Carson Palmer - QBPosted 5/19/15 7:46pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) was held out of 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, May 19, during organized team activities. Palmer did, however, participate in 7-on-7 drills. Palmer will wear a knee brace this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: Expect the Cards will take all precautions with the 35-year-old QB to make sure he's ready and as well-protected for the games that matter.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 5/19/15 10:57pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd was recognized for his conditioning by head coach Bruce Arians during organized team activities Tuesday, May 19.
Huddle Up: Floyd his career highs with his six TD receptions and his 17.9-yards-per-catch average last season but his targets, receptions and receiving yardage all fell off compared to his 2013 numbers. The Cards' 2014 QB problems shoulder a lot of that blame, though, so don't be surprised to see a mini-rebound season out of the wideout.
David Johnson - RBPosted 5/17/15 12:16am ET
Arizona Cardinals rookie RB David Johnson was recently lauded by head coach Bruce Arians. '[He's] very, very bright. The kid can do anything as far as a wide receiver, running back, full back,' Arians said. 'He will find a niche quick because he can learn so much.'
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 5/14/15 3:37pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington said the selection of rookie RB David Johnson will give him more rest time and keep the offense upbeat.
Huddle Up: Ellington who missed four games last season and never seemed to be quite himself even when he did play can certainly stand to be kept fresher while letting the 6-1, 225-pound rookie handle more of the inside-the-tackles dirty work.
David Johnson - RBPosted 5/6/15 12:14am ET
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson could be the man to beat for the No. 2 running back spot in Arizona, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. Johnson would primarily play in red-zone and third-down situations, while RB Andre Ellington would still be the primary ball carrier.
Huddle Up: We can see the red-zone fit with the 225-pound Johnson, but it's hard to envision the 200-pound Ellington being a workhorse back and coming out on third downs after catching 85 passes over his first two seasons.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 5/5/15 4:20pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) participated in on-field drills with the team Monday, May 4. He handed the ball off to the running backs and threw short, intermediate and deep throws to his receivers. While the action wasn't close to replicating game-like conditions, Palmer said joining the rest of the team on the field was a big mental boost after missing the last eight games of the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: The Cards are banking big-time on a healthy full-season return from the 35-year-old Palmer, who went 6-0 as the Arizona starter last season with a 11-3 TD-to-interception ratio. Without him, the team went 5-6 and had 11 TD passes and 11 interceptions.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 5/3/15 9:32pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's role in 2015 will be similar to the role he had last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Ellington had 247 offensive touches, including 201 rushes, in 12 games last season -- up from 157 in his rookie campaign of 2013 -- and 250-275 sounds about right if he can stay healthy, even with the Cards drafting Northern Iowa stud David Johnson in the third round.
David Johnson - RBPosted 5/2/15 12:50am ET
The Arizona Cardinals selected Northern Iowa RB David Johnson in Round 3 (No. 86 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: Johnson, who racked up 2,089 yards from scrimmage this past season for the FCS Panthers, was seventh RB drafted but he has as good of a chance as any to see immediate playing time given Andre Ellington's small stature/durability questions and the Cards' overall lack of RB depth.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 5/1/15 6:29pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is a player the Cardinals reportedly are willing to discuss in a trade, but no team has contacted them.
Huddle Up: Thanks largely to the Cards' QB issues last season, Floyd's numbers slipped to 47-841-6, but at age 25, he's attractive as a 6-foot-3, 225-pound wideout just entering the prime of his career. But with Larry Fitzgerald not getting any younger, though, you'd figure the Cards will need to get a deal done tonight and draft a WR or two over the next few rounds.
Michael Floyd - WRPosted 4/30/15 12:11am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd's fifth-year option is being picked up, according to a source.
Huddle Up: With Larry Fitzgerald's contract reworked and Floyd's option picked up, the Cardinals have a bunch of money invested in their receiving corps. Now they need to hope Carson Palmer stays healthy enough to throw to them all season long.
John Brown - WRPosted 4/24/15 3:39pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown has added 10 pounds this offseason and is up to 183 pounds. Brown said the long season took a toll on his body, and he wanted to add weight.
Huddle Up: As long as the extra weight doesn't hamper Brown's top-end speed, the 2014 third-round selection should be just fine as he looks to improve on a solid 48-696-5 rookie campaign.
Drew Stanton - QBPosted 4/19/15 2:39pm ET
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Stanton could be limited during offseason workouts since he is recovering from a knee injury.
Huddle Up: Stanton was limited to 1,711 yards and seven TD passes in nine games -- including eight starts -- this past season, but if all goes according to plan, he won't start a game this coming year, resuming a backup role behind hopefully healthy veteran Carson Palmer.
Jaron Brown - WRPosted 4/18/15 12:15am ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown has been rehabbing his injured shoulder and said he hopes to be back up to speed for OTAs.
Huddle Up: Brown showed some promise as an undrafted rookie with 22 grabs for 229 yards and two TDs last season but still remains fourth in the Cards' WR pecking order behind Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and fellow 2014 rook John Brown.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 4/5/15 6:28pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's injuries last season forced the running game to be adjusted to the strengths of several different players, and head coach Bruce Arians believes stability at the position will improve the Arizona's rushing results.
Huddle Up: Ellington will certainly have a big role if healthy, but just be surprised if the Cards draft a RB or sign a free-agent back in the coming months given the issues Ellington's injuries caused at the position this past season.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 3/27/15 10:09pm ET
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer were finally on the same page last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Fitz had his three highest yardage totals and both of his TD receptions in games Palmer started last season, and the two 30-somethings are looking forward to having more than six shared contests to work with this coming season.
Andre Ellington - RBPosted 3/27/15 10:34pm ET
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington's role in the passing game may increase, too. Ellington was often limited in practices during the week last year because of his foot injury.
Huddle Up: Things could change if the Cards use a high pick on one of the backs in the deep incoming RB draft class, but at the very least, the talented Ellington will be pass-catching/change-of-pace back in a two-man platoon.
Nathan Slaughter - WRPosted 3/23/15 2:35pm ET
Free-agent WR Nathan Slaughter (Jaguars) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the Arizona Cardinals Monday, March 23.
Huddle Up: Slaughter is the first signing to come out of the veterans' combine held last week. He'll have an uphill battle for relevancy in a crowded Arizona receiving corps.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WRPosted 3/9/15 12:14pm ET
Free-agent WR/KR Ted Ginn Jr. (Cardinals) is expected to sign with the Carolina Panthers Monday, March 9.
Huddle Up: Tough to see Ginn working his way into a fantasy-relevant role in Carolina's passing game, but he still brings something to the table as a return man.
Carson Palmer - QBPosted 3/5/15 10:47pm ET
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) said he has been running for two or three weeks and throwing five times a week. He is 'pretty close' to being able to participate in a normal workout, and he said he moved past his post-surgery 'funk' when he was able to sweat during workouts. 'I'm going to be ready to rock 'n' roll by the season,' Palmer said. 'Definitely going to be ready by that, definitely going to be ready for camp. And shooting to be getting reps in our mandatory (minicamp) and hopefully some of our OTA practices.' Palmer also added that he has agreed to restructure his contract this offseason in order to create some salary cap space for the team.
Huddle Up: Palmer will turn 36 before next season is over, but he demonstrated his worth this past year, going 6-0, averaging 271 passing yards and throwing for 11 TDs and only three interceptions in his six starts.
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.
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