Tyrann Mathieu heads to Texans

Posted by Darren Urban on March 16, 2018 – 8:11 pm

Tyrann Mathieu was released Wednesday. Friday, he found a new home — albeit for one year, at least for now.

The Honey Badger agreed to to a deal with the Houston Texans for one year. Reportedly, the Cardinals’ last offer on the pay cut was $8 million. Mathieu said a couple of times in interviews since his release money wasn’t the most important thing. The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reports that the deal is worth $7 million — a $4.5 million signing bonus, $2 million in salary, and $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses (which would average $31,250 per game).

The Texans, assuming quarterback Deshaun Watson is healthy again after tearing his ACL, have a chance to be good. They also will get back from injury defensive end J.J. Watt — who is friends with Mathieu and who was openly recruiting Badger to come to Houston.

Whatever the contract, Mathieu will be in line to return to free agency in 2019. If he is able to take his game back to its 2015 levels, the bet on himself will be pretty valuable. The Cardinals don’t face the Texans in the regular season, but a preseason matchup wouldn’t be out of the question.

As a side note, guard Justin Pugh has also reportedly agreed to a deal with the Cardinals. I’d expect news on that tomorrow. Meanwhile, wide receiver Jaron Brown is headed to the Seahawks on a one-year contract.

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72 Responses to “Tyrann Mathieu heads to Texans”

  1. By Justin on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    Lol, they better hope Desean Watson can lead them to 40 points per game again. The Texans D is just a triage of players,

    I’m disappointed that Matthieu really just wanted out of the team that gave home his chance and made him rich. Loyalty is not one of his strongest traits apparently.

  2. By Darren Urban on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    Justin —

    RE: Loyalty

    Just for argument’s sake, I’m pretty sure Mathieu would wonder about loyalty when he was the one released. The Cardinals did nothing wrong. But this isn’t about loyalty.

  3. By Justin on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    I would agree except that apparently he took less money with the Texans than the Cardinals were offering in the restructure. (If that isn’t true than good for him). He has to know he hasn’t lived up to the contract he signed, with the team that gave him his chance and made him a rich star. I wish him the best, but it feels like a pride move more than a logic move.

  4. By Kurt on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    Tyrann was duped by his agent…. hopefully the Texans plan on providing the same personal support for him… Sincerely wishing him the best, and hope he considers changing agents asap… for his futures sake.

  5. By drblogubc on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    Best wishes to Honey Badger and Jaron Brown with their new teams. I thought Brown had a lot to offer the Cardinals and particularly sorry to see him go, especially to the Seahawks.

  6. By joe holst on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    Tom Condon gave him bad advice

  7. By Maricopa Rick on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    So he turned down the Cards reported $8 million offer so he could take the Texans $7 million. Makes no sense, unless a) he felt disrespected by the Cards, or b) Condon screwed the pooch on this deal. Either way, bad deal for Tyrann.

  8. By Patrick on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    Abridge qb1 ✅ (Bradford)
    Veteran Qb backup ✅ (Glennon)
    Release Adrian Peterson ✅
    Resolve HB contract ✅
    Sign inside LB ✅ (Bynes)
    Improve O-line ✅ (Andre Smith)
    Improve O-line interior ✅ (Pugh)
    Resolve Iupati contract ✅
    To do list:
    Draft QB of future preferably round 1 but definitely in first 2 rounds.
    Sign Fullback
    Sign WR2
    Sign WR depth
    Sign TE depth
    Resolve Veldheer contract
    Sign CB2
    Sign slot CB
    Improve Interior D line

  9. By Don on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    Ty refusing to take a pay cut made it seem about money but now it sounds like he just wanted out of AZ. I hope he isn’t cutting off his nose to spite his face. I think he is to small for the NFL. When he plays Badger balls to the wall he gets hurt but if he plays to not get hurt he isn’t much more than average. Either way, going to miss you TY, good luck.

  10. By patrick on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    JTDG After Free Agency (fanatic)

    “By JTDG on Mar 14, 2018 | Reply

    For those who love the Badger,

    Just think , it was to clear money so they can sign Glennon.”

    JTDG Before Free Agency (Cool, Calm, Clear, Insightful)

    By JTDG on Mar 9, 2018 | Reply

    “While 5 million is not a large amount to save vs the player, it is more about 2019 and that bonus he is due to get.”

  11. By patrick on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    The Cardinals are not trading Sam Bradford before the draft!
    Maybe…Maybe…. if the Cardinals were fortunate to draft a quarterback of the future that ended up being ready by week 1…but that is an awfully big Maybe.

    “By JCH on Mar 15, 2018 | Reply

    Could the cardinals trade Bradford for a higher spot in Draft? Or is he a done deal right now or can the Cardinals back out on him or is it to late because I don’t see where its “Official” that he is on Arizonas team?It said he intends to sign with Arizona but he heas not yet? I keep googling Sam Bradford and it says hes still on Vikings so is it to late for cards to back out?”

  12. By John S. on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    I would hope he fires his agent… be nuts not to do so after this fiasco. Really bad advice, the HB needs and deserves better representation.
    Unreal… but can only wish him the best.

  13. By patrick on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    Here are some holes I see with this scenario

    “LG – Andrew Norwell – First Team All Pro
    C – Mike Pouncey – 3 time pro bowler
    RG – Josh Sitton – 4 time pro bowler.”

    1) Andrew Norwell sign a cap friendly contract with the Jaguars that also fit exactly how the Cardinals would have structured the deal. It was reported the Cardinals were interested in Norwell. But there are 32 teams in this league and he chose the Jaguars. Just like Brees chose the Saints and Cousins chose the Vikings. So the fact is he a Jaguar.
    2) You would trade a 7th round draft pick for Mike Pouncey and “make” him play under that contract. He asked for his release so he can sign one more big contract. If you make him play under that contract, he will more likely be a cancer in the locker room, skip OTA’s and maybe training camp, and be unavailable due to nagging injuries (See Anquan Boldin)
    Proof that this scenario is real is the fact the Dolphins granted the release!
    3) “Sitton will sign because the other two signed”…. but Norwell did not sign and Pouncey would not be happy until he got a new contract. Sitton chose to sign another cap friendly contract with a different team.

    All told this scenario is nice in Blog Comment World and the numbers do work for 2018, but because there are 32 NFL teams competing for these players, the chances of it happening in the real world is slim. EVEN for the DOLPHINS THAT HAD 2 OF THE 3 PIECES!

  14. By Steve on Mar 16, 2018 | Reply

    Darren: Why would the Badger refuse to accept the Cards higher restructured offer and accept a lower offer from the Texans? Tyrann also said he wanted to go to a team that had a winning culture, the Texans?? I know you mentioned that getting released by the team was not what he expected but his play, in my opinion, did not justify that huge contract. Keim stuck his neck out for HB and gave him top $$ even after getting injured and losing confidence in his play after the torn ACL’s. Mathieu’s stubborn refusal to compromise on a new deal with the team is nothing short of a slap in the face to Keim and the fans here who supported him.

  15. By Chris G. on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    We all do crazy things that we might regret later all because of spite. Good luck Tyrann. The Texans are 33 and 47 since 2013, I guess this is the winning culture you took a pay cut to join.

  16. By Dan Nicholson on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Keep checking off those boxes, kind of humorous, like it. Badger had impact from 1st NFL game when he hustled to pop ball out of Jared Cooks hands to save a TD. He was good for cardinal football and Arizona in general as he was a guy everyone rooted for. It’s a business but thanks for playing hard and becoming better all around

  17. By Mark on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    So the Cardinals asked him to restructure his contact because he didn’t live up to that massive extension that Keim gave him. He was also paid a lot of money when he was hurt and could not perform but was still given a restructure worth more than what he got in free agency. So I think the cards are completely in the right here. First, they draft Budda Baker to replace him, Second they offer HB a good/fair restructure and he still takes a one year deal less than what the cards were offering for multi years on the restructure. This shows me the Money badger gambled and lost in free agency….bottom line. The cardinals tried to keep him and when he failed in free agency to get that big contract, pride kept him from coming back and taking cardinals offer.

  18. By Lg on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    If you take 7 million over 8 million you just didn’t want to be in Arizona no more if you don’t want to be part of bird Gang you can fly your ass out the front door dismiss good luck in Houston

  19. By forbessh on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Surely, this is one of the dumbest moves of the FA period?

    Why would a player with two recent ACL injury risk it all on a 1-year contract with the Texans which will pay him less than AZ were offering. He said he wanted to go to a winning organisation (an insult in itself to the Birdgang as if we didn’t want to win). Then he signs with the Pats; sorry I mean Texans! So this effectively means, if God-forbid, he gets injured, his career is probably over and he has to live off whatever is left of his salary for the rest of his life.

    I knew this would probably happen. The HB was misled by his agent to think that there would be multiple teams bidding for him and thus more money for him. Teams seem to have watched his tape from last season and concluded that he is not all that anymore and his injuries make him a high risk. Alas, he realised that the phone was ringing and had to settle for this poor contract.

    “Pride comes before a fall”, the Good Book cautions!

  20. By Scott H on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Some decent additions to the O-line… that is good. Smith and Pugh aren’t household names but for THIS team, you’d have to say they are definite up-grades. Hey, as long as they stay healthy, they can only help.

    But as we see our WR corps depleted by departures ( both Browns ), the overall gains are negated.

    So far, this off-season looks like a break even proposition. Heck, factor in the departures of Palmer and the HB, and it’s not even a break even proposition yet. I’d say the departures still outweigh the gains.

    Still a long way to go before it resembles anything I would call aggressive. Still resembles the 2017 off-season more than anything else. So far.

    I am somewhat surprised by the HB getting a one-year deal, but given the injury history…..I guess other teams have tempered optimism as well. Looks like his hope for something better rides on another season of sustained health. On the Texans side, I can’t say I blame them.

  21. By Steven Wilson on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Big Badger fan. Own his jersey. Badger saw the rising of Budda. Wanted out before he was eclipsed. Good luck HB! I’ll still be wearing the jersey!

  22. By Russell Henriks on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    WANTED: Injured players. Will pay top dollar for part-time players…? SK must get the league injury report and make his acquisitions from it. I’m trying to have faith, but come on…and as far as honey badger goes, he seen the product they were going to put out on the field and decided to fly the coup for an up and coming team with a star QB. Go Cards!

  23. By Big Ken on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Time to cut or trade Veldheer.

  24. By clssylssy on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    I think this was a good move for Tyrann. He will have a job that doesn’t lock him into anything but has the opportunity with a young and forward thinking organization to continue getting his career back on track and “reset”. He will be close to NOLA, without being too close, with the incentives in this one year deal to allow him to make some money in a competitive environment with a roster of budding young players and standouts like JJ Watt. Rather than accepting a pay cut to play in a diminished role on a team sportswriters and analysts are describing as “a slapped together and uninspired roster”, in a transitional period, this will give him time to work on keeping his career alive. He is only twenty-five and the environment in Phoenix for the past two years has been, at the very least, “uninspired” for everybody.
    I was hoping he would go to KC but taking a year to think it over, survey the landscape, and reset, while still having opportunities makes excellent sense. Sometimes these one year “prove it” deals are the perfect way for players to have a measure of control over their destiny. Good luck to the Honey Badger! I know the Houston community will be the big winners in this!

  25. By clssylssy on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    WOW! The Jets just traded for the #3 pick in the draft!!! Way to go Coach Bowles!!! Guess he knows what it is to be AGGRESSIVE!

  26. By Joe C. on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Money Badger! Hah that’s good. So Houston has a forward looking FO that took a chance on an oft injured FA on a one year prove it deal. Did Keim move to the Texans? Clssy no wonder you love this deal!

  27. By CARDS62 on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    I agree with others the Honey Badger turning down our 8 million for the Texans 7 million is very disappointing. Guess he just wants a fresh start so I will wish him well and root for him when not playing us, but disappointing he would not want to return to play with PP and Fitz.

    Darren can you give us an update on our cap number after the Pugh signing?

    Anybody out there that can tell us about Justin Pugh game and is he much of an improvement from Boone at G? 2nd question is how many of you want Iupati at G over Boone?

    I think the Jets are giving up too much to move from 6 to 3 but that is just me. Colts should be very happy.

    Go Cards!

  28. By D on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    No idea how SK is working the Cap, but if he could sign EJ Gaines at CB and J. Matthews at WR it would be at decent free agency for SK including the Pugh signing.

    With today’s draft moves, almost certain AZ will be left with the 5 best QB in the draft, will it be Jackson or Rudolph…..either one shouldn’t see the field in 18, hence the Glennon signing be important.

  29. By El Gallo on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    That Jets move though..

    Making power move to ensure they get a shot at a Top 3 talent.

    Nice, one can respect this effort.

  30. By NJAzCardsFan on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Jets now have the 3rd pick in the draft….??? It amazes how aggressive all of the other teams are, especially when compared to the Cards GM’s “Aggressive” style… (NOT) The Cards could have done that….. The Cards will have to have a trade with the Giants or Browns to get a “good” QB in this years draft…. I have a suspicion Keim will wait until 2nd or 3rd Rd to find another Logan Thomas type QB….???

  31. By Eric G on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Everyone realizes that the cards cannot trade into the top 5 without giving up a fortune right? #1 #2 #4 this year and likely #1 #3 next year at least. Sitting at 15 doesn’t give SK much leverage to go that high. Now with the jets moving up to #3, I think Darnold, Allen and Rosen are guaranteed picks 1-3. That leaves Mayfield and Jackson, neither of them I want. Maybe we stay and get Ridley. Maybe trade back, pick up a third round pick and then get Rudolph. Fact is Cardinals have too many good pieces now to trade away the future with too many picks to get the 4th best qb.

  32. By Scott H on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Darren –

    OK, so….the outrageous comments made by RagingREDBird are OK on this blog? Really?

    You’ve gotta be kidding me.

    C’mon, man, that is over the line. What place is there for that on a blog cite for a professional football team???

  33. By Darren Urban on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Comment

    Sorry, I missed that. It’s been deleted.

  34. By RagingREDBird on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Whatever.. My point was that classylssy seems to be just a super Ty fan over a Cards fan. He is defended all the time with that Blog. Most fans when they hear a fan favorite chose to leave your team to play for somebody else for LESS money gets a little mad about it. In the past I wrote that he should take the money and I still think that…

    Meaning he should be a Cardinal! Part of the team we all love and follow on this blog.

  35. By Dr. G. on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Cards Fans ~ ~ FWIW ((Why did Badger take a lesser deal?))

    When he refused to restructure for Keim’s offer, ((which caused all this in the last dumb contract)) Tyrann had no idea that few teams would scurry to ink him to huge money. Agents can cause delusion for a naive young player.

    His popularity shrouded his performance ups and downs along with serious injuries, was ignored by the media rant that he would be a hot item. Most GMs will consider all the elements while the media just runs with hype sometimes.

    The teams did not line up to sign him…I have been watching with curiosity…so he took a deal rather than sit…seems obvious.

  36. By JTDG on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply


    Badger quotes;

    What are you saying? Besides hiding behind a key board and calling me names, what are you trying to say?
    I’ve always thought Badger should be released and never changed. I spoke about it during the season. My comment about the Glennon signing was to those who didn’t want to see badger go.

    Not sure why that is hard for you to get.

    As for the oline comments;

    Norwell’s oline coach is here . The guy who took him from Undrafted to All Pro. You don’t think that is an advantage?

    But maybe you are right, I keep hearing again and again that “players wanted to go elsewhere and players didn’t want to come here” .

    Why? Is the team Keim assembled really that bad that even guys the coaches coached last year don’t want to come here. Has it got so bad in AZ that we are the Cleveland Browns of free agency?

    Either players don’t want to come here because Keim has messed this thing up or The players do want to come here, and got much better deals else where. Which one is it.

  37. By Jeff A on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    To those who state HB wanted out of AZ:

    Keep in mind HB didn’t know how much Houston was going to offer until after he left. From the outside it looks like a case where his agent and he valued him higher than the market did. I read a few articles that stated he would get something close to what he already had in AZ and someone even brought it up in an interview and discussed that possibility with him. I think the constant mentioning of his Pro Bowl offer from last year helped inflate opinions that shouldn’t have been partially because he got the offer from name recognition more than play. He was pretty good last year and very dependable, but didn’t have Pro Bowl numbers, even for a replacement. It feels like he hit the market and didn’t get near the heat they thought he would and took the best available before offers got lower. I’m surprised he didn’t wait a little longer though.

    Although perhaps Wilks had no intention to use him in a hybrid type of role or as a slot CB and let him know he may be a backup. I have to wonder about Wilks’ view on Buchannon and his dollar lb position. That may have been discussed and I have missed the article.

    Bummed to see Jaron go to Seattle, but it always seemed like he did great as a fill in, but whenever he got a chance to shine he disappeared. Kept hoping for him to get to his potential.

  38. By Aaron Allery on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    I am like others here. Sorry to see Honey Badger go and really can’t believe the lack of loyalty towards the Cards in his case. What other pick(s) from his draft class has made more money?

  39. By jeffcardinalfan on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    smith and pugh are not upgrades,…just different guys who are often injured

  40. By MartinK on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Scott H, (…and others)
    I am not defending what others have written. But how would we have to judge the following quote regarding Sam Bradford:

    “Ya know what, Sam? Try not to speak, OK? You’re here, I guess we have to live with that. But don’t make it worse by saying really dumb things.” Scott H, March 16.

    You are insulting our new quarterback in direct speech before he even got his locker, let alone snapped a ball.

    I am seriously pissed off about some of the serial bloggers (you know who you are) bloating this blog with negativity, angst, and blatant disrespect for this organization’s players and their professional leadership.

    That is not to say that people shouldn’t voice their frustration or their opinions. But if you have to make a strong point, make it once, and be done, and show some minimum respect for the people you are talking about. There are plenty of people in the fan community and on this blog who understand that chips don’t always fall their way and are willing to welcome the new players, — as they should.

    Regarding Tyrann, there is a lot going on behind closed doors. At some point in the future we will find out what happened. It may well be that the window of opportunity for the $8 million contract was only open for a very short time.

  41. By Patrick on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply


    Awesome new Twitter picture especially if that is you in the background. Great view of a memorable play. Much better than your old picture where it looked like you were making Googly eyes at either P2 or the Jaguar cheerleader. (Either would have been acceptable in my book.)

  42. By Darren Urban on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Patrick —

    RE: Twitter picture

    Yes, that is me. The photo was taken by a fan sitting across the field.

  43. By creditcard on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    In responses to Smith and Pugh … yes, they’ve had injury issues. However, I still think the biggest think about the O-line is as much the players as the coaching development.

    After the turn-over of O-linemen and the number of injuries; I was convinced the play- calling and / or the player development for O-linemen was amiss for the Cardinals.

    It appears the Cards might have the makings of a decent O-line with adequate depth. The 64 thousand dollar question,is whether the new O-line coach can develop these players and keep them healthy throughout the season.

  44. By creditcard on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    As per Tyrann Mathieu: I really wish him well — he was good for the Cardinals and good for the Valley.

    I think Tyrann’s loyalty very well could have been with Bruce Arians more so than the Cards. If a new coach … why not then be in a new team mentality.

    I am in hopes after 1-yr he is back with the Cards for all good and positive reasons.

  45. By creditcard on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Last thoughts …

    As for the draft QB. Yes, the Cards need to draft a QB. I am in hopes the Cards keeps their thoughts close to their vest (so to speak) as possible.

    It appears there will be at least 2-3 teams ahead of the Cards willing to obtain a 1st round QB. The Cards have many holes, so selling your soul just to move up a few spots appears fool-hearty.

    Trade down, Get a low 1st and another 2nd round. The 2nd round — get the guy from the Richmond Spiders — he’s good. This way the Cards get that QB of the future to develop, and are able to get a CB2, WR, OL or TE in this years’ draft in rounds 1 and 2.

  46. By Coach K on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply


    Sorry to see badger go. Really sad to see J Brown go as he was a solid #3 Receiver with size.

    As for the draft, with Jets moving up to #3, it’s now almost certain WE ARE NOT GETTING ONE OF THE TOP FOUR QB’S IN THIS DRAFT.

    Knowing Keim, he is not going to trade up to #1 or #2 for a QB. It’s simply too costly. Looks like Mason Rudolph will be our QB, unless Keim surprises everyone and trades up into #1 or #2. Doubt Cleveland will give up #1 after missing on Wentz two years ago. The fans would revolt.

    So I expect all 4 of the top QB’s will be gone by pick #6. with this Jets move up

  47. By E.T. on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Honey Badger did his best for the Cardinals. Then the Cards did the stupid (which they do on occasion, LoL) and forced him into running back kicks; blows out ACL.Keep in mind they put their #1 Patrick Peterson running back punts also; stupid, that word again. All because SK cannot seem to recruit for that position and QB, and WR not tiny, and OL, and and and. Sorry to see the badger move –he is an unusual DB because of his closing speed. He may have left because Arians retired. TX is also closer to his family in Louisiana. If he has a good wife with the money, she is stashing it away for the future. If you make the paycheck and pay half in taxes (theoretical) that leaves a lot to be saved. And thanks to Patrick Peterson, taking Ty under his room, teaching him the ropes. We ought not to forget that story. All the best, Ty. Take care of the family.

  48. By Pistol Pete on Mar 17, 2018 | Reply

    Here’s another thing he should have considered. Or had his agent advise him. And since this was Mathieu’s first and only NFL defensive system that he played in, he probably doesn’t know this. Defensive linemen notwithstanding (just need to rush the QB and stop the run), defensive players have to be able to ‘fit’ into the defensive coordinator’s system. He’s not a prototype NFL safety, somewhat unusual in several ways, and there was no guarantee that he was going to fit into the new defensive system here when he left. But to go another team that doesn’t know him and try to fit into another DC’s system is IMHO, an even bigger risk. How many times have we seen defensive free agents sign with another team, only to fall out of favor, for not living up to their elevated expectations and then later get benched and/or cut later? In today’s sophisticated NFL defenses now, it’s about the system that is being run and being a good fit for it. At least here, he would had some level of ‘political cover’ from the front office if he struggled in the new system. Where he’s going, he’ll likely be dropped like a bad habit if he flounders or struggles because you don’t keep $7M steadies on the bench as bench warmers. In my view, it may have been a better match for him and with less risk if he went to play for Betcher on Giants or Bowles with the Jets. Whoever is advising him, is not doing his job.

  49. By patrick on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply


    I usually enjoy your posts, for the most part they are (Cool, Calm, Clear, Insightful).

    But when you found out the Cardinals signed Bradford a switch flipped and you became a (fanatic). Pretty much a passionate fan frustrated by decades of rooting for a team that has not won a championship.

    It will be interesting to see if Bradford signed a 1 year 20M contract which you seem to think, or a 2 year, 40M contract with 15M guaranteed and a Cardinals option for year 2. I have not seen Bradford’s contract details yet and don’t know his cap hit for 2018.

    You seem to think it is a 1 year 20M contract that was absorbed most of 2018 cap space.

    1) I think your theory of signing Norwell, Pauncey and Sitton was flawed.
    2) Taking it a step further, I think your “Let’s add Bradford’s contract; for a 20 million dollar contract. The cards could have signed Bridgewater, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, and RT Chris Hubbard” is flawed.
    3) Your statement “For those who love the Badger, Just think , it was to clear money so they can sign Glennon.” makes it sound like we released Badger to sign Glennon. These were two unrelated transactions. They released Badger as you correctly pointed out many times because of his 2018 and 2019 salary and they signed Glennon because they wanted a veteran backup quarterback. One had nothing to do with the other.
    4) I don’t know why Norwell did not sign with the Cardinals, he had 32 teams to choose from and the Jaguars won the rights to his services. We ended up with the second best guard in free agency.
    5) I think the Cardinals are following a plan based on their research and player evaluation. They may not be the players you would have signed, they aren’t necessarily the players I would have signed, but the players are filling needs and I am rooting that they come together and make a run.
    6) The only names I called you were “Cool, Calm, Clear, Insightful and a Fanatic”
    None of these were meant to be negative. If they insulted you, I apologize.

  50. By Mojo cards on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    honey badger did what he thought was best for him. He moved on good luck. Wish he could have worked it out but he chose to leave. the cards tried to give new contract that was fair and help the teams cap to help sign players to improve the team The cards take a cap hit and he is playing for new team. Cards moving up in draft is unlikely so we can wait sign best player and Foles will be free agent next year or we can wait next year and watch release qb or draft one. Bradford is the best of all these QB if healthy. Kurt Warner was done when he came to cards now in hall of fame maybe jusy maybe it will wrk out.

  51. By JCH on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    Cardinals should draft a QB in round 2 because we only have 2 Qbs on the roster at the moment and we need one more QB for the team.

  52. By Scott H on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    Martin –

    I hear you and your thoughts about my post(s) are noted. Yeah, they have seemed rather negative recently. What can I tell you? People do being a fan in different ways. If my posts and my attitude become tiresome to you, then….you don’t have to read them.

    But never let it be said that my “negativity” ( your assessment ) doesn’t reflect my passion for this team. And that passion is rooted in 45 years in as a fan at this point in my life. I INVEST myself in this team with my heart. And I react from the heart. What else would explain my being on this blog every day, usually multiple times a day?

    You didn’t care for my comments about Bradford and HIS comments about his health / knee and how it’s not an issue for him. Fine. I think it was an issue for the Vikings last year after he was kaput after 2 games. Sorry, I had a problem with his making comments that I considered absolutely ridiculous. I stand by them. And you have every right to disagree with / dis-approve of them.

    But my comments did not go over the line as some other comments did.

  53. By Scott H on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    Darren –

    Thanks for your consideration of that. I think we are better off without comments like those.

    Apparently, some people feel we’d be better off without my comments at all, but…..I’m not attacking people personally. There’s gotta be a line somewhere.

    You run a good ship here and I hope you know we appreciate it

  54. By RagingREDBird on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    Scott get off your high horse or is that over the line?

  55. By Darren Urban on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    Raging —

    RE: Comment

    In fairness to Scott, he was right and I should not have allowed the comment. Hopefully you don’t feel that’s too restrictive. Your point was valid. How you went about it was not.

  56. By JCH on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    Scott H-
    I agree Darren runs a great ship around here. Also your fine Scott not everyone agrees on same things were all human and we don’t always feel the same way on things.I will admit that I don’t always agree with everything you say but also I do agree on a lot of things you say. Anyways I think all of us here just want what is best for the Cardinals and we may feel that some things are better or worse for the Cardinals. Scott H don’t beat yourself up ma your a cool dude. #CardinalsNationBaby. 😉

  57. By MartinK on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    Serial Bloggers,
    I think that by being on this all the time you contribute your great knowledge, opinions, facts, and analyses. And this is great and I would not want to miss you. And you are absolutely entitled to speak from your heart, and that goes for everyone.

    But know that with being on this blog so much by writing so many comments, people like myself expect higher, — not lower standards. After all, we are exposed to your feelings and opinions every day, multiple times. You are in a leadership position.

    In my opinion, Steve Keim and Sam Bradford are part of the community and are entitled to reading this blog as well. They should be able to read our comments without being insulted in every second comment. Sometimes fans believe that because players, coaches, and mangers make a lot of money they have to tolerate abuse. That is absurd.

    So my suggestion is this: Ask yourself if you would say what you are writing to their face in public — in front of your family, hundreds of fans, and professional football experts? As Darren pointed out, it is not what you want to say, but how you say it.

  58. By Scott H on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    RagingREDBird –

    I’m staying right where I am, my friend. Deal with it. Learn how to talk to people and it won’t be an issue.

    My high horse?? Really? That’s what you’re saying to me after the comments you made here? LOL! Good lord, you must be kidding.

    Stick to your points and don’t make it personal.

  59. By Scott H on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    JCH –

    Thanks for the kind words. And worry not, I’m not beating myself up! Like yourself, I seldom agree with everything that anyone says but I try to hear everything people have to say as fans of this team.

  60. By Joe C. on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply

    I think if we all strived to make as intelligent on point comments as I do this world would be a better place. Darren, you never answered my question: If DWash is not lifting and has slimmed down, would he be viable as a CB2?

  61. By CARDS62 on Mar 18, 2018 | Reply


    I hear what you are saying and you are correct in that we should all be respectful of each others opinions even when we disagree with those opinions. I know every fan on here loves the Cardinals and want them to win the Super Bowl and this is what we have in common. Some of us old timers are a bit sour because of the past and we are running out of time to experience that Super Bowl Victory so you have to forgive us when we play general manager and vent as we have seen the Cardinals go down the wrong path before. With that said I do not like when someone gives their opinion and it is not favorable of a move and someone tells them to get off of here and go root for another team. Trust me all of us want to write favorable about the Cardinals and every move they make or do not make, but unfortunately that does not seem possible. I like this time of year with fans wearing their GM hats and thinking about moves we could make.

    I was not a Rod Graves fan as he never tried to fix our oline or find us a QB after Warner so I give Steve Keim credit for at least spending money and making moves to try and fix the line and QB position after Carson retires.
    I do understand others not caring for Keim and not understanding his lack of moves when we were so close to the Super Bowl and some of the things he has let go on here in the past. I was okay if Keim would have been fired after 2017, but did not think he would be fired. I still root for him to make all the right moves as do all the others who called for him to get fired.
    We just do not understand why he did not do anything to fix our special teams and special teams coaching for years when every one and I mean every one knew we were horrible for years in this area. We do not understand not addressing the second CB for two years when we all knew this was our weakest link. We do not understand extending Honey Badger during the season instead of waiting for the end of the season, we let the NFL defensive player of the year walk away, I mean we let the best player on defense in the entire NFL walk away!!!, we let other good less expensive players walk away and he has not had the best drafts.
    I am going to root like heck for Sam Bradford and Mike U. as will JTDG and all others. I do not understand why they are here and a CB is not here.

    I really hoped Michael Bidwill would bring in a talent evaluation guru to help Steve Keim this off season with personnel but he did not. What Bidwill did do is extend the contract of a questionable GM that was under contract for two more years.
    Just does not make sense at this time.

    Michael Bidwill and Steve Keim want a Super Bowl Victory as much as all of us do, but it takes a lot more than desire it also takes talent. I like all the rest of you hope they have the talent, and will root for every move they make or do not make. These two are closest to the situation and should have the best information, but as we have seen in the past sometimes they do not make moves that 97 out of a 100 fans on this blog would make. MartinK this is why we question and this is why we get upset and angry and vent at times plus its fun to play GM and match wits with other GMs on this blog.

    I enjoy this blog and sharing ideas with all of you and hope we can all enjoy a Super Bowl Season together very soon. Plus I hope Steve Keim does read this blog as I think he could learn a few things from our couple of hundred part time GMs.

    Go Cards lets find a CB.

  62. By Cardinal's Chick on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Joe C – Not to put words in Darren’s mouth, but I am almost positive the answer is going to be no.

  63. By NYCardinals212 on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply


  64. By NYCardinals212 on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Oh man,

    “SO” seriously, not “TO” seriously. Great, now everyone is going to make fun of me. That’s it. I QUIT!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. By Richard Dixon on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Darren, many posters have you specific questions that you have not answered. We all would be interested in your responses

  66. By Darren Urban on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Richard —

    RE: Questions

    You mean like, would Daryl Washington be brought back to play cornerback?

    If it’s a factual question, I try to get to it. I try not to get into debates. Sometimes the questions are designed to do that.

  67. By RagingREDBird on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    I am sorry I hurt your feelings Scott. I will work on being more sensitive in my remarks.

  68. By Richard Dixon on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Darren, Yeah, the DWash CB question was stupid and required ignoring it.

  69. By TucsonTim on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    D Wash is coming back?

  70. By Joe C. on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Folks, my question was meant to lighten the mood. Ease up all!

  71. By MartinK on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    I totally agree with you. There are a lot of open questions and there is room for improvement. I am suspecting that when they gave Tyrann his contract they thought that Fitz would retire. And during last years draft they probably thought they would have Palmer and BA around for the new QB to be drafted this year.

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