Cards add A.Q. Shipley, Cory Redding

Posted by Darren Urban on March 11, 2015 – 4:21 pm

The Cardinals added two more free agents Wednesday, bringing in a pair of ex-Colts: center/guard A.Q. Shipley and defensive end Cory Redding. Both are Bruce Arians specials; He coached both when he was in Indianapolis. Shipley has been with Arians three times now (he started in Pittsburgh when Arians was there) while Redding said he came to lean on Arians when Colts head coach Chuck Pagano got sick in 2012.

Both are the kind of depth signings GM Steve Keim has begun to master. Redding — below, signing his deal — will be great in the locker room and still can play, even though he contemplated retirement after the 2014 season. He’ll be perfect to mentor guys like Kareem Martin and Ed Stinson (as will fellow signee Corey Peters.)

Shipley fits into the mix on the interior of the offensive line. The numbers are starting to grow there, however, and it’s getting crowded for the current bunch even with a 90-man roster. Paul Fanaika is leaving (reportedly is going to sign with the Chiefs) but with Shipley and Iupati coming in, adding in with Lyle Sendlein, Ted Larsen, Jonathan Cooper and Earl Watford, it’s a logjam. Sendlein’s $4 million-plus salary cap hit sticks out right now. We’ll see how it plays out, and who might be able to find their way onto the revamped offensive line.


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28 Responses to “Cards add A.Q. Shipley, Cory Redding”

  1. By Marlin on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    Months ago….I said we’d sign Iupati and draft a cornerback in round 1. I got a bunch of “thumbs down”. Iupati is signed….and I repeat we’ll take a CB round 1.

  2. By clssylssy on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    Still need a RB and there are some good ones out there. Sure hope we don’t waste a draft pick on another Ellington clone when all we need is a road grader!

  3. By Coach K on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    Another Mock for discussion:

    1. Cameron Erving, C, FSU (Upgrade over Sendlein)
    2. Marcus Peters, CB, Wash. (Covers Cro’s possible departure)
    3. Jay Ajayi, RB, BSU (Size, power and speed)
    4. Grady Jarrett, DT, NT, Clemson (Covers for departure of big Dan W.)
    5. Antwan Goodley, WR-KR, Baylor (Upgrade over Ted Ginn)
    6. Sean Mannion, QB, Oreg. St. (Accurate and smart)
    7. Shaquille Riddick, DE, W. Va. (Tall, Fast, Sleeper who can rush the passer)

    This mock is assuming the Cards address their linebacker needs in FA.

  4. By Areg on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    I think the move adding Shipley, who played solid in limited snaps last year, contains some upside. Lyle was near the bottom of the league in terms of performance from the center position.

    I’m nitpicking here, BUT signing an aging defensive lineman who just considered retirement to a two year deal? That is probably the only puzzling move Keim has made in my eyes this free agency. I understand we need depth but hes not necessarily getting paid as depth and we just drafted two defensive linemen last year.

    Darren, any insight on the motivation behind the Redding signing?

    Overall it was another awesome free agency for the Cardinals thanks to BA and SK!! Thanks for the coverage Darren.

  5. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Areg —

    RE: Redding

    Performed solidly last year for Colts, great locker room leader/mentor, and the way his contract is structured, easily can get out of it after one year.

  6. By Dr. G. on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    We haven’t seen any really exciting moves for the glamour positions yet, but getting to the basics like improving the O-line and fortifying parts of the defense shows Keim’s savvy in building a solid team.

    We already have the weapons to move the ball save for the RB position. We were deplorable last season with grinding one guy into submission. Perhaps we already have the guys we need; they did not really get much opportunity to develop and show what they might be able to produce. BA baffled some of us. My hope is that the Offense will ascend the Defense this year esp. with a new DC.

    My concerns are with the health of the men, esp. QB and RBs. …not much improvement can come with the draft, perhaps a long term QB or DB. Does Keim take a flyer on Hundley if he thinks Logan is a better TE than a QB. He can pull that off without carrying 4 actual QBs. I still think Logan can get it done with proper work and coaching. .be well Cards’ Fans

  7. By Dr. G. on Mar 11, 2015 | Reply

    Darren… NFL Combine in Tempe 3/22…not open to the public…such a tease. There just would not be room. Will you go to this;; and if so, will you post an article on your observations? Looking forward to the draft now…don’t see many more moves aside from some blockbuster surprise…later…thanks…

  8. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Vets combine

    I will likely go, yes, and yes, have a story.

  9. By Eazy E on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Peterson, Wilfork, Orakpo, Cromartie, Murray, let’s go! What’s next??

  10. By shannon robinson on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    I would still like to sign Steve Wisniewski and I don’t know whether he escaped the Bucs’ building. His signing would remind me of the Stanton to Palmer sequence of contract signings that Keim and Arians pulled off.

  11. By Big Ken on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Wow. So now who do we draft? Good FA signings, no doubt.

  12. By jasonc on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    People on this blog crack me up. There are complaints when we have contracts with guaranteed money/dead money and then complaints when we don’t go out and sign big name/money deals in free agency.

    I for one think that Keim has done another amazing job. For the second year in a row he got what I would’ve considered the un-gettable get (Veldheer/Iupati). Both players are 27 years of age and signed to deals that will keep them around. He continues to get high yield/low risk players with this year being Sean Weatherspoon. Is the injury history a concern? Yes, of course, but when healthy this guy is a dynamic playmaker. Did he give Sean a lengthy deal with guarantees? No, he signed him to a one year deal. We lost Dock and Williams (two players who combined to play less than 37% of defensive snaps last year) because they were offered better deals so he replaced them with the Corey’s a veteran (who led his team in defensive snaps last year) and a young guy who is a year and an Achilles injury removed from an extremely productive season and who is only 26. Finally, we brought in Woodley who looks like his most productive years are behind him…but, we signed him to a one year veteran minimum deal so there is zero risk and with Shaughnessy, Okafor and Alexander as the only OLB’s on the roster we needed some depth.

    If you’re keeping count that is 3 players 27 and under, 2 contracts of length, 2 one year deals, a veteran who is great in the locker room and 2 new d-linemen who are more scheme diverse and played more snaps than the 2 players we lost.

    I don’t have an answer for Cromartie yet….still holding out against all odds that he comes back.

  13. By Richard L on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Coop should be feeling the heat right about now.

  14. By Andy Kw on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Any chance we can get John Abraham back for cheap?

  15. By D on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    So far, I think the Cards have done well in adding pieces to their team after some subtractions.

    Gone: Docket, D. Williams, CRO, Fanaika, T. Kelly. Possibly gone-Acho, Benard, Abraham.

    Added: Woodley, Peters, Spoon, Redding, Shipley and Iupati
    Possible still to add: Irving and Orakpo.

    If my last two possible players are added today or tomorrow, I think the Cards have greatly improved the team. With the draft still to be used to fill another Pass Rusher, CB and RB.

    Cards have two great things going for them: 1) a playoff team with winning records last two years and 2) BA. Players all want to play for him.
    Keep up the good work.

  16. By Marlin on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Ryan Mattews? He’s big enough and good enough for our committee running back scenario.

  17. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Marlin —

    RE: Mathews

    He is signing with Philly.

  18. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    One more FA signing and we are all but done. If we can land Brian Orakpo, that would be an excellent pick up.

    If not, Shaughnessy, woodley, Okafer, rotation will be OK. With Weatherspoon and Washington inside (asuming DW is back), we will be able to pressure the QB up the middle.

    With that, I just think our first round pick should be a impact player.

    1. RB Todd Gurley or CB Jalen Collins
    2. Carl Davis NT or David Johnson RB
    3. BJ Finney C or Marcus Hardison DE/NT
    4. Zack Hodges OLB
    5. Justin Cox CB

    Gurley is the type of back that could elevate your offense. In the same mold as beastmode or AP, he can run over you and punish you, while also running by you.Remember, it was not our defense who struggled the last two years. Our offense must run the ball and Iupati and Veldheer, Gurley will get room to roam.

    Collins is that perfect, big, fact CB . A lot like Cromartie
    Davis is unmovable inside.while Johnson can catch and run like Leveon Bell

    Finney could be a nice center to groom and take over, while Hardison has a great burst and quickness perfect for a one gap defense.
    I think Hodges is a great athlete who could develop into a double digit sack guy. and Cox is big (6’1″) and fast (4.36) and raw.

  19. By rod (Eddie Goldman RD1) on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    D-Wash will be back next year. One I’d the local radio hosts said yesterday that in Jimmy Graham has come to the Seahawks makes the Cardinals decision to keep him that much easier. I have to agree. What weeks do we play the Seahawks?

  20. By Chuck 1 on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    I agree with Dr. G.
    I’m disappointed that BA refuses to use his TEs as a receiving weapon.
    When the opponents have to cover Fitz, Floyd, the Browns, Ellington and a TE it puts a tremendous amount of stress on their D.

  21. By graetschinger on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Hei Darren,

    This is the picture the oline could be:
    It seems that Shipley is our new Center with Larsen as the backup for center and guard.
    The starters at the guard-positions should go to Iupati and hopefully Cooper, with Larsen, Steen and an possible acquisition. Our Top Tackles are Veldheer and Massie, with Sowell and an draftpick behind.
    Bradfield, Rooks, Palmer, McClean, Fullington looks like Campbodies with some practice squad players.
    I think Sendlein is on the way out and Watford maybe too.
    Darren, do think the oline will shake up this way and do you see an middle round-pick for an tackle/guard?

  22. By Darren Urban on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Grae —

    RE: More OL

    Not ruling anything out in the draft.

  23. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    Love the attitude. We will see if he can do it.

    Tweet on side of this page from Justin Bethel after Cro goes to Jets.

    “Time to take the spot I already thought was mine. #nextlevel”

  24. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply

    In two years, Cooper has had 2 starts.
    and if you are truthful, he has been average in those starts. This is a huge year for him, no doubt.

    But are we sure about him? Especially with this news.

    NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Eagles are working behind the scenes to trade two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, according to a source. According to PFF, he was rated the 2nd best guard.

    ESPN Reports;
    With six months until the season begins, he’ll (Cooper) have enough time to learn the position (RG). It’s a move that could salvage Cooper’s career. He’s a year away from being considered a questionable pick, if not a bust.
    As of Monday, Larsen, who started 14 games at left guard and two at right guard, will likely be competing with Cooper for whichever guard position Iupati doesn’t play.

    So with two starts, do you feel comfortable with Cooper moving to RG and getting the job done? Remember, he was the one beat by Donald who hurt Stanton, ending our hope in the playoffs.

    If I am Keim, I would at least hear what the Eagles are wanting. There is nothing more important than protecting Palmer and getting a run game going.

    Just a thought.

  25. By jason on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply


    I don’t think there is anything wrong with inquiring. Mathis is 33 and will turn 34 early in the year, will he be on the decline? I think it comes down to the guys who see Cooper all of the time to decide if he is back to the form that made him number one pick or if the injury (for whatever reason; be it mental or physical) has made him a liability. I do believe there comes a time when you have to give the young players the chance…throw them in the pool and see if they can swim. It appears that might be the route they go with Bethel and Cooper.

  26. By Coach K on Mar 12, 2015 | Reply


    I like your mock. I like every pick. You are right about Cox. He’s a steal in round 5. Great Mock.

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

    jtdg… RB Todd Gurley? This guy’s terrific upside is offset by not even being able to go in camp. His torn ACL just a few months ago in November will probably prevent playing until mid-season at the earliest. Being an underclassman, he should wait for next season when he can really be his best… This defines “”taking a real flyer”” on a gamble…maybe 3rd or 4th round at best… Melvin Gordon may be the best at 24 if you really want a RB… We have not seen enough of those we have yet…

    And CB Jalen Collins wasn’t even a full time starter last season at LSU. I think you can find a hand full of CBs rated better when you do your review.

    Also, there is lots of logical chatter going about Adrian Peterson with his wishes to leave Minn. along with some cuts and contracts being re-done here. If Dallas won’t pay Murray, they won’t pay AP either. That leaves only us that AP is discussing. I know;; it sounds crazy, but not outside the realm of possibility.

    Like you, I may take a corner at 24, but Hundley will be tempting for Keim… We shall the least, the looming posibilities are fun to anticipate…be well

  28. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 13, 2015 | Reply

    Dr G,

    I, too, think where there is smoke there is fire. Too much talk about AP to AZ .

    Now whether it happens is yet to be seen. AP keeps meeting with the Vikes. Are they wearing him down or is sticking to his guns and wants out?

    Stay tuned…….

    Gurley; From what I am hearing, he is on pace for training camp. Maybe you are right? But he is a difference maker. If he is at full form the last 8 games, it would be perfect timing of when Ellington would need a spell.

    Collins is big and fast. Coachinghim up, he could be a star in our defense. But I think the early CB pick may be a mute point as it seems to be Bethels job to lose.

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