Here come the visits

Posted by Darren Urban on March 8, 2010 – 3:48 pm

Reports are now coming about multiple free-agent visits for the Cards. Fox Sports’s Alex Marvez reports that Browns offensive lineman Rex Hadnot is coming in Tuesday night, while ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Steelers defensive end Nick Eason and Chiefs offensive lineman Wade Smith will come in tonight. Again, none of the names are sexy and probably not even as starters. But it is about building depth on the lines.

Linebackers Larry Foote and Joey Porter are also reportedly going to visit later this week.

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74 Responses to “Here come the visits”

  1. By spitfire772 on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Depth is never a bad thing, we could always use more depth. The Larry Foote and Joey Porter scheduled meetings are what excites us as fans because they could plug in some big holes at ILB and OLB.

  2. By dylan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    i want so see the kerry rhodes video put it up plz lol im dying here

  3. By james on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    this is good news, i agree with Dylan. im really hoping we can sign Foote, and

  4. By CARDSFAN1178124 on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


  5. By Andre on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Your second link doesn’t work. It’s empty.

    Andre — it’s fixed now. Thanks. D.U.

  6. By Kevin on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    I sure hope that Washington lets foote out of there!

  7. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Certainly in line with the Whiz/Graves M.O.: competition and depth.

  8. By Eazy E on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Depth along the lines aren’t bad at all. Eason played with cleveland too, he should make us deeper if we get him. Hadnot is a good player and he might challenge for a starting job at guard. Smith is another good depth move on our o-line. Porter and Foote would be great additions. Now schedule visits with Bodden and try to get Jamal because he’s visiting the saints and broncos. Maybe Kemoeatu, if we lose out on Jamal! I also hope the cards are waiting until Derek Anderson gets cut and signs him because he has a 7M roster bonus due on March 19th. They aint paying that. So good for the cards.

  9. By kauaicardsfan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    In Whiz we trust!

  10. By Derek on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    Is there any interest in Darren Sharper?

  11. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Derek —

    No. They just traded for Rhodes. Where would Sharper fit?

  12. By Ruben R on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


  13. By Brandon on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Any news on FA QB’s coming in? Have they contacted any guys? Id imagine with that extra 3rd rounder they can maybe take a gamble on taking a qb higher, but a vet backup is still needed. Batch? Bulger? Not really many out there.

  14. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Brandon —

    They will sign a veteran backup. But at this point, they are taking their time.

  15. By Dave on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren?

    I see San Diego cut Jamal Williams loose. I know you probably get tired of being inundated with queries as to who you think the Cards might look at, and your opinion on this guy or that, but would it not be a good idea to try to take a look at the guy? He was pretty stout before he got hurt in 2009, but he’s probably healed up by now…

  16. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Dave —

    Yes, many, many, many people are asking about Williams. If they are looking at him, it’s obvious they don’t consider him a priority, since so many other guys are coming in first and he’s visiting other spots. And I’m not sure, given his age and injuries, they are interested.

  17. By Bryan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Joe that the Cards don’t have “big money” tied up with rolle/dansby/boldin,do you think they can start working with Dockett on an extenstion?
    I know Rod Graves said those 4 players were part of the “core” last year or whenever,well now only Dockett is here……So I think it would restore ALOT of faith in cards fans and season ticket holders if the cards would pay 9-0 a top dt contract.Because if Dockett gets to his final year and Graves handles him like he handled the 3 guys who left Friday an he walks,I just don’t think I would know angry I would be.

  18. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Bryan —

    I understand the reasoning. But the Cards have clearly created a way of doing business. Whether that means Dockett gets a new deal right now, we’ll have to see.

  19. By Dre on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Eazy E. –

    I don’t agree with Derek Anderson because it is not good for the chemistry with Matt Lienart. Anderson career consist of QB controversy and we don’t need that here. Plus, he is coming from a losing team with a losing mentality which we just got out of. If a back up QB is required, then a rookie or veteran who can accept back-up QB label is the way to go.

    I think we give Matt a real chance on becoming a NFL starting QB and after this year the question is still there then maybe a Vick will there available…he has one more year on his contract.


  20. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Dre —

    Please tell me you are not holding your breath for Vick, this year or any other year. I am pretty sure that’s a non-starter in Arizona.

  21. By Bryan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    *meant to say ‘now’….not ‘joe’

  22. By Brett on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    Do you know what’s going on with Rackers? He is listed as one of the top 25 FA on and we cannot afford to lose Neil. Man when he is healthy there is no other place kicker in the NFL as physical as Rackers. There are truley 11 people on the field when he is kicking. That guy makes more tackles than the rest of Special Teams do. Do you think he will be back?


  23. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Brett —

    We will see. I don’t know if it is a situation where the Cards can’t afford not to lose him.

  24. By Tucson Aaron on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    Way off topic but I heard some cards are coming down to tucson on saturday any word on who will be here?

  25. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Tucson —

    I can try and find out tomorrow.

  26. By DHALL on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Make sure they play the audio of COWTERD (3-8-2010) in the locker room before every game this season and we might just go 19-0…..that was rediculous…lol. I usually like the guy but that was a definate low blow to the desert birds!


  27. By Rob on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Darren amazing job with ur post and keeping the fans up to date with everythinhg.
    But one questions, was it me or did kerry look uncomfurtable and almost like he wasnt happy to be here with the cardinals?

  28. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Rob —

    I don’t think he is unhappy. He did strike me as nervous a bit.

  29. By Cards Fan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    Do bringing in the offensive lineman signal the end for Bridges and Gandy?

    Also, interesing on Eason because they already have Campbell, Iwebema, Dockett, Branch? Unless they are moving Branch back to nose tackle?

  30. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Cards Fan —

    You always look at o-linemen and d-linemen. If a couple of those guys sign, yes, that would probably close some doors. But until guys sign, everything remains open.

  31. By Dre on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –

    No…I’m not even a Vick fan.

    If Matt do not silence the non-believer this year, there a chance for panic just like the exodus last week. I believe Matt will do good…good enough to win the NFC West and with the NFC South / AFC West regular season match up well be fine. But if he doesn’t then I would rather take a chance on a QB who won some games (Vick) then one that haven’t (Andersen).

  32. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Dre —

    Understood. But Vick isn’t going to play in Arizona. I think he has too much baggage.

  33. By chris from the north on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    What about Delhomme? He had a bad year last year, but I think he’s still a solid starter. He would be a great back up for matty, well better than bulger anyway.

  34. By Scott H on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    At the risk of being simple, I’d like to ask an obvious question – with all of the money we’re NOT paying Warner, Dansby, Boldin, and Rolle…shouldn’t we be able to afford something a little better than the guys on this list??? These guys in your report? You said it – not sexy at all! In keeping with that idea, we should be going after Beyonce or Carrie Underwood. Instead, we’re going after Sandra Bullock! See what I’m sayin??? Can you give me an idea of what their financial situation is as a result of these departures??? Surely, they must have more right now than they did a week ago…yes?

    PS – And please don’t miss that perfect set-up I gave you to come back with that classic line from Airplane “And don’t call me Shirley!”

  35. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Scott H —

    Like whom? Just because you have the money doesn’t mean you should spend it on players that shouldn’t be paid that. You’re throwing money away, and you are throwing your team’s salary structure out of whack.

  36. By Chris on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Hey D-Urb,

    Any mention of Kirk Morrison? The guy is a beast at ILB, and the Raiders only tendered him with a 3rd rounder. Any possibility the Cards dump their third (keeping the Raven’s third, the better pick, as they did with Rhodes and the 4th) for a shot at Morrison? I have read Docket mini-campaigning for him, and I know via Twitter he was courtside at a Suns game and also went to LoLo’s this weekend.


  37. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Chris —

    Comon man, you’ve got to read everything I write.

  38. By Nathan H on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    Did you forget that Anderson took the browns to a 10-6 record in 07? That’s like going undefeated for the dire straights that franchise has lol. And he would have kept his starting job if his recievers would hang on to the ball, the Cleveland recievers (Mainly Braylon Edwards who’d catched these ridiculous plays, and drop the balls that were right between the numbers) dropped so many balls in 08 when he lost his starting job. I think Anderson would be good with the talent Arizona has at WR, along with the reemergance of the AZ running game. So if Leinart does Struggle I do think Anderson could get it done. And for those who think Vick would be good I say it’d just be like bringing in a Matt Leinart that can run lol. Both Left Handed, low throwing, laser type passers.

  39. By Tucson Aaron on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Sounds good Darren thank you

  40. By Eric on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, we have 5 guys coming in this week, but since we only lost 1 free agent (Dansby, since Rolle was actually cut and Bert and Kurt retired, no others that I know of) does that mean we can only really sign 1 of these guys?

  41. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Eric —

    Right now after Dansby left, the Cards can sign two guys for first-year salaries of $5.7 million and as many as they want at $3.7M. The only one I can see getting at least $3.7 M is Porter, and even he is a longshot for that money. The rule won’t be an issue.

  42. By fear710 on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


  43. By Tyman on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Need joey’s dirt kick in the dessert!!!

  44. By Tyman on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Go after Mcnabb next.

  45. By Eazy E on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    Well Dre, Matt doesn’t deserve an all-out ”I’m The Starter” type ordeal. He needs that guy that can beat him out. Whiz said he wants competition. If you bring in a bulger, delhomme, etc. That’s not competition at all. Plus Derek being on a bad team and having a losing mentality, can you name a decent wr or te on their team? He has a horrible supporting cast, NO WEAPONS!! Their O-Line was the only thing decent about them offensively. Derek struggled because of no supporting cast. When he had weapons(Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow Jr.), he threw 29 tds and went to the pro bowl. Brady Quinn was trash because he doesn’t ever look downfield, Derek has a big arm and at least tries to make plays even with their sorry WRs and TEs.

  46. By H- on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Colin Cowherd rips the Cards – yawn!!!! the guy makes a living making snap judgments bold predictions and statements. listening to him is nauseating!

  47. By James on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    I just heard that OG Ryan Lilja was released by the colts, he started all the games for the colts including the super bowl. what do you think the chances are the cards go after him?

  48. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    James —

    Not sure. They are already looked at a couple of other OL.

  49. By Derek on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    How do you do this?! I admire how you can listen to the same questions day after day after day… I would have snapped by now!

    Anyway, What is the biggest position (other than LB) the Cards need to fill?

  50. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Derek —

    I think they need to shore up NT.

  51. By Aaron on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    There is a forum or better yet use email for you two bickering about QBs

  52. By Derek on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


    Who is the best NT out there?

  53. By darrenurban on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Derek —

    That’s a good question. He may be in the draft and not FA.

  54. By alex u on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    i think Gabe Watson played well this year and maybe good enough to start but, a good NT for the draft would be Jared Odrick out of Penn, he would be an amazing pick especially if we pick-up Foote and Porter, then i would have think no doubt we can be a top 10 defense for sure but, if we re-sign Robinson, i would take Jerry Huges out of Texas-Christian, would be awesome aswell and i would assume Hayes would move back to the NO.3 LB which is amazing depth. I think we need to adress LT, and i don’t know much about Rex Hadnot, i know he’s a Guard and started right away for Cleveland but, can he play LT maybe?

  55. By DRC#1FAN on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I play a lot of madden. As I am sure all of you do. And, this is the best way to manage a team and win year after year. You sign a lot of guys at the mid range affordable level and give someone the chance to rise to the occasion. Then trade or release them when they have value. Rolle and Dansby are not as good as they are payed now, but they were that good at least enough times to make an awesome highlight reel, right? I just hope we draft defense, but not as much as the patriots last year, lol.

  56. By K-DUB on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


    Is the Uncapped year anything like you’d expected so far? Also any team who made a trade for next years draft picks may have made a misstake since there is a possible chance at no football right?

  57. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    There will be a draft in 2011 regardless of any work stoppage.

  58. By gordo on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    did u hear boldin on espn..if so what did u think about him sayin the front office is pretty much not good.. and its probably the reason why dansby and rolle left without looking back.

  59. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Gordo —

    I think Anquan has his reasons to feel the way he does. And I am guessing, given all the possible factors, that wasn’t the reason Rolle and Dansby left.

  60. By NYCARDSFAN on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Wanna see something that will make you sick? Go to the ravens website and see whats posted up on the home page. A purple jersey with the name boldin on the back. I wish him well though as long as hes not playing us. Sometimes the NFL just sucks. Were countin on ya larry, steve, and early!

  61. By Tom on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    What about Lito Shepherd? Isnt he released? FA???

  62. By 1st Time Cards' Fan on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


    Who is quarterback Charlie Whitehurst ?

    He is scheduled to visit the Cards this week.

    If Arz signs the RFA, is he worth a 3rd rd pick ?

  63. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    1st Time —

    Just blogged about it.

  64. By tyrone on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, any word on our UFA’s J Urban and S Morey? Morey is such a good special teamer and Urban provides depth at wideout.

  65. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Tyrone —

    They definitely want Morey back but I believe he is exploring options. Not sure how they feel about Urban.

  66. By K-DUB on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


    drove by the training facility the other day and saw the place was full. Just like to know what goes on in the building, lots of calls to other teams with offers to and from us?

  67. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    Clarify what you mean by asking what goes on in the building. It’s the Cards’ main offices, so that’s where the organization does all its business, from football to marketing to tickets.

  68. By Scott H on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for the reply. I hear you, but at the same time, that’s kinda my point! As always, I think in very simple terms. But why let all of these guys leave and end up with money to spend only to find there’s no one worth spending it on??? OK, Warner retired, and no amount of money was going to change that. Dansby wanted crazy money that he might not even be worth. OK, fine. I think Boldin wanted out and maybe no amount was going to keep him here. OK. I’m NOT ok with losing him but it was inevitable. But Rolle’s departure was NOT inevitable and that’s the one that really gets my goat. I think they would have been better served by doing what they needed to do BEFORE he was released because as far as I’m concerned, they lost him the moment he became available on the open market. Once that happened, he was NOT returning to the Cardinals. It didn’t need to happen. I think they could have kept a big playmaker who is just entering his prime years and already familiar with this defense here without going overboard. They might spend less for Rhodes ( must admit, I don’t really know that for sure ) but are they a better team for it? Doesn’t look like it to me.

  69. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Scott H —

    Here’s where we disagree, though. I don’t think Rolle is worth what he got. I don’t think the Cards should have offered him as much as they did (even though he turned it down). I think throwing your salary structure out of whack (by giving him more that Wilson) is a mistake. I think paying your safeties that much combined would be a mistake.

    If you think Rolle was going to accept an extension from say, mid-season on until free agency, you are being naive. If you think they should have extended him before the season, well, he was average as a safety in 2008; what if you committed big money to him and then he flamed out?

    You and I disagree with Rolle too. You see him as this big playmaker. I think Antrel is good, but to me, Ed Reed is a playmaker. Rolle isn’t there yet and I’m not sure he gets there.

  70. By fitzis11red on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren. I have been a Cardinal fan since ’88 and proud of it. Because so many of us have put up with futiity for so many years it is awe inspiring to see players actually want to be here. Remember Montana? We were a stepping stone to K.C. I say this because Porter has expressed interest in playing here and that would have been nothing but wishful thinking if we had not gone to the Super Bowl in’08. So my question is, in your expertise and opinion, what is the realistic probability that Porter will sign with us? Take care.

  71. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Fitzis11 —

    I think there is a good chance Porter will sign, but as always, the money must be right.

  72. By Scott H on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks, darren. As always, you are wise and informative in equal measure. In my last post ( wondering why they let so many key players leave only to end up with more salary cap room and no one special to spend it on ), I meant to ask about Darren Sharper. Basically, he’s available…yes? Watching how he played last season for the Saints, he looks like he’s got plenty left to me. Was he even a consideration for the Cardinals at any point? I’m assuming there’s no way he is now after the trade for Rhodes…

  73. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Scott H —

    He’s older and wants a lot of money. Bad combo for most teams. Wilson/Rhodes/Ware makes more sense.

  74. By Nate Wong on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Rex Hadnot looks like a good player, pick him up…

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