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Cardinals Hire NFL's First Female Coach

Jul 27, 2015 9:26 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have hired the NFL's first female coach in Jen Welter.

Welter is a former collegiate rugby player who played 14 seasons of pro football, mostly in the Woman's Football Alliance.

Welter will serve as a training camp/preseason intern coaching inside linebackers.

“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Bruce Arians said Monday. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”

Welter holds a master's degree in sport psychology and a PhD in psychology.

“She came for an OTA and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door,” Arians said.

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Jermaine Gresham Signs With Cardinals

Jul 24, 2015 7:23 PM

Jermaine Gresham has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Gresham is a two-time Pro Bowler and a former first round pick.

Gresham has averaged 56 catches and 544 yards per season during his five-year career with the Bengals. 

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

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Jermaine Gresham To Visit Cardinals

Jul 20, 2015 12:43 PM

Jermaine Gresham will visit the Arizona Cardinals this week.

Gresham is still recovering from herniated disc surgery.

Gresham also visited the New Orleans Saints last month.

The Cardinals are looking for depth at tight end.

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Patrick Peterson Adjusting To Life With Diabetes

Jun 27, 2015 10:01 AM

Patrick Peterson was diagnosed with diabetes last season and lowering his sugar intake was one of the most significant byproducts.

"Being as lean as I am and being a world-class athlete, you think you can get away with a lot of things," Peterson said. "And at some point in time, your body is definitely the temple and you have to make sure that you have to listen to your body. So, at this point in time, my body was like 'no more sweets,' and [you] have to put it down and slow down a little bit, so that's what it has to be."

Peterson, 24, said he was diagnosed around Week 7 last season, when Arizona played at Oakland on Oct. 19.

Peterson learned diabetes could be life threatening if it's not treated carefully.

"Talking to them definitely got me through it," he said.

Peterson called the period when he didn't know what was affecting him "very tough." It also showed on the field. Peterson allowed four of his eight touchdowns in the first seven weeks, according to Pro Football Focus.

"I'm looking at it ... I'm a world class athlete and I can't figure out what's going on with my body," he said.

More than eight months after his diagnosis, Peterson said "everything's going well right now."

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Carson Palmer 100 Percent Recovered From ACL Tear

Jun 9, 2015 11:21 AM

Carson Palmer believes he's 100 percent recovered from tearing his ACL last season in Week 10.

"I'm ready. I'm excited. I'm 100 percent. I'm cleared," Palmer told ESPN's Josh Weinfuss on Monday. "I can do everything. I've tested out. Gotten stronger every week, every month, just ready to get going."

Palmer said he "actually was cleared weeks ago," but despite his lobbying, coach Bruce Arians and the training staff took a cautious approach to their starting quarterback.

Palmer is now 35 and is entering his third season with the Arizona Cardinals.

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Cardinals Sign Frostee Rucker To One-Year Extension

Jun 1, 2015 7:43 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have signed Frostee Rucker to a one-year extension.

Financial terms of the extension were not available, but Rucker earned $1 million last season and was scheduled to make $1.1 million in 2015.


Rucker went from being a role player on the Cardinals' defensive line in 2013 to a starter in 2014 after replacing Darnell Dockett, who missed the season with an ACL injury. In 15 games, Rucker had a career-high five sacks, 24 tackles and two forced fumbles.

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Gronkowski, Beckham, A. Brown, Peterson Four Finalists For Madden

May 5, 2015 5:49 PM

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

No quarterback has been on the cover since Madden '11 when Drew Brees featured.

Richard Sherman was on the cover last year.

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Cardinals Open To Trading Michael Floyd

May 1, 2015 5:08 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have exercised their 2016 option on Michael Floyd, but they're willing to listen to trade offers.

Floyd caught 47 passes for 841 yards and six touchdowns last season, numbers that were down from his 66-catch, 1,054-yard sophomore season. 


Floyd was a first round pick in 2012.

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Vikings Insist Adrian Peterson Won't Be Traded

Apr 29, 2015 12:12 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have seemingly ended all Adrian Peterson trade rumors before the NFL Draft has even begun.

"We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff," said Rick Spielman. "Our position has not changed...we have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson."

Peterson has sought a trade this offseason following his reinstatement by the NFL.

The Vikings have reportedly had absurd trade demands for a 30-year-old running back, signalling they've wanted to keep him all along.


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Cardinals, Buccaneers, Jaguars In Running For Peterson; Cowboys Out

Apr 23, 2015 12:43 PM

The number of teams who realistically might trade for Adrian Peterson are less than what has been previously reported.

The Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers represent the three teams who could deal for Peterson.

Despite speculation to the contrary, the Dallas Cowboys are not in play for Peterson.

"Whoever says otherwise is 1,000 percent wrong," said Charles Robinson. "The Cowboys have not spoken to the Minnesota Vikings about Adrian Peterson. It has not happened. They haven't offered a draft pick, they have not picked up the telephone to talk to the Minnesota Vikings about Adrian Peterson. It simply has not happened."

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Cardinals, Falcons, Cowboys, Jags, Chargers, Bucs In Mix For Peterson
The Vikings could entice a team to trade for Adrian Peterson once Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley are drafted.

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Adrian Peterson Unlikely To Receive Additional Suspension
Adrian Peterson wants to have his status settled with the Vikings or another team by the draft.

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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.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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."

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

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.

Charles Robinson/Yahoo! Sports

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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Fitzgerald Restructures Contract, Creates $13M In Space For Arizona
Larry Fitzgerald's cap hit was scheduled to be $26.3 million.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals Begin Talks On Restructured Contract
Larry Fitzgerald is due $16 million in 2015, but he has a massive $23 million cap hit.

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Cardinals Hire James Bettcher As Defensive Coordinator
James Bettcher had been on the Cardinals' staff in both of Bruce Arians' seasons.


Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


Cardinals Confident Of Agreeing To New Deal With Larry Fitzgerald
The Cardinals will ask Larry Fitzgerald to take a pay cut from his $15 million salary, which will count $23.6 million against the cap.

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Cardinals Would Hire Dick LeBeau As 'Senior Position', Not DC
Bruce Arians and Dick LeBeau worked together for many years with the Steelers.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Jets Hire Todd Bowles As Head Coach
Todd Bowles will receive a four-year contract with the Jets.

Josina Anderson/ESPN

Dick LeBeau Could Become Cardinals' Defensive Coordinator
Bruce Arians and Dick LeBeau spent eight seasons together with the Steelers.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Todd Bowles To Have 2nd Interviews With Jets, Falcons
Todd Bowles is one of the most sought after head coaching candidates following another great season as defensive coordinator with the Cardinals.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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.


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