Cards get Chester Taylor and DBs UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on September 4, 2011 – 12:42 pm

As long speculated, the Cards have acquired veteran running back Chester Taylor, at least according to multiple outlets (including his agent’s Twitter). That comes as no surprise. The Cards needed a veteran running back to join Beanie Wells and LaRod Stephens-Howling. Taylor, even though he is older (will be 32 at the end of the month) and his numbers have been dwindling, seems a perfect fit. He can give you a few carries, he can catch the ball, he can block, he has long played a backup role (to Adrian Peterson and then Matt Forte) and most importantly, he was available. He was expendable in Chicago after the Bears signed Marion Barber.

I remember Taylor lighting up the Cards in November of 2006 for 136 yards in Minnesota when he was a starter for the Vikings (before Peterson came in the next year). He signed a big contract with the Bears before 2010, but only averaged 2.4 yards a carry.

The Cards have also apparently nabbed a couple of cornerbacks off waivers: Crezdon Butler of the Steelers and Korey Lindsey of the Bengals. The Cards need depth there and it can’t be a shock these were two names targeted: defensive coordinator Ray Horton coached Butler last year as DBs coach with the Steelers, and Cards defensive backs coach Louie Cioffi was in Cincinnati and still probably has knowledge of the Bengals situation (although Lindsey is a rookie).

Picking up three means the Cards will have to release three from the current roster — again, why coach Ken Whisenhunt mentioned the roster was “in pencil” Friday.

The practice squad won’t be announced until tomorrow. Wide receiver Isaiah Williams’ agent tweeted Williams would be coming back to the practice squad.

UPDATE: Some afternoon details that emerged on Twitter and elsewhere. An NFL source said the Cards had agreed on a practice squad deal for DT Ricky Lumpkin. St. Louis-based reporter Howard Balzer reported the Cards had released TE Stephen Spach, and Kent Somers reported the Cards also cut LB Quan Sturdivant. I’d expect Sturdivant to come back to the practice squad assuming no one claims him off waivers.

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69 Responses to “Cards get Chester Taylor and DBs UPDATE”

  1. By Jesse on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Do you see any of the brothers making the practice squad?
    Skelton and Campbell?

  2. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Jesse —

    RE: Brothers on PS

    Maybe Campbell.

  3. By Michelle on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Meet Quarterback Kevin Kolb Signing Autographs Saturday October 22
    at Paradise Valley Mall.

  4. By Blake on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Great pickup for the Cards with Taylor!!!! Would have been nice to see Williams play but this is a great signing for the situation.

    Darren, do you have some info on Butler? If he worked with Horton and the Steelers and thus might already have a good sense of the defense, do you see him ever supplanting one ot the current CB’s or will he be just a backup?

  5. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Blake —

    RE: Butler

    I don’t know anything about him before today. I would think he’d be kept for depth right now. They like PP, Marshall and Jefferson.

  6. By Dylan Clarke on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren with the additionsof Taylor, Butler and Lindsay that means Spach, Talley A.Smith and Quan are all on the bubble? what do you think? Thanks for your input

  7. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Dylan —

    RE: Quan

    As has been updated, Sturdivant apparently got cut, as did Spach. Quan should be on the practice squad.

  8. By azcardinalfan on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    i knew the cardinals were going to sign chester taylor

  9. By Brandon on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Any chance of us picking up Donnie Avery, He’s just what we are looking for in terms of a speed No. 2 reciever and definatley better than Demarco Sampson and Stephen Williams

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Brandon —

    RE: Avery

    He’s coming off a major injury. Depends on his asking price.

  11. By This Guy on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I saw this coming when I read that he was released by the bears. But I was wondering if they would make a move on Meriweather. Wilson is still at risk to get injured and no doubt getting older (although u can’t tell).

  12. By Bonner on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Why do we keep bringing in players from losing programs like Bengals and Browns..I understand Whiz knows that conference better than any other..But players who come fr4om losing organizations..This dude cioffi has been in the Nfl for 19 yrs never played american football,but yet he is a defensive back Guru…I just dont see it…

  13. By Bonner on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    And why not bring in Merriweather and/or Sammy Morris..Players from a winning Organization like the New England Pats?

  14. By Bryan on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Would the cards be willing to trade for Lance Briggs possibly? It just seemed to me that porter or haggans didnt impress too much this pre-season, but that is just my opinion. What do you think?

  15. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Bryan —

    RE: Briggs

    He’s a 4-3 LB. And I don’t see them willing to trade right now. I’m not sure the Bears want to trade him either.

  16. By Rocky on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe my eyes…Cardinal Nation… you will absolutely love Korey Lindsey..coming out of Southern Illinois University..the same program that produced ( Bart Scott, Brandon Jacobs, Deji Karim, Kevin House, Terry Taylor, Jim Heart) all he needs is a platform to showcase his wares.. Great Job front office.. you tube.. Google him or siu salukis football.. Awesome program.. producing awesome talent… what a pleasant surprise… Go Korey… proud of our DAWGS…Cardinal fans you will love his work ethic.. GO CARDS!!!!

  17. By soares20 on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I called it I knew we would get Chester Taylor the moment he was released! Great pick up Cards he will complement Beanie nicely. We have great running backs, great wide receivers, great tight ends, a decent line, and as long as kevin kolb plays decent we will have an awesome offense this year!

  18. By UK Card on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren why go after such a old Vet. like Taylor is it a cost thing? Surely a back like Keiland Williams, or Stafon Johnson would have more potential, even when Ryan is back to full health, it would create more competition!

  19. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    UK Card —

    RE: RB

    They have youth. They are intrigued by Alfonso Smith and Ryan Williams will be back. Beanie is young too. They want a veteran presence. They don’t want more inexperience.

  20. By Kurt on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Is Dray practice squad elligible?

  21. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Kurt —

    RE: Dray PS

    No. He is not eligible.

  22. By Eric on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, any word on bringing Regan Mauia Back? Also, do you feel Taylor is a good fit? He doesn’t run well anymore, something Alonzo Smith could do, and I just can’t see the money I’m sure we had to give him was worth it. I do think the Butler addition was a good on considering he knows Horton well. I’m just really disappointed to lose Mauia, he was becoming one of my favorites and keeping five TE just seems overkill.

  23. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Eric —

    RE: Mauia

    The only way I see him returning is if Sherman gets hurt.

  24. By Tx Cards fan on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply


    Could Butler (4 games played / but not sure if he was active for the full season last year) or Lindsay (rookie 7th Rd pick) get put on the PS?

  25. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Tx Cards —

    RE: Butler/Lindsay PS

    Eventually they could but when you claim a player off waivers he must be on the 53-man roster for at least three weeks, I believe is the rule.

  26. By Steve Lee on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I’m still curious. Why was Zastudil kept over Graham? Personnel issue? To make a point to the rest of the team that no one may take his job for granted? Graham led the league in dropping punts between the 10 yard line and goal, right? Isn’t that a good thing?

  27. By rio on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Chester Taylor can still do all the things we need in a back, he is real good at blocking.

  28. By Javi on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    thankyou darren for that amazing story it got me soooo fired up right now!!!! your the best thanks!!

  29. By jwimmer2 on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I think this is welcome news for our team. Chester will help our backfield, and can so what Tim did sans the youthful speed.

  30. By roberto on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    are the cards interested in brandon tate for the #2 WR job?

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

    Roberto —

    RE: Tate

    The report is the Cards put in a claim on him, but were trumped by the Bengals.

  32. By Andy on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Is it true that we released Quan and Spach today?

  33. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Andy —

    RE: Cuts Spac/Quan

    The team has not officially announced it, but yes, reports have confirmed it.

  34. By suspence on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, why didnt the cardinals go after a bigger name at cornerback like lito sheppard of the raiders or will allen of the dolphins whom were both cut? Do u think these guys are passed their prime or where the cards just going younger and more familiar to their coaching staff?

  35. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Suspence —

    RE: CBs

    The Cards aren’t looking for starters. They are looking for young depth to develop. They like their top 3 corners.

  36. By D on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    if he can pick up the blitz, then good signing on Taylor…too bad we missed on Tate…but we will be okay…still think after week 1 they pick up M. Starks

  37. By Superdawg17 on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Darren:Off the information circulating around the Card’s office, are they considering Donnie Avery? Any other names of interest?

  38. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Superdawg —

    RE: Info

    I have not heard anything, but I’ve been off the last couple of days. We will see this week. They could make moves again after the first game, too.

  39. By R Robles on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    So who did we cut?

  40. By Ron on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Do you think LB Quan Sturdivant might be a risk on getting cut?

  41. By in fitz we trust on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    man we shoulda took will allen from the dolphins….

  42. By ben on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    do you think there is any chance for lito shepard coming to az. hes a big guy and with a couple of monsters at wr in the west, there not to fast so he should be able to play well in spots

  43. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Ben —

    RE: Sheppard

    I wouldn’t think so, with the three top corners they already have.

  44. By darrel on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    get ya popcorn ready birdgang terrell owens will be a cardinal …. it clearly shows they have a need after week 1 dont be suprised to see the new 81…i know hes comn off acl surgey but they really wanted keith bullock last yr comin off same injury lol i see the light nfc west champs

  45. By kaleb on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I dont think we should be targeting any of the WR’s out there. Avery sounds like a bad investment. I think we need aLB and OL(right tackle). I don’t see any starting quality LB’s on the market but there are some on the trading block if thats an option. DARREN, what i really want to know is if there are any quality starting material OL guys out there on the market still.????.. I could see the cards going after a tackle after the carolina game so that we dont have to garuntee anything, any thoughts as far as solidifying the O-line?

  46. By Darren Urban on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Kaleb —

    RE: OLine

    I think you are right in the timing. At this point, I don’t expect another move until after the first game. Vets contracts aren’t guaranteed after the first game, so teams usually make moves.

    That said, I don’t think it is a lock they make a move, or get an offensive lineman. I know there are some intriguing vets out there, but are they worth dumping what they already have (there is a reason they are free right now)?

  47. By Mark on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren whats worse, talking about Ben Graham getting cut or why the cards didn’t go after Mcnabb?

  48. By Darren Urban on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Mark —

    RE: Talking points

    I didn’t mind talking about either one — once or twice.

  49. By AB on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Steve Lee. I still don’t quite understand why the Cards released Ben Graham. The only reason to me would be age; Graham is 37, and Zastudil is 32. Remember Graham was captain for special teams, and he really helped contribute for the defense.

  50. By AB on Sep 4, 2011 | Reply

    Oh yeah, and Zastudil hasn’t played since 2009 because of a knee injury. That will likely impact his performance. Read this from an article on Ben Graham.

    “Widely considered one of the best punters in the NFL”

    “Being snubbed out of a Pro-bowl selection, Graham had been a unanimous tip amongst experts.”

    “Graham was amongst the league’s top punters with his ability to kick torpedos and drop punts (called end-over-end punts in America) to land the ball inside the 20 yard line consistently highly desirable.”

    “Voted captain of special teams in 2010, Graham’s departure is likely to affect the output of kicker Jay Feely whom Graham held for…..Feely ranked fourth in the league for accuracy.”

    “Graham’s age (37) should not be a factor”

  51. By LB on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    You people wanna replace our roster with the entire waver wire. There’s no point in making a move for the sake of making a move.

  52. By willie martin on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    why cut Marshay Green ? the guy is a real football player 4 real !

  53. By willie martin on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    do you think Marshay Green will make the practice squad ?

  54. By Darren Urban on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Willie —

    RE: Green/practice squad

    I think there is a chance.

  55. By Cards1Fan on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Darren, U think the cardinals would be interested in pretty talented former saint Chris Ivory?

  56. By Darren Urban on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Cards1Fan —

    RE: Ivory

    Not now that they have signed Taylor.

  57. By JohnJohn on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    I really like the Chester pick up. Of course, he’s not going to be the feature back but he’s going to help blocking wise and will occasionally have a run of two. He’s also mentored Adrian Peterson and Mike Forter.

    On the two corners that we got off waivers. Crezdon Butler was rated one ofthe top 10 corners in last year draft along with our own AJ Jefferson. Some of the scouts believe that Butler is more physically talented than Jefferson. We shall see. One thing is for sure, Ray Horton LOVES AJ Jefferson and the ability that be brings next to PP21. Horton is always talking about AJ potential and how he needs to realize that he that good. So we pretty much got two of the top 10 corners from 2010 draft and we got the best corner in this year draft with Peterson. Then you add Greg Toler who was coming into his own and Richard Marshall who’s going to excel in the nickel package. We are now loaded in the corner position. Not bad after trading DRC.

    Really excited about the possibilities that the Cards have this year. Go Red Bird!!

  58. By CJ on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    @darrel absolutely not

  59. By Mark in Chandler on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Butler and Lindsay: I liked Butler last year when he was drafted and was surprised he fell to the Steelers in the 5th.. He fits a Horton defense. Several reports say that Lindsay had visited the Cardinals prior to the draft. They must have liked what they saw. Scouting reports have Lindsay with average speed, not great in coverage skills, but solid in run support. Looks like a project. The only question I have is: Are these two corners better projects than Sturdivant? I am sure they are hoping to keep Sturdivant on the practice squad which would allow all 3 to remain with the team. We’ll see.

  60. By John the draft guy on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Not sure why everyone is excited by the Taylor signing. He has really declined the last couple of years and was not very good this preseason. Then add in this problem. Wells history says he won’t be healthy all year. If Wells goes down, the combo of LSH and Taylor isn’t strong. Taylor can catch a pass and pick up blitzes, which is his role. Interesting how this all pans out.

    Those asking for Avery; Remember, he was released by the Rams, a team in need of weapons for Bradford. He has been injured each year since being drafted in 08. He is just a name, not much of a player.

    As for the other cuts, you do understand these players were cut? None of these players are coming in to start or even play a major role (except Taylor, who was making way too much money for his 2.5 yards per carry). Our team is the one you saw this preseason with minor backups changing a bit.

    Interesting that the cards put in a claim on wr Brandon Tate. Tate has really underachieved. I wonder who would have been released? Stuckey, Sampson, S Williams ??? Would not have been a fan of that move.

    Can’t wait to climb into my seat on sunday, take in the stadium, and watch “real” football. As long as Beanie stays healthy, I feel really good about this offense. The defense looks like we will have to blitz to put pressure on the QB.Thats a concern. I really like Washington blitzing and I know ADub can get to the QB, lets hope Horton can dial them up and get guys running free after the QB. This should be fun.

  61. By UK Card on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    I like to see the cards tried to get Tate, too bad the Bengals got priority!

  62. By Eazy E on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    I like getting chester and i’ve only heard of one of the two dbs before today and that is crezdon. I think we get T.O. and Will Allen who got released by miami, we are good. It kinda sucks we lost out on tate, pretty talented return man and wr, but the bengals sucked more than us last year.

  63. By jocobus13 on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    another steeler cast-off claimed by the petty ex-steeler wannabe coaches

  64. By Scott H on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    Like many others, I don’t get the cutting of Ben Graham. Just one year ago, we were wondering why he wasn’t voted to the Pro Bowl. And now, we don’t want him??? OK…just another move or NON-move in a long line of many that defines a thoroughly un-impressive off-season for this team.

    Not much has really been said of this, but I think we are going to regret the Hightower trade tremendously. I think he is gonna have a hell of a season in Washington ( has looked great in pre-season ) and we are ALL gonna be asking “How the hell did we give him up for Vonnie Holliday???” I think Redskins fans will be wondering the same thing but they will be much happier than we will be. And for the record, I thought this BEFORE we lost Ryan Wiiliams for the season.

  65. By willie martin on Sep 5, 2011 | Reply

    thanks cardinals 4 making Marshay Green apart of your organization from Willie Martin and Charles Green [ Charlie Whoop ] ! Warren Arkansas/ again Thx , GO Cards !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. By Louisville Card on Sep 6, 2011 | Reply

    @Scott H

    Have you been watching this off season or did you just wake up from a comma and think this is 2010?

    I do agree with the Hightower comment though, but you can’t predict Williams going down. In the end Williams be alot better than Hightower who deserved better than to be third string which is why they let him go.

  67. By cards62 on Sep 6, 2011 | Reply

    John the Draft Guy – When you say you think we will have to blitz do you mean sending 5 or more guys? I hope we can get some pressure on the QB rushing just 4 guys. I have been impressed with what I have seen from DD and CC and the backups do not look bad either. I do worry about NT WIlliams and Carter. I like Carter’s motor but worry he will be pushed around. Your thoughts.

    I like the Taylor pickup. I think this will help us keep Beanie healthier for the season, but no guarantee and I just do not think he was a good fit in Chicago, but I think we had to do something at RB.

    Louisville Cards – Do not torture us with that talk from the year that shall no longer be mentioned. I think most of us are upbeat about 2011 and I especially like what I have seen out of Whiz and our QBs, but Graves disappeared on us for 3 to 4 weeks when we needed him most. We have holes my friend and they were not all addressed. We had 3 running backs in their prime and we take Williams in the 2nd? 2 stud OLB available, Kyle Rudolph, and several good OL. I just would have bet on the 3 RB for one more year, and if not then make a change at RB for 2012.
    We had more pressing needs and there were great football players available.
    Would have been nice to get an A. Franklin NT 49ers.
    Would have been nice to get an established # 2 receiver.
    Would have been nice to upgrade our LBs.
    Now you guys want to talk about punters? Where were you when I was questioning why we let Epperson go after he punted so well against SD ha ha.
    Special Teams Coach I would think gets to make this call so I sure hope he knows what he is doing.

    We have a QB so we have a chance and we have a very easy division and schedule so yes I think we make the playoffs this year and I predict we start the season 4 – 0. Yes I have been drinking the kool-aid, Strawberry Flavor. I like the direction we are heading this year, but I do scratch my head at some of our moves and lack of moves.

    Go Cards beat Panthers

  68. By Scott H on Sep 6, 2011 | Reply

    Louisville Card –

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion. In reality as we know it, plenty of teams go into seasons with three-headed running back tandems because they know that 1) It keeps everyone fresh as the season goes along, 2) You need guys with different specialty areas, and 3) Injuries are just too common and it’s likely that someone is gonna go down at some point. TH is / has been an extremely versatile player here in that he can obviously carry the ball, he can catch it out of the backfield, and he was very good at blitz pick-ups. YOU say he was destined to be the 3rd string guy but I don’t know that. For his versatility, he might have been the best all-around back we had. My point is simply that I believe that a player like TH just entering his prime was worth more than an aging defensive lineman who has never really been all that special. Beanie and Ryan Williams both have some history of injury while TH has been quite durable since he’s been here.

    And, no, I don’t think it is still 2010. But since you brought that up, you might remember that Beanie was virtually non-existent during 2010 because of – you guessed it – injuries. Well, for everyone’s sake, he better be up to carrying the load this year. Don’t get me wrong, nothing would make me happier than seeing Beanie be a beast and have a monster year. But if he wears down or goes down injured…you’re gonna miss TH just as much as I will at that point.

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