Breaston moves on

Posted by Darren Urban on July 27, 2011 – 3:20 pm

Wide receiver Steve Breaston hasn’t agreed to a contract anywhere else yet, but a non-Cardinal source confirms Breaston won’t be coming back to the Cardinals. It’s not a shock, given the way the season closed out for Breaston and how the team was looking closely at Andre Roberts. Roberts will be the leading candidate to replace Breaston and be Larry Fitzgerald’s No. 2.

(UPDATE: Breaston agreed to a contract with Kansas City Wednesday afternoon.)

I have no doubt Breaston would have stayed, but it became clear that his worth elsewhere on a new contract was going to exceed what the Cardinals would be thinking. Heading into his fifth NFL season, this could be Breaston’s biggest deal, and he needed to take advantage of what was/will be presented to him. For the Cardinals, I could see them looking at a mid-range veteran in free agency, although the hope is still that Roberts and Early Doucet fulfill their promise.

As for Breaston, he went from a fifth-round return man who then-OC Todd Haley never thought had a prayer to become a viable NFL receiver (the irony that Haley and the Chiefs are rumored to be in the thick of the Breaston/free-agent race) to a 1,000-yard receiver in 2008 on the last offensive play of the regular season against the Seahawks. He scored a key punt return touchdown against his hometown Steelers in 2007, made that amazing forced fumble in St. Louis last year, and was a member of the always-interesting “Backpack Boys” in the locker room. Oh, and he was one of the patient team spokesmen last season after every loss, even as the frustration mounted.

Personally, he’s a guy I would have liked to stick around (and until he signs another deal elsewhere, I guess the hope remains). But if this offseason hasn’t driven home the point enough, business is business, and that includes the NFL.

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183 Responses to “Breaston moves on”

  1. By Serg on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This cannot be happening, steven breaston better stay!

  2. By Jeffersong on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Good luck Stevie!

  3. By Mack on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Good Work in f/a Cardinals. DRC then Breaston. Cut these great players lose.

    Darren- do you have ANY idea at WHAT the Cardinals are going to do after we overpay for Kolb?

  4. By B on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Shame…alot of the good players we draft end up walking on to do great things.

    This feels like last Free agency:(

  5. By Dave on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This is a bummer to me. I really liked Steve and hoped that he would be back. I doubt that Doucet/Roberts can fill the role (including leadership) that Breaston did. I wish him the best if he moves on, and I will continue to be a fan.

  6. By Alex on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


  7. By Josh S on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Did people really think he was going to stay??? I mean, I wanted him to stay like the rest of us, but I knew he would leave. I just hope it’s not Seattle or St. Louis.

  8. By Alex on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    So with the probable loss of Breaston… Do you see Lance Moore or Edwards from the jets coming to play?

  9. By D on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Does Mr. Graves know that he can sign some FA now? Plenty of good players out there and they have plenty of holes to fill…come on now can’t wait for the QB before filling other holes…us fans may have to fill in this weekend just to have enough players on the field on Sat and Sunday…

  10. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone —

    RE: Approving comments

    Sorry. My test was limited but just doesn’t work for me not to have pre-approval. Big problem is I am left sorting through everything seeing if I missed a question. Way too time-consuming compared to what is gained.

  11. By Aaron Dey on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I was really excited for the FA period to begin. now were losing Steve i guess were passing on Orton and getting mugged in the Kolb deal. what happened? how do they expect to keep the faith of the fan base after last year and this disaster of a free agency?. aggressive =fail. this franchise is a joke….. see ya in flag

  12. By Christian Guy on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This is sad, If you have him AND Roberts, we would be devastating. Early Doucet was worthless last year, if we do lose Breaston, we need to find a replacement for Doucet. I think it would be in the best interest of the Cardinals to try to keep Breaston though. He destroyed it on the field last season, and he has those moments where he can do a sneak play and throw.

  13. By CZarr on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Yea, its tough seeing such a cerebral player go to another organization. Great writer too.

  14. By Alex on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    There is no reason that he can’t stay! He is deff worth the money, again not just as a play maker but as a leader in the huddle as well! there is no reason why we cant get this deal done we are cutting multiple high paid players as well as having the 4th most cap space from last year of all 32 teams! We need to find a way to get this deal done!

  15. By Rugbymuffin on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


    That is a slap in the face. Good job by the Cardinal by letting more talent go, and replacing it with inferior talent.

    Good for Breaston, he can go play for an actual NFL quality organization, he deserves it.

    As for the Cardinal.


  16. By Jordan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ok so i’m not getting all of these cardinals moves, way overpaying for a quarterback who has played like 14 games in 5 seasons for dominique rogers-cromartie and a top draft pick, let breaston go, go for another running back i love williams from va tech but we still have 2 running backs and no offensive line… we should have drafted a lineman at that position. but please cardinals don’t let our key guys go again!

  17. By SSG Tim Roberts (Army) on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, both Breaston AND DRC? I hope somebody has some insight to this that better than what I’m seeing right now. I like both players and they both have had up and down moments, but I’m not 100% sure on Kolb. He can play better than Anderson (which isn’t totally fair, the whole team didn’t play well)did last year, but the leadership both give to both sides of the ball is what is needed right now. Especially with a short preseason and camps. Not sure what the perception is with this, but I feel that were taking a huge gamble with our secondary by going for Kolb. Not sure how a deal with Ortin would work out, but if it keeps DRC then I say we do it. I don’t think this is the time for a total revamp of the system. Not with everything being so shortened. But either way, thanks for what you did guys and I’ll still be fans (except on game day, sorry gotta stay with Big Red there) and hopefully you’ll stay where you belong.

  18. By cactus_hawaiian on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Definitely will be sad to see Breaston get let go. He would have opposing teams think twice about double-teaming Fitzgerald for sure. Hope he stays….I’d throw in a $100 to help keep him here.

  19. By Soares on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Wow really Cards two off seasons where we just let our good players walk out the door, I really hope Kolb is going to be worth it with how much we have lost the past couple of off seasons.

  20. By Jason on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    With stars like Fitz making that kind of money how can we possibly pay Breaston what he is worth? He is the kind of player you pray for in the draft. The lunch pale, blue collar talent. Hopefully he stays but he deserves his checks too.

  21. By rhoerner on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Assuming we are losing Rogers-Cromartie, are the Cards in the running for a free agent or salary cap casualty corner ? Are they pursuing anyone but Kolb ?

    What is the plan for Stephen Williams? He looked good last year for a rookie

  22. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    RHoerner —

    RE: CB/QB/Williams

    I could see them looking at a veteran CB if DRC is dealt. I think at this point, Kolb is the main target. Stephen Williams is in the mix and physically, looks much stronger. But he has to carry over his showing in practices to the games.

  23. By drummer-1 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Aaron Dey… Why would you go to flag to see them? according to you they are a joke and they failed, If thats how i felt i wouldn’t want to go see them.. you make yourself sound like a joke..

  24. By mike k on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    It was a financial inevitably, remember Fitz? Did you all see Holmes contract? If Roberts can replace him, well that’s the NFL. Great guy/player, wish him the best. Now, as to the rest it is frustrating that the only Cards deal is no Kolb deal so far. I think the Eagles are waiting for us to cave to their demands and I hope we don’t.

  25. By kirk on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    When will the Cardinals wake up and really begin to be winners
    in the off season/free agency. Smart moves create winners not
    sitting on their hands to see what happens. Losing good to great
    players to other teams via FA or Trade doesn’t improve the team.

  26. By seven q on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


  27. By Natedizzle on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I really dont understand we here about all these big f.a. transactions going on around the league but nothing for us except loosing key players and maybe adding kolb whats the deal? step it up or we will be on the same boat as last year except maybe having a better qb (key word maybe).

  28. By Dean in Glendale on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    What happened to free agency? While the front office is working on their golf game, or watching lowlights from last season, the entire free agent market is being snapped up around us. We havent even come to agreements with our priority F/A’s yet, let alone worked on rebuilding with a couple of veteran QB’s. I think that things may be going much faster than the football wizards at the Cards HQ can wrap their head around. Are we going to be stuck with David Carr? Another DA who willl fail miserably? I’ve been a season ticket holder since 1990, and have seen the team thru seasons where the janitorial team at Sun Devil Stadium had more talent than the team we put on the field. We have the chance now to do something but we are not just making the wrong moves, but not making any moves at all. Mr. Bidwell, this is gonna hurt, but for the sake of the fans, reach your right hand into the back pocket, pull out the wallet, blow off the dust and lint and spend the money to put a quality product on the field. If you can’t do it for your own pride, do it for the sake of the fans who have been dealing with dissapointment for 16 of the last 22 seasons.

  29. By joe holst on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    They have to sign Kolb and Fitzgerald to huge extentsions, if your looking for a big splash in Free agency from the Cards it will NOT happen.. Do you agree Darren?

  30. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Holst —

    RE: Splash

    I agree the top two offseason contracts will be Fitz and, likely, Kolb if he comes.

  31. By Austin on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Breaston deserves to get paid so good for him. It makes me sick to see my favorite Cardinal leave.

  32. By Keep DRC & sign Breaston on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Pay Steve – no one else attempted to track down the Ram who almost scored on the fumble return. Pay for that effort alone.

  33. By Matt in Philly on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    How did we go from needing to address the O-line and linebackers to needing to address receivers and cornerback too! Here’s how:

    – Didn’t draft an O-lineman, drafted high-motor/low-impact linebacker.

    – Expect to trade DRC.

    – Didn’t resign Breaston.

    Exactly how do we expect to fill these gaps? And what good is having Kolb (or even Peyton Manning) if we don’t have an O-line to protect him or receivers for him to throw to? WTF?

  34. By Matt in Philly on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This offseason so far:

    – Potential upgrade at QB
    – Downgrade at CB
    – Downgrade at WR

    Good work Cards. This should be interesting.

  35. By Fred on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    the cardinals front office must of fell off its rocker, over pay non proven talent and let proven talent leave. is this what the cardinals been working on all off season. I’m worried now

  36. By Aaron Dey on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    @ drummer1 part of being a cards fan is years and years of self inflicted abuse. born and raised in the valley will rock card red till the day i die. thanks for the personal attack though real classy.

  37. By Jesse Robles on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    If we trade for Kevin Kolb, John Skelton is STARTING GAME 1!!

  38. By Jesse Robles on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


  39. By Scharf on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Stevie Breaston The Phantom!! Please, Keep him here! He is a great wideout and needs to stay here. I really don’t want to see Steve go, but if he does I wish him all the best because he is one of the unsung heroes on this offense. I mean, even announcers would say, Boldin grabs the touchdown!!!… o wait! That’s Steve Breaston! Cmon #15! Let’s work it out here!

  40. By Matt in Philly on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    FYI: Matt Cassel threw for +3,000 yards, with a 63% completion percentage, 21 TDs, and a 89.4 QB rating the season before the Chiefs traded a SECOND ROUND PICK for him. In his entire career Kolb has thrown for a paltry 2,082 yards with 11 TDs TOTAL, and 14 INTs. We’re going top give up a pro bowl corner and at least a second rounder for this guy. The only organization screwing its fans over more than the Cards is the Bengals. Those two teams could have really helped each other out if they weren’t so irresponsible.

  41. By Mattaz on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Steve was one of my favorites. If not for the Bengals FO we’d take the crap cake honors.

    Btw, isn’t the Steeler model we,re supposed to be following based on developing and keeping your drafted talent?

  42. By Brian on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Alex, Moore from the Saints has re-signed for 5 years with them and I don’t think we are going to spend the money it will take to bring in Edwards, just not worth it. I think Williams can eventually fill the same role that Edwards would and he is MUCH cheaper.

    Darren, if this Kolb-DRC trade goes down, do you think the Cards may have an edge on the Jonathan Joseph front seeing as our new DB coach was w/ the Bengals last year? I think that was ease the blow of losing DRC while still getting improved QB play and moving closer to extending Fitz for him to retire a Cardinal

  43. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Brian —

    RE: Joseph/Cioffi

    I see the connection. However, I’m not sure they’d go get that kind of guy. I do see them going after a vet CB though.

  44. By Brian R on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Watch him land in Kansas City.

  45. By CardsFan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    One thing you can always count on from the Cardinals is a GIANT LETDOWN!!! We might as well sign jamarcus russell at this point lmfao!!! Either way their still my team no matter what!!! Go Cardinals!!!

  46. By Chuck 1 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Another STUPID personnel move by Graves and Whiz.
    Who was it that ran down the Ram to save the opening game of the 2010 season?
    Darren wrote that there is substantial cap space. Give some of it to Steve!!!

  47. By John on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


    Are there any plans to go after anyone? It seems like the cardinals are sitting on the sidelines and watching everthing pass by. It’s time for action.

  48. By Tyrelle Dunn on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This management is stupid

  49. By CJ on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    i think the reason were not moving at free agency is if the kolb deal goes through he needs a contrct extension and they prolly want to save space for fits as well

  50. By maham on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I guess we saw it coming, it’s the nature of the business. Hate to see him go, but will be a Breaston fan for life; unless we meet him deep in the playoffs some day. I wish him the best luck and a fat payday. Hopefully this comment is in vain……..

  51. By DJWESC on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    i remember when Fitzgerald was asked about who is the QB he is comfortable to play with.. He says the name Kevin Kolb, i think by getting Kolb the management just want to make Fitz comfortable on the team, so he will stay too unlike what is Breaston trying to do.

  52. By LUKE on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    this feels like the start of a bad havent seen one thing the cardinals have done that makes sense….

  53. By Glendalecardz on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren Urban what are the cards doing ?? What i mean is do you think they are making a good trade if this DRC&Draft pick for Kolb is true ?…The sport world is saying the cards are crazy! when theres a proven Orton/Bulger out there. Who makes the trades Graves or coach Whiz ?? and do you think they know what there doing cause no one else seems to think so. just a really stressed out fan and i hope everything turns out good for the home team..

  54. By Mack on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    he just signed with KC 5 year 9 Million guaranteed.!/SI_JimTrotter

  55. By Richard on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Great… We’ll land up finding a quality QB and only have 1 target (Fritz) to throw it at…

  56. By VoiceofReason on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey, I liked Stevie B as much as the next guy. But let’s face the fact — this may be a bad career move for him. Remember what Bryant Johnson did in Detroit? Not much – out of the league now. How about Marcel Shipp with the Texans?

    But that said, good guy. I wish him the best and will be cheering for him in every game in which he’s not playing the Cards…

  57. By Anna on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This absolutely sucks! Love Breaston!

  58. By wayne on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    after nearly winning the Super Bowl a couple of years ago, most teams will try to get better to win it, not the Cards! we are not even close or trying to get better (at least not yet) we have so much money to spend but the Cards will not spend it on caliber players, just second tier guys. They need to spend some money on the O-LINE and will need a 2nd reciever if Breaston does go, besides Fitz the guys we have are not proven. We are the same old Cards, just look 3 yrs ago with Fitz, Boldin and Breaston, now look, C’mon cards spend some XXXXX money if you want to keep selling out, if you dont watch the crowds we have this year.

    by a frustrated Cards fan

  59. By cardsalltheway on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This year Breaston, next year Fitz. The Cardinals seem more like a soap opera rather than a football team, it all started last year with the Leinart decision. Ken W’s true identy was shown and something extraodinary will have to happen like soon. I would not want to be Kolb, but I hope he can deal with it. Also, good luck Breaston wherever you go(Kansas City).

  60. By cardsalltheway on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Jesse Robles,
    I think John Skelton is good enough to start(compared to Kolb), but that doesn’t matter to Ken W.

  61. By drummer-1 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Aaron Dey… Not attacking just pointing out facts.. I was born and raised in St.Louis move to AZ in 85 out of high school, so i don’t know what your points was about being born in the valley, but i guess you calling the team a failure and a joke is classy…but me calling you one is not..

  62. By Canadian Red Bird on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


    Re: Kolb

    I am still holding on to faith that good judgment will prevail in our QB quest. When we are thin at cornerback it makes no sense to remove a key piece of what could be something special. We have enough good depth at running back to make Wells dispensible and maybe not lose stride. A 2012 second rounder and an 2013 third rounder seems fair. There is too much upside for DRC to part with him at this point of his career

  63. By Nick Pepe on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry to hear. Good luck. You are now an enemy.

  64. By brad oneill on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    why do i root for this team? because of guys like Steve Breaston

    we are going to miss you Steve i hope you break every record in the afc this year. Thanks for the great hustle and for outplaying every expectation. I guess the back pack boys have now moved on. PS you might want to tell DRC not to bring his back pack to philly, not only will the cops search him repeatedly but the fans will beat him up and take it just to be mean.

  65. By wayne on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Didn’t I hear that the Cardinals were going to be aggressive in free-agency, and with all the money they have, how come theyre not? the only team doing anything now is Seattle, which is getting better. It seems like the same old Cards (lets see whats left) which has never worked. Most other teams are atleast getting contracts for theyre own free-agents while the Cards are doing nothing, maybe there are some things in the works but its not being reported.

    What is your reaction after 1st couple of days?

  66. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Wayne —

    RE: Reaction

    I will wait to see how it plays out. I am going to be here regardless, so it doesn’t do me any good to get emotional.

  67. By brad oneill on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    one other thing Steve- congratulations on the Pay day man you earned it.

  68. By matt on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Seattle is going to be tough this year.

  69. By KyCardsfan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    What I don’t understand is Orton(proven) for a third rnd pick or Kolb(unproven) for DRC and surely no more than a 4th, how is there any worsening which deal u would go for?! Plus I just realized something, we, the fans, were all told McNabb wouldnt fit our style offense, if that was the case, Kolb wouldn’t either would he? Coming from the same system and having the same OC? Am I making any sense Darren? Get me whiz and the boys on the phone!

  70. By Cardsfan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    So just exactly where is the aggressive plan that the front office had planned??

    All we are doing is losing players, and overpaying for Kolb while creating a major gap in our defense. All the other teams are resigning their players and a lot of good big name F.A. has been snatched up. What the heck have we done? Nothing.

    We are expected to lose DRC, we just lost Breaston. Our pass defense falls and so does our receiving core while I see no reports on Cards trying to get any F.A. whatsoever… I’ve got no expectation atm.

  71. By KyCardsfan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Question..not worsening, stupid typo

  72. By sherri on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    The miracle baby leaving say its not so.
    Is his knee not healthy. I know the past two years Breaston has been hurt is it a medical issue that the Cards are concerned with?

  73. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Sherri —

    RE: Breaston

    I know the knee injuries did not help the future outlook from the Cards’ standpoint.

  74. By Mark on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This is depressing news!! Breaston just got a five year deal with the my wifes team , the Chiefs! I can not believe Cardinal management!!! This guy was a team leader, and was an excellent receiver. No Kolb, no major moves, losing Breaston! When will Cardinal management wake up. I hope I do not hear the Cardinals resign Bryant Johnson. THIS IS NOT LOOKING GOOD AT ALL.

  75. By KyCardsfan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Here is what is going to happen…theyre going to pass on Kolb, say they were wanting too much, and say they couldn’t get Orton because he was already signed with Miami, and then say Bulger was there only choice which is bull…I’m losing faith in this organization. U watch and see what happens.

  76. By joe holst on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    he signed a 5 yr deal with KC

  77. By ross on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    good for you, steve. Haley will get the best out of you.

  78. By cardsfan007 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Isnt there anyone else we could give up for Kolb? Like maybe Greg Toler?

  79. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Cardsfan —

    RE: Trade

    I am sure the Cards explored other options. Guessing the Eagles were steadfast.

  80. By Eric Y on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Damn… This isn’t looking good so far. I REALLY hope we’re not giving up too much for Kolb. I am praying that we can manage to stack up the O-line and make something happen on the ground this year. STAY HEALTHY EARLY AND STEP UP WILLIAMS!!!

  81. By Alex on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I’m hoping the Cards have come to agreement with a bunch of free agents bu keeping it quite cause this is rather disheartening. “Aggressive” this isn’t exactly aggressive.

  82. By Code on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    What an absolute shame. It becomes harder being a Cardinal fan every year.

  83. By tom on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    darren, how do you feel about this offseason? they need to go get joseph or cromartie! we need a legit player!

  84. By Jesse Robles on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Why spend that much money on another Jamarcus Russell?? He isn’t worth that.

  85. By v maglione on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    wow! stevie b is being cut loose and drc will wear feathers of a different color…. feathers that have the color of sucess. all for what? kolb? the boy can’t walk on water and is an unproven commodity at best. we don’t even have a valid offensive line!?! kolb? what has he done lately? he has as much upside as derek anderson did at the beginning of last pre-season and that should be enough to scare the crap out of everyone. what the health is going on in birdland? has whiz been out in the sun to long? did he take a golfball to the temple up in tahoe? has the cards brain… and i use that term loosely… trust lost their minds? on top of that the cards haven’t done a damn thing in free angency. this should be a time of hope and from my vantage point i’m hoping we don’t finish with a worse record then last year. how about them cards?…. the same old song and dance… sad, sad, sad. godspeed drc and stevie b. go patriots!

  86. By Zero on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Good work so far!
    – Downgrade WR
    – Downgrade CB
    – Lose draft picks
    – Maybe get better QB (not expecting much)
    – No change in needed positions like OL
    – No effort for any good F.A.
    Well it can’t get much worse then this right? I hope..

  87. By maham on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    daren, i vote you remove this blog; it’s depressing.

  88. By CardsFan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    he’s officially gone!!! good luck steve & hopefully the chief treat u better than the cards did

  89. By Bill L on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Matt Finally landed….Back in Houston. So the saga continues. If you have to be stuck as a backup, a potential contender is not bad. Matt signed for 2 years at 5.5 Million with 3+ guaranteed. He needs some very good tape in the pre-season and regular season……maybe playoffs…..for it to payoff for Matt and the Texans, next year.

  90. By theuglitruth on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Any chance someone can tell the front office that the definition of agressive is what the Jets are doing?

  91. By Jerry on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    You know you can be the best QB for one team and suck on another team. A contract should be written in a way that salary is paid half then based on proven perfomance the other half is paid, anyone agree?

  92. By Mark from Califronia on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone, with the lack of moves the cards have made so far, i would like to see how the cards are going to reach that 90 percent of the salary cap. You would think with such needs at Quaterback, Offensive line, linebacker and maybe cornerback. You would have think the organization would have signed some players. I was really hoping we could get a guy like Barret Rudd, Jared Gathier Zach Miller or even Joanthan Joseph if we lose DRC to fill some holes.All we get in two days is blocking tight end Jeff King noone wanted anyway. I think everyone can agree that Steve Breaston was worth 9 million for 5 years, even with injury issues. The cards paid that bum Joey Porter 10 million for two years. I see some of the lesser teams like Seattle and Carolina be aggressive and make moves. Why cant we?

  93. By NJAzCardsFan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren….. is reporting that DA and Gerald Hayes were released.
    Any truth to that?

    I am really sorry to see Breaston go…… If this trend keep up it will be easier to root for the Jets…. The Cards will revert back to a sub .500 team,
    another year of misery in the wings????

  94. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Hayes/DA

    They are expected to be released tomorrow at 1 p.m. when the new rules allow players to be cut.

  95. By Jeff on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This is all beyond me. So much for being aggressive. Seems like the only thing their being aggressive about is letting everyone leave and getting robbed out of trades

  96. By Aaron Dey on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    was just trying to add a little humor to what seems to be a ruff start to free agency. you asked why i continue to support i was explaining i am a homer it is what it is. you figure if you have been on board with this team since the 80’s you would be used to the “same ol’ cardinals” mentality by now…. and by singling out one person and then degrading their opinion that would indeed be attacking. Once again i state facts and you (troll) respond with opinion and vitriol. in the end its just football buddy so cheer up a bit. the “see you in flagstaff” is called a tag it was a joke expressing a sort of “i cant quit you” love affair i have with this sport and more so this team but i guess if you have to explain it…. eh?

  97. By pipapiko on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    There goes the neighborhood G!

  98. By Allen in Boise on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    The Cards front office looks really stupid. We have plenty of money. Why is breaston gone? So we could make way for doucet to play his 5 games this year? Whoa and why are we chasing kolb when we could have had Orton sooooooo much cheaper. We have no depth now at any postion besides running back. Hit the panic button cause rod graves is stinking up this joint.

  99. By mike b on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren- Well although I hate to see Breaston leave I’m glad he reunited with Haley, I’d like to see DRC stay and I don’t think the cards will give him up given the lack of playmakers on our secondary….. but I have a question for you what would you give up for Kolb? or would you prefer Orton? Personally I’d give a 2nd rounder in 12 and third in 13 or Toler (as much as I like him) and a 2nd….for Orton a 3rd or 2nd……but hey Im still getting my seasons tickets

  100. By kyle on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    hey darren,

    why would the cards office promise to be VERY AGGRESSIVE when free agency hits and all we have to prove for it is jeff king. a player who really wouldnt have gained any interest anywhere. why not go after boss, miller, or heap instead? all this money to spend and were not trying to be competitive.

  101. By cheesebeef on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    And ANOTHER Key player from the Super Bowl/playoff run is off the team. Great… and word is we’re looking at James Jones as his replacement… a burner with terrible hands who’s never accomplished anything near as much as Breaston. Awesome.

    9 million guaranteed over 5 years is nothing. This is becoming ridiculous. considering that DRC and Deuce are likely next on the list of goners, that will make Fitz, Dockett, AW and Levi the only starters left from the best team we’ve ever seen… with most of the guys leaving right in the middle of their prime or when they came up for their first contracts. That’s a ridiculously horrible way of doing business.

  102. By georgiebird on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    If all QBs are now spoken for- it seems that the Eagles have the Cards in an unenviable position. The Cards can’t afford to repeat last year so the Eagles will get twice what Kolb is worth. Cards should have moved on Orton rather than get fleeced by the Eagles.

  103. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Reports Kolb to Cards for DRC and a 2nd round pick.


    Thanks Mike, Rod and Ken, killed two birds with one stone.

    Lets Roll

  104. By BigCardFan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I predict we are going to be 2-14 the way we are losing our star players this fast. Now watch Fitz demand a trade. Knowing the way the management has been making decsions we would give him up for a 3rd round pick or less.

  105. By KG on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, I’m surprised that a beat writer from Philadelphia is now reporting (after what we thought was a close to done deal) that more teams are interested in Kolb./s

    Sounds like someone is getting paid from the inside to report some things (especially with his vagueness and his smug ‘Yes….I said teams. That is all. Carry on.’)

  106. By ALONEEAGLE on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Well I certainly hope the organization knows what it is doing. Larry Fitzgerald is an excellent reciever, if not the best in the NFL. I just don’t understand why you give up a talent such as DRC, whom as everyone knows has a Pro-Bowl under his belt. Yes he had an off year last year, but then again so did alot of players, hence a 5-11 season. My opinion however is Fitz is only one player and there are 10 more players on that field. What’s more, unless you have a quality 2nd reciever that can take pressure off Fitz, we will havwe a repeat of last year.

    I understand Kolb has “Potential” to becoming a great QB, but has done nothing yet to prove himself. I watched a couple of games he played in. He was good in a couple, but he as also really bad in a couple as well. That being said, I really hope this team goes out and solidifys a great O-line and perhaps picks up as well a quality CB. Antonio Cromartie sounds like he will be available pretty soon with the signing of Asoumua(don’t know if I spelled that right or not) . All I am saying is that by giving up DRC, we are pretty bare at CB. I believe PP is going to rock, but what about the other side.

    I believe our defense was pretty lousy last season as well, and to trade a quality CB like DRC, it reminds me of trading Q to the Ravens. I certainly hope this organization has further plans, becaue right now thing aren’t looking very promising, and I think I am not the only one feels the same way.

  107. By Mr. Know It All on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Steve Breaston will be the slot WR for KC catching passes from a proven QB in M Cassel.

    1 D Bowe
    2 J Baldwin 6’5 220 rookie same school as Fitz, Pitt
    3 Steve B

    The Chiefs looking like they are going back to playoffs.

    I recall the Cards having a triple threat, then it was 2 now the defense will key only on L Fitz uh oh.

    The Chiefs looking like they are going back to playoffs.

    Do the Cards think A Roberts is gonna be our 2 Wr?
    With the first pre season game approaching, experience is at a premium on offense. Go figure.

    All the best to Steve (Wonder) Breaston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  108. By Disappointed on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Should have paid the man, isn’t another man on the roster with as much potential as Breaston has. Why do you think Fitz was always as open as he was? Couldn’t have been because Breaston is a beast in the slot against most defenses eh? G’luck with another 4 or 5 win season Whiz, while you let your best QB sit on the bench behind Kolb. Oh, let’s not forget you just got rid of your best way to keep the double team off Fitz.

  109. By Mr. Know It All on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    back pack boys

  110. By Chuck 1 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Aaron Day,

    Get used to drummer-1 launching personal attacks when any fan posts comments that drummer believes are anti-Cards.

    That’s his MO.

  111. By Chuck 1 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I have been saying for about a year (after the Leinart fiasco, DAs failure, Whiz’ infatuation with Max Hall, Faneca’s and Porter’s over-the-hill play) that Graves and Whiz were making terrible personnel decisions.

    I see the same pattern this off-season and would be surprised if the Cards’ 2011 record is better than 7-9.

  112. By cardsalltheway on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I sure do hope you’re correct, then Bulger can back-up J. Skelton and Terrelle Pryor can be our 3rd string QB. Please draft and sign Pryor, Pryor, Pryor!!!

  113. By SeeingRed on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    And I hear Ike Taylor is staying with Pitt…..NICE

    I guess this is what being “aggressive” in FA looks like in AZ

    I know it’s early but do we have to go through this every year of letting core guys go??

    if we trade DRC for Kolb all i know is that it better be a HOME RUN.

  114. By Gabe on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Why are we so cheap? How can we lose Boldin, Dansby, Rolle, Breaston, and possibly Fitz later? I’m sure the guys at the front office want to win, but they don’t seem to want to spend a reasonable amount of money. Why don’t we start signing some players? We have so much space. Can’t we try for Braylon? I’m scared about the thought of Roberts starting alongside Fitz. Or Doucet being our 3rd guy. Why can’t we go for Jonathan Joseph? Toler is too inexperienced. We can’t rely on Toler, even PP as I’ve played as many snaps with the Cards as he has. SD just signed Eric Weddle to the biggest safety contract ever. Same thing when we lost Rolle. That’s the way the NFL works now, we have to fork out cash. And every team is doing it. And we are not. And we will wait and not even get Kolb for sure. Every other team is moving on. Seattle got Tarvaris and just got a deal done for Sydney Rice. The niners signed Smith back and yeah he’s horrible but better than what we got right now. And they did it fast and cut ties with Clemens, possibly to get Nnamdi. Why can’t we get this deal done fast? Losing DRC is horrible but I see that it may have to be done. So let’s just get it over with already and move on to our O-line or LBs. Macho is not going to be DeMarcus Ware. We need some help at key areas and we need it fast, before everybody gets signed away.


  115. By Ken on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren, any chance that the Cardinals will make a move for Anthony Cromartie if DRC is traded for Kolb?
    From your point of view can you tell us your thoughts on how productive the Cards have been so far since the lockout was lifted.

  116. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ken —

    RE: A Cromartie/Offseason so far

    I think the Cards will have to get a veteran CB to get into the mix, but I don’t know if it would be Cromartie.

    As for the offseason, since no one is even allowed to officially sign anyone yet (and officially announce vet signings) I think I’m going to wait until Friday or Saturday to start analyzing. One agent tweeted today he thought all teams were often holding back their best offers for fear players would just take them and shop them around. I expect a lot of stuff Friday from all around the league.

  117. By Paul H on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats Steve. Good for you. Glad you are in the AFC and good luck!

  118. By Brian on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Darren! I was thinking Joseph might be a reach but also thought someone like Eric Wright might fit. He’s a good corner, solid tackler and after a down year, might be able to get him cheap-ish. Appreciate ask your time and efforts in keeping us fans up to date!

  119. By Chuck 1 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Can Graves and Whiz walk and chew gum at the same time i.e. can they conduct negotiations with the Eagles (who are about to rob them) and also sign some OL and LB FAs???

  120. By Ken on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren have the Cardinals considered Vince Young?

  121. By brythybo7 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Im so tired of watching this team continually shoot themselves in the foot and then watch it bleed out. Kolb will not be what they want, and even if he is somewhat decent, he is nowhere near the caliber DRC is and a 2nd round along with him is ludicris. Theyll end up paying big bucks for Kolb then and we could very easily end up with a situation like last year. And with Breaston gone (dont really blame them for that, he wanted to move, but they shouldve forseen it and picked up a quality WR somewhere) this team will be severely limited in the passing game, unless some newer guys step up. Ill watch and try to be optimistic but i expect to be following another team by week 3.

  122. By Scott H on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Well, goodbye Steve Breaston, and best of luck to you. It appears that you are moving on to a better situation and I don’t blame you a damn bit. I wish you and Todd Haley continued success in KC! Hey, after this year, Fitz will probably join you guys out there…

    I’m sorry but this is just a damn outrage and ( ANOTHER ) disgraceful free agency showing by this organization. Two days in and other teams are making moves all over the friggin place. Seattle got Sidney Rice today! Heard the news earlier today that the Eagles signed their ENTIRE DRAFT CLASS except their 1st rounder! Meanwhile, this sorry-ass team hasn’t signed a single free agent of any substance…hasn’t re-signed any of their own players…hasn’t signed a single draft pick. And now, Breaston is gone. WTF???

    I’m sorry, but weren’t we told by coach Whiz himself that this organization was ready to go once FA began??? Well, I see NO EVIDENCE of that. And I hate to say it, but I was pretty much expecting to feel that way.

    The Chiefs obviously knew they wanted Breaston and they moved right in and made it happen. I just DO NOT understand the pace this team moves at anymore…it is painfully slow and it reeks of poor planning and in-decision.

    But, then again…we DID sign Jeff King, so…why should I be upset?

    Once again, best of luck to Steve Breaston. I commend Todd Haley for having a clue, for having a plan, and for just f####n’ making it happen. It really doesn’t seem so complicated…does it??? But this team makes it feel like a space shuttle launch. I swear, I am SOOOOO pissed off…

  123. By azcards24 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,is this now gonna be the area you think where were gonna see some flashy names come in the mix with 99% needing to be spent of that 120 million theres gonna be a spluge at some position where do you see it happening WR,TE,OL,CB(DRC SPECULATION INCLUDED),LB,come on darren put some light at the end of the tunnel for us cardinal fans.

  124. By Bob Diesel on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Leave it to cards fans to throw in the towel before camp even starts.

  125. By Scott H on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey, Kevin Kolb, great news – one of the best weapons you WOULD HAVE had just left town! Welcome to how we do things around here! Slow, stupid, and stubborn. BTW…you ever heard of Jeff King? Neither have we.

    Wow, never saw posts come in this fast…

  126. By Javi on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    So, darren, look, im tired of hearin the analysis at ESPN knowing that the CARDS are going to get Kolb for DRC and a pick, they cant tell the future. Darren my question for you is, is there any other way to get Kolb without giving away DRC?

  127. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Javi —

    RE: Kolb/DRC

    Doesn’t look like it.

  128. By Bryan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    If the cardinals are losing both breaston and DRC who are they planning to fill the gaps with? are we going for chris carr or antonio cromartie for cb? are we going to posibbly sign a reciever like randy moss or sidney rice? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?!!

  129. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Bryan —

    RE: Filling the gaps

    My thoughts are that I have answered those questions many times today.

    I think they will sign a veteran CB and maybe a vet WR, but it won’t be Moss (Rice signed with Seattle and they wouldn’t have chased him anyway).

  130. By Charlie on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s the deal. Breaston is good, but what we NEED is a QB to get the ball to Fitzgerald (PERIOD) So I say good luck Stevie it’s been a pleasure; I’ll try and draft you this year on my fantasy team. But the most important thing to focus on at this point is that the Cards’ identity is changing. Now, more than ever, we need to be able count on our running game! With the addition of Ryan Williams we have three very capable backs, which to me indicate that the Whiz-plan is in full effect. Expect to see more 3TE sets and play-action to Fitz. My advice to Kolb – just throw it up and let Larry go get it. So we let DRC go, so what?! I’m a big fan of DRC, but we have Peterson and we can spend some money on CB help in free agency. Asomugha, perhaps??!! The addition of Acho also should not be overlooked. I think we had a good draft this year. So what I’m trying to say is that we don’t need to be so pessimistic. I trust that the Front Office has had plenty of time to think about these moves this summer, and considering the CBA debacle I’m sure they are more prepared than usual. I for one am a believer in 2011. Go Cardinals!

  131. By azcards24 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Is this now gonna be the area you think where were gonna see some flashy names come in the mix with 99% needing to be spent of that 120 million theres gonna be a spluge at some position???where do you see it happening WR,TE,OL,CB(DRC SPECULATION INCLUDED),LB?????????????

  132. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    azcards24 —

    RE: Splurge

    The biggest “splurge” is going to be at QB, where Kolb is going to get a huge contract, and WR, where Fitz is going to get a huge contract.

  133. By UK Card on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Man wot a disappointing, couple of days! Loved the draft picks!
    REALLY bought in to “THE PLAN, AND BEEN AGGRESSIVE IN F.A`S” After a long CBA was really lookin forward to F.A!
    I like the upside of Kolb, guess am not much of a gambler as Whiz and Co. Hope he`s worth it! the next Brady who stays around for 10 years!!!!!!!
    Am guessing after Kolb, Fitz, Jeff King? and 21 U.D rookies, and replacing DRC, the budget is gone.
    Could live with losing Breaston if we got a elite T.E Heap, Miller! KING WHO????
    We need a solid Vet. O line, and LB would be nice like Posluszny or Spikes, but they both went too soon for us! ZZZZZZZZZZZzz

  134. By Jim in Missouri on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, to get away from the Kolb/DRC talk if you don’t mind …

    I see reports were the Cards are interested in the guard Cooledge from GB, and also that the tackle Max Starks was unexpectedly cut by the Steelers.

    I can’t imagine they wouldn’t be upgrades on the Arizona line. Any rumors that you are hearing about Cooledge, and would you give any odds the Steelers connection could draw Starks to Phoenix?

  135. By Darren Urban on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Jim in —

    RE: Coolidge/Starks

    I heard Coolidge’s name tonight; that’d be a nice get. Starks, that is possible I suppose. He has to be cut first though which can’t happen until tomorrow.

  136. By Brayden on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


  137. By Todd on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Darren,

    I hope the cards management reads some of this, although these comments are not by experts, they are all negative, can they see they are making a HUGE mistake in this trade if they give up what is reported. They need to follow through on their promises to all the fans about committment to winning. We cannot lose great players year after year, I am losing confidence. TELL THEM PLEASE

  138. By R Robles on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    What the good News Darren? Im starting to feel sick like last year losing everybody please tell me good news have we resigned anybody are we gonna sign any big names something Has Anderson been eleased yet? Everybodies making moves except us whats going on?

  139. By theuglitruth on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I feel a canned “it’s all part of the plan” speech by Whiz coming on……again.

  140. By ALONEEAGLE on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Here you are ripping the Cards for letting Breaston go and you had the AUDASITY TO RIP ON ME FOR COMPLAINING ABOUT DRC BEING TRADED AWAY FOR AN UNPROVEN QB!!!! Who is the hypocrite here??

  141. By cheesebeef on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    i pity Darren during FA with this team. Go with God trying to spin how the Cardinals endure another off-season where the systematically dismantle the core of young talent from the playoff teams. unless of course you’re going to respond “we have AW, Fitz and Dockett” which I’d simply say if your CORE is 3 players, your team is in a heap load of trouble.

  142. By clssylssy on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    This is REALLY BAD for the Cards but REALLY GOOD for Steve Breaston. Todd Haley is an excellent coach, knows what he wants for players, is a man of vision with support from the owner to act without having to jump through hoops. The Chiefs are a great organization with the kind of loyal fan base usually only seen in movies, and Arrowhead stadium legendary. No doubt KC will go even farther this season and maybe Breaston will even get his ring like Maurice Staudemeir did. This week, two days that feel like forever, has been tremendously disappointing for the fans as it probably has been for what’s left of our team leadership.Sure wish the Cards would develop and build upon the vast talents we have rather than consistently let our best players find success elsewhere.

  143. By PACardsfan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I’m starting to question my interest in the team that I’ve loved for years. Back when Larry Centers, Anneas Williams, Kevin Kasper, Pat Tillman, Johnny Johnson, ect, all played. Every year, the Cards. seem to let their fan favs./best players go. Too cheap to pay the good, but willing to pay for Unproven. I shake my head in disappiontment. Last year we lost three great players who where fan favs. and one of the better players in their pos. Boldin, Dansby, and Rolle. (minus Warner b/c there was no question that if he was retiring for good or not). This year we’ve lost Beaston and I’m sick of the rumors of DRC and a pick for Kolb!!!! Kolb hasn’t proven much. PP, yes he is suppose to be awesome, but no NFL experience and less opt. due to the lockout. Plus PP, DRC, Tolar, Rhoades, And “THE MAN”, A-dud, in the back field….come on, who can beat that? Take one from the JEts….they back field is stacked. GO for Bulger or Vince Young. Both have proven they are winners and Bulger may be old (look at Warner before) and Young..well with a guy like Fitz. and A-Dub….maybe he can be more mature off the field. Saves money and a great player like DRC, rather than getting an unproven, over-priced QB. ALso, should have went for Robert Gallery and or Paul Poz. but noo….HEy, if Steve Smith is up for trade….I hope the Cards. take a shot for him. Like Roberts and Williams, but Smith..he’s a beast. Doucett…injure pron.

  144. By cheesebeef on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


    I’ve seen you say a couple times this week and in the past that the Cardinals aren’t gonna make big splashy moves because they’re following the Steelers model of running a franchise. That being the case, can you explain to me how the Cardinals are doing business like the Steelers do business seeing that since their Super Bowl match-up, the Steelers have retained 16 of 22 starters, while the Cardinals have retained 7… SEVEN of 22 starters, a number that is likely to go down to 5 of 22 once DRC is traded and Deuce inevitably signs somewhere else?


  145. By Tbru on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Best Wishes Stevie, one of my favorites. Go Cards

  146. By loyaltyisacurse on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


  147. By dre 1368 on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    i know one thing about stats they don’t lie and the cards are getting the wrong end of a deal . kolb for real they could get for free next year if you really wanted to i say sign orten and bluger and if the guy is as good a promise he will be there next year. all the talk about kolb that john beck and him were pretty much the cream of the corp from that draft none of those guys can keep starting jobs. horton is going to get killed zone def sucks why do you think the steelers run that d cause there corners are not really good. you traded a cb for nothing worth it. no one wants any line men that comes from the steelers look at there stats they give more sacs then we do and they have elite qb .

  148. By AndyStandsUp on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Steve. Hope you do well in KC, you’re one of my growing former Card players.
    Daryn Colledge just signed and the other Darren mentioned earlier that Bengal G Evan Mathis is also being courted by AZ.
    Does this mean that Lutui is on thin ice? (Not that a 400 lb man wouldn’t be at risk on frozen water anyways.)

  149. By John the draft guy on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    A couple of late night thoughts;

    It was obvious Breaston was not going to be resigned. No surprise,

    Love the King signing. With Houser and King, I see more 2 TE sets ala New England with Hernandez/Gronkowski. King is more online guy like Gronk and Houser is more of the H-back kind like Hernandez. Out of this set, we should be able to run better. Plus, landing Kolb, a two TE set will help him by working inside the hashes and opening the outside for Fitz and Roberts. Doucet has talent but injury-prone. I think we should add a WR, but cant see a big name.

    If DRC is gone, I really think Richard Marshall would fit in well at CB. He is a great tackler and physical. Reminds me of a younger Ike Taylor. Plus, he will be a lot cheaper than asamoga or joseph.

    Offensive line must be addressed. I would love to add both a guard and tackle. There are several to choose from as you can see from the boards.

    Finally, I would love to pick up Nick Barnett (ILB) who is being cut by GB. This is a guy who would be perfect for our defense. Some like Rudd, but he is not a physical player and really disappointed this year.

    well, just a few thoughts. any comments Darren?

  150. By Darren Urban on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    John —

    RE: Moves

    All seem logical. Agree they will need a CB if DRC dealt. Definitely need an LB or two.

  151. By Mr. Know It All on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply


    08-11-11 is firt preseason game 7 days as a team is not a training camp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s time to play ball people and the Cards seem no where near ready and that is the bottom line!!!!!!!

  152. By Mr. Know It All on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    The good news is the NFC West is wide open so there is HOPE!!!!!!!!

    With some – LUCK – or better -LUCK – next year,

    get it, truth is the Cards were LUCKY to win 5 games last year could have went 0-16.

    Funny that 0-16 could bring you LUCK!!!!!!!

  153. By Dan on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Why do I even watch the NFL draft for? No such thing as a TEAM to root for anymore. These players just come and go every year. Players should stick around a lot longer but thats not sports anymore. Greed ruins everything.

  154. By Dan on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I think all players should make the same amount according to position with all incentives being the same as well……hehe! That way nobody gets their feelings hurt. Certain players can make more money than others by doing commercials or endorsements.

  155. By gocards11 on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    For anyone who cares,
    Kyle Orton is NOT a winner! His teammates all say he has no work ethic! Even though I’m not a fan of trading drc for kolb, if that’s what it takes then so be it. At least I know he has heart and wants to become better. That’s what it takes to be great. If it’s drc AND a 1st or 2nd round pick, then I most likely will burn all of my cards gear and pee on them to put the flames out. But come on cards, if you know this deal is set then you better go get a cb right now before we end up with some guy who wouldn’t start on any other team. And for God’s sake can we get some linemen to protect our new investment? Lyle is the only one I have confidence in right now, and we don’t even know if he’s staying. There’s guys everywhere, just pull a dumb and dumber and PICK EM UP!!!!! Jared Gaither? Clabo? Jamaal Brown? Kolb, Johnathan Joseph, Matt Roth, and Jamaal Brown. There’s a damn team we can win with

  156. By ross on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    It is interesting to me how fanatics tend to get in an uproar about things we can’t impact. I am just as guilty with my Hightower obsession.

    At the end of the day, you could always root for another team, I bet your blood pressure would thank you.

    Dear football gods: Let Hightower be part of the Kolb deal, please.

  157. By D on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    They need to get that Packer lineman, would be a good addition. Also, they should look at James Jones to replace Stevie B

  158. By A-Rich on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    So, we’ll likely have a quarterback with seven career starts throwing to a group that is one Fitz injury away from having Andre Roberts as its primary receiver. Any way you spin it, this team has bled a lot of talent recently, and as your average mouth-breathing fan, I wouldn’t mind seeing something happen in free agency to provide even the tiniest nugget of optimism (beyond the underrated Jeff King).

    But hey, there’s still plenty of time left to make deals, and we remain under 90, so let’s see how it plays out first. This team has never let me down before… 🙂

  159. By eric c on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    the development of Breaston was one of the reasons given for trading away Anquan Boldin last year.Now we don’t have either one.With DRC’s departure looming I see the over-all depth and talent of this team sliding in the wrong direction.

  160. By WarnerisgonejustlikeJamesHarrison on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Andy Reid is about to give you a backup qb for a top notch cb and who knows what else. Cards have lost a good wr and are about to lose more… haha

  161. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    What the heck???!!! So much for keeping your “core group of players” Rod Graves.

    This FA/trade period is turning out a lot like last year…Get rid of the proven guys you drafted/groomed and bring in marginal free-agents on the cheap. That worked really well in 2010. 😛

    In Whiz, I’m beginning to trust much less.

    At least I don’t have to worry about my hometeam – the Packers – making such idiotic moves. Graves is really good at the draft, but doesn’t seem to have a clue when it comes to knowing when to hold his Cards and knowing when to fold them.

    Both Graves and Whiz will be squarely putting their jobs on the line this season if they trade a first round pick AND DRC for an unproven QB Kevin Kolb.

  162. By NJAzCardsFan on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Well at this point….. The Cards FO would be better to sign Orton, keep DRC and the #1 or #2 draft picks. Then sign Orton for this year. Then they could get Luck or sign Kolb as a FA when he bacomes available next year.

  163. By westside cards fan on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    When Boldin left, I said, hey that’s fine, we have Fitz, Breaston, and an up and coming Doucet. When Dansby and Rolle left, I said hey well the Cardinals couldn’t compete with Miami and New York at the negotiation table. Now, they’ve allowed Breaston to leave and we Cardinal fans are regurgitating the same old excuses. I worry that what really is happening is that the Cardinals organization has ZERO loyalty to its players and TOTAL focus on lining its pockets. Yes Breaston wants a new deal, and frankly he deserves one. But, as Darren predicts, the Cards are putting their faith in Roberts and Doucet to step up. In other words, the organization would rather settle for the unprovens with the slight hope that one might shine and exceed expectations, as did Breaston. If they don’t….ah well who cares, we saved some pennies and fans are stupid enough to keep filling the seats. And if they do, well hey, the gamble paid off. But then what? If one of these two becomes above average and get the audacity to demand more money, they end up getting shunned and forced to find a new team willing to pay them their due?? Does the organization give two cents about what type of reputation they wish to wield in the NFL? How do they expect to draw prospective talent here in the grand scheme of things with such a lame track record?

    I am hearing tons of trade and FA acquisition rumors all of which, the Kolb deal notwithstanding, lack any mention of Cardinals being in the mix. I hope, since my expectations have been diminished, that the Cards quietly have their ducks lined in a row and are biding their time to pounce on the replacement players we desperately need. Alas, this is more than likely wishful thinking, as usual.

    I guess I’m just tired of hearing trolls telling me that the Superbowl run was a fluke and that its really just the “same old Cardinals.” They make a very compelling argument.

  164. By Steve W on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Hate to see Breaston go, I really love his devotion to the game. But bottom line is that we have Fitz as our #1 man, and based on the directio that I think Coach Whiz seems to be headed, having Breaston out there alongside Fitz is just not needed. Andre Roberts seems to be coming into his own as a receiver (at least that’s how it looked toward the end of last year) and though Doucet seems to have his ups and downs I think he’s a respectable #3 receiver.

    As another fan said, this looks to be the year that Whiz is finally able to install his own envisioned brand of offense. Running the ball hard and getting Fitz a little room to make his spectacular catches – which he does better than no other receiver out there. Last season was awful, but we were in a bad spot with the departure of Kurt and losing some really good players as well. My guess is that we couldn’t spend a whole lot of money to keep them, since that would have tied up a lot of the salary needed to get a quarterback the Cards needed for their future. I’m more than willing to see what Coach Whiz has got planned for this year, and I have no doubts that he’s got a plan in mind – no matter what his critics might think. And yes, if we have another awful season where there are no signs of getting better I’ll likely start to worry about our team’s coach. But until that time, In Whiz We Trust.


  165. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Steve Breaston was exemplary and played great when he was healthy.

    All the best in KC.

  166. By Brian R. on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    I knew he would land in KC (view my comment above). Its sad that the Arizona Cardinals developed such a fantastic player and cant keep him. I see he has the potential to be a starter, sadly its not with us. Hopefully in the future Steve Breaston and the Arizona Cardinals paths cross, and we end up signing him again… The Cardinals are going threw a real beat down right now.

  167. By 11fitzfans on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Wishing u much success wherever you decide to go Steve !

  168. By UK Card on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    OKAY! We got 1 Vet! Nice sign with Coolidge fills a need! cool! Lets pick up speed get another!!!

    I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE GIVEN UP ON KOLB! and gone for Hasselback! think Titans made best Q.B trade! We so could of got into the playoffs this year!! He won`t have to practice with a speaker clad golf cart before playing the Hawks!

  169. By Bill L on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Kolb, Orton, DRC, Breaston, 2nd round…..I mean this is SAD!!! Maybe you get Philly’s Backup… good is he, NOBODY knows. He’s a WC QB, 3 steps and gone, but AZ doesn’t run WC….Hold it longer, trust your protection(LOL), throw it deeper……so how many MILLIONS, for What……and that is AZ’s BEST hope.

    Then again Orton, a decent QB, but doesn’t make any plays when things breakdown. Not good enough for Denver, Barely beats out Grossman in CHI….not as many MILLIONS, HUGE upgrade over DA, Hall, Skelton, et al…..but NO FUTURE…..NO HOPE.

    Well, you added a good DB in the draft to build on DRC and turn the D-Backs into SOMETHING……well, really don’t want to PAY DRC…..starting to get the idea.

    I could go on, but until new ownership/mgmt/coaching come to AZ this club will SPEND the LEAST POSSIBLE. Good news is, someone will get a 1 year deal well over his value……just to make the MIN……GOOD LUCK…..GO TEXANS!!!!

  170. By UK Card on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Whats with all the talk “NOT PUTTING ALL OUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET!!!”

    What happens if Fitz, gets injured! Who is Kolb going to throw to?

  171. By mahonri trejo on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    we need to get braylon edwards or even randy moss to help fitz i wanted the cards to get sydney rice but he signed with seahawks cards should also bring in zack miller or todd heap

  172. By cardfan6 on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Words really cannot express how the fans are feeling right now in 2 seasons almost All of the play makers from the super bowl run are gone. the cardinals keep sighning cheap vets. there is a reason why they are cheap! I honestly wonder now that the owners have to spend 90% of the salory cap if bidwell will sell to L.A. he might as well atleast they would spend some money and hire a better staff to win football games.

  173. By Private Joker on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    This sucks! My favorite Cardinal goes to one of my most hated teams. We’ll miss you Breaston.

  174. By Lewis on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    With Steve out of the pic now, they should make a move on Plaxico. Gotta have another good receiver distraction to compliment Larry. It’s not too late to make a move. Let’s go Cards!

  175. By UC on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Congratulations Breaston on going to a team that realizes what you’re worth. You certainly deserve it, especially after suffering through the incompetence of the current Cardinals coaching staff. I have great respect for what you’ve accomplished, what you contributed to the team, and for your work ethic. Much love, and good fortune to you in the future.

    Same old Cardinals. This time with added “moxie”.

  176. By Micheal on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Stupid stupid stupid Robert’s has nothing on Breaston they should let him know that and beg him to stay!

  177. By This Guy on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    lol awww man, I’m already laughing on how sad this is…. next year we will have top 5 pick as well. Brian R, u said u hope we cross paths with Steve Breaston again some day. We probably will, once he’s had a great career and washed up. Thats how this FO goes about things… Lets get once great players and pick them up cheap so we can say we had a Hall of Famer playing for us.

    If this is how “Aggressive” is supposed to look like, I’m gonna hate watching this season. BTW side comment, My guess for the Cardinals over all rating in Madden 12 is a 71

  178. By brad oneill on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    isn’t it nice to have long threads again. 🙂

  179. By cards62 on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Good to see Breaston getting so much well deserved love from us Cardinal fans.
    He really did us proud and I do wish him well in KC.

    Darren made a very good point in a response that none of these deals are real until they can be signed on Friday. That some could just be to drive up prices. It will be a very interesting weekend to see how all of this plays out. I will be shocked if Breaston does not sign with KC. I wish he would stay a Cardinal, but I do not see that happening.

    Best of luck Steve Breaston

  180. By Derk on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    i wish breaston was staying but he has higher hopes else where…. i only hope dat along with kolb we get a reciever larry cant do dis alone

  181. By Derk on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    mayb if enough money is dere we can get desean jackson also since he made it clear he doesnt want to b dere with da contract he has

  182. By againstthegrain on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    have the card fans thrown in the towel? or has management thrown in the towel? ineptitude in managemnet is the issue not the fans having thrown in the towel. negativity breeds negativity. i have as much faith in cards management as i do in the white house…. which is to say…. NONE. what has management done for us lately? nottafreakin’thing.

  183. By Scott H on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply


    What is your point, exactly? How about this – what if I really DID support trading DRC for Kolb and really did NOT support letting Breaston go? Wow, there’s a real mind bender for ya…and, really, I’m not interested in explaining this to you. Got more important things to worry about. We just lost Breaston and we have huge hole at WR. And you want to make MY POST your issue? Really, dude?

    BTW, please learn to spell audacity and look up the meaning of hypocritical.

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