Heap agrees to two-year deal

Posted by Darren Urban on July 31, 2011 – 10:42 am

The Cardinals have added yet another tight end. Veteran Todd Heap, a local product of Mesa Mountain View High School and Arizona State, who was released recently by Baltimore, has agreed to a two-year contract. Heap becomes the Cardinals’ sixth tight end joining Jim Dray, Stephen Spach, Jeff King, and rookies Rob Housler and Stephen Skelton. Obviously the Cardinals won’t need so many at the position.

The Cardinals kept three tight ends last year, and after signing King as a main blocker, drafting Housler and adding Heap, it will be interesting to see it that’s how the position filters out or if the remaining guys can make a mark. The Cardinals have not used the tight end much as a receiver over the past few seasons, but bringing in Heap and Housler may underscore a shift in philosophy this season.

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  1. By Mack on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Good signing i know you don’t want to hear this, but do you think we are looking at wr? Because lets be honest… Who is Chansi Stucky?

  2. By Rich on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    So is there any way they let King go and keep Spach for less money? Or will they have to pay Kind a boat load of money? Can they place Housler on PS? How do you personally think this will shake out?

  3. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Rich —

    RE: King

    Uh, King just got here and they like him.

    The normal NFL math says Housler, King and Heap will be the TEs, but we will see. Stuff happens, and Whisenhunt has made surprise cuts before.

  4. By brythybo7 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Skelton is also a receiver from the videos Ive seen of him at Fordham. Hes built like a tank but is pretty darn quick. He can weave around a bit but also plow through blockers. Hope they keep him.

  5. By ttaylor1380 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Love this….Kolb used Celek quite a bit in Philly and no standout #2 wr on roster

  6. By Shooter McGavin on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Love it! Nice work getting that done. Solid veteran to lead the rookie.


    Guess that takes any thoughts of getting another WR. What areas do you think the may still address in the FA market?

    Thx for your hard work.

  7. By drummer-1 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren…

    I remember when all the fuss was about not having a TE and why aren’t we using him, now we have like 10 on the, looks like the team is gearing for more of a run game..Your thoughts on the odd man out..

  8. By Kurt on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Well done to all

  9. By mike hadzinski on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


  10. By Jeff on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


    Do you have an idea where we are at relative to the Salary Cap? Do we have a lot of spending to do or are we nearing the Cap?

  11. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Jeff —

    RE: Cap

    I don’t know and actually, I’m not going to know. I think they are still making moves. I’m not going to worry about the cap until this all slows down.

  12. By Nick Pepe on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    This is a great grab. Keep em coming

  13. By Ty on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Very excited to see this happen! Bring the native home!!!

  14. By BobF on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Finally!!! Now we can all shout “Heeeeaaappp!!!!!!!”

  15. By in fitz we trust on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    wow great addition. heap is a very good catching te, hopefully we now have a te who can put up the numbers freddie did back in the mid 2000s. overall i like the moves the cards have done.

  16. By in fitz we trust on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    i can tell we will be a pass first team this year, between the o line moves an the fact that we are adding all these tight ends, i remember how many fits we gave opposings ds with 2 tes on the feild, opening it up for our wrs an slot guys, if were successful i belive we will get alot of mismatches in our favor.
    good job cards!

  17. By ProSportsPhoenix on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


  18. By Khards on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Heck yes!!!! score@@@@@@ Finally we get a big target.

  19. By Mike in Gilbert on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Excellent! Great start to my Sunday. I was a bit worried with the Jets in the picture.

  20. By Bob Diesel on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Getting Kolb some weapons!

    Darren, sources tell me the cardinals will be sticking with a Michigan theme at receiver number two. When will Edwards get to camp?

  21. By TSHIF on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


    This is one of those told you so situations! Thanks for all the updates over the crazy week we just had! You the man

  22. By George on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Excited about the signing. Have to give Kolb as many legitimate targets to throw to. I believe Heap has something left in the tank.

  23. By Todd C on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Love it!

    Now let’s see if we can get a tackle and another guard to replace Deuce.

  24. By Tinted Face Shield on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


    Who has the edge to be the other starting WR? Doucet, Roberts, Stuckey?

    What does RG look like? Womack? Hadnot? Bridges?

  25. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Tinted —

    RE: WR/G

    On both, yes.

    How it sorts out, we will have to see.

  26. By CJ on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    wow theres going to be a ton of competition at TE this year at least its going to make whiz more comfortable with the TE group hes got rather than just sticking with what they have good pickup a good goaline weapon for kolb

  27. By Eric on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like we are serious about the TE position. Awesome pick up! Welcome home Todd!!!!

  28. By CJ on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    and darren why cant kolb practice? he only signed an extension with the team its not like hes a free agent coming in his till under his original contract?

  29. By Melissa on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Baltimore will miss Todd a lot! But glad he’s in Arizona; he’s never been anything but an AZ boy at heart and if he can’t be with us, I’m glad he’s near his home and family. He’s a really good person and his family is adorable (they live down the road from us and are really nice) We all wish him the best of luck! One last time: HHHEEEEAAAAPPPPPP 🙂

  30. By chris on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


  31. By toddcard on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    GOOD SH$#!!! i love this move-FINALLY coach Whiz (a career TE) is gettin some awesome TE depth for once! welcome back to the dessert Todd!!!

  32. By SSG Tim Roberts (Army) on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH Yeah!!!!!!!!! This has been one time to remember! heap in Cardinals Red!!!!!! Now they are really starting to get busy and serious! Adding Heaps hands, Kings blocking and Kolbs throwing?!?!?!?! Man thats gonna be on wicked recieving corps we have! We get the run into it also?!?!?!?! Look out NFC, the Cards are looking to play some serious football now baby!

  33. By Catfish on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Good job Cards, Todd Heap is one of the best TE’s in football, durable, savvy, great hands, great heart. Glad we got him back, ( we let him slip away out of ASU) welcome home Todd.

  34. By AndyStandsUp on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    I guess they could move Housler to a 3rd possession type receiver and Dray to H Back (better than Spach on ST).
    This gives the Cards a surplus of TE, FB, RB, QB and arguably OL.
    Meanwhile last season’s 29th rated defense awaits a pass rusher.
    Darren, didn’t you post recently you thought AZ might be looking to run more, instead of pass?

  35. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Run more

    Well, I won’t say run more, as much as be less of a spread attack.

  36. By Soares20 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Great! Keep giving Kolb some weapons to work with he liked targeting his tight end in Philli and now we got him a great tight end to throw to!

  37. By Jason on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    He should be good for half a season. Nice pickup by the front office. Probably keeping four TE with this in mind I would think especially if we’re planning on any two tight end formations.

  38. By Christian on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Love it. Scared me when Jets called him. Welcome home Heap, all my best for you and the CARDINALS.

  39. By joe67 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Great move. If nothing else it sends a positive msg to the fans

    Go Cards!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. By Dave on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome back to AZ HEEEAAAP! Mountain View Toro, ASU Sundevil, and now AZ Cardinal! Darren, any chance we’re going after a receiver? M. Floyd….Braylon Edwards??

  41. By Lewis on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Great news! Finally an effective talent at TE. Welcome home Todd.

  42. By brad oneill on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome home Todd!!! Ok well it looks like the TE position is taken care of. i wonder if we are going to see a lot of two tight end sets ala the patriots.last year. this could effectively restore our 5 receiver sets (two of them being tight ends this time) that warner used so effectively and at the same time it could help shore up our line play with extra blockers at home to keep Kolb safe. i think we will be seeing a lot more screens this year as we try to make their fat guys run more. It fits in with the whiz and company policy of getting everyone even offensive linemen as light as possible.

    My guess is we hold 4 tight ends and as a result we probably sacrifice one of the wide receiver spots from last year. Housler and Heap will be the receivers. King and someone from last year will be the blockers. Skelton will be practice squad but will probably flash very brightly catching some balls from his brother in pre season.

  43. By Steve on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Good signing, he is a little past his prime but still an effective H-back who will give Kolb a good target to throw to. Darren which other positions would you guess the Cards are still interested in filling in this free agency?

  44. By Haggis Bob on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Competition, competition, competition. Coach is in heaven right now…

  45. By cardsfan007 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


  46. By Fred on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    If it’s really indicative of a change in philosophy, I’m glad! Now if one or two of the receivers besides Larry steps up, and we don’t telegraph plays by only using King as a blocker, we can really keep secondaries honest.

  47. By Andrew on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    YESSSSSSSS!!!! Love this move!!! It should be great for Kolb!!!

    It appears we have solidified the corner spot, TE, and been doing work with the o-line….

    so Darren – what do you think the cards are still going to be working on??
    think the o-line search is wrapped up? is stuckey a guy they think can really be the answer or are we still in the market for a wr (floyd)? …and do we still need another lb or are we good?

  48. By aitchem on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Some very good pick-ups in the last few days. Don’t underestimate Womack’s abilities. Or Marshall’s. I think after a year Marshall will have shown enough that he’ll be here for a while.

    Hope Dray’s not the odd man out here. I like his hustle and special teams abilities.

  49. By Sean on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    My question is do you think that because Heap has had injuries and King and Housler don’t know the offense that the Cards might keep 4 TEs for a little while so at least one knows the offense, i.e. Spach? He wasn’t terrible, he wasn’t the best thing that ever happened but he was consistent and he got the job done. See that happening?

  50. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Sean —

    RE: Four TEs

    Sure, that is possible.

  51. By LUKE on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    sweeet!i heard the jets were courting him.he must have agreed with cards while at jets pleased as a fan.staff doing well imo of filling holes with solid lets crush the nfc west!

  52. By Kinsley on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    so who is going home and when do you think the first guy will be released?

  53. By kyle on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    darren thanks for the great news, this is a huge signing in my opinion.

  54. By 85301 fan on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


  55. By Shtiggy on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Welcome to the Cardinals Heeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaap!!!!

  56. By Louisville Card on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    This is a great signing even with all the TE’s we have sorry to see spach and dray go but i would rather win. We haven’t had a threat at tight end since I can remember so this is a happy day. I’m excited for this season to start whiz has done a great job this off season can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like on the field!!!!

    Go Cards!

  57. By Don't Take Losses on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Skelton practice squad, keep 4…probably Dray over Spach per Special Teams? BRAVO Cards. Dang proud of all, way to git er done!!! Very exciting.

  58. By Don't Take Losses on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Happy BD Papa Bidwell.

  59. By Andy on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Are there still specific free agents the Cards are targeting?

  60. By Brandon LA on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


    This Heap thing makes your freddie jones blog story FUN!!! agreed? Can’t wait to see the TE’s this year.

    Editor’s note: This is to what Brandon is referring

  61. By Javi on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    FINALLY!!! a big name player!

  62. By tom on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FEAR THE FORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its great to finally get a fellow sun devil.

  63. By Jaziah on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Yes! I’m have a feeling SB!

  64. By casey on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    great to hear about heap darren have you heard anything about any more o line

  65. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Casey —

    RE: Oline

    No, nothing new.

  66. By Chuck 1 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Possibly OTH (over-the-hill), but still a good acquisition.
    Reminds me of Porter, who was released by the Steelers and “Fish” (and, we know now why those two teams did that).
    Shows me that Whiz might be changing his offensive philosophy to incorporate the TE in the passing game more (as the draft of Housler indicated).
    One of my infrequent kudos (over the last two years) to Graves and Whiz.

  67. By Ty on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Also would like to give a thanks to Michael Bidwill for breaking the ” old cardinals mold”. I’m very optimistic about this season. GO CARDS!!

  68. By Javi on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    darren, if you are coach russ, who do you start in the offensive line?

    and do you believe the cards will start heap?

  69. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Javi —

    RE: Starters

    That’s what camp is for. More this year than any other.

  70. By Phoenixraven1 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t see them letting Dray slip through cracks either he has to much potential!

  71. By John the draft guy on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Bold trades, exciting signings, pursuit of big name free agents;
    Who is this team and what have they done with the Bidwells?
    Now I see tweets we are after Moss or Edwards?

    Darren, you’ve covered this team for a while now, can you ever remember the cards so aggressive?

  72. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    John the draft guy —

    RE: Aggressiveness

    Absolutely not. And given the way many fans were reacting, oh, two or three days ago, I’m surprised — no, I’m shocked — people are thinking the Cards are being that way.

    (Not you John. We all know those to whom I am referring).

  73. By UK Card on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Nice signing! At last we have a T.E we can target! Hopefully Housler, can lean some tricks from the Vet. Should be great in absence of Breston!

    1.Darren do you know if we targeted Zach Miller? think he could of been good longer term!
    2.And do you have any idea what kind of cap room we have left?
    3.Also do you think the Malcolm Floyd deal has died?, now we have the browns guy, that would`ve been real sweet!

  74. By Darren Urban on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    UK —

    RE: Questions

    1) Don’t think so.
    2) No.
    3) Not sure there was ever a Floyd deal to “die”

  75. By raý ray on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    how about malcolm floyd or bralyon edwards or derrick mason

  76. By voiceofreason on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    I think this finally brings the end of the love fest for Stephen Spach. He stinks, and now he can’t make the team. Heap, King and Housler will be the TEs, with Heap the starter. Dray will go on the practice squad, and Spach and Skelton get cut.

  77. By RealCardsFan on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    This is for all of you hater-azz- band wagon cardinal fans…eat it! Braylon is next, then the division and finished up with super bowl-

  78. By Kaleb on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Greetings again from afghanistan. Counting down the days until i return to the desert for good and its getting close. I took a break from monitoring the lockout situation, next thing i know we have kolb and a handful of others and are practicing. This is great news, i will be getting tickets soon. Cards are really making some valuble moves. Giving up DRC is kind of tough but if thats what it takes to get our QB i like the agressive move. 2011 Draft + Free agency = A+ for the cards. really addressed our needs and got some big names in there too. I want some footage of the P squared returning some punts.

  79. By Jon L. on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    hey darren,
    I love what the cards are doing this offseason, they are being very aggressive and picking up some valuble pieces. Do you see any other moves or possible trades coming?

  80. By Gary on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    i dont like him but what are the chances the cardinals could go after Randy Moss he would give defenses something to worry about on the other side of Larry Fitzgerald to wory about and if he really wants to play wow what a wr combo

  81. By cactus jeff on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Awful! They shot from the hip didn’t they Darren. You know and I know this was desperation. They are in big trouble, Heap was never the plan. The worst OL in football. The Worst LBs in football. One weapon on offense. Campbell and Dockett are out of position playing in the 3-4, Campbell is a 4-3 DE and Dockett is a 4-3 DT. Dan Williams, Joey Porter, Clark Haggans, Pork Chop Womack and Hadnot can’t play. Losing Dansby, DRC, Boldin, Breaston, and Duece. What a shame, so much talent gone. The team was a blast to watch and now it’s over. Thanks for the memorys.

  82. By CJ on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    darren i just heard duece lutui failed his physical with the bengals is this true?

  83. By CJ on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    and i heard hes coming back and signed a one year deal?

  84. By jerk4life on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    HELL YEA!!! The REDBIRDS are making the right moves! They got the best player on the draft, great QB and now a big time TE! what more can you ask?! Asante Samuel maybe to fill in DRC maybe? They have plenty of room in their salary cap! they are 4th with the most room in their cap!!

  85. By 85301 fan on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply


  86. By Chris on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    I am a die-hard Ravens fan and I live in Baltimore. You guys just got one hell of a player and its nice to see him go and play for his home town team. Really good signing for the Cards. Good luck Todd we will miss you.

  87. By ernie on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    I agree……….Fitz and R.Moss would be a very beastly combo along with heap,WOW!!!!! GO CARDINALS

  88. By JoeRaven on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Good pick-up for you guys. He will be missed in Baltimore. I wish him all the best. I hope you Cards fans yell “HEEEEEAAAAAP!” every time he makes a catch. I know he would like that.

  89. By cardsalltheway on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    To keep the other teams guessing we can interchange our 2nd/3rd WR’s, Stephen Williams, Chansi Stuckey, Early Doucet, Max Komar, and Andre Roberts. Our WR’s can and must step up and shine.

  90. By Brian on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Heap is the clear TE1 of the team. He’s a great add, and he just made the entire team much better. Housler is the TE2. King is the TE3. Toss all the rest of them back into the free agency waters. For the first time in forever, we’re now set at the position and better than average in the NFL. Outstanding work by ownership making this happen.

  91. By nooner on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    wow cactus jeff i feel your pain heap is a decent pick up but was he not out most of last season

  92. By johnjohn1105 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Great move in signing Heap!! now if we can only sign Braylon Edwards, the cards offense will be explosive!! #Birdgang has arrived!

  93. By brad oneill on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    nooner an optimist would call that well rested.

  94. By Eazy E on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Ok this is more like it. We have to thank all the owners and players for putting in the cba you have to spend at least 90 percent of your cap I believe and it made cheap teams in the past like the cardinals and they have improved from a long time ago more aggressive. Heap is a great move, finally we got a TE to stretch the field vertically and is a real threat. Zach would have been nice also, but I’m not complaining because I didn’t see this move actually getting agreed too because whiz LOVES his Blocking TEs and none that can catch so good for the whiz.

  95. By Eazy E on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Now hopefully we can nab Braylon.

  96. By cards62 on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hello this is Steve here and as you all know I will be the President of the Todd Heap Fan Club as we welcome Todd home. Finally a TE on the roster that my friends have actually heard of, and who is actaully a TE. The drought is over and I am weeping tears of joy.

    Go Cards!

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