Carson Palmer - QBPosted 2/26/15 1:54am ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer might restructure his contract to ease his cap number of $14.5 million for 2015, according to a source. As long as the team does not increase his salary they can redo the deal he just signed during the 2014 season. According to reports, a $9.5 million roster bonus might be converted to a signing bonus.
Huddle Up: It's a common move in restructuring to convert a roster bonus (which might be the straw that breaks the camels back when it comes to keeping a high-priced veteran around) into a signing bonus, which essentially gives the money to the player while allowing the team to adjust the cap hit. Palmer has provided the only real stability the Cardinals have had at quarterback recently; with so much invested in Larry Fitzgerald, it makes sense to find a way to keep Palmer around as well.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 2/26/15 4:38pm ET
The Carolina Panthers are interested in free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Cardinals). According to a league source, the Panthers plan to reach out to Ginn, who spent the 2013 season with the team.
Huddle Up: The speedy Ginn has played for four teams in eight seasons, including a different one in each of the past three years. It looks like he'll be on the move again, but as usual don't expect much fantasy-wise as he's had only one season (2008) with more than 38 catches.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 2/23/15 11:15pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Ted Ginn Jr. was released Monday, Feb. 23.
Huddle Up: Ginn was expected to be Arizona's WR3 last season but John Brown quickly usurped that role, so Ginn became expendable.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 2/22/15 1:20am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald had a no-trade clause included in his new four-year deal, which prevents the Cardinals from using Fitzgerald in any trade talks.
Huddle Up: It would be difficult to move Fitz at that salary anyway. The whole reason for reworking Fitzgerald's deal was to keep him in Arizona, so it's unlikely the team wants to send him away--and now their hands are tied.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 2/22/15 6:07pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington needs to bulk up and improve his strength this offseason so he can stay healthy for an entire season, according to general manager Steve Keim. Keim said he believes Ellington can be a featured back in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Ellington, listed at 5-10 and 199 pounds, has made 12 total starts in two seasons and while he certainly has starting RB skills and potential, he's yet to prove he's durable enough to handle a true featured back's full workload over a season. The Cards would likely be best served acquiring or drafting a bigger backup who can help keep Ellington fresher.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 2/19/15 11:50pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) remains the focal point of the offense, according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington split the injured tendon in his left foot last season, Arians said, according to ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.
Huddle Up: The talented but slight-of-build Ellington, who had 247 touches in 12 games, will remain the starter but don't be at all surprised if the Cards add a back -- most likely through free agency -- to serve as the No. 2 and help keep Ellington fresh.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 2/18/15 11:45am ET
Updating an earlier report, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald signed a new contract Wednesday, Feb. 18, according to a source. The deal, believed to be a multiyear pact, creates nearly $13 million in cap space for 2015.
Huddle Up: Fitz had an untenable cap number heading into 2015, so an adjustment (or trade or release) was necessary. With the new deal Fitz saves the Cardinals some money, and Arizona keeps a key component of its passing game on the roster.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 2/13/15 4:27pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald would save the team $9.2 million in salary cap space if they were to outright release him, but the Cardinals have no plans to go down that road. A trade is actually more of a possibility than an outright release, and the Cardinals would gain $16 million in cap space if they traded Fitzgerald away.
Huddle Up: It certainly can be expected that the Cards will field offers to see what they could get for the soon-to-be 32-year-old wideout, but if they don't find a deal to their liking, look for the team to retain Fitz with a restructured contract.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 2/6/15 1:39pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's (knee) $1 million base salary and $9.5 million roster bonus became fully guaranteed Friday, Feb. 6.
Huddle Up: Yeah, the Cards look to be all in on the 35-year-old QB who is battling back from a knee injury. Really, though, we all saw what happened when Palmer went down and the team was forced to dig deep into its QB depth chart, and Bruce Arians and Co. would rather not re-live the experience.
Darnell Dockett - DEPosted 2/6/15 10:26pm ET
Arizona Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett (knee) is scheduled to count $9.8 million against Arizona's 2015 salary cap. The team would take a hit of $3.0 million in dead money by releasing him regardless of being a June 1 designation. As previously reported, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he expects Dockett to return for the final year of his deal.
Huddle Up: Dockett, who missed the 2014 season with a knee injury, will turn 34 in May and it sounds like he'll spend one more season in the desert on what should again be a formidable defense, especially if the other missing pieces from 2014 return.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 2/2/15 10:27am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's new deal could get done quickly following the Super Bowl, according to team president Michael Bidwill. Fitzgerald has already said he wants to get a new deal done and stay with the team. He is slated to earn $16.25 million in 2015.
Huddle Up: For all of their posturing there was simply no way the Cardinals could absorb Fitz's ginormous cap hit. And with both sides wanting to prolong the union, there are plenty of ways to spread the money around while still keeping Larry happy and well-compensated. Sounds like that will happen quickly.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/29/15 10:35pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's new contract should be able to get worked out this offseason, according to team president Michael Bidwill. 'Larry and I have met about it, and I know he's interested in getting something resolved,' Bidwill said. 'I think we'll get this all worked out.'
Huddle Up: Most figured the soon-to-be 32-year-old Fitzgerald's run with the Cards was over, but it sounds as if there's been quite a bit of negotiation going on, and most all reports have things progressing toward a new deal. Stay tuned ...
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 1/21/15 5:47pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) 'should be ready to go' for the team's offseason workouts after suffering a right knee injury that caused him to miss the final three regular season games, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Ideally Stanton will be working on being the backup plan to Carson Palmer, but as the Cardinals found out the hard way this season you can never have too many quarterbacks.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/20/15 10:06pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) is ahead of schedule and could return for organized team activities this offseason, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: The timetable seems a little optimistic for the 35-year-old QB given he was injured in early November, but it does sound like the recovery is progressing smoothly.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/7/15 12:41am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and the team have reportedly both made positive movement regarding Fitzgerald's re-signing.
Huddle Up: Fitz will count an untenable $23.6 million against the cap next season so there likely remains plenty of restructuring to be done if he's going to stay with Arizona.
Jaron Brown - WRPosted 1/6/15 1:44pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (shoulder) will not need surgery on his fractured scapula. The team hopes he will be able to return in time for organized team activities this offseason.
Huddle Up: Good news for Brown, who will be battling to retain his spot in what's likely to be a reconfigured Arizona WR corps next season.
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 1/5/15 12:04am ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton said he will not need any more surgery on his injured knee. Stanton said there was a realistic chance that he would have been able to play if the team advanced in the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Stanton will now have plenty of time to heal, and he projects as the backup to Carson Palmer next season in the desert.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/4/15 9:05am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said it was too soon to think about his future with the team following a 27-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers Saturday, Jan. 3.
Huddle Up: Various reports out of Arizona suggest the team is either prepared to absorb his $23.6 million cap hit for 2015, or will ask him to take a pay cut. There is also speculation he'll be cut or traded, though at present the Cardinals have given no such indication. Fitzgerald's status will be one of the Cards' main story lines this offseason.
Jaron Brown - WRPosted 1/4/15 5:47pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (shoulder) is be sidelined for 4-to-6 months because of a fractured scapula.
Huddle Up: The second-year wideout finished with 22 catches for 229 yards and two TDs this season but did not catch a pass before being injured in Saturday's wild-card loss. Even if he's out a full six months, he should be good to go for training camp.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 1/4/15 8:39pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) said he is on track to return in May or June.
Huddle Up: Palmer's progress will be monitored closely as his health figures to be the key for the Cards getting back to the postseason.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/4/15 8:39pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald could receive interest from the New England Patriots if he is released by the Cardinals this offseason.
Huddle Up: A match that's easy to envision -- but only at the right price for the Pats.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 1/1/15 3:31pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald does not expect to be back with the team in 2015, according to a source. Fitzgerald is scheduled to count $23.6 million against the salary cap next season and likely will not restructure his contract again. Fitzgerald is also not happy with his role in the offense and that he is no longer a focal point.
Huddle Up: Fitz will turn 32 before the 2015 season kicks off and his 63 receptions for 784 yards marked his lowest single-season totals since his rookie season while his two TD receptions were easily the low-water mark for his career. A fresh start with a new team and a better QB situation, though, could certainly re-invigorate the veteran for a season or two.
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 1/1/15 3:35pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) will not play in the Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 3 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: No real surprise here as it'll be Ryan Lindley starting Saturday against the Panthers, and the Cards just have to hope that the QB's improved showing (23-of-39 for 316 yards and 2 TDs) from the regular-season finale will carry over -- only without the three interceptions.
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 12/26/14 3:11pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) had arthroscopic surgery to fight an infection in his knee, according to a league source. Stanton may be done for the year.
Huddle Up: Another brutal setback for the Cards and their chances of advancing in the playoffs and certainly a red flag for those who be considering using any Arizona pass-catcher in postseason fantasy play.
Ryan Lindley - QBPosted 12/25/14 6:51pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley will start the team's Week 17 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Earlier in the week, Cards coach Bruce Arians announced rookie fourth-round pick Logan Thomas would get the start, but has changed course and is sticking with Lindley. Regardless, the news remains not good for team's pass-catchers as Lindley is still looking for his first career NFL TD pass.
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 12/25/14 9:30pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: The Cards are hoping to have the QB available for the playoffs, but that certainly remains a question mark if he's still unable to do anything in practice.
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 12/24/14 1:48pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) will receive some practice time this week and has around an 85 percent chance of being ready for the team's first playoff game, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Something to keep in mind if you're planning on indulging in some postseason fantasy play as there is some some hope remaining for the Cards' skill-position players.
Logan Thomas - QBPosted 12/22/14 5:12pm ET
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals QB Logan Thomas has been named the starting quarterback for Week 17, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: The Cardinals are obviously looking for answers at quarterback right now. It's doubtful that Thomas is it. Hopeful Drew Stanton will return for the playoffs but this will likely be a season of "what could have been" in Arizona.
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 12/22/14 8:12pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton (knee) will not be ready to start in Week 17 against the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Bruce Arians. The team is hoping that Stanton can be ready to play in the team's first playoff game, whether it's in the wild card or divisional round. Stanton had some swelling in his right knee after a practice last week, but the swelling went down quickly.
Huddle Up: Continued bad news for those owning Cards' skill-position players as rookie Logan Thomas will start the regular-season finale against the Niners.
Larry Fitzgerald - WRPosted 12/19/14 6:50pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Sure Fitz isn't going to miss this one, but seriously, for fantasy purposes, it's Ryan Lindley and possibly rookie Logan Thomas at QB going up against the Seahawks' D. You have better WR options.
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