Cardinals sign FB Ali

Posted by Darren Urban on May 7, 2010 – 1:26 pm

Continuing to mine one-time Browns (it’s probably not a coincidence guys like Derek Anderson and Rex Hadnot are here with Director of Pro Personnel T.J. McCreight having come from Cleveland) the Cardinals have signed fullback Charles Ali to a one-year deal Friday. The team needed another body at the position after talks to bring back Dan Kreider fell through. Ali joins Nehemiah Broughton and Reagan Maui’a on the roster as blocking backs.

At 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, Ali has been in the league since 2007, playing two years in Cleveland before going to Baltimore last season briefly after playing for New York in the UFL. The Ravens brought him back after the season. He was released by the Ravens in April.

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32 Responses to “Cardinals sign FB Ali”

  1. By Sittin in the Sun at Sun Devil Stadium on May 7, 2010 | Reply


    So does this wrap up the fullback search? Interesing in a year where the Cards plan to run more, they don’t get an established fullback. Opposed to getting Krieder and Smith

  2. By darrenurban on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Sittin —

    I would say yes, they are done.

  3. By brazilian fan on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    and who starts? is that still open?

  4. By darrenurban on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Brazilian —

    Wide open.

  5. By Ditship on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Looks like we have a true competition at FB. I imagine we won’t be keeping more than 1 so it should be interesting.

  6. By bobo on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Why havent we signed Kreider? He was a good fullback.

  7. By alex on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    darren off topic question does any 1 know is it really hard to get interaction and autographs from the players at training camp in flagstaff its my first time going and i live in texas now so i would love to come back with autographs and an experiance thanks all

  8. By darrenurban on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Alex —

    The Cardinals have one of the most open and easily accessible camps in the NFL, I believe.

  9. By alex on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    thanx darren

  10. By John on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Alex, It use to be really easy. Players would talk and take pictures. Then the Superbowl and the crowds came last year.
    Although Boldin and Rackers are gone, they would stay forever. So did Chike Okefer and Warner.
    For current players, Fitz stays forever to sign. For a superstar, he takes his time with the fans. Leinart is usually good about signing.
    My girls bring up a poster board every year to get signatures. Last year, Duece would not come over, Coach Grimm grabbed him and said do it for the girls and he signed.(of course my girls toss out the board in a week, they just think its fun to see who they can get.)
    Tim Hightower and Coach Whiz always sign.Breaston will also. Dockett came over 1 year. The rest is hit or miss. Guys like A-Dub and DRC have never come over.

  11. By nolan on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    darren i love reading your articles and i have learned so much through them.thank you and keep up the good work.
    also offtopic, where does the team practice and what hours be cause i would love to get go and get some autographs.thanks D

  12. By darrenurban on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Nolan —

    The Cardinals practice at their Tempe facility. In the offseason, hours are a crapshoot. Guys come in to work out throughout the morning. During the season, they are here all day like a regular job.

  13. By Mikeflorio on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    LOL I have gotten DRC’s autograph for the past 2 years. A DUB never signs though. just rides his segway away. Everyone really signs especially rookies, greg tolers autograph looked like a third grader learning cursive.
    Nowadays well see how many fans show up this year.

  14. By Missouri Jim on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Darren, another off-topic question here …

    Do the Cardinals have a “public” e-mail directory for administrative personnel, or is there an easy way to figure out the e-mail address if I know the name of the person I’m wanting to contact?

  15. By darrenurban on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Missouri —

    Sorry. You can send questions to or It comes to me if the latter and I will pass them along.

  16. By nolan on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    thanks D you always come through

  17. By TucsonTim on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Let me guess, Kreider is going back to Pittsburgh 🙂 We needed someone younger anyway.

  18. By AndyStandsUp on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Ali was replaced by Pro Bowl Le Ron McLain, so maybe this guy will be okay.
    Alex, if you avoid the Saturday Red/White Scrimmage and show up earlier or later in the camp, you can usually converse and get signatures from the players. Especially, after practice as they make their way across the fields.
    Of course, last season the Cards had a autograph session in the SkyDome, the same day as the Red/White,with a line that wrapped around the NAU campus.

  19. By Jeremiah on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to point out that the Cards ran the ball best last year with 2 tight ends and just 1 running back. Just saying that the fullback may not be as big of a factor in the run game this year as some of you may think.

  20. By akcard on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    Darren: have the cards looked at hightower as a fullback. he is a good blocker, has good size, tough, and can catch the ball, everything you need in a fullback.

  21. By darrenurban on May 7, 2010 | Reply

    akcard —

    Hightower is and will remain a running back.

  22. By Dan on May 8, 2010 | Reply

    Kreider is washed up, looked washed up last year. We have a couple beasts at FB right now.

  23. By Isaak on May 8, 2010 | Reply

    Any chance that we could see Docket or similar players appearing at FB?

  24. By darrenurban on May 8, 2010 | Reply

    Isaak —

    Not regularly.

  25. By wampag on May 8, 2010 | Reply

    D- Seriously why would we be a 3-1 shot if there wasnt something compelling us to be a 3-1 shot to get Russell

    is it because our media isnt as loud as other states and they can get away with it or do they know something?

    I could see Whiz with a little pet project heck if it’s cheap enough bring him in and the moment he doesnt put forth his full effort flush him.

    I wouldn’t even bring him in as a QB make him work back to being a QB this kid had one heck of a college game and the raiders kill talent just ask Sapp….
    I know I know you think i’m crazy GO CARDS

  26. By darrenurban on May 8, 2010 | Reply

    Wampag —

    “They” know nothing. He isn’t coming here.

  27. By charlie Lee on May 8, 2010 | Reply

    We are excited to see the big blocker Ali with the Cardinals. He can catch, run and pancakes guys. I can’t wait to see him play…Go Cardinals…..Ali was a Great Pick…..The fullback position is a wrap.

  28. By Skiptim on May 8, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, I used you blog and answers as my main example of interactivity in journalism for my journalism class.

    If I get an F, I BLAME YOU!

  29. By Skiptim on May 9, 2010 | Reply


  30. By Steve on May 10, 2010 | Reply

    I have followed Charles Ali’s career since Cleveland and he is a GREAT fullback. Romeo Crennel loved him and gave him his shot and he fourished… but we all know what happend to that staff. Ali is a gem who is makes crushing blocks on linebackers and is know as a great locker room guy. He will win the FB job hands down as long as he comes to camp in shape it’s not even close how much better he is to the other two guys. For fun here is a You Tube link to some of his college hi-lights….enjoy the glimpse of what Beanie will be seeing lead the way. GO CARDS!!!

  31. By TBru on May 10, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe in Flagstaff he can bunk with Highsmith lol

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