Key offseason dates on the horizon

Posted by Darren Urban on February 14, 2013 – 11:33 am

The new Cardinals braintrust is grinding through initial meetings but just like that, the Scouting combine is around the corner, and so here are a few of the key dates upcoming in the offseason:

Feb. 20-26: Scouting combine in Indianapolis.

March 9: Teams are allowed to begin negotiating contracts with agents for players from other teams that are scheduled to become free agents. This is a new development, with the league acknowledging talks between free agents and teams often quietly was going to happen. It will definitely spark the speculation/rumormill for players going to other teams for a couple of days before contracts can be signed.

March 12: The new league year begins and free agency officially begins. Free agents are allowed to sign contracts. Teams must, prior to 2 p.m. Arizona time, exercise options on contracts and tender offers to restricted or exclusive rights free agents if a team is going to do so. Free agency begins at 2 p.m. All teams must be salary-cap compliant (with the top 51 cap numbers).

March 17-20: The annual spring owners meetings will be held in Phoenix at the Biltmore.

First week of April: Teams with new coaches — including the Cardinals — are allowed to begin their offseason program.

April 25-27: NFL draft

The dates for the Cardinals’ OTAs and minicamps have yet to be announced. We are waiting to hear information about training camp, but the regular season will begin for the Cardinals Sept. 8. Working backward, and based on past years with the timeline, training camp should start around July 26.

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  1. By carlo milano on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    i saw some teams made already some roster cut,..considering the cardinals cap problems are they going to make some moves soon??

  2. By Darren Urban on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Cap

    They don’t have to be cap compliant until March 12. They could just re-do some contracts. They have some flexibility beyond making cuts, although I’d guess they will make a couple.

  3. By Steve on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply


    Are players that are cut now free to sign with any team before the March 12th or must they wait until March 12th as well?

  4. By Darren Urban on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Players cut now

    Yes, they can sign now. The free agents waiting until March 12 aren’t free yet. Players under contract in 2012 (and not cut) don’t have their contracts expire until the start of the new league year.

  5. By D on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    When players and teams re- do contracts, is it a negiotion option of settling on a bonus or is there a set extension bonus schedule Keim and Light and the agents stick too? If it’s based on the amount of the contract does that mean Larry would pocket a huge bonus on an extension?

  6. By Darren Urban on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Bonuses

    Not sure what you are asking.

  7. By Corgon on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply


    what do you think is there a high chance for us to see the Hyphen in Cardinals red next year? I hope BA and Keim likes him enough to give him a contract for a couple of seasons. I think if he hit the open market, he’ll gone.

  8. By Darren Urban on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    Corgon –

    RE: Hyphen

    I don’t know. Not sure how they see him in whatever system they are going to come up with.

  9. By John The Draft Guy on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply


    Brian Urlacker is a FA.

    Now clearly he is on his last year or two. But, with the huge Chicago population here in AZ, Brian having a big following in New Mexico (our neighbors) and maybe the Bidwill’s might want to revive the fan base, could you see Mr Urlacker coming to AZ?

    Yes, it is not the way you build a team and I am not saying I would sign him, but we have seen popular players like Emmitt and Edge come finish there careers here.

    Just a thought

  10. By Darren Urban on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    John the draft guy —

    RE: Urlacher

    He’s an aging MLB from a 4-3 alignment. No I don’t see it.

  11. By AndyStandsUp on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    With the Cards being so tight currently against the cap, Darren do you project them signing any of their FAs, including Kerry Rhodes, before March 12th, if Kolb, Dockett, Bradley, e.g. isn’t restructured? (You’ve stated you expect LaRuSH to hit the open market and I’m assuming the same for Rashad Johnson, Paris Lenon, Greg Toler, etc..)
    Also, do you have any idea of whether the team has a carryover of unused cap money from last season? (Realize your not the team capolgist.)

  12. By Darren Urban on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: FAs/Rhodes

    As of right now, Rhodes isn’t a free agent. There could be a push to sign a guy or two, but at this point, it probably behooves the player to wait.

    I believe it’s been reported the Cards did carry over cap money. I don’t know how much.

  13. By Rio on Feb 14, 2013 | Reply


    Less bring Nick Foles home to Arizona, you are the one to tell them to look at him i don’t have lunch with the Bidwells like you do.

    He would be perfect , gave them Beenie and a 4th round pick.

    Darren get moving on it.

  14. By D on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    John the Draft Guy….I would rather have them sign UFA MLB Rey Maualuga to play next to DWash, he can run better than Brian U.

    Just looking at the NFC…appears only Philly and AZ will have open QB competition… Once Alex Smith does the smart thing and stays in SF, that will probably make Andy R draft Geno Smith…the only QB worth taking in the top 10..

  15. By D on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    I would be okay with an Oline after the draft as follows:

    Fisher/Jockel D. Colledge L Sendlein L Brown R. Massie

    A little large on the right side for zone blocking but J. Lott will get them in shape

  16. By Bill L on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Things are not shaping up well for the Cards…….if they actually want to fix the franchise…….BIG IF…….Reid drafted Foles in the 2nd and has coached him in the NFL. Is Geno Smith, as an unknown, more desireable to him than Foles. Smith will cost the #1 where Foles will cost something like a 4th rounder and is very available since there is NO WAY Foles fits with the new Philly O under Kelley…………Oh, with Foles he can use his 1st on a future all pro LT, and saves the delta on what they would have to pay Albert and what they would pay Cassell.

    If Reid likes Foles…..Kiss the best LT in the draft good-bye at #1. Now as to the 2nd best, Fisher……….Philly can use Him……Detroit can use him……I would think if he has a good combine and workout(s), one of them will take him.

    Well, the Cards can take a WR, put him on a Poster and a BillBoard…..and start a campaign on how much better the 20 MILLION CAP HIT man will be because of him………..GO, LARRY GO!!!!

  17. By Darren Urban on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Bill L —

    RE: Foles/Fitz

    Foles was drafted in the third round.

    Fitz has nowhere close to a $20M cap number.

  18. By 949Cardsfan on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hey D
    How about this line configuration?

    J.Long- Chance Warmack- Sendlien- Levi- Massie

    What an upgrade that would be!

  19. By AndyStandsUp on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    You forgot the timeline of placing franchise tags on players from Monday ’til March 4th, though no Cards have merit.
    Not topical, Darren, but do you get the feeling that I do that Beanie Wells time may be done in AZ? New regime, new ideals and Arians has already stated he’s disappointed in Well’s pass-blocking, which is key to the system.
    New coaches like their own players, which leads to speculation about “Arians guys” like Drew Stanton and Issac Redman, whom is an RFA that would probably not cost a draft choice and is an excellent pass-blocker.

  20. By Darren Urban on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    AndyStands —

    RE: Beanie

    I will not be surprised if Beanie is eventually released, but I don’t think it is a lock right now. A lot of moving parts right now.

  21. By D on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    949 Cards don’t have the cap space to sign a free agent left tackle this spring.
    If they can restructure, Kolb, Larry and Campbell then I could see them sign a couple.
    I could only see them signing a few players in free agency. Maybe bring back Sanders at Safety (Toler will get a better option in free agency)

    Maybe a ILB or OLB (not both) and probably D. Stanton to compete with Kolb at QB

    IF Geno Smith, Fisher and Jockel are all off the board at 7, then AZ will have to see who is graded higher, the best pass rusher vs Warmack.

  22. By AndyStandsUp on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t like to speculate drafts cuz there’s “A lot of moving parts right now”, but in the situation you described with the dearth of FA and viable Gs, opposed to the opposite in DL/DT/OT….you have to go Warmack.

  23. By SLP4u2nv on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Darren –

    While Bill L’s post didn’t make a whole lot of sense, he did (probably inadvertently) bring up an interesting point about Fitz’s contract. You’re right that his cap number is nowhere near $20M this year. However, according to Spotrac, his cap number sky-rockets to $18M in 2014, and $21M in 2015.

    I hate when people stir up unnecessary controversy or drama, but Fitz has once again positioned himself for another monster contract renegotiation next year. It’s only a matter of time before everyone starts freaking out about this…

  24. By Darren Urban on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    SLP —

    RE: Fitz

    You are right. But a lot changes from year to year.

  25. By SLP4u2nv on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    And for those of you who are confused about Rhodes, Sports Illustrated incorrectly reported that he was a “Key Pending Free Agent.” They also listed the already-released Todd Heap in that category. Incredibly lazy analysis by Sports Illustrated…

  26. By D on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Either player would help this team, Warmack or a Pass Rushing DE/OLB.

    I know this will not happen, but I would give Philly a 3rd rounder and E. Doucet for Nick Foles. (at least drive the price up for Andy R if they want more)

    Foles is the big arm QB that BA likes.

  27. By AndyStandsUp on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Burnt in last Philly trade, don’t see reasonable value for redux. Two, I really like Stanton outta college and think he needs a chance. Thirdly, ASU fan (hence the moniker) and having a Wildcat on the team would really tick me off.
    But I do agree that Doucet needs to go. Floyd is a carbon copy and has better hands and younger.

  28. By Mike Ellingboe on Feb 15, 2013 | Reply

    Not even kind of understanding the anti-Fitz posts that are becoming more commonplace here. Criticize and complain about our only star offensive player? I can’t imagine the fit any other WR of his status would have thrown by now with the retreads/rejects we’ve put under center before and after Warner during his time here. As I’m thinking about the rest of the offense from last season, how many would be starters if they weren’t playing here?

  29. By cobra on Feb 16, 2013 | Reply


    I agree, no Wildcats in Glendale. Go ASU!

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