Who is expiring?

Posted by Darren Urban on March 3, 2011 – 2:53 pm

Regardless of the status of the CBA, the Cardinals have a chunk of players whose contracts will expire whenever the league year ends. What that means for free agency is uncertain because the CBA will address those rules. But as an FYI, here is a list of the current Cardinals who will have their contract run out this offseason. If a player has an asterisk, he has at least four accrued seasons in the NFL:

  • FB Nehemiah Broughton
  • RB Tim Hightower
  • FB Reagan Maui’a
  • RB Jason Wright*
  • WR Max Komar
  • WR Steve Breaston*
  • WR Early Doucet
  • TE Ben Patrick
  • TE Stephen Spach
  • T D’Anthony Batiste
  • C Ben Claxton
  • G Alan Faneca*
  • T Brandon Keith
  • G Deuce Lutui*
  • C Lyle Sendlein*
  • DL Alan Branch*
  • DL Keilen Dykes
  • DE Kenny Iwebema
  • DL Bryan Robinson*
  • DT Gabe Watson*
  • LB Curtis Gatewood
  • LB Cyril Obiozor
  • LB Reggie Walker
  • S Hamza Abdullah
  • CB Michael Adams
  • CB Trumaine McBride
  • S Matt Ware*
  • P Ben Graham*

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61 Responses to “Who is expiring?”

  1. By Jesse Robles on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Tell all of your Owners of the Businesses you work for to “SPREAD THE WEALTH to the employees,” Tell OBAMA to “SPREAD THE WEALTH to the poor,” it doesn’t happen like that. It looks totally different in the NFL

  2. By KyCardsfan on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Wow! a lot of big names….do u think we will get a lot of them back after the CBA gets figured out?

  3. By Darren Urban on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    KyCards —

    RE: Coming back

    I just don’t know.

  4. By JOHN on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply


    Is there any outside free agents the Cardinals want to sign/

  5. By Darren Urban on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    John —

    RE: Other FAs

    I do think they probably have their eye on a few guys.

  6. By D on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Doesn’t exactly make me want to hurry up and pay my season ticket bill
    I smell blackouts in glendale next year…

  7. By KEVIN KOLB on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease let me play for you!!!!!
    i wont let you down!!!!!!

  8. By Brandon LA on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Soooooo a lot of cardinals are on this FA list.

    If you had to give a %, what % of these players have a chance to return safely back to the Cardinals?

  9. By Darren Urban on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Brandon LA —

    RE: Percentage

    That’s all going to depend on when the CBA is figured out and what other players the Cards want to chase.

  10. By MattAZ on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    My definite keepers:

    Patrick (first ever cards td in a superbowl!)

  11. By former AZ.resident on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like the cards might trade down to get more picks.

  12. By Pheenic Cromartie on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Top three priorities:

    -Steve Breaston
    -Tim Hightower
    -Ben Graham

  13. By D on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply


    I would add Branch and Keith to your list

  14. By brad oneill on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    if they really want to get attention they should lay the cheerleaders off.

    hell they dont pay them anything anyway and its really easy to be sympathetic to hot girls.

    if they do lay them off, as a fan i volunteer to adopt them.

  15. By ross on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply


  16. By Dave on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    MattAZ are you serious?! Patrick?! That cat can’t block for his life and he is the most inconsistent TE.

    Spach should make it back, no? He had a notably killer camp as reported by Whiz and yourself and he didn’t disappoint during the season. He may not be Tony Gonzalez but the guy works hard and gets his job done. Thoughts?

  17. By Darren Urban on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Dave —

    RE: Spach

    I’d put Spach’s chances at returning ahead of Patrick. Big picture, he’ll probably continue to be a bubble guy battling whomever they bring in.

  18. By Dave on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    PS. Spach has been in the league for more than 4 years

  19. By Rich on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    the Jets just cut a great blocking TE that Whiz should love. We should pick that guy up and draft a TE that can catch – work those guys in with Dray and Spach and see what shakes out.

  20. By Brad Wheeler on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply


  21. By Mike Ellingboe on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    For those who don’t think that Rod Graves does enough to do try dealing with that list, the draft/combine/pro days, dealing with an unknown CBA/scouting potential free agents, etc.

    Pretty big dose of reality for all you aspiring GM’s…

  22. By COLE33 on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply


  23. By AZLOGAN05 on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply


    Out of that list who is the guy at the top of the list for the Cards to resign?
    Personally I’d say HighT for sure.

  24. By Darren Urban on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    AZLOGAN, Scharf —

    RE: Keeping players

    The guys without the asterisks are the RFAs and I’d think many have a chance to be back, at least to fight to make the team. Hightower isn’t going anywhere. It’s the guys who end up unrestricted that will be a much bigger question mark, because it is clear they are going to be available on the open market.

  25. By 85301fan on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Doesn’t look good look’s like back to the good old days lol. This cba is going to srew us wow

  26. By Aaron on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply


  27. By Scharf on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply


    Do you see the Cardinals bringing back most of these players? I know it’s a little vague right now with the current contract situation, but I can’t see trying to continue without at least 75% of these players.

    Thanks as always Darren.

  28. By R Robles on Mar 3, 2011 | Reply

    Why are we taking so damn long to sign our players? what the hell

  29. By MattAZ on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    Interesting that no one’s shouting for Doucet. Another 3rd round bust since the dockett steal of ’04?

  30. By Mike F aka Sec117 Row8 on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply


    If you can answer….Why are “all” the other NFL teams making moves and signing recently released players and giving extensions while the Cards are doing none of this? Is it just the Bidwells being the Bidwells? And I don’t wanna hear that successful franchises don’t just jump into signing players please. The Cards franchise is far from knowing what exactly a successful franchise is. The SB champs are (GB) and last year’s as well (Saints). Thanks Darren.

    P.S. I think I know who signs your checks, so a politically correct answer or no answer is NOT wanted but understood. Thanks.

  31. By Darren Urban on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    Mike F —

    RE: Not signing

    As far as I know, they haven’t had much/any interest in the players currently being released. Those guys have warts — that’s why they are released — and whatever they bring to the table isn’t what they are looking for apparently.

    As far as their own players, I won’t lie — I thought for a long time they would have extended at least one or two guys. But there are more than a few teams around the league that seem to have taken the stance they won’t do any new contracts until the new CBA is resolved and it’s pretty clear by now the Cards are one of those teams.

  32. By Mike F aka Sec117 Row8 on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    Mike E-

    It’s called a GM’s Job! If he can’t handle the heat then get OUT the kitchen. Every GM is doing the same thing and still making moves. No excuses! I am sure it is plastered all over the walls of the Cards facilities and the front office should adhere to it as well “No Excuses”! Jus Saying!

  33. By BigRedFan on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    Ben Graham is the best punter in the NFL… would hate to see him go.

    VERY rarely can a punter be viewed as an offensive weapon, but this guy certainly is.

  34. By DONOVAN McNABB on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply


    Not if I get there first. Darren Urban keeps trying to tell people that I am the best fit for the team, but no one will listen!!!!

  35. By K-DUB on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    Doucet is a bust, keep Komar. You’ve already lost Lance Long. You just know Haley is waiting for Breaston to hit the open market, so lock him down.

  36. By SteveDCO on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    On Ben Graham –
    It has been discussed a few places that Graham might not be back in AZ due to his inability to flip the field. He is a great punter for getting in locked inside the 20 but he can’t drive the ball to make big changes in field position.

    On Caps Lock –
    Writing in caps is considered YELLING. No one wants to read a CAPS LOCK blog. Please show some restraint ands pull CAPS LOCK off your computer.

    On CBA –
    Looks like a new CBA might be happening sonner rather than later. This would be huge for the Cards but really the entire NFC West. We have to have a normal FA period along with a CBA at the draft if we want to pick up Kolb or Palmer.

  37. By Darren Urban on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    SteveDCO —

    RE: Your points

    1) That.
    2) That.
    3) That (at least the part that a “normal” offseason means a lot for the Cards and the whole division. Not sure yet I am willing to say the new CBA will be sooner rather than later).

  38. By former AZ.resident on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren do you think that the cards will draft the players they can get first before they resign the ones above that are on the list.

  39. By Darren Urban on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    former Az —

    RE: Draft before re-signing

    Depends on the new CBA, because they may not have a choice with an extended work stoppage. As of now, no one can sign any new deals until the CBA is resolved.

  40. By Big Red Fan on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    Anxious to see how things go with Hightower and Wright as well. Both Quality guys.

  41. By Big Red Fan on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    On a selfish note . . . would love to see the Cards somehow end up drafting ANDY DALTON!!!!

    Kid from my hometown of Katy TX, and has the high-character personality of Kurt Warner. Great kid. Great arm.

    Dear Mr. Graves . . .would love to see us get him if he is still there in round two!!!

  42. By Mike Ellingboe on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply


    I have no doubt Graves can handle it, but the self-professed experts who think his job is so easy wouldn’t last a day at it.

  43. By drummer-1 on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    @MIKE F aka

    Do you want us to sign players even if they don’t fit the system, just because other teams are doing it? the same thing people was saying about hiring a DC at the time.. when they are ready to sign players they will..

  44. By JOHN on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply


    I know it’s too late but do you think the cardinals should have gone after Shockey?

  45. By Darren Urban on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    John —

    RE: Shockey

    Personally, no. Not sure what he has left in the tank and not sure if it’s worth it.

  46. By D on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    NFC West as we sit here today:
    Rams have the edge with franchise QB, even though they have a new Off Cord. They pick up a WR and fill a few holes they should be around 8-9 wins.
    Right now, SF has a new coaching staff and have not decided on a QB-not good
    AZ and Seattle has big questions at QB and many other spots, not looking good now, but a good draft by both should push both teams to 500.
    All could and should improve if a new CBA get’s completed by draft-if it doesn’t, then like last year, it’s a crapshoot.

  47. By Bill L on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    Without a QB, they can ALL be FAs. So, some QB talk. I read a not too old Adam Schefter piece that says Fitz has put in his request for a QB……..Kolb #1, and Bulger as a second thought. I read that SF would like Palmer, but according to NFL Network, Cinn mgmt will let him retire without trading him, just on the principle of the matter. It starts to look like SF will end up in a Bidding war for Kolb with the Cards. If the Cards lose Kolb they could also lose Fitz….if SF gets Kolb, they would again be the odds on Favorite to win the NFC West……….Let the Bidding Begin……..a Train Wreck v. a Title.

  48. By JOHN on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    thanks darren.

  49. By CrazyLady25 on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply

    We have Rod “the turtle” Graves handling contract negotiations.

  50. By Mike F on Mar 4, 2011 | Reply


    Where is the like button for the comments?
    Anyways, LIKE LIKE LIKE CrazyLady25’s Comment! LOL

  51. By Cam Newton on Mar 5, 2011 | Reply

    It would be an honor for me to play in Arizona! I would love to throw the ball to Larry and I can create some time for myself out of the pocket when levi gets roasted around the corner! Lots of hot girls and nice weather out in AZ. I can’t wait to be a Cardinal I will not let you guys down!

  52. By Az sportstrucker on Mar 5, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t get all these calls for Kolb or we lose I don’t see Kolb as a fit in Az system he is a west coast offense QB like Mcnabb who doesn’t firt our system. I don’t know the answer but think Skelton needs more time and we should look for a vet maybe draft qb 3rd round to compete with skelton. What are hyour thought on Kolb will he fit our system Darren

  53. By Darren Urban on Mar 6, 2011 | Reply

    Az sportstrucker —

    RE: Kolb fit

    That I do not know.

  54. By TBru on Mar 6, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know know why any teams would be signing players before knowing what the rules/budget are. Well I guess in NFLnomics you can always turn around and release a recent signee.

    as for why aren’t we signing our own, as I recall we had a bad season and changes were guaranteed. For every guy we loose, it is a roster spot to sign someone else. We still go into next season with 53 NFL caliber players. For every Antrel Rolle you loose, you gain a Kerry Rhodes For every Karlos Dansby you loose you gain a Paris Lennon. I hope we can keep Hightower, Graham, & Breaston but really is their anyone else on that list we can’t easily replace in the draft or via free agency? I personally favor letting all of the OL guys on the list walk and starting over.

  55. By Mike F aka Sec117 Row8 on Mar 6, 2011 | Reply

    WOW, did u just relate Paris Lennon to Dansby? Dansby is on a WAY higher level then Paris. I still believe you were just joking around with that one. Lennon has been a traveling LB who had a career year last yr, Dansby just got one of the largest contracts for an LB.

    We would be VERY VERY lucky to get the same or higher production from Paris next year. & a lot of the Defensive problems were because we lost a PLAYMAKER in Dansby. Paris was a solid player last year but not a game-changer or playmaker.
    I like Paris but he is NO Dansby.

  56. By Dan on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, with the disaster at Qb from last season, wouldin’t it make sense that the Cards draft a Qb like Blaine Gabbert at the #5 pick? WIth the FA period unclear and neither Skelton or Hall looking like the answer for this coming season it would seem that our #1 need is at Qb and if the top guy is available we should get him. DId the Cards even talk to this Kid or any of the Qb at the Combine? Do they know what they are doing? Time to lock in our own Franchise Qb like the Rams did or we will be behind the other teams in our Division. Do you agree?

  57. By Darren Urban on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    Dan —

    RE: Gabbert

    What if they don’t think Gabbert is the answer? Just because a player is considered by the pundits as the best QB in the draft does not necessarily equal that he can succeed in the NFL.

  58. By Eazy E on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    Gabbert is not the answer, Cam or nothing!

  59. By Eazy E on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    Gabbert alright but I don’t buy that he’s better than Cam, he came out of a spread too if you wanna nitpick Cam and don’t even compare numbers and winning.

  60. By TBru on Mar 7, 2011 | Reply

    Karlos Dansby #58 LB
    2010 STATS
    TACK 95 FF 2 INT 0

    Paris Lenon #51 LB
    2010 STATS
    TACK 125 FF 1 INT 2

    better production, for less money. Money that can be spend on other positions. Yea I think we did all right on that one. You win some and you loose some. My point is their was nothing spectacular about last years team that we have to have a sentimental attachment to mediocre players. We will keep some, and we will lose some. But we shouldn’t think that loosing free agents mean we will be signing dudes from Scottsdale Community College to replace them. their are roughly 1700 NFL jobs, they will go to nfl players, some will retire and young guys will come in to replace them but everyone that wears the shield on their uniform has earned that spot. If not some else will take it away. Dockett and Wilson were priorities, Fitz is the next priority, if we tried to keep every guy who ever wore a bird on his helmet, we would have a couple thousand people on the roster. Right now we just have to be better than Seattle and the Rams. If someone wants to go to the Dolphins and play behind Pittsburgh, New England and the Jets good for them. Free agency is part of the game.

  61. By Mike F aka Sec117 Row8 on Mar 8, 2011 | Reply

    Come on Bro, Read my comment. Lenon had a CAREER year! He has been on 5 teams in 6 years. He is NO Dansby and we would be lucky to get him to continue to increase his numbers. Don’t forget we were very low on LBs last season and he probably got a lot more playing time then he would’ve had we been healthy all season. Look at their career number. Dansby kills him. Again, I like Lenon but He isn’t a Dansby! Also, some stats don’t show up! Like interceptions or forced fumbles or fumble recovers that WIN a game. Hmm I tend to remember Dansby doing that a lot for us and once or twice last yr for the Phins

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