The search goes on

Posted by Darren Urban on March 9, 2010 – 7:12 pm

The Cardinals didn’t make any official moves Tuesday, but there is the sense they are headed in that direction. That’s what happened when the Browns cut quarterback Derek Anderson. Is Anderson the answer to add to Matt Leinart? I know they like Anderson. I know he’s someone they wanted to look at if he got released, which was expected all along. That happened the same day it came out the Cards are going to have Chargers restricted free agent Charlie Whitehurst for a visit (Whitehurst was tendered at a third-round pick meaning the Cards would have to give up such a pick if Whitehurst signed an offer sheet and the Chargers didn’t match). The Cards and Chargers could work out a deal for a lesser pick.

And as a quick aside: It’s funny to me to a point that people are making a big deal (in this case, but that’s not the only place) about coach Ken Whisenhunt declining to “give” Leinart the starting job. Whisenhunt doesn’t give out starting jobs. Heck, Kurt Warner had more touchdown passes the last eight games of the 2007 season — more than Tom Brady in that span in the year Brady threw for an NFL-record 50 — while Leinart struggled before his injury that season, and Warner still had to compete with Leinart and beat him out in training camp 2008. Leinart needs to prove himself, yes. He’s not going to be able to be terrible and keep the job. But does anyone doubt he goes into the offseason as the No. 1 regardless of whom the Cards sign? He’s been in the offense since 2007 and anyone else — say, Anderson — would be brand new.

Anyway, the Cards are looking in other places. Offensive lineman Wade Smith and defensive end Nick Eason finished their visits Tuesday, and offensive lineman Rex Hadnot and Whitehurst are due tonight. Linebackers Joey Porter and Larry Foote are expected Wednesday night, as the Cards try to reunite a Steelers linebackers corp (with Clark Haggans). I know a lot of people are wondering if guys will sign soon, especially Porter and/or Foote. I would think they would both want to be in Arizona, given their other (known) options and the Steelers ties. Foote thinks his market has been set by the Browns’ deal with Scott Fujita. That seems pricey, but not out of line given the market. And you know Porter is going to want to be paid as a pass rusher. That always can slow down the process.

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42 Responses to “The search goes on”

  1. By Jason Terry on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    i hope we get foote and joey porter. and leinart is fine, i guarantee you that week one, who ever we play, leinart will throw 4 td’s 250+ yards. mark my words, it will happen.

    2010-2011 NFC West Champions = ARZ thanks to Leinart!

  2. By GMoney on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Me too brother!

  3. By Patrick on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    $8M g’d, no problemo, sign ‘im up.

    Let’s see: Andersen/Whitehurst, Foote, Porter, Rhodes. Wow, the possibilities are intriguing. Gotta love Big Cheese Whiz.

  4. By Patrick on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    PS: Agree with Jason above. Wise man. maybe 2 TD passes and Beanie and H’tower run for 1 each.

  5. By Ruben R on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


  6. By Secret on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I can see a pattern here. The cards are searching for pass rushers, as they should. The problem with the defense last post season wasn’t the secondary, it was the pass rushing.

  7. By Dan on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


    First off great job covering the team and keeping us all updated. ive read other websites saying Porter hasnt been confirmed for a visit to Arizona. Is he definatly making a visit this week ? if he does what do you think the odds ar that the Cardinals sign him ?

    Its Matts job to lose and i expect him to perform well next season !


  8. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Dan —

    Porter is expected to visit, yes. Whether they sign him or not, well, I’m not privy to negotiations. We will see.

  9. By Ruben R on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    what do that cardinals thinks about graham from michigan or jerry hudges from tcu do they like them or do they think they are not going to be available.

  10. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Ruben —

    I think the Cards are still sorting that out, but I think they like both players. Whether they would take them is a different story.

  11. By C on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    i like you attitude Jason Terry im with you on this one

  12. By james on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    i just heard cards resigned ware to multi-year deal.

  13. By alex u on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Official Move: We just re-signed Matt Ware

  14. By Mr. Know It All on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren how bout the Cards bring in Andrew Walter former ASU QB!!!!!!

    Charlie Batch is a good proven back up QB.

    Should find a QB in this draft.

    Both Porter and Foote have solid stats.

  15. By CardsRep928 on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Agreed and foote and porter, Anderson is tall and mobile with a big arm. I love the idea crack open the wallet bidwills. I dont know about leinart throwing 4 TD’s but whoever is playing QB will be king of the playaction this season

  16. By Paul on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I know a lot of posters are crying about the number of ex Steelers that the FO is bringing in to possible add to our existing ex Steelers already. Don’t really have any issues with that. Now if we were loading up on ex Chiefs, that would be a problem.

  17. By gordo on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


  18. By CardsFanSince80sBaby! on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Idk i hope leinart finally gets it together i think hell do good.Bt i really do like Derek Anderson i think if he comes here with the whiz’s offence hell win the Qb starting job and be back at the Pro Bowl Anderson and Fitz!!! idk bt i smell Super Bowl haha …

  19. By john Campbell on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I think Beenie Wells is going to be the key to this years victories, he is going to explode this year taking some pressure off of matt lienart. he will be the starting quarterback unless kurt comes out of retirement.

  20. By Caleb on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


    Have you noticed that seems to have a major bias against all things Cardinals?

    Also, have there been reports of unhappiness among the players? It seems odd that, according to reports, the Cards essentially matched the Rolle and Dansby deals, yet both chose to leave for unfamiliar situations.

  21. By Joe-B on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    These media people are idiots when it comes to reporting on the Cardinals. They just want to be able to make fun of us again.

  22. By Joseph on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    4 TD’s…i don’t think so, but 2-3 ill give em. I think Beanie/Timmy will rush for that 4th td! Go Cards! In Whiz we Trust!

  23. By Grabling on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply


    I am very confused about the FA rules, more especific the restrictions for the final 8 teams. I want yo know if the cards can sign both LB, Foote and Porter, at the same time… Or what they need to do in order to get those guys.

  24. By darrenurban on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Grabling —

    All you need to worry about is that the Cards can sign both without an issue.

  25. By Boomerfan on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I say pass on Whitehurst. WHO? Not worth a 3rd round pick. Let’s keep that pick for a deep draft and get some young talent in here. Imagine, 5 picks in 4 rounds??

    Sign Anderson. Then sign Porter and/or Foote.

    Bam! Instantly makes losing dansby and rolle less significant, especially when you weigh the cost differential and gain/loss in skill.

    Rhodes/Rolle = push.

    Dansby was very good but not GREAT. So adding Porter/Foote would solidify our defense again.

    Then hit the draft with 5 picks in 4 rounds (2 in 3rd).

  26. By JakePlummer716 on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    On day one of free agency i was in complete shock, watching my team nearly get dismantled. I am excited about the up coming visits and i like the direction the front office is headed. I think Michael Bidwell has done an excellent job of turning this franchise around. Keep it going by signing these free agents and lets stay playoff hungry! Don’t forget everybody that we still have a great core of players on both sides of the ball, too many to name. Have some faith in what the front office is doing, its not an overnight process but they have been and hopefully will continue to bring in the right people and keep this franchise among the elite!

  27. By Heksolson on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Yes I have no doubt it will happen more or less like that; Matt will be back to a National Championship game of course! Porter will be a great addition, the D will improve, the offense will be settled up, so, we are gonna be fine; let´s do the staff their job; and, yes, I like this guy Whitehurst, he´s got a great arm! 🙂

  28. By AZ SPORT FAN on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    We play the cowboys if our 1st game is at home. Or we play the Chargers if our 1st game is away.

  29. By Dan on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully we can draft either Brandon Graham, Derrick Morgan, Everson Griffin or my big sleeper Greg Hardy. I think Morgan could be the best.

  30. By Shannon Robinson on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Smith and Hadnot are intriguing visits – both play center. Ben Claxton was never activated all year which says something about the Cards’ confidence in him. My preference is Rex Hadnot who would give us another offensive lineman who can play multiple positions, center and guard, and has started most of the games he’s played in. Hadnot is a tough man with a mean streak and the right age for OL. Mr. Graves could still sign Bridges as the last backup for the eight offensive linemen roster spots.

  31. By TucsonTim on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply


    Have you found out who is coming to Tucson this saturday. Thanks

    The story behind Rolle’s and Dansby’s departures would be very interesting since both had good offers from the Cards. I want to say that we were smart not to overpay for either one of them, but then you’ve said that we offered the same $. Were we just playing a game of FA chicken and actually we won, ie. didn’t pay rediculous money.

    The fact that we got an upgrade at safety in 24 hours tells me that we were planning on Rolle leaving. The Rhodes Henderson connection, is that just coincidence, me thinks not, and that didn’t happen in 24 hours either. Good job Whiz and Graves. I will miss Rolle in the wildcat though.

  32. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    TucsonTim —

    It’ll be Brandon Keith and Keilen Dykes.

  33. By William Lutz on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Please no Derek Anderson. I have heard the Ohio media comment that the guy is not the sharpest tool in the shed and prone to long term episodes of poor judgement. If there is one thing that Whisenhunt seems to target is not only players that can compete, but also players that are smart.

  34. By the CARDS fan from New York on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    GO CARDINALS, SB 45 CHAMPS 2010-2011

  35. By cards fan on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I’m still holding out hope for the guy who replaced Warner the first time…. Bulger!!!

  36. By Adam on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    It is sad, as a fan, that we lost both of our Wildcat QBs in Rolle and Boldin…. BUT!… Steve Breaston did play QB in High School. Any opportunity there? I mean we have certainly seen him run out of the backfield with success. Seems like some good option plays could be built around him.

  37. By Tbru on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    yea Bulger did such a fine job, following Warner before. He turned a championship team into the worst team in the league. Why would to give him that chance again. The Rams would have been much better off if they kept Warner.

  38. By CMacyn on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    We lost both wildcat QB’s but also gained one in Kerry Rhodes, We may be able to work in some nice plays in the off-season.

  39. By cards62 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Warner would have been dead if he stayed in St. Louis. Their o line is dreadful and Kurt is a pocket passer that likes to hold the ball to see plays open up. Rams defense was never great and usually bad and they let their talent leave to rebuild not Bulger’s fault. Is Bulger Warner or Elway no way,but I think he would make us a great backup and good spot stater in case of injury.
    I like that we are bringing in some o line man, but I think we need a stud tackle in the draft with either our first or second round pick.

  40. By RAS "J" on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I saw Joey Porter last night in his hometown… We took a shot of patron.. I hope it doesn’t affect his visit to AZ ina bad way..

  41. By Fred P on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Forget about Whitehurst , he not worth A draft pick in my mind . Go with the big arm of Anderson ,better deal all the way around

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

    Get TEBOW in da second round! and sign foote and porter! that’d be great!!!
    look for Linemen and DTs too!

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