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Cardinals Sign Bruce Arians, Steve Keim To Extensions Through 2018

Feb 23, 2015 1:06 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have signed Bruce Arians and Steve Keim to extensions through 2018.

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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Fitzgerald Restructures Contract, Creates $13M In Space For Arizona

Feb 18, 2015 10:40 AM

The Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald have agreed upon a restructured deal to create nearly $13 million in cap space for 2015.

Fitzgerald's cap hit was scheduled to be $26.3 million.

Fitzgerald turns 32 in August and has been less productive at wide receiver over the past few seasons.

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Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals Begin Talks On Restructured Contract

Feb 13, 2015 12:54 PM

Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals are working on restructuring his contract.

Fitzgerald is due $16 million in 2015, but he has a massive $23 million cap hit.

The Cardinals would gain $9.2 million in salary cap space if they were to release Fitzgerald, though the team doesn't plan to do so.

Fitzgerald restructured his contract with the Cardinals last year.

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Cardinals Hire James Bettcher As Defensive Coordinator

Feb 5, 2015 11:21 AM

The Arizona Cardinals have hired James Bettcher as defensive coordinator.

Bettcher made several stops at the college level before coming to the NFL, including a stint at North Carolina when future NFLers Robert Quinn, Bruce Carter and Quinton Coples were playing at the school.

Bettcher had been on the Cardinals' staff in both of Bruce Arians' seasons.


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Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds

Feb 2, 2015 4:16 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 next season.

Here are the Super Bowl 50 odds for all 32 teams:

Seahawks: 5-1
Patriots: 6-1
Packers: 6-1
Cowboys: 10-1
Colts: 12-1
Broncos: 12-1
49ers: 18-1
Eagles: 20-1
Steelers: 20-1
Lions: 22-1
Bengals: 25-1
Saints: 25-1
Cardinals: 30-1
Chiefs: 30-1
Ravens: 30-1
Chargers: 40-1
Giants: 40-1
Panthers: 40-1
Bears: 50-1
Dolphins: 50-1
Falcons: 50-1
Texans: 50-1
Bills: 60-1
Rams: 60-1
Vikings: 60-1
Browns: 75-1
Jets: 100-1
Raiders: 100-1
Washington: 100-1
Buccaneers: 150-1
Jaguars: 150-1
Titans: 250-1


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Cardinals Confident Of Agreeing To New Deal With Larry Fitzgerald

Jan 30, 2015 5:59 PM

The Arizona Cardinals are confident they will be able to agree upon a restructured deal with Larry Fitzgerald.

"Well last year, we made some changes to his contract to free up some cap space last year that got moved into 2015, so we're right now trying to work with him," Michael Bidwell said. "He and I have had conversations, and after the Super Bowl and all the dust settles, we'll sit down, and I'm confident that we'll get that worked out."

The Cardinals will ask Fitzgerald to take a pay cut from his $15 million salary, which will count $23.6 million against the cap.

"We want to see Larry retire as an Arizona Cardinal several years from now -- it's not going to anytime happen soon, 'cause he's still a great player on the field. I believe this is where he wants to be. It's where we want him," Bidwill said.

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Cardinals Would Hire Dick LeBeau As 'Senior Position', Not DC

Jan 15, 2015 10:35 AM

The Arizona Cardinals would like to hire Dick LeBeau for a senior position on their coaching staff and promote an existing coach to defensive coordinator to replace Todd Bowles.

Bruce Arians and LeBeau worked together for many years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

LeBeau has also been linked to the Tennessee Titans.

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Jets Hire Todd Bowles As Head Coach

Jan 13, 2015 11:09 PM

The New York Jets have hired Todd Bowles as head coach.

Bowles was one of the top coaching candidates this offseason following another successful season as defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals. The Jets also had Dan Quinn of the Seattle Seahawks high on their list and were prepared to offer the job to him had they been eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday.

Bowles will receive a four-year contract, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.


Bowles will join Mike Maccagnan to lead the Jets' new regime as they attempt to rebuild the franchise's credibility after a 4-12 record, its fourth consecutive non-winning season.

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Dick LeBeau Could Become Cardinals' Defensive Coordinator

Jan 12, 2015 4:34 PM

Dick LeBeau will be a candidate to replace Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals should he get a head coaching job elsewhere.

LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways this weekend, but he would like to continue his coaching career.

Bruce Arians and LeBeau spent eight seasons together with the Steelers.

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Todd Bowles To Have 2nd Interviews With Jets, Falcons

Jan 12, 2015 12:38 PM

Todd Bowles will have second interviews with the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. 

Bowles is one of the most sought after head coaching candidates following another great season as defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals.

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Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals Begin Talks On Return
The Cardinals are expected to ask Larry Fitzgerald to accept a paycut from his $15 million salary that is due to count $23.6 million against the salary cap.

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Kurt Warner Would Have Seriously Considered Return With Cardinals
Kurt Warner is 43 and hasn't played since the 09-10 season.


Kurt Warner Can't Return This Season
Kurt Warner admitted that he considered coming out of retirement to join the Cardinals after Drew Stanton suffered a knee injury.

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Drew Stanton Likely Out For Season Following Surgery
The Cardinals discovered an infection in Drew Stanton's knee, which required arthroscopic surgery.

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Cardinals To Start Ryan Lindley Instead Of Logan Thomas
When naming Logan Thomas the starter this week, Bruce Arians said it was more about finding out what the rookie could do than passing judgment on Ryan Lindley.

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Drew Stanton Has 85 Percent Chance Of Starting In Playoffs
The Cardinals are now optimistic of Drew Stanton's chances of being ready for the playoffs, indicating there's an 85 percent likelihood.

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Sherman: I'd Be Benched Giving Up As Many TDs As Patrick Peterson
Patrick Peterson signed a five-year, $70 million extension with the Cardinals in July.

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Cardinals Prepared To Keep Larry Fitzgerald Despite Huge Cap Hit
Larry Fitzgerald is scheduled to have a $23.6 million cap hit in 2015.

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Cardinals To Start Ryan Lindley At QB
Drew Stanton suffered a partial tear of his ACL, in addition to a sprained MCL in the same right knee.


Drew Stanton Suffered Knee Sprain, Could Return For Playoffs
Drew Stanton is out for the rest of the regular season with a knee injury.

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Drew Stanton Carted Off Field With Knee Injury
Ryan Lindley took over for Drew Stanton at quarterback instead of Logan Thomas.

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Andre Ellington Done For Season With Sports Hernia
The Cardinals will place Andre Ellington on season-ending injured reserve with a sports hernia.

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Cardinals Tried To Trade For Alex Smith In 2013
The 49ers did not want to trade Alex Smith within their division to the Cardinals.

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Tyrann Mathieu To Undergo Surgery For Thumb Injury
Bruce Arians said Monday that the Cardinals' best-case scenario was for Tyrann Mathieu to have been able to play Dec. 7, against Kansas City.


Andre Ellington Didn't Suffer Structural Damage To Hip
Andre Ellington is "sore and in pain," but he will undergo treatment and hopes to not miss any game time.

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Arians: Cardinals Need Bigger Running Back
After a failed waiver claim on Ben Tate, the Cardinals elected to turn to Michael Bush instead.

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Cardinals Extend Todd Bowles Through 2017
Todd Bowles is now believed to be on the five highest-paid assistant coaches in the league.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Arians: Cardinals Can Win Super Bowl With Drew Stanton
The Cardinals will likely be without Carson Palmer for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Carson Palmer Tears ACL
Carson Palmer was injured on a sack just two days after he signed a three-year contract extension worth a reported $50 million, including $20.5 million guaranteed.


Carson Palmer, Cardinals Agree Upon Three-Year, $50M Extension
Carson Palmer was set to become a free agent in the 2015 offseason.

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