Toler headed to Indy and FA chatter

Posted by Darren Urban on March 12, 2013 – 2:48 pm

The Cardinals wanted to keep cornerback Greg Toler, but that didn’t happen. Toler agreed to a deal with the Colts Tuesday within 90 minutes of free agency, taking away a possible starter for the Cards and leaving them low at the position after cutting William Gay and with the team not expected to bring Michael Adams back. Only 2012 rookies Jamell Fleming and Justin Bethel joing Patrick Peterson on the roster for now.

The Cards are bringing in former Colts cornerback Jerraud Powers for a visit, according to multiple reports. Powers has started everyone of the 42 games in which he has played in the NFL, but that was over four seasons. He has never played 16 games in a season and finished the last three seasons on IR, although his experience trumps what Toler was bringing to the table.

Multiple other names have been linked to the Cards in these early hours of free agency, with varying reports of interest. Running back Rashard Mendenhall, who played for head coach Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh, has reportedly already scheduled a visit to come to Arizona while Denver also has interest. The Cards are talking to Pro Bowl special teamer/linebacker Lorenzo Alexander of the Redskins and receiver/special teamer Josh Cribbs of the Browns, too. One report had both “leaning” toward coming to Arizona but another report said the Patriots were ahead on the Cribbs front, so again, nothing is done until it’s done.

There is still talk about quarterback Drew Stanton too. I believe that, if Stanton lands in Arizona, that probably signals the end for Kevin Kolb in Arizona. If the team is keeping Brian Hoyer and drafting a quarterback — which they will at some point — signing Stanton and keeping Kolb doesn’t fit.

Finally, Kent Somers said that free agent linebacker Quentin Groves will visit Cleveland (and DC Ray Horton) but that the Cards are still trying to bring Groves back.

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  1. By joe holst on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    bunch of nobodys.. mendenhall was hurt more than beanie wells..

  2. By tyman on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Toler is a big loss. When healthy he looked like are best CB, and I don’t think Powers is as good, but if he comes cheap as the number two and can shut it down great!!!

    Rashard Mendenhall is a top 10 Rb for sure. The Steelers are falling apart. I dont understand why they benched him for fumbling, all thier backs fumbled because they ran way too much last year. With Arians Mendenhall will be a beast.

  3. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Josh Cribbs???

    I don’t get it. Arians says you fill need with FA. So we go after a punt and KO guy?

    PP is fine with punts and with 2/3s of the KOs going into the endzone, not sure that is money well spent.

    With Beanie, Williams, Kolb, Schofield, and a few others who are always hurt, I do not want to see the cards bringing in injury issues like Mendenhal and Powers. Guys dont get more healthy the longer they play.

    Isn’t Lorenzo Alexander the same as Reggie Walker? Maybe Alexander is better on ST and Walker is a better LB, but virtually they are the same kind of player. So why are we targeting him??

    I’m not a big FA guy and I get not going after the big names. Ashamoh, Reed, Jake Long, ect make sense not to overpay and get. But Cribbs, Mendenhal, Powers, and Alexander makes no sense to me at all.

  4. By Cardinals11 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply


    How much do you think it will cost to sign Drew Stanton?

  5. By P2wicewazhannintho on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Drew Stanton? wow, another 2010 season.

  6. By P2wicewazhannintho on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    So how about Revis Darren?

  7. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    P2wice —

    RE: Revis

    Revis isn’t coming here.

  8. By Retire #81 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Cardinals takin some big hits along with the big cuts, when are they going to start making solid moves? im tired of hearing about these average randoms comin in for visits, Rashard can be a solid back, but why bring in another injury prone RB when you just cut one and and still have an even more injury prone RB still on the roster?

  9. By Mark on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    ok what exactly are the cardinals plans in free agency? cuz so far we’ve let good players go and they have’nt signed no one except for rashad johnson

  10. By Louisville Card on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, just saw Dansby was released by the Dolphins. Any chance the cards bring him back to replace Lennon?

  11. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Louisville —

    RE: Dansby

    Doubt it.

  12. By displacecardsfan on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    With the release of Karlos Dansby, do you think we contemplate bringing home a AZ favorite for cheap? or does he still come with too high a price tag?
    what do you think Darren?

  13. By Retire #81 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I got an idea, lets send a draft pick over to Pitt and get McFadden. hahahahahaha

  14. By Brandon on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    why have there been little to no rumors or talks that involve the cardinals and offensive lineman. Saw Bushrod and Levitre with new teams but there are some solid veterans out there that would be at the very least good for our young inexperienced line. Any news on FA bring us an O lineman?

  15. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Brandon —

    RE: OL

    I expect OL to come via draft.

  16. By Mark on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Sebastian Vollmer To AZ Cardinals Anyone? Or Kory Lichtensteiger

  17. By Robert on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    This is getting kind of old watching the rest of our division establish dominance while we sit back and get ran over. We have the best wide reciever in the league but nobody who can get him the ball. Now our saving grace is Stanton? Our line is hurting and there are plenty of excellent lineman out there in FA and we do nothing, there are good defenders and we do nothing. The only good look we have is in Reggie Bush and looks like we will loose him to the Lions. After many years of being a die hard Cardinals fan in South Dakota I am getting sick of it!

  18. By Chris Sharp on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    what about reggie bush??

  19. By erik on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I know this FA period won’t necessarily dictate the way the season will go, but seriously?! This complete strategy of inaction is getting laughable.

  20. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Erik —

    RE: Inaction

    You posted this exactly 3 hours and 25 minutes into the new league year/free agency.

  21. By Terry E on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    What happened to the Sean Smith talk? Will it heat up now Toler is gone (arghh)?

  22. By Robert on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Another thing is if we address the OL through the draft then when exactly do we get a QB?

  23. By erik on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    What if Dee Millner was available at #7? Any chance we go that route? I would prefer offense, but our defense has only gotten worse this past week. At this point it may have to be best available player, no matter what.

  24. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Erik –

    RE: Millner

    If they see Millner as the best player at 7, yes, I think they would take him.

  25. By Rich on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Everyone stay calm! Remember all the anxiety when we were hiring a coach? People were all concerned that we were being left in the dust! And we wound up hiring the coach of the year, for God sakes !!!! Mde the best hire of any team !!!We are going to be fine. Give the front office a chance to work. Enjoy the ride. This is a fun time of year!!!!

  26. By Retire #81 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Not only are they still seeking Steelers cast offs, now they are taking the Colts scraps too?

  27. By Dynosoar on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply


    who says the Cardinals are being inactive in FA. Just because they’re not aquiring “big names” doesn’t mean they’re not doing their part. The FA’s have at least some say where they go.

    Also, (Darren, this may be for you) if we have cap space left over, doesn’t that get added as extra to next season ala Denver had more money because of cap money from the year before to land Peyton Manning?

    Maybe were holding onto some money because of who will be available next season that would require more cap money (like Anquan wanted and we don’t have this year).

    Just thoughts. Please, be patient and let the Coaches and Front Office do their thing and remember, FA’s do have some say.

    Oh and to those saying we never get any big names, we had Boldin, we had Warner, we had Wilson…we have Fitzgerald, we have Peterson, we have Docket. We have had and have now big names

  28. By Robert on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply


    I understand the comment about only being 3 hours and 25 minutes into the new year but I think what most people are unhappy about is the fact that Arizona is involved with very few talks with some of these good players. I understand we don’t want the Ellerbe’s and Wallace’s but what about Long or Sean Smith. We have very large glaring holes and our best asset, our defense, is slowly getting worse. Just wondering if I am making any sense?

  29. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Robert —

    RE: Players

    You can be unhappy if you want, but Keim and Arians are going to go about this the way they planned on doing it. This team was already 5-11, well behind the Niners and Seahawks. Don’t know how it gets worse. They are trying to fix it the way they believe they can.

  30. By erik on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    You do a great job Darren. But you know us fans have been hearing rumors for 3 months now, so it feels like it has been longer than 3 hours. I also said I realize it may not dictate the way the season goes. But the perception, shared by many who post here, is that other teams are taking more positive steps. I know you get bombarded all day, and I appreciate what you do. I read your work everyday, thanks for all the info you give us.

  31. By joe holst on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    they dont have cap room , there no other way to explain it, no bush, revis, jake long, .. ex cards like dansby are not going to give a discount just because he played here either.

  32. By azfaninwa on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Toler leaving stings. One of the three FA’s I thought we needed back. Not too worried about our approach yet b/c it’s too early to tell. I remember Richard Marshal being a ho-hum signing and that worked out well. I was excited about Todd Heap, Stewart Bradley and Kevin Kolb and none of that has panned. Name recognition doesn’t mean much is my point. I know I tend to not pay much attention to the rest of the league as I do the Cards so there are lots of great players I’ve never heard of. Especially at unheralded positions.

  33. By Rio on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Well boys as of now we have selected just one , According to the Arizona Republic headlines today, Cardin\inals are in process of seclecting Pope. If we get hiim i as sure he should call the Plays.

  34. By clssylssy on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Alexander and Cribbs are good players but not exactly what we need on our “must have” list. We could have kept the Hypen for less money than I’m sure we’ll pay Cribbs and he is a better player, plus a fan favorite. The fans were promised that the focus would be on fixing the offense, beefing up the 0-line and upgrading the QB, etc, getting a good RB corp and maybe another TE or two (ours seem to be injured most of the time). We had a framework of a good team that just needed “tweeking” within limited cap space. What it seems we’re getting is a complete demo without the financial means to proceed with the original rennovation plan. I’m not surprised Toler was snapped up within minutes of the opening bell, seems like we could have prevented that and it’s going to cost us!

  35. By Bill L on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    MILNER at 7…………WHAT?………how do they define Best Player?……..any of the 3 LTs would affect the Franchise MORE……..damn, even Geno Smith would affect the FRANCHISE more…………a LT at 7…….and a Move back into the 1st for a QB is probably their best Option for THIS YEAR……..drafting OL at 1, 2 and 3 is probably the best move for the Future of the Franchise………MILNER at 7……WILL HE POSE FOR A BILLBOARD?………..sounds like Same Ol’ Same Ol’ to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. By Smitty on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Hard to get good players to come to the desert without overpaying them nowadays. Hopefully coach can pull some strings and get Medenhall and Stanton. Overpay for defense, go get Asomugha. Draft OL & QB

  37. By kauaicardsfan on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, I see SF, Seattle and Rams all making moves. Our Division is getting tougher by the minute!!!

  38. By Kurt on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Wouldn’t Dansby look good wearing Cardinal red next year?

  39. By cardsalltheway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Toler tore his ACL at the BEGINNING of the 2011 season and didn’t have any off the field issues. As a result, Toler did very little for us last year which I predicted and called for him being cut before the 2012 season. Now, we’re about to replace one player with a torn ACL with another player that tore his even more recently or at the END of the 2011 season? Oh and like Toler, R. Mendenhall did very little last year BUT had off the field issues.

    Josh Cribbs? Bad move! What’s he going to do get paid to watch the ball go over his head and out of the end zone? He won’t have 1 kick off return for a TD.

  40. By Brett Co. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Well at least Reggie Bush is not coming here! I’m frustrated at the fact there has not been any talk about a vet. offfense lineman coming for a visit, but in all reality I am not too surprised about the frenzy thinking that our new coach sounds likes building through the draft.

  41. By Scott H on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Joshua Cribbs? Really? That’s what we can hope for? Yeah…that sounds about right.

    First day of FA and while many teams look like they were prepared to get deals done right out of the shoot, the Cardinals flounder aimlessly, schedule visits, and watch their players depart. Way to be prepared, fellas.

    Also, I look at the names of players we are supposedly interested in…and i see SO LITTLE in the way of anything that looks like a real, tangible improvement.

    I quote Pete Townsend – “Meet the new boss….same as the old boss”

    Fitting that that line comes from a song called “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Could there be a more appropriate song title for fans of THIS team???

    I, for one, am NOT getting fooled again. This is more of the same approach that is going to lead us nowhere but right back to where we have been.

    We are already SOOOOO far behind the other teams in our own division. And we’re supposed to be psyched about Joshua Cribbs? Drew Stanton? Jerraud Powers??? I mean, I’m just assuming he’s not really a difference maker since I don’t even know who the “F” he is….

    I say we get on our knees and pray WE DON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN, folks.

  42. By Redbird96 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    In your opinion, what are the chances we draft a qb high??? And if so, Who do you think that will be?

  43. By Scott H on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    cardinals fans worst nightmare come true – Anquan Boldin is joined by Adrian Wilson AND Carlos Dansby in San Fran and we all watch as they win a SB there together while we enjoy yet another 4-12 season.

  44. By Brian on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    An interesting thought as a result of recent news…

    He’s not a star by any means but what about Darius Heyward-Bey brought in for cheap. He’s the kind of guy Arians would want that can take the top off of a defense. Still young so might command more money and NE may be willing to give it to him but with Doucet gone we have an opening for a WR like that…

  45. By Ryan on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with going after Sabastian Vollmer. Our entire division made big moves in the past 36 hours and the cardinals have gone in reverse. I agree that there is plenty of time to do things but we need to at least make one big move early. While other teams are solidifying their problem areas we are scheduling meetings. Looks like it’s going to be another free agency period where all the talent is gone and we are scraping the bottom of the barrel. (I.e. Adam Snyder)

  46. By David on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply


    How do you put up with the nonsense? Our D is on the brink 3 hours and 25 minutes into the new year? Welcome back armchair coaches!!!

  47. By georgiebird on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Cardinals are going nowhere for at least two years. We have to build thru the draft. The FA period is really for those elite team who are a player or two away from the SB.
    For teams like the Cardinals, FA is a sucker bet. Very few players are going to play better (or as good) for the Cards than they did for their previous employer.
    This is all about getting in position to get a franchise QB-if he does it, Arians will be a hero; otherwise, Arians will be a bust.
    Conversely, expect some of our guys like Beanie and Toler to do well elsewhere- but that’s the price to be paid for being a lousy team. We owe these next couple of years to the ineptness of the Whiz/Graves years.

  48. By MIKE HADZINSKI C.M. PUNK on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    wow bunch of scrubs don’t bring stanton here straight up garbage i’m happy with kolb and no barkley either

    man i don’t know if their plan is any better than whiz and graves just sayin.

    O-line was the area of need for last 5 yrs it seems it too might doom bruce and keim.

  49. By CaRdSuNs1824 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren, do you think Cards well look at Nnamdi Asomugha? I think he could come pretty cheap.

  50. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    CaRd —

    RE: Nnamdi

    I don’t see it. But who knows?

  51. By Credit Card on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Replace Tolar with our all-star, Kolb.

    Tolar was the one Cardinal, they could not lose.


  52. By Robert on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply


    I read your stuff as much as I can and love the Cardinals app where I am constantly reading Cardinals news and you guys do an excellent job. I realize we were 5-11 this last year and I also realize that we were behind the Niners and the Seahawks. However that is not an excuse for no movement. You are right however in I need to have trust in our managment but sometimes that is difficult. The Dolphins were well behind the Patriots but they were aggressive today. Thanks for all you do and all your answers.

  53. By wonderingwhy on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Yikes that’s all I have to say. Another relaxing free agency! No need to make moves on good Free agents. I am beginning to think this is another quality evaluation of Keims?

  54. By clssylssy on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    As I recall Toler set a franchise record for an interception/punt return of 102 yards? I’d say that wasn’t too shabby for a slouch! And, from the looks of how the Colts did last year, I would say Chuck Pagano and company are pretty good at evaluating talent. The Cards were asleep at the wheel AGAIN!

  55. By cards4sb on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    This is meant for the team…Blah Blah Blah. Get something done! I don’t care with who and I don’t care how. I have been a fan of this team since 1988. I was 16. I was ecstatic when I learned they were moving to AZ. I got my first set of season tickets in 1996. 1998, 2008 and 2009 are the only seasons worth remembering. PATHETIC! In 2003 due to needing a job I gave up my tickets and moved to Rockford, IL and now put up with Bear chatter everyday. No, This is not about me forgive me if it comes off that way. All I am saying is is When? When are we going to do ANYTHING? Warner gets waaaaaayyyyyyyyy too much credit for that magical playoff year. He was good no doubt but there were a tone of guys who contributed. Too many to count. When? For crying out loud. I understand the many frustrations we fans have. I have seen every single game for a long time. Thank you satellite. But man it is annoying watching teams in the division get better sooner as we AGAIN wait and remain patient. Why? Why can’t we get on the train and find excitement and hope. I am tired of being patient. WINS…….I don’t care how and I don’t care with who. Dang it!!!!! JUST WIN!!! When are we going to win a game 58-0?!!!!

  56. By AzDesertRat1953 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Just kickin back eating Ritz crackers enjoying the Ride. Wondering what all the yelling is about.

    Was there a Game we lost yesterday I knew nothing about?

    I thought Re-Tooling took more than a day, we don’t have the 90 already do we!?!

    Is tomorrow the start of training camp?

    No it is still March. Then what is it?

    OOhhhh, I see, it’s the Armchair Coaches Convention.

    GO CARDS!!!

  57. By Nest Protector on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren, Erik may have posted that 3 hours and 25 minutes into free agency but both our rivals in the west had there blockbuster deals already done before today started…we are all tired of this organization sitting on there wallets every off season and picking up the scraps.

  58. By ndpenner on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Drew Stanton? Wow…I think Fitzpatrick would do better…and a “Fits to Fitz” sounds kinda cool…I must say this is the first season that I’m actually pessimistic heading forward….I’ll stop there.

  59. By drummer-1 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I say just sign any and everybody just to say we sign someone, so theses whinning fans can be happy.. Only 5 or 6 teams have made moves so far, but according to the fan base, we’re the only team not doing anything…

  60. By sarah on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply


    It seems the print media ( Young, Somers et all ) are really hyping Stanton and Hoyer without much to go on, why bid up the unknown ? There is a circus like atmosphere around this and that is how we got Kolb and the contract we need to get out of. Arians would be foolish to load up this early with unproven quarterbacks.

  61. By Darren Urban on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Sarah —

    RE: QBs

    Pickings are slim. We also don’t know exactly what Arians is looking for/wants in a QB. Who would your suggestion be?

  62. By Ryan on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Drummer-1 is right.. Lets all sit back and be cool while San Fran, Seattle, and St. Louis all sign Anquan Boldin, Percy Harvin and Jared Cook(respectively). With a meeting with Jake Long still to come for St. Louis. I’d sure hate to see things change from last year and us finish last in the division. Oh wait…. We did finish last. Even behind St. Louis!!!! Remember when St. Louis was the laughing stock of the NFL? Well they have passed arizona and swept them last season. Patience has been long gone and its time to protect our quarterback. Kevin kolb had an 8-3 TD to INT ratio until he got destroyed because of Arizona’s awful Oline. Invest money in the line!!!! Don’t be asinine.

  63. By eric on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    drew stanton????…..why not ryan fitzpatrick?

  64. By clssylssy on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Some teams can’t do anything because they have no cap space (Redskins), others do nothing because they don’t have a plan or any real vision, they haven’t done their homework and come to FA hoping to “wing it”…hmmm, Fans just went through this with the Coach search and the success or failure of that remaining to be seen. So, don’t be too insensitive at a little impatience and frustration; we’ve been down this road way too many times!

  65. By Nest Protector on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like Groves jumped ship right before it blew up!!! Smooth move…bet the Cards draft higher than the browns next year.

  66. By Eazy E on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Tebow for goodness sake. He’s the best option after he’s cut. These other guys(Stanton, Hoyer) besides Vince Young are not great/good/anything.

  67. By Scott H on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    AzdesertRatt1953 –

    RE: was there a game yesterday we lost I knew nothing about?

    Nope. But there were 11 of them last year that we lost and they came in the last 12 weeks of the season. And it doesn’t sound to me like you DO know anything about them.

    Dude, find some damn PASSION and get back to us. Because if the way things have been going is OK with you and you believe that that same way of doing things is going to suddenly bring us back to the promised land, then I can only assume that marijuanna is legal in your state.

    i would rather be an Arm Chair QB than be a blind resident of Fantasy Land.

  68. By William Barry on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    its sad to see Toler go, but lets not get too worried yet….BA is one of the best coaches around, and I have full confidence with Steve Keim that the Cards will do just fine, and will surprise this year too!!!!

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