Cards add two DBs (and Fitz talking to Palmer)

Posted by Darren Urban on April 4, 2013 – 10:41 am

The Cardinals have signed a pair of defensive backs: safety Curtis Taylor (who we mentioned was coming last night) and cornerback Bryan McCann. Taylor has played in 12 NFL games since he was a seventh-round pick of the 49ers back in 2009. He hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2010. He was on the 49ers’ practice squad throughout the 2012 postseason after the Raiders cut him following the 2012 preseason.

McCann played eight games for the Dolphins last season (10 tackles and a sack) after the Raiders cut him following the preseason. He was an undrafted rookie with the Cowboys in 2010, and even scored a pair of touchdowns as a rookie (on a 101-yard interception return and a 97-yard punt return). In 2011, he played in 12 games with the Cowboys, Ravens and Raiders. He can return both punts and kickoffs.

The Cards also announced running back Alfonso Smith signed his one-year exclusive rights free agent tender.

Oh, and here’s a grainy iPhone shot of Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer talking shop this morning during the Cardinals’ workouts. I assume they are talking shop. Maybe Palmer is asking Fitz where to live. Or about the latest episode of “The Walking Dead.” But you get the picture.


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50 Responses to “Cards add two DBs (and Fitz talking to Palmer)”

  1. By G Witt on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Nice pic. Can’t wait to see CP throwing to LF for TD’S. Get this team back on the right track. GO CARDS!!!!!

  2. By djjackson81 on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    I hope there talking about touch down catch dances

  3. By Dynosoar on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply


    “But you get the picture.”

    Nice pun and yes, I get the picture.

    The players must be happy ot be back at the facility and be able to talk shop with teammates and coaching staff.

  4. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Or Larry and Carson could be saying,

    Larry: ” Glad you are here, I’ve had to catch passes for Skelton, Derek Anderson, Max Hall, Kevin Kolb, and Bryan Hoyer the past 3 years”

    Carson: ” You think that was bad, I have been a raider.”

  5. By dcraven15 on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Does this mean Jay Feely is going to wear #4 again?

  6. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    dcraven —

    RE: Feely number

    Yes. I will have a story on the homepage later today.

  7. By DontTakeLosses on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Looking for some action at LB after DWashedup’s stunt. Wonder how Acho fits in plans, move to inside? Nice guy, smart, low production outside. Wonder about Lenon now, too. Thoughts?

  8. By John on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    You a Walking Dead fan Darren?

  9. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    John —

    RE: Walking Dead

    No. Just wanted to give something culturally relevant.

  10. By beardinals on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    He’s probably asking him where the light switch is.

  11. By D on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Fitz is running down all of the places he went this offseason…and Palmer replied, yeah, but have you lived in Oakland?

  12. By DuaneS on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    I can’t get over how this new regime continues to show what a plan they have for adding depth to the team. I know nothing about the 2 DB’s but something tells me that the brain-trust does…excuse me, 2 ints and a total of 198 return yards..WOW… my immediate thought was “can this kid return KO’s?”
    I really can’t wait to see that after the draft and undrafted rookies are on board, what this roster is going to look like. Exciting.

    aside number 1….with BA and Moore and new OL + TE coaches… maybe we might have some talent come out of the guys we already have
    aside number 2….., saw a mock with us taking Warmack in 1st round -Warford in 2nd round….LOVED it.
    and upon further review….that is a great picture.

  13. By clssylssy on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Saw where Kurt Warner’s house in Paradise Valley is for sale…might have some good vibes for Palmer.

  14. By zippo79 on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Is it me but does it look like Fitz has lost some weight? what do you think Darren?

  15. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Zippo —

    RE: Fitz weight

    He looks the same to me.

  16. By Carpenterdon on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    CP looks a little soft! He better hit the weights! Come on Cards! I am so stoked this year!

  17. By Eric G on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Welcome back Smith. I like that kid.

  18. By Eric G on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Darren, I say that the Cards are working out Barkley. Please tell me they aren’t considering him in the first round. We need a tackle, one of the top 3 will be there at #7.
    Is it possible that Barkley would be there in the second round?

  19. By Darren Urban on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Eric G —

    RE: Barkley

    It is possible he would last until the second, yes.

  20. By Hjalte Skjold Jørgensen on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    There won’t be time for TD dances. Our D would get them the ball back to fast :p

  21. By lg on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    The walking dead lol i like that.

  22. By Victor Sanchez on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah and McCann does a great job catching for the Braves too! 🙂

  23. By Scott H on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    John The Draft Guy –

    Nice! That was funny AND probably not too far off the mark.

  24. By Chris B on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Powell signed his tender right? If so, I’d assume he would be the new KO return guy. Almost broke a few last year.

  25. By Scott H on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Just hearing that the Cardinals are holding a private workout with Matt Barkley. While QB’s named Matt have left a pretty sour taste in our mouths lately, I have to say I have a good feeling about this Barkley kid. I’d be happy if we could get him in the second or third round. Carson Palmer is this year and MAYBE next. I don’t see it going beyond that. With that as my view of things, I would like to have a young QB that has the potential to be the future in hand going into this season. I’m hearing mostly positive opinions of how Barkley will transition to the NFL. And while I don’t believe that Palmer is gonna take us to a SB any time soon, I DO see him a very solid veteran QB who would be a good model for a young QB to learn from. Lord knows, we ain’t had one of those around here for awhile…

  26. By whythecardinals on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like Carson better get on the John Lott workout program… looks like he’s get love handles like me and breast like my wife…

  27. By DontTakeLosses on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Sweet preseason:

    Week 1: at Green Bay Packers
    Week 2: Dallas Cowboys
    Week 3: San Diego Chargers
    Week 4: at Denver Broncos

    Here is a team-by-team look at the 2013 preseason schedule (Hall of Fame Game — Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio; Week 1 — Aug. 8-11; Week 2 — Aug. 15-19; Week 3 — Aug. 22-25; Week 4 — Aug. 29-30):

  28. By Dynosoar on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Looking at Clary and Dockett in the photo for the article “Cards Host Cowboys, Chargers In Preseason”, Clary looks like he’s ready to need a new pair of pants. Given his stance and who/what (elemental fury) he’s facing.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Darnell will do this next season. Watching his disruption in the backfiled last night in the “Green Bay hugest scoring playoff game ever” I was excited about this next season.

    It’ll be nice to see Arians’ pre-season philosophy. Years ago the Patriots were 0-4 and went undefeated till the Super Bowl while the Lions went 4-0 and landed Matthew Staford the next draft. Pre-season may or may not matter, but I’m interested in BA’s philosophy and aproach.

    Personally, this year I’d like to see us 19-0 and 23-0 would make it sweeter. Followed by home field advantage in the SB 2014-2015.

  29. By gozona on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    re: djjackson…first of all fitzgerald has class and doesnt need to dance…second..this is football…im tired of someone doing their “job”…making millions and ooooooooooooo whats their dance gonna be…THIS IS FOOTBALL what is wrong w people…however i too am excited…sorry nuttin personal jus hate how these young recievers have to have a dance…not to mentio i dont watch nfl network to talk about dance shows……..LETS GOZONA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. By T. Stone on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Walking Dead? More likely that Fitz is telling Palmer that if D Wash goes outside , Palmer should follow him and not let him be alone for 1 second. Hence the pic on the next post.
    Dont want anyone left alone to stumble upon some wacky weed.

  31. By johnnybluenose on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    @dcraven15. if you go to the cardinals’ website and click on “roster” all the players and their numbers are there.

  32. By T. Stone on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply


    RE: Palmer

    Go home and tell your wife her boobs look like Carson Palmers boobs and she will soon be your ex. Funny though. 🙂

  33. By Scott H on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    whythecards –

    Probably more than we needed to know, man. And I think the LAST thing any of us wants to hear is having our new QB compared in appearance to someone’s wife.

  34. By djjackson81 on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    @ gozona I was making a joke. I don’t care if WR stele rate touch downs or not. I just want to see TD’s in abundance. A high five with a teammate is good enough for me.

  35. By djjackson81 on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Warmack rd1
    Warford rd2

    Or Johnson rd1 and long rd2

  36. By ored on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    trade back and get cooper and have two picks in second for ilb,safety,olb,or more o line help.

  37. By Coach Kevin on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    Think about this for a moment. What if the Cardinals made a bold move to solidify the interior line and the secondary by focusing the draft on those two areas? What if this happened:

    R1- Chance Warmack, G (instant starter)
    R2- Larry Warford, G (instant starter)
    R3- Baccari Rambo, FS (instant starter)
    R4- J.J. Wilcox, SS (possible starter)
    R5- Bruce Taylor, ILB (insurance for Washington plus depth)
    R6- Zac Stacy, RB (Future starter)
    R7- Jake Stoneburner, TE (another weapon with hands)

  38. By Cards Season Ticket Holder on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    The Cards need to draft a Left Tackle with the 7th pick in this years draft. this pick is to protect the blindside, every play, of the QB and block against the tough Right Defensive Tackles on the opposing team, (their best tackles). Womack is a Guard, although his is very good, defenses sometimes don’t even lineup over guards.

    So I say, 1st round Left Tackle, either Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson,
    then a defensive passrusher in the second round.

    Possibly a Quarterback in the second round if he’s your guy for the future.

    Go Red Birds

  39. By Cards Season Ticket Holder on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    Cards fans,
    As far as a Pass-Rusher is concerned, I would like the Red Birds to sign John Abraham, free agent. I think he could really help our team out.
    What do you think?

  40. By John The Draft Guy on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    Cards Season Ticket Holder,

    Would John Abraham be willing to take a lower salary and be a situational pass rusher? I’m not sure if he is at that point yet. I would think teams wait to see what happens in the draft, then Abraham will find out his market. If the market isn’t there, then we see if we can swoop in.

    Coach Kevin

    I really liked Larry Warford. He was so good in the senior bowl practices. I was sold there. But he is a power guy who doesn’t get to the second level, which would be great if we had whiz or if the Horton/Norv Turner thing would have happened. But from what I hear, Arians is more of a zone blocking guy and wants athletic guards.

    I liked Rambo at Georgia. Heck, that whole Georgia defense was pretty darn good. If Reed or Thomas isnt there in round 3, he would be a solid pick.

  41. By Madriffs on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    McCann is a very promising back. Glad to see him signed. Looking forward to seeing this team on the field

  42. By ored on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    lane johnson won’t be an improvement his first year,maybe next year or two if his talent translates to the pro game.he’s maybe the third best tackle,he’s just a few years removed from being a qb and then a te,we would be wiser to try for someone with more impact this year,even if it’s a guard.just look at the problems the previous “best lft.tackle in years)had their first year,a penalty machine trying to adjust to nfl players,levi and now potter have that behind them,potters biggest problem outside of experience was strength,he’s already 20 lbs.more muscle this year,and levi was playing well and he has no strength problem.i really think we’re good at tackle,guard is whole nuther thing,could use some help there and maybe shuffle things up a bit,but we should have no problem with that in the draft.

    we look to be good at qb for the first time in years and solid in most areas with maybe a little tweaking here and there,now if we can just get a couple of studs to impact the game.

  43. By djjackson81 on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    What about this likely hood.
    1- Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson Tackle
    2- Justin Pugh Guard
    3- Safety
    4- LB
    5- RB
    6- TE
    7- WR or LB

  44. By ored on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    after all is said and the hoping and guessing done…just stick with our board,i’m sure if we deviate from it we’ll be sorry.we made enough moves in fa so that we don’t have to reach.

  45. By zippo79 on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    ok he looked thinner standing against Palmer. lol. D. Washington better really make up for his muck up. lol

  46. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 7, 2013 | Reply

    @Cards Season Ticket Holder,

    You make a lot of good points, but keep in mind that not lining somebody up over Warmack is done at your own risk, because if you give him a free shot at the second level you’ll be seeing the bottom of your opponents cleats a lot (ask Manti Teo & Notre Dame).

    However, to that point I don’t know if Arians (historically) is committed to the run game enough to warrant using the #7 pick on a Guard, and if that’s the case a LT makes a lot more sense. Of course, I could really muddy the waters and point out that if watched enough, Warmack really starts to resemble Larry Allen, who was one of the very rare players at the NFL level who excelled at every line positiion he played, including a stint at LT and single handedly dominated games for the Cowboys in his prime. Do we want to risk passing on a guy who could be that? Or not having him when we play the 3-4 49’er alignment? Or having him end up in STL, going against our 3-4 base?

    Food for thought.

  47. By Coach Kevin on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    Realistically, I think you have to go LT at pick #7, and take the best guard available in round two. That is what must happen for the Cards. Remember, Levi can move inside to guard. That would give us a dominating left tackle with quality competition with Potter. May the best player win. Then you have Levi and the next best guard from the draft competing for starting positions with the current guards. This makes the most logical sense. Draft offensive tackle in round one, best available guard in round two. That solves many issues and gives us the best quality depth.

  48. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    @Coach Kevin,

    Generally speaking, I’m in complete agreement with you but in this case the specifics could get in the way. If Joeckel or Fisher drop to #7, it’s a no-brainer but if not, I don’t see the justification for going witih Lane Johnson over Chance Warmack, the grades on those two can’t be close enough to justify it. Offensive & defensive schemes come and go, but legit All-Pro players will always be what wins games. Can’t gamble in the top #10, more often than not all it does is push the best players down to the teams that shouldn’t be getting the chance (bad pun, but imagine him next to Jake Long, and tell me STL isn’t at a new level themselves).

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