LB Woodley an add, and Cro’s decision

Posted by Darren Urban on March 10, 2015 – 12:33 pm

As the official start to free agency approaches, some quick lunchtime stuff:

— The Cardinals bring in outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley on a one-year contract. Woodley was recently cut by the Raiders. Woodley had no sacks in six games last season in Oakland, tearing his biceps against, of all teams, the Cards. Before that, Woodley had a solid career in Pittsburgh. He has just nine sacks since 2011, though, and will be depth. This year’s Larry Foote signing, a vet for cheap.

— That’s why it isn’t surprising to hear that the Cardinals still are pursuing Redskins soon-to-be-free agent Brian Orakpo.

— Cornerback Antonio Cromartie went on Stephen A. Smith’s radio show and said his decision where to sign is coming down to the Cardinals, Cowboys and Jets. Cro has said the decision comes down to family; we’ll see what that means. But money always talks.

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46 Responses to “LB Woodley an add, and Cro’s decision”

  1. By LadyBird04 on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Woodley could work out as well as Foote and other older players – a no lose signing.

    RE: Cromartie – surprised there hasn’t been any hints at serious talks with the Jets. Cro was sooo happy with Bowles and Bowles appeared to really appreciate Cro. Jets have loads of cap space and yet they still haven’t started any rumors about him going to the Jets. Would like to see him back but don’t want us to get into a bidding war with Jets.

  2. By azwinegeek on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Great Low risk/High reward signing. Another one of those high motor guys from Pittsburgh. Should be another great mentor for our young LB’s

  3. By D on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Jimmy Graham to Seattle…wow, Cards better keep loading up on defenders…

  4. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Good rotational guy. Not a front line guy anymore.

    4 years of injuries and 18 sacks over last 4 years.

    But as a rotational guy, he can stay healthy and get pressure on the QB. I like the signing.

  5. By All day on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Woodley is not a bad pickup he could play in a role like Abraham did last year and will provide much needed experience at the OLB/Pass rush postition. Excited about Iupati and Weatherspoon both going to be good adds as long as spoon stays healthy. If Cro doesn’t come back wouldnt be surprised if we take a CB high in the draft but I want to stay optimistic about him coming back to the desert. And orakpo would be another good addition he’s a great athlete who had a lot of talent if he stays healthy. All this trade talk about Peterson I think is far fetched. Trading Jefferson or Johnson and a pick for him just doesn’t make sense. But it depends how bad we want him. I’d rather trade Ellington and a few picks for him. Also the idea of signing Demarco Murray isn’t necessarily out of the picture. He could be the ever down back we need who can also succeed in the passing game.

  6. By George on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    I like the signing. May have something left in the tank. Won’t be 31 until Nov. Use him in obvious pass rush downs and he could end up being like John Abraham was a couple of years ago.

  7. By Dr. G. on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Re: Cromartie – – This info was posted earlier in the year…

    Cro is trying to get Jerry Jones to sign him as the “missing piece”…! I’m thinking that he thinks the Cowboys can offer the “very most” $$$$ for his services. If someone has 12 children with 8 different women, would it be obvious that he needs the very biggest payday he can solicit…wherever it comes from. He is trying very hard…talking what is best for family…!

    If Jones is not impressed, or the Jets back off, the Cards may get him to re-sign for a reasonable deal, but Cro wants to win the lottery for the last time…later Cards Fans…

  8. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    With Max Unger leaving Seahawks, C Wiseiwski has another possible bargaining chip when talking to Keim. 🙁

  9. By Dr. G. on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Noted: “D”….Jimmy Graham to Seattle…!

    Pete Carroll knows that Arians isn’t big on using TEs as regular weapons; so he is looking to have have significant advantage on Offense. We need to do more than just try to Defense this move…a disaster in the offing. We all know that Russell Wilson is much better on shorter passing; the perfect match for Graham…HUH?

    Cards need to work the TE as a weapon also…JUST DO IT, COACH…! You cannot keep up the same things you did years ago… The league is constantly changing, and more to the aerial game with TEs as a weapon, not just an outlet if WRs are not open. They need to be included… Trust me, the Saints have a TE in the wings.

    The bull dog RB is to support the passing game these days, not the reverse of that. This why the RB position has been such a rotary tool with more reasonable price tags lately….

  10. By brinnc on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    With Iuputi (sp) huge contract $40mil over 5yrs, over $20mil guaranteed! ! Will the Cardinals even have the money to offer Cromartie anywhere near Jets or Cowboys, I cant see how!
    Excited to see if Bethel can step in and excel at CB!!
    ILB quickly becoming a draft priority, the kid from Clemson could help greatly in covering Graham!!
    Iupati (sp) contract #’s are ballpark I heard it briefly and not sure if completely correct!

  11. By clssylssy on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    The way Cro played last year he deserves to get a payday and we need him. The Cowboys barely missed last season, and needless to say, I believe would have done better than the Cards did in the home stretch to the SB. It only makes sense that the best thing for the family would be a good paycheck, not to mention the school system in Texas is much better than AZ, shameful as that is; if I had 12 kids, education would be a major priority. Looks like Revis may go to the Jets and Jerry Jones doesn’t mind spending money if it increases the odds of getting that Lombardi so it comes down to a good ole game of liar’s poker. Since when was it a bad thing to strive for the best deal available? Still waiting to see what the Cards idea of “aggressive” is…LOL…later

  12. By Dr. G. on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    clssylssy – – Clarification – – Cro’s 12 children reside in 6 different states, so only a few would go where he goes. The educational systems don’t play much into this. It just seems that he needs a ton of dough to keep these kids in a decent living situation. He is hoping Jerry Jones will produce…

  13. By Andy Kw on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    I want Acho to comeback. Such a good guy on and off the field. He does well in coverage but still has room to improve as a pass rusher

  14. By william mccoy on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    acho a good guy on and off the field , then why was he just arrested in tx at 3 am?….lol

  15. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    William —

    RE: Acho

    Because it wasn’t Acho?

  16. By NJAzCardsFan on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Darren- Do you think the Cards would have any interest in CJ Spiller???

  17. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Spiller

    Not sure he fits what they want in a bigger back.

  18. By TucsonTim on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Another EX-Steeler…. Really ? :-/

    One year contracts are fine…until you would like to keep a Dansby or a Cro

    Cough up the $ for a multi year deal for DM

  19. By Austen on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply


    If the Vikings decided to trade Peterson to us, at what point could they do that? Any certain date?


  20. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Austen —

    RE: Trades

    Trades are now allowed.

  21. By jeffgollin on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    I hope we re-sign Cro. I think his destiny is very much a function of a domino affect that starts with Revis and the Jets (i.e. If the Jets sign Revis, Cro will opt to come back to the Cards. If the Jets bolo on Revis, Cro probably winds up there.

  22. By Coach K on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply


    I had to laugh when I read your comments above: “Another one of those high motor guys from Pittsburgh”. What? Woodley was released from the Steelers because he was a lazy, (FAT) bum.

    High Motor? Woodley took more plays off than he played full speed. You must be watching some old film I guess. He is nothing more than another camp body for depth. I doubt he plays much, if at all. Hide the Twinkies Coach.

  23. By carlo milano on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Darren do u expect a running back addition with free agency or draft?
    after last rumors and upcoming deals with iupati peters weatherspoon and with addition of woodley any chance we can draft a player like gurley in the 1st?

  24. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: RB

    They will add a running back. We will see how free agency plays out in that regard. I still doubt they take a first-round RB.

  25. By Scott H on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    My lord, is it possible for an off-season to pass around here without the Cardinals landing at least one ex-Steeler??? Woodley is on board, so…mission accomplished! Let’s hope he can be this years’ Larry Foote ( who was last year’s Karlos Dansby! ).

    Seems to be a nothing-to-lose / something-to-gain type signing. Could be a pleasant surprise. Seems like all of our signings on the defensive side of the ball ( and Orakpo, if HE signs ) have considerable recent injury histories….that is not entirely comforting.

    Neither is the Seahawks landing Jimmy Graham in a trade today. Gotta say…I may hate the Seahawks but it is no wonder they are as successful as they are. I marvel at how they are able to KEEP all their key players while they ADD more big-timers along the way.. Geez…anyone thinking the Seahawks might be going anywhere may as well forget it. With Lynch back for a few more years and now a lethal red zone weapon like Graham on board??? Holy cow….

    And, OMG, can we please get Iupati in here and get his signature on a damn contract already??? That Frank Gore thing really got my attention!

  26. By Scott H on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Keeping Cromartie here would be one of THE sweetest things this team could accomplish right now….but, really, it sounds like this one is up to Cro and what he decides. IF it truly comes down to money, then I just hope the Cardinals are putting it out there.

  27. By infitzwetrust on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Its been a while since i’ve posted…

    So far I like whats going on.

    Can’t argue with paying Lupati

    Veldheer, Lupati, Sendlien ( who I hope we cut and replace, but serviceable for now) Cooper, and Massie. Huge improvement from what Arians had when he came in. All we need now is another quality backup tackle. Outside of Sowell we don’t have much depth.

    I hope the Wetherspoon deal is closer to a “prove it” deal in terms of contract numbers.

    Can’t knock the Woodley signing considering he took the minimum. I’m sure Arians can coach this guy up.

    I hope the cardinals take a RB in the draft instead of breaking the bank for AP or Murray. I would prefer we pay Cro to stay.

    The key to our defense will be the play of the linebackers. If these guys play above expectations we will have a dangerous D once again.

    Happy fiscal new year!

  28. By TucsonTim on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply


    The Arizona Cardinals have just signed a one year deal with Terry Bradshaw. When asked about the the deal Bradshaw said, I know I have one good year left. When the press asked Bradshaw about the one year deal he said, Giving up fox sports is tough but I can swing a bat as well as Ryan Lindley and the people in St. Louis just love me. It will be good for the game…I just want one more quality at bat.


    OK back to you Jim.

  29. By Steve . on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Darren: Sounds like Peterson wants out of Minnesota, how interested are the Cards in your opinion? The trade parameters are probably doable as a 3rd or 4rth rounder could be enough but the real question is Adrians salary demands and what Keim and the Cards are willing to pay, thats the elephant in the room.

  30. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Peterson

    I would guess the Cards would have interest but again, like you said, what’s the trade price? What does Peterson want to play for?

  31. By Eazy E on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    I like Woodley, but he hasn’t done well in the past few years. I don’t count Oakland because well it’s OAKLAND! Orakpo, as I’ve said before I would love. He has the pectoral issue, but outside of that, he is a monster! Also, I really hope Cro comes back, he had a phenomenal year and needs to be with us! The RB situation is interesting, because everybody seems to be waiting on AD. Wilfork also would be a terrific addition if Dan doesn’t return.

  32. By MushroommanAZ on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Darren just some thoughts pick and choose what you wanna respond to I just appreciate the honesty man and conversation about our Arizona Birdgang.

    Orakpo- Cardinals have to play his signing smart don’t ya think … three tears in six years to his pectoral muscles … guy was a monster but chronic injuries dont get better overtime each repair is an easier tear later down the road…

    AP- would be huge, but give Jai Ajayi in round 2 out of Boise State

    As far as in round one C Cameron Erving out of FSU allowing us options of either releasing Sendlein or allowing him to compete and play out his contract depending on how training camp went from a personal perspective give me fresh young legs in my lineman and backs

    As far as the Woodley signing for folks on here screaming about Pittsburgh 2.0 and that he is too old… The guy is only 30. John Abraham was what 32 or 33 when we signed him, Dansby had to be 29, and Foote was over 33 so whats the issue? Also for Arians and the staff its better to trust in trying out someone you know, and comes with the track record as a proven winner.

    Lastly because I love this time of year…. Anyone else thinking that Keim, Mike Bidwell and Arians have all worked together to do an amazing job changing the culture of Arizona around. I have been an AZ fan my entire life 29 years and growing up a fan of a perennial loser was exhaustive (sorry sad truth). But signings like Iupati, restructuring Fitz, drafts that have produced an incredible core of consistent talent… It is good to be a Cardinals fan and I am loving and enjoying the ride.

  33. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Mushroom —

    RE: Orakpo

    I assume they wouldn’t overpay, but trust me, Keim has taken injuries into account.

  34. By Andy Kw on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    William McCoy just made a fool of himself. haha.
    -I am a huge fan of Sam Acho and would be nice depth for our OLB position

  35. By MushroommanAZ on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply


    Brandon Browner or BJ Raji? any thoughts or words?

  36. By Darren Urban on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    Mushroom —

    RE: Browner/Raji

    Don’t see either. Never say never.

  37. By Andy Kw on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    We pretty much already signed:
    -LG Mike Lupati (SF)
    Major upgrade to the interior. Technically replaces departed RG Paul Fanaika
    -DT Corey Peters (ATL)
    Reminds me of a younger, faster D.D. Replaces longtime card DT Darnell Dockett
    -OLB Sean Weatherspoon (ATL)
    Major++ Fast and very good in pass coverage. Replaces ILB Larry Foote
    -OLB LaMarr Woodley (OAK)
    Situational Pass Rusher. Technically replaces departed OLB John Abraham

    -If you look at this, it looks as though we are just loading up on injured players but take a look more carefully. John Abraham (37), Darnell Dockett (34) missed pretty much the entire 2014 NFL Season. DT Corey Peters (27) had a breakout season in 2013 but was a backup in 2014 because of Paul Solai & Tyson Jackson signees in ATL last season, he has a lot of upside though. LaMarr Woodley (31) suffered a huge injury last season but we are not asking him to play every down. Fanaika was injured for 1-2 games just like Lupati missed 1 game. We are swapping out our really old injured players with some younger faster players, see. Don’t be skeptical about Steve Keim. He is doing an excellent job so far.

    Top target still remaining: OLB Brian Orakpo (WAS), CB Antonio Cromartie (ARI)

    -Cheaper Targets: DE Cory Redding (IND), C: AQ Shipley (IND), ILB Nate Irving
    -Players we should target : RB Dujuan Harris (GB), ILB Curtis Lofton (NO)
    -Potentially bring back OLB Sam Acho.
    -Who else will we target?????
    -Dan Williams is mostly likely not returning here. Sad to see him go 🙁
    I will hold out my hopes for AP for now. We might not have enough cap to make it happen anyways.

  38. By clssylssy on Mar 10, 2015 | Reply

    The Colts got Wilfork along with Gore and Andre Johnson. The Jets, Eagles, Colts,Seahawks,St.Louis were what I would consider “aggressive” in today’s draft…Cards, not so much…{{sigh}}

  39. By Darren Urban on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    Clssy —

    RE: Moves

    Um, the Colts have Gore. But Johnson and Wilfork are still free agents.

  40. By NJAzCardsFan on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    Looks like Cro is going to the Jets…..

    Darren- Are any Kick returners on the radar….???? Of course anyone could “fair catch” the ball like he did last season.

    Are any CB’s on the radar, if Cro goes to the Jets or will the Cards draft a CB?

  41. By Scott H on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    Per, the Jets are the CLEAR leader to sign Cromartie. And no wonder! Geez, they just signed Revis…why wouldn’t Cro want to pair up with him? On a team coached by Todd Bowles? DAMMIT…

    AND Dan Williams has signed with Oakland. DAMMIT to that , too.

  42. By Richard L on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply


    Can the Cards release Daryl Washington and free up cap space. Seems like the 3 strike rule should be invoked here so we aren’t wasting time waiting on a decision from the league and we can continue to move aggressively in free agency.

  43. By Darren Urban on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    Richard L —

    RE: Washington

    Not sure cutting Washington would clear any space given his dead money.

  44. By K-Dub on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply


    No interest in Wisniewski?

  45. By Darren Urban on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    RE: Wisniewski

    Maybe not. Maybe he was a backup plan to Iupati.

  46. By clssylssy on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Seems like Steve Keim’s “genius” is in the area of finding fillers…keeping paymakers or signing impact players, not so much…{{sigh||…but, every team needs fillers and guys for depth. Just wish he paid as much to a player’s health and durability as he does to the price tag; did we learn anything last season?

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