Arizona Cardinals Wiretap

Carson Palmer: 'Extra Bit' On Playing Former Team

Nov 19, 2015 11:44 AM

Four years after Carson Palmer was traded by the Cincinnati Bengals to the Oakland Raiders, he still doesn't talk about his departure.

“I’m not going to get into a 'he said, she said' situation with [Bengals owner] Mike Brown,” Palmer said. “We obviously disagreed, and it ended in a very colorful, heated argument, and we disagree with each other. That’s how it ended, but now is not the time or place to get into a 'what he said, what she said' type of deal.”

Brown’s story: "We sat here in the office on a couple of occasions and argued about what the future should be for him and us,” Brown told "Whether he really believed it or not, I rather doubt. But my argument then with him was, 'You're a top quarterback and you've got real productive years in front of you.'

"He would say to me, 'Oh, no. I'm all beat up. I'll be lucky to play another year or two,' which I didn't take to heart."

Brown wouldn't grant Palmer's request to be traded before the 2011 season and he threatened to retire.

“I know the truth and I know my side and obviously his side,” Palmer said. “You can’t worry about other people’s opinions.”

Palmer didn't shy away from a question about Sunday's game being like any other game.

“It’s not,” Palmer said. "Any time you play a team where you spent some time, and especially for as much time as I spent there, it’s not just another game. I’m solely focused on this and we’re solely focused on this.

“There’s obviously a little bit extra on it, but it’s a big game for us, it’s a big game for them, and I’m very focused on my job.”



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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals

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Cardinals Interested In Multi-Year Deal With Carson Palmer

Nov 13, 2015 12:54 PM

The Arizona Cardinals believe Carson Palmer can remain their starting quarterback for several more seasons.

Palmer turns 36 next month, making him just slightly older than Eli Manning and Philip Rivers, who have each signed new deals.

The Cardinals have privately spoken about signing Palmer to a multi-year deal.

Palmer has made a full recovery from his torn ACL last year.

Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen/ESPN

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Cardinals Engage Chris Johnson On Possible Extension

Nov 1, 2015 10:22 AM

The Arizona Cardinals have engaged Chris Johnson on a contract extension after they've been so impressed with his play this season.

No deal is imminent.

Johnson has 567 rushing yards through seven games entering Sunday.

Johnson has said he isn't thinking about extending his one-year contract.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Cardinals To Increase Andre Ellington's Usage

Oct 31, 2015 11:16 AM

The Arizona Cardinals plan on increasing the usage of Andre Ellington.

Ellington played 18 snaps in Monday night's win, but compiled just five rushes for 21 yards and three receptions. 


"I think BA (head coach Bruce Arians) has stuff for him and he didn't get to it, but I'm sure he'll get to it this week," offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said of Ellington. "As you saw (Monday night), there was a series where I think he pretty much was in there the whole series because he (Arians) wanted to get him going.

"He's got fresh legs, obviously."

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Ben Roethlisberger Trying To Return For Week 6 Against Cardinals

Oct 13, 2015 3:27 PM

Ben Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury on Sept. 27th and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

But Roethlisberger wants to return this coming week to face the Arizona Cardinals.

"Roethlisberger wants to play Sunday against his former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have not ruled out the possibility," Adam Schefter wrote Monday. "But his return against the Arizona Cardinals is considered a long shot, according to sources." 

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

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Cardinals Sign Dwight Freeney To One-Year Deal

Oct 12, 2015 2:08 PM

Dwight Freeney has signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Freeney will serve in a designated pass-rush role for the Cardinals.

Freeney had 40 quarterback hurries last season despite a limited role.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Eagles Trade Matt Barkley To Cardinals

Sep 4, 2015 5:15 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have acquired Matt Barkley from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The move sets up the possibility of Tim Tebow making the Eagles' final roster.

Tebow had a solid performance for the Eagles in their final preseason game.

Phil Sheridan/ESPN

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Chris Johnson Signs One-Year Deal With Cardinals

Aug 17, 2015 6:15 PM

Chris Johnson has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Johnson spent last season with the New York Jets.

During the offseason, Johnson was shot in a drive-by that killed the driver of his vehicle.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Chris Johnson Expected To Sign With Cardinals

Aug 14, 2015 8:47 PM

Chris Johnson will visit the Arizona Cardinals this weekend and he's expected to sign with the team.

Johnson earned $4 million last season with the New York Jets.

The Cardinals have been thin at running back for the past couple of weeks. Starter Andre Ellington returned to 11-on-11 drills Thursday during training camp after missing the past two weeks with a hamstring injury. Rookie David Johnson (hamstring) has yet to practice since the Cardinals put on pads the third day of camp. Marion Grice has also been out with a hamstring injury.

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Cardinals Offer Chris Johnson One-Year Deal

Aug 11, 2015 12:36 PM

The Cardinals have made a one-year offer to running back Chris Johnson, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini on Tuesday.

Johnson, who became an unrestricted free agent after the Jets declined to exercise their option after the 2014 season, recorded career lows for carries (155), rushing yards (663) and rushing touchdowns (one) last season after signing a two-year, $8 million deal.

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Michael Floyd Dislocates Three Fingers
Michael Floyd is expected to miss four weeks and might not be ready for the team's season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 13.

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Cardinals Hire NFL's First Female Coach
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Jermaine Gresham Signs With Cardinals
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Jermaine Gresham To Visit Cardinals
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Patrick Peterson Adjusting To Life With Diabetes
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Carson Palmer 100 Percent Recovered From ACL Tear
Carson Palmer is now 35 and is entering his third season with the Cardinals.

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Cardinals Sign Frostee Rucker To One-Year Extension
Frostee Rucker earned $1 million last season and was scheduled to make $1.1 million in 2015.

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Gronkowski, Beckham, A. Brown, Peterson Four Finalists For Madden
Rob Gronkowski, Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown and Patrick Peterson are the four finalists for the Madden '16 cover.

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Cardinals Open To Trading Michael Floyd
Michael Floyd caught 47 passes for 841 yards and six touchdowns last season.

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Vikings Insist Adrian Peterson Won't Be Traded
The Vikings have reportedly had absurd trade demands for Adrian Peterson, signalling they've wanted to keep him.

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Cardinals, Buccaneers, Jaguars In Running For Peterson; Cowboys Out
The number of teams who realistically might trade for Adrian Peterson are less than what has been previously reported.

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Cardinals, Falcons, Cowboys, Jags, Chargers, Bucs In Mix For Peterson
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Adrian Peterson Unlikely To Receive Additional Suspension
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Kurt Warner Approached By NFL Team About Possible Return
Kurt Warner has been retired five years and is 43 years old.

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NFL Received 2,000 Applications For Vet Combine, One Player Signed
Nathan Slaughter was the only player immediately signed as he joined the Cardinals.

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Cardinals Would Need Adrian Peterson To Restructure Deal If Traded
The Cardinals said that Adrian Peterson's three years and $45 million remaining is an "absolute non-starter."

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Mike Iupati To Sign With Cardinals
Mike Iupati has been one of the NFL's best guards since coming into the NFL out of Idaho in 2010.

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Darnell Dockett Signs Two-Year Deal With 49ers
Darnell Dockett missed all of 2014 after tearing his ACL during training camp.

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Cardinals, Colts, Cowboys, Chargers, Bucs On Adrian Peterson's List
Adrian Peterson would consider a restructuring of his contract to help facilitate a trade.

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Cardinals Sign Bruce Arians, Steve Keim To Extensions Through 2018
Bruce Arians signed a four-year deal in 2013 when he became head coach of the Cardinals, so this is a two-year extension.

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