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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

Jan 10, 2015 12:20 AM

The Arizona Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald have opened talks on a restructured contract.

No new deal is imminent, as the sides have not even discussed money. The renewed talks are a sign of mutual interest in a Fitzgerald return, however.

Ian Rapoport has reported that the organization is expected to ask 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

Jan 8, 2015 2:12 PM

Kurt Warner would have seriously considered returning to the NFL had the Arizona Cardinals sought out his services.

Warner is 43 and hasn't played since the 09-10 season.

"I would have considered it," Warner said Thursday on the Dan Patrick Show. "Physically, I feel really, really good. Now, is that the same as [playing quarterback] in the NFL? No. ... Had they truly reached out and we would've talked about it, I would've considered it."

The Cardinals were forced to start Ryan Lindley following injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.


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Kurt Warner Can't Return This Season

Dec 26, 2014 12:26 PM

Kurt Warner admitted that he considered coming out of retirement to join the Arizona Cardinals after Drew Stanton suffered a knee injury during a December 11 win over the Rams.

“It amazed me I thought about it as much as I actually thought about it,” Warner said on December 14.

But Warner isn't an option for the Cardinals even if he were sincerely interested in returning. 

By league rule, the deadline for reinstatement of players on the reserve/retired list came expired on November 28.

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Drew Stanton Likely Out For Season Following Surgery

Dec 26, 2014 11:43 AM

Drew Stanton will almost certainly be out for the rest of the season.

The Arizona Cardinals discovered an infection Wednesday which required arthroscopic surgery. The infection was believed to have been caused by an outside medical procedure, Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

Stanton has been out since suffering an MCL sprain earlier in the season.

With Carson Palmer out for the season, Stanton had become the Cardinals' starting quarterback.

Ryan Lindley will likely start for the Cardinals in the playoffs.

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Cardinals To Start Ryan Lindley Instead Of Logan Thomas

Dec 26, 2014 12:09 AM

The Arizona Cardinals have changed direction and will start Ryan Lindley in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cardinals were originally planning on starting Logan Thomas.

When naming Thomas the starter this week, Bruce Arians said it was more about finding out what the rookie could do than passing judgment on 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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Bidwill: Arians, Keim 'Sort Of The Same Kind Of Guy'
The Cardinals nearly reached the playoffs in 2013 and have a two-game lead in the NFC West.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Fitzgerald Calls Lack Of Touches 'Champagne Problem'
The Cardinals are now in first place in the NFC West while Larry Fitzgerald's production has decreased dramatically.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Carson Palmer, Cardinals Discussing Contract Extension
Carson Palmer turns 35 in December and is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason.

Kent Somers/Arizona Republic

Palmer 'Loved' Playing For Raiders But 'Chaos' Was Issue
Carson Palmer came to the Raiders in a trade with the Bengals shortly after the death of Al Davis.

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Carson Palmer's Nerve 'Woken Up' By Specialist
Carson Palmer was able to throw 40 to 50 passes on Tuesday.

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