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Keeping key parts

Posted by Darren Urban on March 10, 2010 – 8:54 am

Nothing is official yet, but there have been reports over the last 12 hours or so that the Cards have reached agreement to bring back safety Matt Ware and tight end Anthony Becht. Neither one is going to suddenly have the impact of, say, Karlos Dansby, but they each played a vital role last season. Becht was the blocker coach Ken Whisenhunt had long been looking for at the position, while Ware’s importance was underscored when he was hurt — his versatility frees Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson to do so many more things (and the things A-Dub is best at, like being near the line of scrimmage).

I wouldn’t be surprised to see those become official today while the Cards host other free agents and the grind of the free-agency period continues.


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98 Responses to “Keeping key parts”

  1. By Neil302 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    If we do sign porter, what is your take on him? does he fit what we want to do? If he doesn’t will he be just as good if we change his game play? All in all is he as good as everyone thinks he is?

  2. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Neil302 —

    Let’s see the Cards sign him first. Then I will probably analyze the situation to death.

  3. By 98CardsFan on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    These are good guys to retain. Has anyone considered trading for TE Tony Scheffler?

  4. By 98CardsFan on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Should the Cards get both Foote & Porter will that entice them to go to a TRUE 3-4 defense? Who would man the Nose? I feel that if they do, the guys they have in the secondary (wilson, rhodes) it will be a much more physical defense. Can’t wait to see what transpires.

  5. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    98Cards —

    The Cards are still looking to shore up the nose tackle position, especially since Branch has proven better as an end.

  6. By Roy on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Good move for both sides of the ball. Lets see what the latter part of the week brings with Foote, Porter, and Anderson. If we sign 2 of the 3 it will be a big deal.

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

    Getting Ware and Becht back are bigger deals than people think. Depth is the most important thing in the NFL. You can have all the stars you want with huge contracts but when they start getting hurt and going down, you have to play with what’s left. It also provides more consistency and competition, but being able to overcome injuries is a huge deal in the NFL. For instance, on the super bowl run when Haggans and LaBoy were hurt, but the Cards still had Okeafor and Berry.

  8. By Chris on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Do we have intentions of re-signing Kreider? If I’m not mistaken, he is a good blocking FB that seemed to be a big part of our run game last season.

  9. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Chris —

    I think that’s still up in the air.

  10. By Josh on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Any word on the FA visits that came in yesterday? Do any of them look likely to sign with the Cards?

  11. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Josh —

    Nothing new I have heard.

  12. By dockett?? on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    darren,
    any word on dockett? i thought he sadi if they didnt work out a new deal before the season started he wouldnt be a cardinal any more when his contract was up.

  13. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Dockett —

    There is nothing new on that front.

  14. By Travis on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Yo Darren,

    Listening to Dockett on the radio saying he would play out his contract next year and walk if he goes this season without a new contract no matter how much the Cardinals offer worries me, when do you think the Cardinals will address Dockett?

  15. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Travis —

    I am not sure when they will do something but they have some time; the franchise tag is available too.

  16. By shannon robinson on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Anthony Becht is good news for Beanie Ball – he was powerful on his blocks and opened big holes. Will we still draft a TE late like Byhum (best blocking TE in the draft), someone who can develop on the practice squad? Ware is huge for the defensive secondary as we learned last year – he started out as a corner and I believe is loyal to the organization for what the Cards did for his career.

  17. By DRC#1FAN on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    A new deal with Dockett would come after the draft and the second round of free agent realeses. The bottom line is this, both Wisenhut and Graves have not only said but shown us that no one player makes our organization. Adrian Wilson’s contract isn’t even all that flashy. There are new good players in the NFL all the time. The cards are not a team that is gonna support selfish ambitions. WE are a team. WE do this together. That being said. If Dockett wants to be loyal to us, I’m sure they have a contract that is competitive with other teams lineman and a good deal. But, Dockett wants $$$$ and thats all he apparently cares about. So, I say goodbye A-hole.

  18. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    DRC#1 —

    Make no mistake, they all want the money. Dockett plays hard and is driven. Players can’t let the money interfere with how they play; fans need to be careful not to let it interfere with their feelings too.

  19. By DRC#1FAN on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    p.s. Dockett doesnt even fit our team anyways. We need big strong lineman. I love his hustle, always making tackles down field. but watch the guy, even against rookie lineman. He just doesnt have good pass ruching moves, or a strong stout stance against the run. he is good for a 4-3 as like, A fast stunt pass rusher, but in our D. He isn’t a stand out , at all. in my opinion.

  20. By Bryan on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    dude…Dockett fits in EVERY NFL football team,don’t let his attitude blind his play.
    Guy is a top 3 talent at DT.

  21. By cardfan1972 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    DRC#1 You can’t be serious about Dockett? lmao

  22. By max on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Go cards

  23. By Neil302 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I think Anderson would be great for either a back up or to help push Matt to make sure he does better by making him compete for it.

    Darren,
    Do you see us in the “long run” chasing or looking into Derek Anderson as we were going to with Chad Pennington? Even though he isn’t a vet I feel he has enough experience to easily back up Matt or even take the position from him if that opportunity is ever there.

  24. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Neil —

    They do have interest in Anderson. Beyond that, we have to see what happens.

  25. By Neil302 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Either way I think he would be the best to take as a back up QB over anyone else. He has the experience. We wont have to hope he developes into a good QB cause he is already there. And it would save us a draft pick to pick up what we actually need.

  26. By CMacyn on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    psyched!!! Foote and Porter are coming tonight and both have a great chance of signing. This can be a great way to develop those young linebackers we have in the stable.

  27. By gordo on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    darren
    what time is dereks visit today

  28. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Gordo —

    I don’t believe Anderson is visiting today.

  29. By Rob on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I agree that all these re-signings are important pieces to keep us in tact. Any news on Jeremy Bridges and Neil Rackers? Is anyone a little concerned of us becoming to “Steeler” friendly on our team? If they sign Eason, Foote and Porter — that would be strange.

  30. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Rob —

    Nothing on Rackers. I think if the Cards get a guy like Hadnot, that would probably mean Bridges won’t be back.

  31. By Bryan on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Was there any reaction coming out of the cards front office from the Dockett interview?I just have a feeling the front office just cringes every time 9-0 is in front of a camera or mic.lol

  32. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Bryan —

    They have spent six years around Darnell. They know what he is about by now.

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

    Darren-

    What’s going on with Spach? If they resign Becht, having Patrick and with Byrd back now and maybe drafting a TE, I would assume he is done?

    Anything new with Urban? I know a lot of people didn’t like him but what can you expect from a 5th WR? I think he would be a good 4th guy this year.

  34. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Cards fan —

    I wouldn’t rule either coming back, but in both cases, I would think they might want to look around and see if there are better options in terms of playing time.

  35. By Ron on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I do not have any problems with anything 9-0 says cause he will back it up and then some on the feild.
    Hey Darren bye chance do you know if they favor a certain FA QB more than the other or do you thinkthey like both and money will dictate they’re choice?

  36. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Ron —

    Great question. I don’t know that. I do think money plays a role, as does, for example, the idea they might have to surrender a pick for Whitehurst.

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

    Good point Darren. I could see Urban getting more time somewhere else

  38. By NYCARDSFAN on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey cards fan,
    did you see the play where urban lost the ball in the saints playoff game? I dont know about you…but I am still a bit sore with him about that. That was the play that changed the whole momentum of the game. Once he lost that pass, it was all down hill from there. Just a thought.

  39. By Kevin on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I have no problem with what DD said! He has played great and proven that we were smart to go get him when the rest of the NFL was scared because of ?’s about his drive. It is time to PAY THE MAN! Look how much better he makes the DE on the other side! We get a high quality NT and then we will really see his potential!

  40. By spitfire772 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Completely agree with you NYCARDSFAN. Not saying we would’ve won the game, but that shifted the entire game and we never really had a chance. I like Urban, but I was always uneasy with his hands. He’s made some bad drops in key situations and fumbles too often. I wouldn’t mind him coming back, but I was not happy with Urban after we lost to the Saints.

  41. By james on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    DRC#1 you cant be serious! that is an ignorant statement. he is our best defensive player and wrecks opposing offenses. teams have to prepare to play dockett and if we lose him our d gets wayy worse.

  42. By lil swagg on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Dude tha cards bettr pay dockett or else I’m starting a riot at UoP stadium for real cnt let him gooooo best lineman in tha game

  43. By nor cal cards fan on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren, thanks for the continued hard work and updates. Much appreciated as always. Is it true Porter and Foote are both coming to visit the Cardinals tonight in AZ? Tell Rod and Mike B to take them out to Mortons Steakhouse and there’s no way they won’t sign.

  44. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Nor Cal —

    Porter and Foote are coming. And I am sure they will have a very good — and very expensive — meal.

  45. By christian on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    spitfire your a bandwagon just like the rest.

    GOODBYE

  46. By Ctownbeatdown on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t mind Urban, when you have WR’s like Fitz, Boldin, and Breaston. It’s easy to look bad. My only knock on him, is he runs faster to get out of bounds, then run up the field for more yards. Now that Boldin is gone, it will be interesting to see who will be the receiver on the opposite side of Fitz. Camp should be fun. Although i am going to miss Antrel’s oversize yellow undershirt.

  47. By cardfan1972 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Christian

    umm…what did spitfire say that made him a bandwagon fan exactly..

  48. By james on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    breaston will be the number 2 reciever. hes already had a 1000 yard season. doucet will play the slot and run similar routes and play like boldin did. doucet will be our physical reciever, lets hope he can stay healthy.

  49. By VoiceofReason on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Not bringing Bridges back is, as it was the last time, FOOLISH. All the guy did was jump in at LT and shut down the league’s sack leader at the time. No, he’ll never make a pro bowl, but he’s a guy the Cards should work to retain.

    On Porter — yes, he is getting a little older (although hardly old given who whe had at OLB last year) and isn’t the same explosive player he was in 2005, he is still FAR better than what we had last year (as 9 sacks last year shows). Foote is not as flashy as Dansby, but will come at a fraction of the price tag and we won’t see much of a dropoff (might even be better against the run). I think we don’t let Foote leave without a contract, and we work to get Porter in here and not let him leave either.

    Darren — any word on Marc Bulger as a possibility (assuming, safely, that he is ultimately released). For a guy that brought so much success to the team, the Rams sure are screwing him over by waiting to release him. Most rosters will be filled out at that point, meaning he’ll have to wait for a training camp injury. He’d be perfect here.

  50. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Voice —

    Until Bulger is released, he is moot. And if the Rams keep waiting, the Cards may not be able to afford to do the same.

  51. By John on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Those are nice signings and Porter, Anderson, and Foote are moves in the right direction.

    But how do the Cards not explore one of the big NT’s

    Jamal Williams signs with Denver and Maake Kemoeatu signs with the skins. Even Robbins signed with the rams. Besides B-Rob, I dont see anyone else out there.

    Yes, the draft has a number of quality guys from Dan Williams, MT. Cody, Cam Thomas and a couple others would be nice, but few rookies get the job done.

    So Darren, we both agree that NT is vital for a 3-4 defense. How do you think we address this hole?

  52. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    John —

    I’d guess the draft. Plus, you don’t know how the Cards view those FAs. It’s easy to sit back and look at a FA list and say, “That guy is good,” or “That guy fits,” well, that’s not true, unless you’re sitting there watching film, etc. I am sure the Cards would chase those guys if they felt they were the right guys.

  53. By VoiceofReason on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I suppose it depends on how badly they want a veteran backup and who is still out there. I’ll bet Jeff Garcia will not have a job by the time the draft rolls around. Is he a better option than Derek Anderson? I like Anderson’s size, arm, and experience, but on his best day he’s a 80 rating guy — nothing that bowls me over. Bulger, on his best day with good receivers, is an all pro and fantasy filler.

    Of the two, if it were me, I’d wait on the inevitable. Let the Rams go QB with the first pick, waive Bulger right afterward, and have him come here. At the very least, I wouldn’t give Anderson David Carr-type money.

  54. By Nick Pepe on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-
    I heard the Browns are shopping Brady Quinn. He has the brains, size, good mobility and awareness. Any idea what they might be asking for Quinn and would the Cards have any interest.
    Thanks

  55. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Nick —

    If he gets cut, maybe.

  56. By VoiceofReason on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    John — I think Gabe Watson fits the bill. He’s played well as a run stuffer from the beginning. If B-Rob isn’t brought back, Big Game is the guy. Slide Branch over to nose on passing downs.

    I say this as a HUGE fan of nose tackles with serious bulk (something Dennis Green always avoided). I’d rather spend the dough on someone who can get to the quarterback.

  57. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Voice —

    I like Gabe. But he’s had a couple of years to win the coaches over, and he still hasn’t displaced B-Rob.

  58. By John on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with you Darren about Gabe. Not sure he is anything but a backup. Branch never showed anything and might of been cut till he got his chance at end.

    I get that some coaches view my guys above as 20-play a game guys and not worth the money but neither signed big deals.

    I guess the draft isnt totally a bad idea. I would take Cam Thomas in the 2nd round.Or if they want a smaller, quicker guy, I love Lamar Houston from Texas. (I know 300 pounds doesnt seem small)

    I just would feel better with a vet, but I’m not sure there is a starter out there in FA
    Plus teams like the 49ers, who is our biggest challenge, will run the ball.

    Love the Anderson move and could see him nice insurance if Leinart has a good but not great year and they begin negotiations. Or if Matty cant get the job done, I think he can. Hard to judge a guy who plays for such a bad team with WR’s who drop so many passes that end drives.

  59. By gordo on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    darren
    any news from the visits today?

  60. By Wampag on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    D its all over Facebook can you confirm McNabb to san francisco? are you hearing this???

  61. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Wampag –

    It is a false report. REPEAT: False.

  62. By Secret on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Ware coming back is a BIG relief to the card’s pass rush.

    Darren, dont you agree that there should be another good coverage safety backing up ware just so if he gets hurt again, AW can still be free to do what he needs?

  63. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Secret —

    There are only so many spots you get. Of course, you’d love that kind of depth, but it’s not quite that easy.

  64. By alex u on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    im still saying Jared Odrick 1st round, either Miami will take him 12th or i honestly think he’ll drop to us.

  65. By james on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    darren

    ive heard porter and foote are coming tonight and ive also heard they are coming tomorrow night. which one is it?

  66. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    James —

    The come in tonight, have dinner with Cards big-wigs, then stay the night and go through further visiting tomorrow at the complex.

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

    Just saw on NFL.com where they listed the biggest winners & losers in free agency so far…not surprisingly, that Cardinals are all over this list in one way or another. Are they one of the biggest losers? Absolutely, they should be on anyone’s list in that category. But chesk out the top 3 winners…the Jets because they were able to “dump” Rhodes in a trade to the Cardinals and save salary cap space at the same time, the Ravens because they acquired Boldin from the Cardinals, and the Dolphins because they acquired Dansby from – guess who – the Cardinals. So, basically, our departures are helping other teams just as much as our additions are helping other teams! Problem is, I agree with that 100%. And the news that Matt Ware , Andy Becht, and Steven Spach are probably going to re-sign is supposed to cheer me up??? Gee, let me think about that…nope. Not feelin’ it. For the record – this sucks.

  68. By pacardfan on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    I saw that the Browns were interested in Jake Delhome and he is to visit them on Thurs.. When Jake was offically released, I thought the Cards. where looking into bringing him in for a visit. Are the Cards still interested in Jake exp. once they knew Carr went to SF, or since the Browns released Anderson, are they mainly interested in Derek now? Also, If Delhome were to visit and sign with the Browns and Browns release Quinn or will look to trade QUinn, What is your thought on Anderson vs. Quinn, for the Cards.? I feel if no Delhome, than Anderson would be the best.

  69. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    pacardfan —

    The speculation of Delhomme and the Cards was just that. I don’t see them trading for Quinn.

  70. By Derek on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-

    Do you think Marc Bulgar would be a good fit in Arizona? If he is released, of course?

  71. By darrenurban on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Derek —

    Ask me again when he is released. Don’t know what the situation will be at that point.

  72. By Steve on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    nine-0 is saying Foote is coming to AZ…confirm

  73. By Mack on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    -Darren

    Any chances we take a punt return specialist in the draft, since Breaston will probably concentrate more on Receiving. Or is Larod taking over as punt returner as well. (If he earns it)

  74. By darrenurban on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Mack —

    I don’t see them drafting something so specific, unless there is someone there later and too good to pass up.

  75. By gordo on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    darren
    did derek visit today before heading to seattle?

  76. By darrenurban on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Gordo —

    The reports were saying Anderson would visit Arizona after Seattle.

  77. By Ron on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren, I am sure all these questions are getting a bit old but I personally am not sold on any of these guys but what choice do we really have. For 1 we will definately have to draft a QB (I like tony Pike in the third/fourth) If I had to be the one to pick I would say get Whitehurst with the 3rd we would have left. I just see Anderson costing too much to be a back up. Am I off base or a I kinda warm..Your thoughts?

  78. By darrenurban on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Ron —

    I trust Whisenhunt will identify whomever he thinks is best and they will go from there.

  79. By Tyler on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Darren-

    What about possibly getting Roderick Hood back at corner? That way we can play McFadden as DB and release Adams for his poor performance last year and not have to rely on McFadden for his coverage as much.

  80. By darrenurban on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Tyler —

    I don’t think Hood will return to Arizona.

  81. By Tyman on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    Frig i dont know why so many cards fans are down on mcfadden. I think he is one of the best corners in the NFL. The lack of a pass rush realy made it hard on the secondary last year I think. If you watch Mcfadden hes always all over the wideouts, I think we need to fill up on pass rushers and fans need to stop attacking quality players. whats your thoughts.

  82. By rodgerscromartie29 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    why has no one considerd signing someone fom philly its obvious we need a star to pick up warners shoes why not invest in someone like vick.

  83. By cardscromartie29 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    why not invest in a star like someone from philly lets be honest we need someone that we can depend on is that gonna be lienart.. will it be any of the draft choices well be left with… someone like vick(not anderson) would be well worth the money.

  84. By Dan on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not a big Ware fan, we don’t exactly need him IMO.

  85. By john s on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    SCOTT H,
    First of all consider the source! The network that has the ingenious Deon and Michael “Big Mouth” Irving. They are covering a story. Money is money! Everyone overpays which i Know the Giants, Ravens and Dolphins did. Another report that suspect network reported was how the Ravens over compensated the Cardinals for Boldin. He is 30 yrs old and frankly doesn’t deserve the 10 mil a year fitz got. In that division where the defenses are alot more physical i think he plays 10 games at most this season. Cardinals4ever

  86. By K-DUB on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    So Darren,

    Is that a move in the right direction having Foote and Porter here for two days? According to previous post Day 1 Dinner, Day 2 Complex. Then Possibly Day 3-4 Signing? We could hope right?

  87. By darrenurban on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    We can always hope. But all the free agent visits usually span two days.

  88. By carlo7000 on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    why the site doesnt show anymore pictures or interwiew of players come in for a visit

  89. By darrenurban on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Carlo —

    If the players aren’t available to the media — and they haven’t been the last couple days — we can’t talk to them.

  90. By carlo7000 on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    darren

    what do you think about mcclain and his Crohn’s disease.do you think he will drop out of the first down?

  91. By darrenurban on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Carlo —

    Great question. I have no idea.

  92. By John on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Cromarties, Vick? Really Vick? Stop with the Vick talk. Vick is nothing but a back up at best.
    He has a carrer competion % of 53.7
    Only threw once for more than 2500 yards in 02
    He is barely 6′ tall
    He is a convicted felon
    He was busted for pot before his conviction.
    The year after Vick leaves Atl, Roddy white becomes a probowl star.

    All these players have both a better career competion% and higher rating
    David Carr, Marc Bulger, Daunte Culpepper,Trent Edwards,Jake Delholme,Shawn Hill,JP Losman,And Jason Campbell.

    Micheal Vick is a smaller, running version of Jamarcus Russell. If he couldn’t run, he wouldnt be in the league

    Besides, the cards are designed to throw from the pocket and get the ball to playmakers. Vick never could do that. Sure Matt is a risk, with only 17 career starts. But his rookie year where he started 11 games, he completeed 57% of his passes and threw for over 2500 yards. Bring in Bulger or Delhomme to back up Matt, and give hima chance.
    ENOUGH VICK TALK.

  93. By John on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Alex U,
    Jared Odrick is a nice looking prospect. But we have two young and talented DEs.Drafting Odrick? is Dockett or Campbell leaving? Odrick could fill in at NT, but not really his position, he is more a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 end. I cant see wasting a #1 pick for a backup.
    Even if Foote and Porter sign, our priorities still need to be ILB (Hayes and Foote are getting up there) NT (dont have a starter on the roster)OLB (same with Porter and Haggins) OL (wells is nearing end of contract and so is Lutui and Sendlin) Cant afford to spend a pick on a back up to our two best defensive players.

  94. By Scott H on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    John S,
    Thanks for trying to cheer me up, but…problem is, I agree with their assessment. I was already thinking the same thing before I read it on NFL.com! In the NFL as we know it, overpaying is part of every day life. Everyone does it at one point or another. I guess I have a different opinion on Boldin…because despite the annoying injuries, he was one of the real emotional leaders on this team and you don’t have to be on the field to provide that. Also, a lot is made of the team’s record over the last few seasons when Boldin was hurt. OK. BUT I think Kurt Warner had more to do with that than anyone else because I think HE was truly the reason the Cardinals were so effective when Boldin was out. Anyway…hey, it doesn’t matter now. Boldin’s gone and we’re going to find out for real just how much he mattered or didn’t matter to this team. Regardless, they’re my team for life and I’ll be livin’ and dyin’ with them every Sunday, just like always!

  95. By Ctownbeatdown on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darren

    Do the Cards have any intrest in drafting Russ Grimm’s son? Or is the draft another conversation for another time?

  96. By darrenurban on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Ctown —

    We’re a long way from those discussions.

  97. By John on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    Scott H,
    What you are going to see this year is how good Boldin is. He and Derrick Mason give Flacco a nice duo to throw to along with that great running game.
    Boldin is going to shine and I could see the Ravens going deep into the playoffs.

    With that being said, the trade was the right move by the cards. It made sense in so many ways. But , not because Boldin cant produce.

    As for the worst offseason, that is just pure stupidity that they would come up with a list 4 days in. The Patriots and Steelers are applauded for taking 2nd and 3rd teir players everyyear and not overpaying their free agents, and we are called losers for doing the same thing.

  98. By Scott H on Mar 12, 2010 | Reply

    John S,
    I know the trade was the right thing to do for the Cardinals because if they didn’t get something in return for him this year, they weren’t getting anything next year when he left as a free agent. It made much more sense to do it this way, this year. And for the first time in my life, I have a second favorite team and it’s the Baltimore Ravens! Q is the kind of player you don’t just forget about or stop rooting for. I want to see him continue to do well for years to come. As for our opinions about that story on NFL.com, I guess we just have to agree to disagree. But I do maintain that most people would list the Cardinals as among the biggest free agent losers to this point. Now, that would change if they make a few significant additions that would off-set the losses. But that hasn’t happened. Until it does, they deserve to be on that list. And I’m sorry, but the Cardinals have not earned the right to be compared with the Steelers or the Patriots. Believe me, I would love to put them in that category. But you don’t get to be in the same sentence as teams that have won multiple Super Bowls recently until you’ve done the same!

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