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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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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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

Feb 3, 2017 3:46 PM

Bruce Arians is confident Carson Palmer will remain with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.

I think he'll announce he's coming back real soon," Arians said during an appearance on ESPN's NFL Insiders on Friday. "I think it's just a matter of letting all the bumps and bruises heal, have a great time with the kids snow skiing ... and he'll be back."

Palmer is 37 and has been non-committal so far about his plans for 2017.

Palmer, who threw for 4,233 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2016, is scheduled to earn $17.5 million next season, but he is coming off a year in which he missed one game due to a concussion and also dealt with lingering hamstring soreness.


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Cardinals Interested In Deshaun Watson, Tyrod Taylor

Feb 2, 2017 4:46 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have interest in Deshaun Watson of Clemson and could even trade up to draft him.

If Carson Palmer decides to retire, Tyrod Taylor is a quarterback Bruce Arians could target.

The Cardinals finished 2016 with a 7-8-1 record after playing in the NFC Championship game in 2015.

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Larry Fitzgerald Will Return To Cardinals For 14th Season

Feb 2, 2017 8:06 AM

Larry Fitzgerald says he will return to the Arizona Cardinals for his 14th season.

Fitzgerald has one year left on his contract.

The wide receiver had said earlier in the week he had "pretty much made up my mind" but wasn't ready to announce the decision, which he added wasn't a tough one to make.

The 33-year-old led the NFL in receptions this season with 107. He also leads active receivers in career receptions with 1,125.


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Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald Continue To Consider Retirement

Jan 29, 2017 3:28 PM

The Arizona Cardinals are not sure if Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer will return in 2017 or retire.

Both Fitzgerald and Palmer are considering retirement.

Fitzgerald is due to make $11 million in 2017, while Palmer is set to make $17.5 million in salary and bonuses. Both signed contract extensions in August, but neither deal is expected to impact any retirement decision.

In September, Fitzgerald was telling friends he expected 2016 to be his last year, and he was planning like it.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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David Johnson Suffers Meniscus Damage

Jan 1, 2017 7:11 PM

David Johnson suffered a knee injury in Week 17.

Johnson has damage to his meniscus but the ACL appears to be intact. 

Johnson will undergo further tests on Monday for clarity. 

Johnson entered Week 17 with 1,233 yards rushing and 841 yards receiving.

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Injury

Bruce Arians Says He'll Return To Cardinals In 2017

Dec 22, 2016 8:37 AM

Bruce Arians plans to coach the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 despite a disappointing season and two health scares since training camp.

"I'll be back," Arians said. "I ain't going nowhere."

There have been questions as to whether Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald will remain with the Cardinals.

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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.

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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.

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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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Cardinals Haven't Been As Successful On Deep Plays
The Cardinals have connected on 19 pass plays of 20 or more yards through five games this season.

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NFL Changes Start Times For Two Week 8 Games
The Packers at Falcons game will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX, while the Cardinals at Panthers game moves to 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX.


Cardinals Clear Carson Palmer To Practice
The Cardinals will face the Jets on Monday night.

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Cardinals Place Evan Mathis On Injured Reserve
Evan Mathis has been hampered by foot and ankle injuries this season, his first with the Cardinals.

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Cardinals Rule Out Carson Palmer Against 49ers
Drew Stanton will make his first start of the season.

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Carson Palmer In Concussion Protocol, Unlikely To Play In Week 5
Carson Palmer was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol following a hit in the fourth quarter of Week 4.

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Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer Was 'Trade Of The Century'
Nearly four years after the Cardinals acquired Carson Palmer for a sixth-round pick and a swap of seventh-round selections, Bruce Arians praised Steve Keim's work.

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