    Hard not to consider an Olympic Athlete that has the speed such as MRG. I know he has little to no football experience in the pro’s but all considered if he can run like flash all you have to do is teach the guy to catch the ball and not let go.

    Kevin in Surprise

  6. By Dan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Tell the Cardinals to draft 8 defensive ends/LBs in the draft this year… Boldin, cut or trade McFadden, not sure about Dansby, Okeafor and Berry are done. Game is won in the trenches and all we need is some decent pressure on the outside which continues to kill us when it matters……PS. Still don’t understand why we didn’t grind Beanie Wells into the Saints defense. Great season though…..GO CARDS!

  7. By joe c. on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Hey guys
    I just want to say congrats on the season i love this team ever since they was the st.louis cardinals im a life long fan i know we will get back to glory and win it love you all out there cardinal pride

  8. By Rugbymuffin on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply


    Last I read he signed with the Lions on Jan. 5th

  9. By kerouac9 on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply


    What’s “DR”?

  10. By darrenurban on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Kerouac —

    Just a typo. Fixed.

  11. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Hard to imagine the Cards extending or re-signing any of their core players this offseason (not to mention possible free agents) without first getting a deal done with Coach Whisenhunt. As I understand, Whiz is now entering the final year of his four-year deal. I don’t know what kind of message management sends to it’s players and fans if they decide to let Whiz to serve out the last year of his contract as a lame duck after he guided to team to it’s first Super Bowl and back-to-back playoff wins since the mid-1970’s.

    I know the potential work stoppage in 2011 will play a role in contract negotiations, but it would seem that if there is any kind of stoppage, the Cards would at least want the coaching part of their brain trust secured to navigate through any labor storm.

    Related: According to on January 19, the Charges have signed coach Norv Turner to a contract extension through 2013.

  12. By darrenurban on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Ottis —

    Whisenhunt’s deal does “end” after 2010, but the Cardinals hold a team option for the 2011 season.

  13. By Jesus on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Lets go Caeds Fans. rally behind Dockett.
    he earned a new contract.
    PAY DOCKETT!!!!!!!!!!
    we lose him thats going to hurt,

  14. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Whew. Thanks Darren!

  15. By Mike"Pay Q" on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply


    Dockett still has 2 years left on the deal he signed. The Cards have decided not to redo contracts with more than one year remaining. And how much could it hurt if we lost him? Would we have given up 60 points to Green Bay and New Orleans?

  16. By Mr. Know It All on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Whiz,
    Beyond the losses to the 49’ers and that Vince Young vs Matt Leinhart with no reps with the first string loss, to the Boldin injury in a meaningless game, the GB onside kick and the 15 straight weeks of football Coach Whiz is still doing a great job.

    Team Speed!!!!!

    The Cardinals need more overall team speed. Lets talk defense first. I understand the concept of experience on a team but we don’t have the speed on the DL and OLB to truly play a 3-4 defense that today’s NFL requires. Ya they did OK with sacks, better on 3rd down during the season yet still teams moved the ball fairly easy on our “bend but don’t break D” we need speed to get to the QB consistantly. Our OLB situatuion is not looking good, and we need better DB play I mean some of the DB’s the Cards have would not even make another NFL roster. When you look at teams like the Colts, Saints, Vikings, and Jets their defenses have speed all over the field they can pressure the QB and stop the run and pass. I know Coach Whiz calls Dennis Green all the time saying thanks for the Offense skill players, but Defense wins Super Bowls.

    Talk Offense tommorrow

  17. By Cameron on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    If the cards do trade Boldin as much as i hate thinking that i would love to see them get Revis. can you imagine Revis and DRC in the secondary with wilson and rolle? There wouldnt be and more games like in the playoffs. Plus Doucet has showed he will be a solid third reciever and Breaston already proved he can play 2 I know it has almost 0% chance of happening but its nice to pretend.

  18. By darrenurban on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Cameron —

    The Jets will never let Revis go anywhere. And frankly, a top cover corner is more valuable than a great receiver.

  19. By Daniel C on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    Any one know if they are going to re-sign Darnell Dockett ?, it would be a certain fauliure if they dont do that.

  20. By darrenurban on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    Daniel —

    The Cards could extend Darnell but be clear: Dockett is under contract for two more years.

  21. By Mr. Know It All on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    On Offense the scoreboard lights up like July 4th. But can Leinhart get it done if (when) Warner retires? Will Matt go to Seattle to reunite with Coach PC? Will Q tough it out and keep working for that big pay day for one more season? The OL may play even better next year and we have some backups that should push for 1st team.

  22. By Mr. Know It All on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    WR Onrea Jones: Can he catch the ball and not fumble?
    CB Rashard Barksdale: More upside than Mike Adams?
    LB Ali Highsmith: Still getting healthy.
    WR Ed Gant: Does he have speed?
    DE Ryan Kees: Good size for DE
    G Jonathan Palmer: Who?
    T Tom Pestock: Who?
    LB Mark Washington: Ya we need more LB’s

  23. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Cowboys just extended the contract for Wade Phillips (1/21):

    As noted above, Norv Turner also extended earlier this week.

    Neither of these coaches have reached the Super Bowl. Ken Whisenhunt has.

  24. By Family on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Ed Gant Is an oustanding WR he also can return kicks all he need is one chance trust me. hey Ed we all look foward to seein you play nexy season… Good luck

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