Arizona Cardinals Wiretap

Bruce Arians: Carson Palmer Was 'Trade Of The Century'

Sep 22, 2016 8:37 AM

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

"Oh God, that was the trade of century by Steve Keim," Arians said.

Palmer went 8-16 over 24 starts with the Oakland Raiders before the deal.

He is tied with Tom Brady for the highest winning percentage (.750) among starting quarterbacks during his time with the Cardinals. During that span, he ranks fifth in passing yards per game (280.4) and eighth in passer rating (95.1).

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Bruce Arians: Our Job Is To Make The Game Better, Not Just Win Games

Sep 12, 2016 1:28 PM

Bruce Arians didn't get a head coaching job until he was 60 and he's since emerged as one of the NFL's best.

Arians wants the Arizona Cardinals not just to win games but teach football to his players.

“We have one of the largest staffs in the league, because I want small classrooms," said Arians. "Michael Bidwill was very gracious. Let’s say I have $450,000 to hire one coach. Could I have three for $150,000? So I have smaller classrooms, and more eyes. I had a different idea how I wanted to get rookies ready. We have two tight end coaches. We have three offensive line coaches. When we come to the spring, and we have 90 guys on our roster, we have two practices going on. I want to have enough quality people to go to that other field, and those rookies get those 48 snaps that day, and the veterans get 48 snaps, rather than the veterans getting all the snaps and the rookies get three. You’re not gonna find a diamond in the rough standing on the sideline. With the larger coaching staff, not only do we get the reps, we got ‘em coached. We’re bringing quality young coaches into the NFL. Our job is to make the game better, not just win games.”

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Larry Fitzgerald Catches 100th TD, Shrugs Off Retirement Reports

Sep 12, 2016 7:20 AM

Larry Fitzgerald caught a pair of touchdown passes against the New England Patriots on Sunday night, giving him 100 for his career.

Fitzgerald's performance came a few hours after reports surfaced that he was telling those close to him that 2016 would be his final season. After the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Patriots following a last-second missed field goal, Fitzgerald shrugged off the reports.

"You know, I don't talk about the future," Fitzgerald said. "I don't even know what I'm having for dinner tonight, let alone what I'm doing next year. I signed another year for a reason. I believe in what we're doing here. I believe in the guys that I have in this room, the head coach [Bruce Arians], his staff. Obviously, [Cardinals president] Michael Bidwill is doing everything he can to put us in a position to win.

"That's where my mindset is at. What I'm doing next year is of no importance. This is the year. And I want to make sure we make it great."

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Bruce Arians Released From Hospital

Aug 17, 2016 5:03 PM

Bruce Arians said his overnight hospital stay was due to diverticulitis, an existing condition that flared up before practice on Tuesday.

Arians, 63, said late Wednesday morning that he's feeling "much better" and that he plans on attending Arizona's practice with the San Diego Chargers later in the afternoon.

"I'm too old not to listen to doctors anymore," Arians said. "I have a tendency to push it but I'll go out today and see how long we'll stay. It's nothing serious."

Arians has been on a fairly strict diet recently, which made Tuesday's health scare a surprise to the coach.

"It was odd that it happened," Arians said.

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Bruce Arians Taken To Hospital With Stomach Pains

Aug 17, 2016 8:03 AM

Bruce Arians was taken to a San Diego-area hospital by ambulance before Tuesday night's practice at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers were engaged in a joint practice.

Arians alerted the team's medical staff that he wasn't feeling well and was "experiencing stomach pain."

"He's going to be fine," Larry Fitzgerald said. "We got the toughest coach in the business."

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Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals Agree Upon Extension

Aug 5, 2016 8:10 PM

Larry Fitzgerald has signed a one-year contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals.

Fitzgerald caught a career-high 109 passes for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015. 

Fitzgerald had several down seasons as the Cardinals had injuries and inconsistency at quarterback.

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Cardinals Sign Carson Palmer To One-Year Extension

Aug 5, 2016 8:07 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have signed Carson Palmer to a one-year contract extension. 

Palmer will get a $6.75 million signing bonus, plus $15.5 million in salary and bonuses fully guaranteed in 2017.

Palmer's 2018 salary will be $12.5 million plus a $1.5 million roster bonus, none of which is guaranteed.

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Tyrann Mathieu, Cardinals Agree Upon Five-Year, $62.5M Extension

Aug 2, 2016 3:33 PM

Tyrann Mathieu and the Arizona Cardinals have agreed upon a five-year, $62.5 million extension.

The deal includes $40 million in guarantees for Mathieu, who has become one of the NFL's best safeties.

Mathieu tore his ACL in December.

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Darnell Dockett Retires From NFL

Jul 25, 2016 1:56 PM

Darnell Dockett will retire from the NFL after 10 seasons.

Dockett retires with 459 tackles and 40.5 sacks.

Dockett's best season came in 2009 when the Arizona Cardinals reached the Super Bowl.

Dockett last played in 2013 after tearing his ACL before the 2014 season.

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Dennis Green Dies At Age 67

Jul 22, 2016 11:17 AM

Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green died Friday morning at the age of 67.

Green's former agent Ray Anderson spoke to Green's wife and confirmed the death to ESPN. Anderson said Green died after a cardiac arrest.

Green made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the NFC Championship Game in 1998 and 2000. He led the Vikings to a 15-1 regular season in 1998.


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Larry Fitzgerald Has 'A Lot Of Good Football Left'
Larry Fitzgerald, who entered the NFL as a first-round pick in 2004, says he has a lot of football left.

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Calais Campbell: 'Licking My Chops' To Face Jimmy Garoppolo
The Patriots open the season against the Cardinals and are expected to be without Tom Brady after the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied the quarterback's petition to rehear his suspension c

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Patrick Peterson Means 'Much More' To His Team Than Other Top CBs
Patrick Peterson is shrugging off the idea that some of his peers might get more attention and indicated that he feels he brings more value to his team.


Drew Stanton Excepts Chance To Start When Carson Palmer Retires
Drew Stanton could have chased a bigger, more promising deal this offseason, but he ultimately re-signed with the Cardinals for $6.5 million over two years.

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Cory Redding Announces Retirement After 13 Seasons
Cory Redding played in 12 games on the defensive line for the Cardinals last season.


Patrick Peterson Predicting 'Great Year' For J.J. Nelson
J.J. Nelson had 11 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns in 2015.

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Bruce Arians Felt Betrayed By Steelers In 2012
Bruce Arians moved onto the Colts before becoming head coach of the Cardinals in 2013.


Larry Fitzgerald Has 'No Idea' If 2016 Could Be His Final Season
Larry Fitzgerald had a resurgent season in 2015, catching 109 balls for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Tyrann Mathieu Could Become NFL's Richest Safety
The Cardinals and Tyrann Mathieu could agree upon an extension that makes him the richest safety in the NFL.

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Bruce Arians: Robert Nkemdiche 'Killing People' Already
Bruce Arians had to tell Robert Nkemdiche to turn things down a notch or two.

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Bruce Arians Calls Cardinals His Final NFL Job
Bruce Arians is now 63 and has become one of the NFL's best coaches since joining the Cardinals.

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Patrick Peterson Undergoes Ankle Surgery
Patrick Peterson suffered the injury on Nov. 23rd.

Chris Johnson Re-Signs With Cardinals
Chris Johnson's 2015 season ended early with a fractured left tibia.

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Patriots Trade Chandler Jones To Cardinals For Cooper, 2nd Rounder
The Cardinals are sending Jonathan Cooper and a second round pick to the Patriots for Chandler Jones.

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Jason Pierre-Paul Signs One-Year, $10.5M Deal With Giants
The Cardinals made a late push to sign Jason Pierre-Paul.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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2015 Championship Game Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The Panthers, Cardinals and Patriots are much more well-rounded teams than the Broncos, who rely heavily on their defense.

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Panthers, Cardinals Were Two Of Five Teams In Top-10 Off., Def. DVOA
The Panthers and Cardinals were top-10 teams in the regular season on both sides of the ball, while the Patriots were in the top-10 only on offense and the Broncos were in the top-10 only on defense.

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NFL Final Four Matchups Since 2005 (Infographic)
The Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game for the fifth straight season and for the 10th time during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

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Cardinals-Packers Has Highest Ever Saturday Night Divisional Rating
The 33.7 million viewers were up 9 percent from last year's Panthers-Seahawks matchup.