Quietly, Clemons among a handful of cuts

Posted by Darren Urban on September 2, 2016 – 3:41 pm

The Cardinals have until Saturday afternoon to make their final cutdown to 53 on the roster, and Bruce Arians made clear earlier today that he wasn’t going to forthcoming with any information. But that doesn’t mean the Cardinals didn’t make a few moves — aside from the agreed-upon trade for Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper, which I would guess wouldn’t be official until Cooper passes a physical.

The team still hasn’t officially announced anything, but there were a handful of cuts listed on the official NFL transactions list today. Two veterans are out — S Chris Clemons (a minor surprise, given that he had been Deone Bucannon’s summer-long backup at moneybacker) and LB Donald Butler. They will each immediately become unrestricted free agents. That likely means good news for undrafted rookie ILB Lamar Louis. Waived were CB Cariel Brooks, RB Kerwynn Williams, T Rob Crisp, WR Marquis Bundy and G Antoine McClain. The team also had an injury settlement with C Taylor Boggs, who had been dealing with a calf injury.

That would be eight players off the roster of 75 in the quest to get to 53. The Cards actually have to move on from 23 total players, because Cooper is coming in. The other cuts will come out at some point Saturday.

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34 Responses to “Quietly, Clemons among a handful of cuts”

  1. By shane on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    Really hope penny makes the cut .. because i doubt he would go unclaimed for the practice squad . But hears to the season finally starting!! very exited for real football ! .. Good luck cards!

  2. By ImBoredBoredBored on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    Fun With Football-Reference
    Longest Serving Cardinals Coaches:

    (6) Whisenhunt (2007 – 2012)
    (6) Hannifin (1980 – 1985)
    (6) Conzelman (1940 -1942, 1946 -1948)

    (5) Coryell (1973 – 1977)
    (5) Winner (1966 – 1970)

    (4+) Tobin (1996 – 2000)
    (4) Bugal (1990 – 1993)
    (4) Lemm (1962 – 1965)
    (4) Creighton (1935 – 1938)

    (3+) McGinnis (2000 – 2003)
    (3+) Stallings (1986 – 1989)
    (3+) Ivy (1958 -1961)
    (3+) Handler (1943 – 1945, 1949, 1951)
    (3) Arians (2013 – Present)
    (3) Green (2004 – 2006)
    (3) Richards (1955 – 1957)
    (3) Driscoll (1920 – 1922)
    (3) Nevers (1930 – 1931, 1939)

    (2) Ryan (1994 – 1995)
    (2) Wilkinson (1978 – 1979)
    (2) Hollway (1971 – 1972)
    (2) Stydahar (1953 – 1954)
    (2) Barry (1925 – 1926)
    (2) Horween (1923 – 1924)

    (1+) Lambeau (1950 – 1951)
    (1) Kuharich (1952)
    (1) Scanlon (1929)
    (1) Gillies (1928)
    (1) Chamberlin (1927)
    (1) Chevigny (1932)
    (1) Keisling (1944)

    (-1) Kuhlman (1989 — 5 games)
    (-1) Wilson (1979 — 5 games)
    (-1) Willsey / Prochaska / Drulls (1961 — 2 games)
    (-1) Isbell (1951 — 2 games)

  3. By Kevni S Mesa on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    Williams (and Penny) looked good, but let’s face it, there aren’t going to be any carries available after David and Chris Johnson AND Ellington get their touches. Worrying about the 5th RB (Taylor will be on the team too) is like worrying about the 3rd QB. It just doesn’t matter.

  4. By shane on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply


    You must not realize this is a contact sport and players especially RBs are prone to getting hurt .. I.E Chris Johnson & Ellington last year … if David goes down this year (serious injury or not ) theirs nothing behind him but scat back speed type Rbs, that couldn’t move a pile to save there life even if they wanted too.. theres something to be said about having a RB that can and will run you over and wear down a D .. you look at the seahawks when they were at there best they had a dominant Marshawn lynch breaking tackles and wearing down D’s, then you have the Panthers last year with j-Stewart & mike tolbert running over guys and wearing down D’s… You can also throw in the broncos last year with C.J Anderson. Really football is simple 95% of the time ( when its crunch time ) the more physical team wins the game, its about imposing your will on another man & penny can bring that element to the cards .

  5. By Big Ken on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    Can’t let Penny go he definitely over shadowed Kerwynn Williams. Crisp, Bundy, McClain look like PS guys.

  6. By TucsonTim on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    Kevni –

    Ellington will be on IR by game 6, 4 if he returns punts. Penny will get plenty of chances

  7. By TucsonTim on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    We know Penny can run, but can he block. A lot to think about back there, blitzes, hot reads, audibles etc etc.

  8. By ImBoredBoredBored on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    Thumbs down for information, huh? I think I like where this is going.

  9. By Dr. G. on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    With all the speculation, if Penny does not make the roster, it will be a huge opportunity for one of the other 32 teams…gone 1 minute after he gets cut. SK//BA will not make this error. I love this kid…size, power, and HEART!!

    Worth repeating – SK//BA know they have a rough decision after seeing Barkley’s potential last night…

    Darren, did you tell me last year that the player on the PS can opt to stay with the current team if he is chosen by another team? This may be an immediate option for a couple of these players…playing some poker! …Thx..

  10. By Darren Urban on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: PS

    That is correct. But if the current team isn’t offering a spot on the 53-man roster, it would be dumb to stay. Huge salary difference.

  11. By georgiebird on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    Hard to believe BASK were fooled so bad in evaluating Brandon Williams. Not talking long term but short term. Not like those two guys to be so wrong.

  12. By georgiebird on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    If our players are so good then why can’t SK trade them for players or draft choices. We had to give up a draft choice for a guy, Cooper, that hasn’t been that good lately.

  13. By Darren Urban on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Georgie —

    RE: Trades

    Because teams know cuts are coming. Why trade when you can wait?

    Also, who ever said the “good” players being cut were going to be all-pro? Nobody. The point is that they can play in the league. Big difference.

  14. By georgiebird on Sep 2, 2016 | Reply

    An excellent GM like SK should be able to get something for our last 10 cuts. Or maybe our cuts are no better than the last 10 cuts that any team has to make. We all like to think that we’re giving up on a potential All-Pro.
    Has anyone done an analysis of future All- Pros? Are they more apt to come from the last 10 cuts or from the pool of UFAs. (realizing their may be crossovers in both groups).

  15. By Corgon on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Please please please keep Shipley over Golden. I have really good feelings about this guy! I’m almost sure both of them will be in a someone’s 53 man roster this year.

  16. By Darren Urban on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Corgon —

    RE: Golden/Shipley

    Golden is good on special teams. Shipley is not.

  17. By Joe C. on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    The real intrigue comes with future planning. If Kiem thinks this is CJ’s last year and if they think Ellington will want more money than they want to pay then keeping a fifth running back who you think could be the second or third next year becomes a factor. For this year the running backs are set, barring injury. But whatever position group you short can be critical if you worry about injury past three players. Three TE with the number of two TE sets we run is the minimum. But then you have to add the likelihood of squeezing the player onto the PS. Who says you don’t use algebra in real life? 5RB+3TE (-TE+PS)=X

  18. By Joe C. on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    I forgot –divided by salary cap.

  19. By clssylssy on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Joe C…”Barring injury”…idealistic concept. When haven’t we had injuries at RB and TE giving the physical nature of BA’s offense in which they are expected to be blockers as well as playmakers. CJ is tough, Ellington, a paperdoll, Taylor a fireplug. Penny is bigger and more physical, kinda a lighter version of D.Johnson and will get picked up before passing waivers. He is the kind of guy you want to have in your back pocket in December, great potential for the future…IMO I would find a way to keep him!

  20. By Joe C. on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Clssy, what position group would you “idealistically” say won’t get injured or can afford to give up a body for the luxury of keeping a fifth back? You seem to want another QB besides Palmer/Stanton. Cut one of the WR? Already at 3 TE. OL has a rookie center and guard as back up and no true back up tackle (NFL caliber anyway). LB, DL, do we need so many safeties? We’re set at CB? With DJ we’re talking about back up RB’s for the future. CJ and Ellington are the back ups this year. RB’s are not that hard to find.

  21. By shane on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    joe C.

    Sorry dude you couldn’t be more wrong .. you also dont just find 6-2 247 pound RBs laying around that can run you over and show some explosiveness. Will penny make the final cut? idk we will see .. but imo it would be a mistake to let him go, Both chris & Ellington are both on there last year as a cardinal not to mention Ellington is very injury prone.

  22. By Dr. G. on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    clssy – Penny a lighter version of DJohnson?? Penny is listed @234 lbs…10 pounds heavier. Comparing their skill sets is a pending issue, but as I posted, Penny has proven his mettle…along with what appears a Heart for a Bull…be well

  23. By faster on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    darren, how much cap space is available at the moment (i`m dreamin of sitton for some depth, a bit farfetched, but who knows)?
    and, would milliner be qualified for the PS? i know, health, but if given some time …

  24. By Darren Urban on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Faster —

    RE: Cap space

    The Cards have about $5.4 million going into final cuts. That might shrink some.

    Milliner is not PS eligible I don’t think.

  25. By joe c. on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Shane, Penny was an undrafted free agent. How do you define finding running backs like that lying around? That’s how we found Penny! Remember CJ was an unsigned vet with little interest last year. He was just “laying around”! If he’s good enough I’m all for keeping him. But 5 RB’s will mean shorting another position. If he’s that good trade a proven commodity for a future draft pick instead. I think Ellington (6th round by the way, laying around!) is dynamic and not only will plat RB well but will be our return man.

  26. By Big Ken on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Glad to see Boehm get plenty of reps. I’d bet he starts at some point this season.

  27. By clssylssy on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Dr. G…”lighter version of D.Johnson”, didn’t mean that literally as in weight but more as in undeveloped, forget people on this site are so literal, lol.
    Joe…I would rather trade Ellington (JJ can be a return man or perhaps someone else…CJ, who’s not afraid to fight for yards?) and keep Penny, he seems to have more of an upside in terms of durability and as a future prospect. I would LOVE to get Fournette out of LSU next year, ideally but know that won’t happen, LOL, even with the Honey Badger connection.
    I would like to see us get Barkley on the PS, but realistically don’t think that will happen; BA loves Stanton and his experience with the system is a big plus but Barkley could be a valuable asset at some point if only for trade bait as injuries occur in this QB thin league.
    In this year of making the SB push, I am concerned about the loss of experienced veterans who have made the trip before who can help these young guys keep their wits about them and pace themselves when the pressure is on and everything is on the line…just say’n

  28. By Chris G. on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Just saw this a few minutes ago on USA today web.
    LB Tristan Okpalaugo, WR Brittan Golden, DL Red Bryant were cut.

  29. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply


    Dianna Russini ✔ @diannaESPN
    The Denver Broncos are making Aqib Talib available for a trade for the right price per multiple sources.
    12:53 PM – 3 Sep 2016

    Lots of tweets connecting cards to trade – Campbell for Talib. Any truth to this????

  30. By Darren Urban on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Trade

    First, I heard the Broncos knocked down that rumor.

    Second, if the tweets are just fans speculating, you know better than that. Why would the Broncos want Campbell? They have a good defensive line. If they wanted a DL making $9.5M (Campbell’s salary) they would’ve kept Jackson, I’d think.

  31. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply


    I am not saying the trade is at all true, that is why I was asking if you heard anything. I think people try to link trades/players with other teams

    but I get the speculation;

    – Cards keep 9 DL

    – Campbell makes 9.5 mil, Talib makes 9.5, seems like each could absorb.

    – Campbell most likely will not be resigned by cards or broncos. Broncos dump Talib, get an upgrade on the line for a year and clear out salary next year.

    – CBa Bradley Roby and Kayvon Webster have really played well for broncos this off season

    – CBs Williams and Bethel have not been good this off season.

    – Jackson was a long term signing, Campbell would be a bridge for rookie Gotsis, Talib a bridge for Williams

    Just saying, I can see why some have linked the two. Can’t you?

  32. By Darren Urban on Sep 4, 2016 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Trade

    I can see why the Cards are linked to Talib. I still don’t see why the Broncos would want Campbell — especially since I would think, if the Broncos wanted to move Talib (which Elway, by the way, insisted is not the case and knocked down the report) part of the reason would be to save some money.

  33. By clssylssy on Sep 3, 2016 | Reply

    Talib is TROUBLE, has been since his college days at KU. Can’t really see him fitting into what we have going here or getting along with BA. If Elway is wanting to unload him you can bet there is a reason and BUYER BEWARE!

  34. By Big Ken on Sep 6, 2016 | Reply

    I agree with clssylssy that Talib is trouble. I think the trade for Marcus Cooper is low risk high reward. He tall at 6’2″ and weigh in like 193. He’s worth a flier.

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