Gorbachev with Cards gear, and the UDFAs

Posted by Darren Urban on April 29, 2012 – 7:44 pm

As mentioned the other day, Cards president and pilot Michael Bidwill gave a ride to former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev from Phoenix to New York Sunday after Gorbachev gave a speech at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Not only did Gorbachev get a ride, but Bidwill gave him a Cardinals shirt — which makes sense, its color being red and all. Picture below.

“I was honored to be able to do it,” Bidwill said. “I told him how grateful my generation of Americans are for all that he did to advance world peace and to improve relations between our countries. It was an incredible experience.”

Meanwhile, the Cards have started to collect undrafted free agents. To see some of the guys coming in as reported around Twitter, just check out my timeline. The Cards won’t announce their list until it is completed, and it won’t be completed until all the guys sign their contracts. Sometimes a player will agree to play for a team and then change at the last second, not yet having signed anything. So teams are reluctant to say anything until they know for sure.

One other thing about names floating out there: The Cards will bring in a few extra rookies for their rookie minicamp May 12, but they will be in on a tryout basis rather than signing official contracts. One report has Miami quarterback Jacory Harris as one of those guys.

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33 Responses to “Gorbachev with Cards gear, and the UDFAs”

  1. By Jzoully on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    What I think is that Bobby Massie is going to be the starter and it would be Jeremy Bridges on the way out, not to mention that Nate Potter would be the backup behind him.

  2. By Jon on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Mr. Gorbachev, wear down that shirt.

  3. By KC on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Whoa, Gorbachev! That must have been surreal.

  4. By Kurt on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply


    Now thats funny

  5. By Matt on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Since we didn’t pick up any linebackers in the draft are they going to get some undrafted free agents like dj holt for example who I think is a good prospect just needs a little more muscle.

  6. By Soares20 on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    Great draft Cards keep up the great work of bringing in exceptional talent. and to those who say we don’t have the philosophy to draft the best available player….every site I go to shows that all of the cardinals picks should have gone way higher with the exception of Justin Bethel. Go Cards!!

  7. By Scharf on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    @Jzoully – Bobbie Massie is a RT. So he will most definitely replace Brandon Keith in the lineup. Nate Potter will likely be the back-up behind Bridges. I don’t think you resign Bridges unless you think he has truly turned a corner.

  8. By samir on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    jacory harris signed with the browns the cards just worked him out

  9. By Mark on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I thought the cards had a great draft for not having a second round pick. Michael Floyd looks like Brandon Marshall without the BS. Jamal Fleming is gonna start at corner and will be a great tandem with Peterson. Toler should switch to free saftey when he comes back. The cards have alot of depth a defensive back and thats a good thing. Bobbie Massie is a great pick, and only dropped because he is a right tackle only. If John Lott can improve his strength he can be a stud.Im not sold on Adam Synder tho and I hope one of the other rookie offensive linemen can step up and play right guard. As far not drafting a linebacker, i dont think the team needed too. Schofield and Acho are both young and were productive last year, and FA pick up OLB Brandon Williams might beat out one of the them if he can stay healthy.

  10. By shannon robinson on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Now is a good time to sudy the Cards’ roster. Coach Whiz was not prevaricating when he told the team that most of the guys would be back – they weren’t going to make big moves in the offseason. He kept his word to them. Coach Horton’s comments on the secondary are fascinating – the NFL sorts out the weak! I think we could keep 11 defensive backs on this roster and we might keep 9 offensive linemen, plus three OL on the practice squad. There will be some players squeezed off the team in the numbers game – guys on the bubble like maybe Batiste, Stephen Williams, Crezden Butler, or even Alfonso Smith. But there again there will be injuries and none of these players will be more than a phone call away. Think of the more than 200 NFL veterans who lost their jobs just on the new economics of this CBA – it’s a buyers market for NFL teams, but loyalty to the vets on your roster and the guys you draft and recruit means your team has integrity in tough times. This is not fantasy football or as real as world politics – ask Mr. Gorbachev!

  11. By Mark in Chandler on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Some chat about who Whiz meant when he spoke of two OLB that they think highly of. He named Williams but seemed to forget the other name. I would think that is Antonio Coleman. Both Williams and Coelman have potential and I could see why the team is excited.

  12. By D on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder if we could move S. Bradley to OLB to compete with Schofield and have P. Lenon and Q. Sturdivant compete for the other ILB spot
    I am sure they will either bring back Haagans and look at the June 1st cuts too.

  13. By Brian on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Bridges will probably stay just because he’s a veteran with experience at both tackle positions. My hope is that Massie wins the RT starting job, but Bridges is valuable to keep around in the same role he’s played the past few years. The Cards policy (which is smart IMO) has been to keep the veteran starter to breed competition. Even if the transition is inevitable, the rookies always have to earn the job…

  14. By Chris Hughes on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Massie!!! What a Pick! I def had us taking him in the third so for him to fall to 112 like Kiem I was shocked!! Great pick up it’s like we last a 4th rounder for Kolb instead of a 2nd (being most analsyt had him going in the second a few had him going late first, no one had him dropping passed the 2nd round though!)

  15. By Peter in Canada on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    @Scharf – I don’t think Bridges is going anywhere. He can play pretty well at both tackle spots and seems very durable. And should Massie start at RT, which is not a given, Bridges is a really valuable backup at both positions.

  16. By SteveG on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Seems a solid draft (I was recalling the selection of John Lee, punter @32 overall back in the years of horror). So nice to have a REAL NFL team to follow.

  17. By Rob Milne on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply Have a read!

  18. By DonW. on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, I know the staff is very loyal somewhat to the veterans, but I believe its time to cut ties with A. Wilson. Not much produvctivity last season,his age, maybe the new defense scheme or just the rules that don’t allow him to play the way he did in the past.

  19. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    DonW —

    RE: Adrian Wilson

    Are we talking about the same guy? He might not have been 2008 Adrian last year, but did play well. He earned his Pro Bowl selection.

    And besides that, who are you replacing him with?

  20. By YmmyYames on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I picture 7-8 OL on the 53. Here’s my list of keepers by the end of preseason:
    Potter – Practice squad
    3 rookies aren’t exactly what you want, but there is a lot of versatility. Snyder can play every position. So that eliminates the need to carry a backup Center. I like this list. An upgrade without Keith.

  21. By joe67 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    The bottom line is we are a better team now than we were Thursday at noon. Thats all that counts.

  22. By D on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    When this name comes out in a few days as a player the Cards signed that went undrafted, here is his draft summary:

    Zach Nash OLB

    Scouting Report.

    He doesn’t have a ton of experience standing up or playing as a DE at Cal-State Sacramento. But, he exhibits a good first step, can change directions off his speed rush and use his hands well to keep himself clean. He’s got a burst to his game with the size (6023, 252-pounds) to intrigue at a number of spots in a 34 scheme. Looked comfortable playing some middle linebacker as well at the Players Classic All-Star game. Showcased good instincts and natural read and react ability. Had a willingness to take on blocks, use his hands to shed and had a natural pop on contact as a tackler, keeping his pad level down and snapping at the hips.

    Impression: A late round 34-type option who has experience rushing the passer and could mature into more than just a special teams type guy.

  23. By NJAzCardsFan on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Darren- Did the Cards officially release Porter yet?

    Any update of the return of Holiday and Haggans?

  24. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Porter/Haggans

    Porter was a free agent.

    And no.

  25. By CDNelson86 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone sugesting that we “cut ties” with Adrian Wilson, the Leader of our defense, obviously doesnt know much about football or our team.

    Really!?!?!?!? thats as bad if not worse than 99% of the filth that comes from cardsalltheway… SMFH …

  26. By AndyStandsUp on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    But not all UDFAs are created equal, no Darren? They sign at various rates.
    Are you aware of any salary limits for having these guys try to make your team?

  27. By Darren Urban on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Salary limits

    There are no limits, other than the reality that a) their salaries must at least be the minimum and b) if you gave them enough, they will count in the top 51 in the salary cap.

    Let’s not get this confused: There is a land rush of sorts for the best UDFAs. But they weren’t drafted, and if teams really really wanted them, they would have been drafted because a team wouldn’t have taken a chance they would have gone elsewhere.

  28. By robert ruiz on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    i remember john lee ,but he was a place kicker not a punter.

  29. By sport245245 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Darren: Thanks for setting Don W straight about ADub. You were kinder in your reply than I would have been. Thanks for all you do, it is appreciated.

  30. By Eazy E on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Michael and Bill knows how to pilot a airplane?! I thought it was just Bill?

  31. By Denver on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I remember when the Cards drafted John Lee out of UCLA. He was a very accomplished collegiate kicker, but did not have the trajectory and leg strength to kick the larger, NFL ball. There was the story of how he had ‘bad luck’ whenever the CBS network would televise the UCLA games. That was back in mid 80’s when CBS was doing the NFC games. So Cards fans were like ‘great….we just drafted a kicker that has bad luck when his games are coverd by CBS’.

    I don’t exactly remember the reason why, but the Cardinals held their training camp in Memphis the year they drafted John Lee. Being from Memphis, I actually went to watch some of their workouts. Gene Stallings was the Cards coach at that time. I remember how frustrated he’d get at John Lee during kicking drills because he had such low trajectory on his kicks and they kept getting blocked. He’d yell, ‘Get the ball up!!” Suffice to say, John Lee had a very short, and non–productive career with the Cards.

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