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Patrick Peterson - CB Posted 4/20/14 4:53pm et
Updating a previous item, the Arizona Cardinals plan to exercise the option on CB Patrick Peterson no later than Monday, April 21.
Huddle Up: Peterson, who has 10 interceptions and 30 passes defensed over the past 2 seasons, will combine with newly signed Antonio Cromartie to form one of the league's most dynamic CB tandems.

Andre Roberts - WR Posted 4/19/14 10:37pm et
The Washington Redskins may consider using WR Andre Roberts as a kick and punt returner this upcoming season, but he did not have great numbers when handled the role with the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Washington is looking for ways to get their money out of Roberts, who they signed to be their WR2 before DeSean Jackson became available.

Stepfan Taylor - RB Posted 3/29/14 3:46pm et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians expanded on how the team plans to use RB Andre Ellington this year at the owners meetings this week. "He is still not a guy who you will pound up the middle 30 times a game and survive," Arians said. "He can run the football 30 times a game if you do it correctly, but you'd rather have him have 10 catches and 20 carries and let Stepfan Taylor or (Jonathan) Dwyer have the rest of the carries pound the rest of the ball up in there."
Huddle Up: Ellington's fantasy owners will be perfectly happy with 30 touches a game regardless of how they come; heck, in a split backfield in Arizona they'll settle for 20. Either way, the indication here is that Ellington has some serious fantasy value heading into the 2014 season.

Antonio Cromartie - CB Posted 3/20/14 1:54pm et
The Arizona Cardinals signed CB Antonio Cromartie (Jets) Thursday, March 20, to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Cromartie, who has had at least 3 interceptions and 10 passes defensed in the last 5 seasons, fortifies the back-end opposite Patrick Peterson for an already standout defense.

Ted Ginn Jr. - WR Posted 3/13/14 10:23pm et
The Arizona Cardinals have signed free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Panthers) to an undisclosed 3-year deal Thursday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Ginn, who had 36 receptions for 556 yards and a career-high 5 TDs this past season in Carolina, will be the Cards' No. 3 wideout behind starters Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

Karlos Dansby - LB Posted 3/11/14 4:34pm et
According to Kent Somers of AZCentral.com, the Cleveland Browns have sign free-agent LB Karlos Dansby (Cardinals) to a four-year deal worth $24 million with $14 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: The 10-year veteran Dansby, who notched a career-high 113 solo tackles this past season in Arizona, will step in for the recently released D'Qwell Jackson.

Andre Roberts - WR Posted 3/11/14 10:57pm et
The Washington Redskins and free-agent WR Andre Roberts agreed to a 4-year, $16 million deal Tuesday, March 11, including $8 million in guaranteed money. The first year of his salary is for $1.25 million in fully guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Roberts, who started 35 games and averaged 45.5 receptions per season in his 4 years with the Cards, will be penciled in as a starter opposite No. 1 WR Pierre Garcon in the Skins' new-look offense under head coach Jay Gruden and OC Sean McVay.

Rashard Mendenhall - RB Posted 3/9/14 11:29pm et
Teams are being told the free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall (Cardinals) is retiring, according to sources. He hinted at the possibility in a Feb. 25 column.
Huddle Up: It sounds like Mendenhall, whose best years were back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2009-10, may be done at 26 years old. He gained 821 yards from scrimmage and scored 8 TDs this past season on a 1-year deal in Arizona.

John Carlson - TE Posted 3/7/14 11:22pm et
Arizona Cardinals TE John Carlson will make $4.65 million as part of his two-year deal, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Bruce Arians is on record as saying his tight ends need to be blockers first, so Carlson's fantasy value--even with his move from Vikings backup to Cardinals starter--remains minimal.

Rashard Mendenhall - RB Posted 2/25/14 8:45pm et
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall hinted at retirement in a piece he posted on The Huffington Post Tuesday, Feb. 25. 'That day I sat on my couch two years ago was the very next day after I tore my ACL in week 17. The journey I envisioned is the two years of rebuilding that would follow. And as I write this, today is the day that the journey is over, and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead,' Mendenhall wrote.
Huddle Up: Mendenhall, who has played 6 pro seasons, rushed for only 687 yards and averaged 3.2 yards per attempt this past season but did find the end zone 8 times -- 11th among all RBs. It appears, though, the Cards are prepared to move on, and if Mendenhall does suit up again, it likely will be in a new uniform in a No. 2 role.

Ryan Williams - RB Posted 2/24/14 2:06pm et
The Arizona Cardinals will give RB Ryan Williams a chance to make the team in camp, but he's no lock. He missed the entire preseason due to injury last year and was a healthy scratch all 16 games. 'It's very hard to become a player during the season when you miss the entire preseason,' head coach Bruce Arians said. 'He did impressive things on the scout team. The big thing, he came to work every day. The consistency of showing up to work every day - that will be the big thing for him in training camp this year.'
Huddle Up: Williams' injury history suggests that even if he does get a shot he can't be banked on. The Cardinals found other backfield options last season in Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor, so Williams will be competing for a backup gig at best.

Andre Roberts - WR Posted 2/18/14 12:14pm et
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent WR Andre Roberts said he is not sure if he will re-sign with the team this offseason.
Huddle Up: Roberts was third on the squad with 43 receptions this past season, but that marked a three-year low as did his 471 receiving yards and 2 TDs. He's clearly been surpassed by Michael Floyd, the team's 2012 first-round pick, in the WR pecking order and would be best served seeking out a new home if he has designs on being a starting WR.

Patrick Peterson - CB Posted 2/7/14 12:06am et
ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss doesn't believe Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson will hold out for a new contract this offseason, as he heads into his fourth and final year of his rookie deal. Peterson said his representatives haven't heard back from the team yet about a new deal. However, Weinfuss says Peterson told him he loves playing football and doesn't like to be away from the field, which means he'd be unlikely to hold out and miss training camp time. Peterson can always play another season and approach a contract extension before the 2015 season, too.
Huddle Up: We'll see if Peterson's outlook is swayed by the deals signed in the FA CB market this offseason with several big names available, including Aqib Talib, Alterraun Verner and Sam Shields.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 2/4/14 11:52pm et
The Arizona Cardinals have created $9.4 million in salary cap space by restructuring the contract of WR Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's 2015 salary cap figure has increased to $23.6 million because of the restructuring.
Huddle Up: This still doesn't necessarily rule out the Cards trading Fitz, but it does make it more likely that he'll remain with the only franchise he's known.

Ryan Lindley - QB Posted 2/1/14 10:08am et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he is willing to draft a quarterback in the second or third day of the 2014 NFL Draft if he believes that quarterback can become a better player than QBs Drew Stanton and Ryan Lindley.
Huddle Up: That's not exactly setting the bar high, and Carson Palmer isn't the long-term solution in Arizona. In other words, the Cards will be taking a quarterback on Day 2 or Day 3 of the draft.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 1/30/14 8:46pm et
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said he is willing to restructure his contract if that is what needs to be done. 'Absolutely. If that's what needs to be done, that's what needs to be done,' Fitzgerald said.
Huddle Up: Fitz is a frequent subject of offseason trade rumors, but he's a fan favorite in the desert, and neither side seems to have any inclination to part ways at this point.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 1/28/14 11:37pm et
The New England Patriots were interested in trading for Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald last offseason, according to a trusted source of CSNNE.com's Tom E. Curran.
Huddle Up: Fitzgerald and Brady would be quite the interesting pairing, but it's hard to envision the Cards trading away the fan favorite unless the Pats extended an offer they couldn't refuse. Definitely a rumor to track this offseason.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 1/2/14 5:21pm et
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has an $18 million cap figure for 2014, with his salary due to increase from $5 million in 2013 to $12.75 million in 2014. Based on his current deal, Fitzgerald would account for about 14.3 percent of the team's salary cap. The team has not approached Fitzgerald's agent about a restructure, but Fitzgerald isn't interested in a pay cut. He might be open to restructuring if that converts salary into a bonus that can be prorated over the next few years.
Huddle Up: Definitely look for some kind of restructured deal for Fitzgerald, who has posted back-to-back sub-1,000-yard receiving seasons and has averaged only 11.5 yards per catch over the last 2 seasons.

Rashard Mendenhall - RB Posted 12/27/13 10:12pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (finger) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 27, and is probable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Get the Cards' leading rusher in your lineup if you need him as he's found the end zone in 4 of his last 6 games.

Carson Palmer - QB Posted 12/26/13 11:58pm et
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (ankle, elbow) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Palmer has been playing with the injuries for weeks so don't expect him to miss the Cards' crucial regular-season finale.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 12/20/13 12:12pm et
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 19.
Huddle Up: Looks like Fitz is a go for this weekend, though a matchup with Richard Sherman will provide headaches of a different sort for both Fitzgerald and his fantasy owners.

Carson Palmer - QB Posted 12/20/13 6:30pm et
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (ankle) will be a game-time decision in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Palmer is recovering from a low-grade, high left ankle sprain and has been limited in practice all week. 'Like you think it would be with an ankle sprain,' Arians said. 'He's OK. He's good enough to play. He can move around the pocket as well as he did last week.'
Huddle Up: This might be a QB to avoid if at possible considering its a late-afternoon GDT on the road against the stifling Seahawks' defense.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 12/19/13 10:56pm et
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) will visit with his third neurologist of the week Friday, Dec. 20, for the last hurdle before being cleared to play in Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks. 'No setbacks,' said Fitzgerald, who practiced fully Thursday. 'I'll be ready to go again tomorrow.' Fitzgerald expects to be cleared Friday. He said he hasn't had any concussion symptoms this week.
Huddle Up: All lights are green for Fitz at this point, although his fantasy owners' reward will be a rugged matchup against the Seahawks' pass D.

Andre Ellington - RB Posted 12/18/13 12:11am et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (thigh) is dealing with a thigh bruise which forced him out of the overtime portion of the Week 15 game against the Tennessee Titans. As long as the tissue trauma to Ellington's thigh is relatively mild, and he is able to run without pain by late in the week, Ellington has a good chance of being able to play in the Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Before leaving, the rookie had racked up his 2nd-highest yardage total of the season (158 on only 14 touches), but any Week 16 enthusiasm should be tempered by the formidable road matchup vs. the Seahawks' D, which has surrendered the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs this season.

Andre Ellington - RB Posted 12/18/13 10:54pm et
Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (thigh) was listed as a limited participant in practice for Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Ellington is coming off a big game versus Tennessee. He has a much tougher matchup this week against Seattle but Ellington is on the flex play radar in PPR formats.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 12/17/13 12:22am et
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald passed one set of concussion tests Sunday, Dec. 15, before leaving LP Field in Nashville, but he is still going through the league's concussion protocol. Head coach Bruce Arians said Fitzgerald 'looked fine' Monday, Dec. 16, when he saw the player at the team's facility. Fitzgerald was injured during an onside kick by the Tennessee Titans with 52 seconds remaining in regulation during the Week 15 game.
Huddle Up: Fitz obviously still has a ways to go this week, so keep an eye on his daily progress reports.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 12/17/13 10:34pm et
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday, Dec. 17, that WR Larry Fitzgerald (concussion) will not practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, but Arians expects Fitzgerald to play in the Week 16 game against the Seattle Seahawks. Arians emphasized that the concussion protocol is ongoing for Fitzgerald.
Huddle Up: It sounds like you can begin pencilling in Fitzgerald as a starter, but the overriding concern here is the road matchup with the Seahawks' D, which allows the fewest points to opposing fantasy wideouts.

Carson Palmer - QB Posted 12/16/13 10:47am et
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (ankle) suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 15. He remained in the game, but he will likely be sore this week.
Huddle Up: Palmer is now nursing a sore elbow and bum ankle, but he's played through both and there's no indication he won't continue to do so. You can expect his practice time to be limited this week, however.

Larry Fitzgerald - WR Posted 12/16/13 10:47am et
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (head) will be tested for a concussion Monday, Dec. 16, after a vicious hit in Week 15. He was woozy on the sideline and didn't feel well after the game.
Huddle Up: Fitz will need to go through the league-mandated concussion protocol, so we won't likely know his availability for Week 16 until Friday or Saturday.

Carson Palmer - QB Posted 12/16/13 3:56pm et
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said QB Carson Palmer (ankle) is dealing with a low ankle sprain.
Huddle Up: Palmer heads to Seattle this week to boot. if you have ridden him thus far in the second half of the season, now might be the time to bench him.

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