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Bruce Arians: Byron Leftwich Has Future As Head Coach

Jun 21, 2017 8:32 AM

Byron Leftwich only has a year of coaching under his belt, but Bruce Arians is already confident that he'll one day be a head coach in the NFL.

"He'll be a head coach early and fast," Arians said.

Leftwich started out as a coaching intern for the Arizona Cardinals, but Arians move him to quarterbacks coach this offseason. Leftwich believes he was forced to to see the game from a coach's point of view in his decade as an NFL quarterback.

"I played the game as if I was a coach," he said. "I never really had the physical ability to run around. I could throw the ball, but I had to think my way through the whole time. I think (Arians) understood that and appreciated my knowledge, how much work I put into the game."

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Roger Goodell Denies Relationship With Robert Kraft Was Ever Strained

Jun 20, 2017 1:48 PM

Roger Goodell traveled to Jerusalem for the inauguration of the Kraft Family Sports Complex on Tuesday.

"Robert is very important to me personally ..." Goodell told The Jerusalem Post's Allon Sinai. "My friendship with Robert was never strained. We both understand that we have jobs ...

"I know how important this is for him. My respect and admiration for him has never waned. We believe our best days are ahead."

The tension between the Patriots and Goodell was palpable during the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy following New England's Super Bowl LI victory.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots

Larry Fitzgerald Will Only Address Future During Camp

May 23, 2017 8:53 AM

Larry Fitzgerald won't be answering questions about his future throughout the 2017 season.

Fitzgerald said Monday night at an Arians Family Foundation charity dinner that he will address his playing future once, in training camp, and that's it.

"I'm going to answer it one time, and I'm not even going to address it anymore," the wide receiver said.

Fitzgerald, who led the NFL with 107 receptions in 2016, has not said one way or another if next season will be his last.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Blaine Gabbert Agrees To One-Year Deal With Cardinals

May 11, 2017 10:18 AM

The Arizona Cardinals have signed Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal, according to a source.

Gabbert opened last season as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, but ceded the job to Colin Kaepernick five weeks later. He finished 2016 with a 68.4 passer rating with five touchdowns and six interceptions.


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Cardinals Interested In Blaine Gabbert

May 2, 2017 6:16 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have interest in signing Blaine Gabbert.

Gabbert spent the past two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cardinals had interest in drafting a quarterback last week.

Gabbert would figure to occupy the third spot on the depth chart behind starter Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton.

Aaron Wilson/Houston Chronicle

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round

Apr 27, 2017 11:47 PM

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

3. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

5. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

9. Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross, WR, Washington

10. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

11. New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

12. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

13. Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

15. Indianapolis Colts: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

16. Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

17. Washington: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

18. Tennessee Titans: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

21. Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

22. Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

23. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi

24. Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

25. Cleveland Browns: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

26. Atlanta Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

27. Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

29. Cleveland Browns: David Njoku, TE, Miami

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

32. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

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Cardinals Unafraid Of Overusing David Johnson

Mar 31, 2017 8:33 AM

Bruce Arians says the Arizona Cardinals have no concerns about overusing David Johnson.

"He's still too young to overuse," Arians said of his running back.

"I want to have 30 touches out of him, if possible, because that's going to be a lot of offense," the coach added. "When he has his hand on the ball, either as a wide receiver, coming out of the backfield, in the slot, and running, that's a lot of potential offense for us."

Johnson had 293 carries and 80 catches in 2016, totaling 2,118 yards and 20 touchdowns.

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Cardinals Place Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag On Chandler Jones

Feb 27, 2017 2:10 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have placed the "non-exclusive" franchise tag on Chandler Jones.

With the non-exclusive designation, Jones can sign an offer sheet with another team. If the Cardinals choose not to match, they would receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.

The franchise tenders for linebackers will be about $15.3 million for the 2017 season. 

The Cardinals acquired Jones from the New England Patriots last offseason.


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Cardinals To Use Franchise Tag On Chandler Jones

Feb 14, 2017 2:50 PM

During a radio appearance this week, Michael Bidwill reiterated that the Arizona Cardinals will use their franchise tag on Chandler Jones.

"We're not going to mess around with that," Bidwill said, referring to the possibility of not retaining Jones, per the team's website. "He's a great pass rusher, but if we can't agree to terms that work for us, we're just going to franchise him. His people know that."

Jones was acquired from the New England Patriots last offseason in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick.

Jones had one of the best seasons of his career, recording 11 sacks and 66 quarterback pressures from his position as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker.

The franchise tag values for those positions will likely range from $14.5 million to $16.5 million, depending on whether Jones is designated as a defensive end or a linebacker. 

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Carson Palmer Confirms He'll Play In 2017

Feb 9, 2017 3:18 PM

Carson Palmer has confirmed he will continue his playing career in 2017.

Palmer had been considering retirement this offseason.

“My intent was to take some time after the season to get away and see where I was physically and mentally,” Palmer said. “On both fronts, I can say I’m ready to get back to work and prepare for the 2017 season. This is a phenomenal group with a very special opportunity in front of it.

“I know how rare that is and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it.”

Arizona would have had to guarantee his $15.5 million salary by Friday if he was still on their roster.

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Cardinals Expect Carson Palmer To Play In 2017
Carson Palmer is 37 and has been non-committal so far about his plans for 2017.


Cardinals Interested In Deshaun Watson, Tyrod Taylor
The Cardinals have an uncertain quarterback situation with Carson Palmer considering retirement.

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Larry Fitzgerald Will Return To Cardinals For 14th Season
Larry Fitzgerald has one year left on his contract.


Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald Continue To Consider Retirement
Larry Fitzgerald is due to make $11 million in 2017, while Carson Palmer is set to make $17.5 million in salary and bonuses.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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David Johnson Suffers Meniscus Damage
David Johnson entered Week 17 with 1,233 yards rushing and 841 yards receiving.

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Bruce Arians Says He'll Return To Cardinals In 2017
Bruce Arians plans to coach the Cardinals in 2017 despite a disappointing season and two health scares since training camp.

Chris Wesseling/NFL

Michael Floyd Had .217 BAC, Could Face Jail Time
When Michael Floyd was arrested in his vehicle on Dec. 12, he had a blood-alcohol level of .217, which could land him in jail.


Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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Larry Fitzgerald Hints He May Play Elsewhere In 2017
During an interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One, Larry Fitzgerald hinted that he may play for a team other than the Cardinals next season.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Carson Palmer Plans To Play In 2017
Carson Palmer recently signed a one-year, $24.4 million extension through 2018 with the Cardinals.

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Patriots Claim Michael Floyd Off Waivers
Michael Floyd was released by the Cardinals this week following his arrest on a DUI charge.

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David Johnson Has Chance At Rare 1,000/1,000 Season
David Johnson has a chance to do something only two players have done in NFL history -- accumulate 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.

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Cardinals Release Michael Floyd After DUI Arrest
The Cardinals have released Michael Floyd two days after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer.


Fitzgerald Not Planning On Playing Long Enough To Catch Rice, Gonzalez
Larry Fitzgerald is 220 receptions away from passing Tony Gonzalez, who has 1,325 career catches.

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Bruce Arians Expected To Be On Sidelines For Cardinals
Bruce Arians returned to work on Tuesday after being admitted to the hospital on Monday.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Bruce Arians Hospitalized With Chest Pains
Bruce Arians was taken to the hospital Sunday night, but the team says test results "have come back favorably."


Bears, Jets, Broncos, Cardinals Could Pursue Tony Romo In 2017
If Dak Prescott continues to merit playing as the starter, the Cowboys would struggle to carry Tony Romo's $14 million base salary.

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Tyrann Mathieu Rails Against Cardinals' Offense After Tie
Tyrann Mathieu was frustrated with the Cardinals' offense and special teams after the team tied with the Seahawks on Sunday night.

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Carson Palmer Takes Day Off To Rest Arm
Carson Palmer didn't throw any passes during Wednesday's practice in an effort to rest his throwing arm.

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