Keim: Potential trades coming

Posted by Darren Urban on June 11, 2015 – 12:01 pm

General Manager Steve Keim has spent the offseason building up the roster to a place where the Cardinals have some quality players on the current 90-man roster that won’t be able to stick around by the time the team needs to get to 53 in September. Keim said on the “Doug and Wolf” show this morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 it was a concern, although it was a good concern. What it means is that the Cards might pull off a trade or two, likely in an effort to fetch some future draft picks if possible.

“For the first time we have a certain amount of depth here where we will either have the ability to trade a player or two or four or five at certain positions that not only can make other NFL rosters but could potentially start for some teams,” Keim said. “I have to be active and make sure I address that situation so we are not just releasing players and allowing teams to pick them up. Hopefully we can be active and get some solid value for guys who can help other teams.”

Keim has never been shy about churning the roster, and this is just another potential instance. He also said he is “watching two or three players” at the moment who are free agents that the team could sign. Keim wouldn’t name names or even positions, but he did note that often times, these late veteran signees are guys who are coming off injuries and need until near training camp to get right, and then the Cardinals would talk to them (and likely execute one of Keim’s famous one-year “prove it” contracts.) Tight end anyone?


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52 Responses to “Keim: Potential trades coming”

  1. By Cactus jeff on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Tom Kelly anyone?

  2. By Duane Spencer on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    I just love this brain trust and what they are doing. Looking at the picture above, you can see that a serious evaluation is taking place by those to guys.

  3. By azdesertrat1953 on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    What else is there to say?
    It is what it is, the Arizona Cardinals have a Very Good GM.

    GO CARDS!!!

  4. By Fred on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    The Patriots just cut TE Tim Wright, maybe Keim will sign him on a one year prove it deal. don’t have to trade to get him.

  5. By carlo milano on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    looks like gresham could be a target if he get cleared

  6. By D on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Most teams probably wouldn’t give up draft picks for players they know
    Keim will be cutting, but I guess if other teams have injuries in camp that
    teams would be tempted.

    Dwight Freeney or Kamerion Wimbley OLB
    Jermaine Gresham or Chase Coffman TE

  7. By Adam Pacman on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Do the cards have any interest in now FA Evan Mathis?

  8. By Darren Urban on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Adam —

    RE: Mathis

    Do not believe so. Not for the money he’d want. I think you are good at guard.

  9. By Andy Kw on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    I like our TEs. Troy Niklas, Darren Fells, Ifeanyi Momah, Gerald Christian and even Ted Bolser. We have a solid ascending group, don’t need to trade for anyone at TE.
    We need to keep our Safety Depth intact unless we are trading for high draft picks. I remember when Tony Jefferson went undrafted and I’m like, is the NFL crazy?? Wanted the Cards to get him so bad and we got him as an UDFA. Then there is Rashad Johnson. He is one of the leaders in the backfield and I remember when Adrian Wilson was released and Johnson was suppose to be his successor. Although he inevitably became the successor to the cut Kerry Rhodes, he has proven to be a monster when the ball is in his hands. Deone Bucannon and Tyrann Mathieu are set and stone so I expect them to stay but please, TJefferson & RJohnson have to stay.
    We have substantial cap space and we do have some uncertainty at the ILB position so maybe we attempt to trade a guy for the former Cards target and current Colt Nate Irving.
    I don’t know but I don’t want to see any of our guys traded. Let’s bring back Lyle Sendlein . but I really like the group of guys we have.

  10. By Steve . on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Darren: Keim is an upgrade over Graves in my opinion, if for no other reason than he is willing to take chances and be aggressive. He is constantly moving forward, would you be surprised if he already had his eyes set on Palmers future replacement at QB? Perhaps a QB already in the NFL whose contract will come up in 2-3 years and who Keim is already privately scouting?

  11. By Darren Urban on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: QB

    I would doubt that. It sounds like a great fairy tale that I am sure all fans would embrace as a happy ending, but no. That’s not to say Keim doesn’t eye backup QBs, but to say he’d be planning on one as the future? Too hard to be sure that would come to pass.

  12. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Cardinals deep, yep.

    ” I expected the suspended linebacker to be reinstated by the NFL by now, more than two weeks past his year anniversary. That he has not been would seem to be a major red flag.” Yep.

  13. By krehbieo14 on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Thanks for your continuous updates Darren. As I alluded to yesterday, the Cards still need to explore getting some experience in the TE room. A trade may be the only way to make that happen. There are no elite TE’s with experience available at this time in FA. Gresham has been injury prone and undisciplined and lost the respect of the Bengals organization. Wright is out there, but lacks any consistent production and leadership skills. As Keim mentioned ( ie. trades)
    maybe there is a way of trading for a more veteran presence to hold down the TE fort? This is not an indictment of our current TE group. I like them. We just need an experienced leader to bolster the group if we can find one.

  14. By Infitzwetrust on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    I would love for us to go after a veteran tight end with speed and hands.

    The current group we have is nothing to write home about between the lack of experience and proven reliabilty.

    Troy is primarily a blocker, fells has been good when given his chances, and the rest are all question marks.

    I would think with our roster that the tight end position is really the biggest need outside of a speed edge rusher.

  15. By Richard S on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    BA looks in pretty good shape in the picture. I wonder how far he can throw the football.

  16. By CreditCard on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    I agree with Andy KW about our TEs. They’ll do OK. All of them are relatively new to the position, once learned — you’ll see quantum gains from that position.

    Keep in mind, there is only one (1) ball on the field. The Card TE’s may only have less than a 1/2 dozen attempts thrown to them in any one (1) game. They need to know how to block, set illegal picks properly, occupy a LB and / or safety on passing plays, perform down field blocking, and be on special teams.

  17. By clssylssy on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    I agree with Andy Kw and love that we have quality depth and don’t want to see any of our guys go. For what reason do we need to stack up future draft pick when our team is looking somewhat solid for the first time I can remember in twenty years and the person traded could be THAT guy needed to make a difference when injuries begin piling up? I’m a great believer in insurance and that we can never have too much. (Guess that comes from years of seeing what looked to be promising seasons snuffed out by a team decimated by injuries and being left to suffer through watching lesser teams leave us in the dust..kinda a form of PTSD!)
    I enjoyed your article on how the team was taking shape at the close of minicamp and it sounds as if it would have been nice to get Matt Flynn signed as the 3rd QB, as none of our current candidates are impressing and that has become an even more critical piece after last season. Guess he’s not “eyeing” possible backups as actively as one would hope.
    Sounds like the offense is pretty solid and the TE situation is better than advertised and might be even better should Logan Thomas move to TE as has been suggested. I’m still a little nervous about our defense and how that will come together, who will fill Cro’s shoes etc., but at least everyone knows what is expected of them in camp when the pads come on and practice begins for real.

  18. By Dr. G. on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    So Darren, Thank you for the updates. It’s good to note that Keim can try to get something for the players he knows will not make the roster or risk them being on the practice squad…good stuff… like a good poker game. He needs me to tutor him to play the World Series in Vegas this month…!

    Now, can you clarify something, please? You are confirming what I posted earlier last month that NO NEWS for DWash is BAD NEWS. His is not an UFA until 2018.

    If he continues to ignore the petition for re-application, ((which is what is smells like)), can the Cards ask the league for relief of his contract ((cap hit)) and cancel it? Is there a time limitation; or do they have to munch on it? It is ludicrous for him to remain viable if he ignores the league.

    At this juncture, it is more probable that he will not be in playing shape anyway, and that additional sanctions will be forthcoming…just a shame…be well

  19. By Darren Urban on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Cap hit

    I am not sure about the cap ramifications while suspended. I will look into it.

  20. By Dobie on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    I would say that all the teams are doing the same thing the Cardinals are doing but now it who practices hard plays good and makes the coaches take notes and hope there is no injures time will tell

  21. By Mark in Chandler on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    They have been sending signals since they drafted Humphries. Massie is on the way out. Watford is being praised as a possible RT option for depth. There are several RT-needy teams. I would be surprised is Massie is on the team when training camp starts. They also have quietly left themselves a lot of money to play with if needed.

    A great option is Massie to Browns for Mack. Cards and Browns drafted a tackle and center respectively. Cards have a tackle in last year and Browns have a center in the last year who wants to play for a winning team.

    I am also sure they have their eye on Gresham.

  22. By Big Ken on Jun 11, 2015 | Reply

    Logan Thomas as a potential ‘throw in’ player on ANY deal.

  23. By Eazy E on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    Jermaine Gresham

  24. By Eazy E on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    No news on Daryl Darren?

  25. By Darren Urban on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    Eazy —

    RE: Washington


  26. By Richard L on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    Trade Butler!

  27. By John The Draft Guy on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    Mark in Chandler,

    Not sure if that trade is possible or if the Browns would let him go for such a small price, but man that would be great if it was a real trade.

    But with the Browns drafting Botonio last year (who is a tackle playing guard), and Schwartz starting at RT, not to mention Cameron Erving, who can play anywhere, I’m not sure the browns would want Massie.

    Not to mention, Mack is wanting big money, which after Cooper, Iupati, and Veldheer, can they afford to lay out the money for Mack?

    Landing Mack and making him fit in the cap would be a huge feather in the cap of Keim though.

    What about a Floyd for Mack trade? Both are FAs at the end of the year, and generally speaking, a center makes less than a WR. Adding Mack to the line, now you can make claims to being the best Oline, If Cooper and Humphries held up their end.

  28. By Marlin on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    You can’t trade someone who has no value….get real!
    Potential Outbound Trade Candidates (good guys who have value at positions we have excess depth)……..Shaughnessy, Stephan Taylor, M. Floyd, Logan Thomas, Sowell, Massie………….in exchange for……..Tight End, Draft Picks…

  29. By Bobby B on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply

    Seems like the Birds have a “stealth roster” that’s continuously growing! D-Wash? Tommy Kelly? David Orakpo? Anyone have updates on these guys? I don’t get it it when guys just disappear off the roster without explanation. Yes, I know D-Wash is suspended but why won’t the league at least provide a status report? Tried to track down T Kelly realizing that he is not on the roster. Where did he go or did he just retire? DAVID (not his brother Brian) Orakpo announced his alleged UFA signing in early May but since has disappeared.

  30. By John The Draft Guy on Jun 12, 2015 | Reply


    guys with value;

    Thomas, Sowell, Taylor ????? What value does any of them have?

    Floyd, Massie, Shaughnessy have trade value, but those other 3 have none and will struggle to make the team.

  31. By much.faster on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    TE kellen davis for massie?

    CB dee milliner for johnson?

  32. By Phil on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    Why wasn’t Tom Kelly resigned? I thought he did a great job for us last season.

  33. By Darren Urban on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    Phil —

    RE: Kelly

    Don’t need him at this point. They tried to extend him during the season and he declined.

  34. By Cactus jeff on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    Trade value at Safety.
    No Antonio Cromartie means pass rush is more important this year. Not too worried about TE.
    Not a Massie fan, he is too small to be that clunky. He just doesn’t look fluid.

    Richard S.
    BA has small hands, so if he deflates the ball like Brady I’m guessing 45 yards.

  35. By Coach K on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    I say keep two quarterbacks, and make Thomas a tight end and emergency quarterback to save roster space. He’s a better tight end prospect than QB, so it makes financial sense rather than signing a vet tight end. Just a thought. You get a two position player for the price of one.

  36. By zzzott on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    WTF? Bobbie Massie is 6′-6″ 317. How is that too small?
    Veldheer is 6′-8″ 321 while Iupati is 6′-5″ 331. Massie may
    be a lot of things, but SMALL isn’t one of them.

  37. By zzzott on Jun 13, 2015 | Reply

    By comparison, DJ Humphries is 6′-5″ 307 and unproven in the NFL.
    Remember Massie SUCKED his first half season, turned it around
    and became a serviceable RT. He’s not Veldheer but who is? I for one
    don’t want Carson’s health jeopardized by an immature
    ROOKIE right tackle…

  38. By Big Ken on Jun 14, 2015 | Reply

    No block buster trades or trades for other players. Didn’t the Cardinals trade a CB several years back for like a sixth rounder to the Vikings? Can’t remember his name, but can see similar trades this year.

  39. By Darren Urban on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    Big Ken —

    RE: Trade

    A.J. Jefferson

  40. By Coach K on Jun 14, 2015 | Reply


    If asked, do you think Logan Thomas would agree to go back to his natural position at tight end?

  41. By Darren Urban on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    Coach K —

    RE: Thomas

    I have not asked him, but my gut would say he’d rather be a QB.

  42. By Cactus jeff on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    Slightly overweight 317 is not a mauler at RT so with those measureables you better have light feet and mentally tough. I see a clunky athlete who isn’t really sharp, which i could live with if he was a massive RT. He just isn’t.

  43. By Scott H on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    OK. First, anyone else looking at this picture and thinking that BA and Keim may be twins that were separated at birth?

    Brothers from a different mother, perhaps?

    Second, is there ANY doubt that OUR head coach and GM can beat up YOUR head coach and GM?

    And third, I just get nervous every time I hear the T-word being kicked around. Can someone just please assure me that none of this will involve Fitz???

  44. By Scott H on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    Trading for future draft picks??? Really? When you are a team that is so built to win right now??? That, I just don’t get. Don’t know about anyone else but I’m more in favor of going all-n right now. A SB win this year or next WILL certainly be worth not having more draft picks a few years down the road.

  45. By Darren Urban on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Trades

    The point of needing to make trades is that the Cardinals are going to cut players that otherwise have value. Meaning there are 53 players on the roster ahead of them. Hence, trading for picks.

  46. By BigBobDiesel on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    Logan Thomas as a tight end is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooostupid.

  47. By Coach K on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    He showed great hands at Va Tech before they made him a QB. Amazing hands.

  48. By Scott H on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    Darren –

    OK, OK, I’ll settle down. Look, it’s not that I don’t get the point. I know, we can only have 53 guys on the roster. But….after last season, it’s hard not to already be thinking about what players we’re gonna miss when the injuries strike and the players we had here in June are healthy and playing well for someone else.

  49. By Scott H on Jun 15, 2015 | Reply

    clssylssy –

    Ya know, I find NOTHING negative or un-reasonable or remotely ridiculous about your last post. And yet, what did it get from the “critics?” Twice as many thumbs down votes as thumbs-up’s. Yeah, I know the feeling.

  50. By BigBobDiesel on Jun 16, 2015 | Reply

    Sorry coach, he never played tight end in college he had a couple snaps at wide receiver. He came out of high school playing quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. Tight end is and will never be his natural position. This offense is made for a block first tight end. So Logan Thomas as a tight end is stupid.

  51. By BigBobDiesel on Jun 16, 2015 | Reply

    Logan had one reception in 2010 for 2 yards and one 2013 for 9 yards. That’s his whole college career receiving. So from two catching spanning three years apart, how do you say he had amazing hands in college?

  52. By Big Ken on Jun 17, 2015 | Reply

    AH! A.J.Jefferson thanks Darren. I think they like the group of O-linemen. I can’t see anyone new coming in this year, via trade or otherwise.

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