Player News - Cardinals

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Larry Fitzgerald told Cardinals coach Steve Wilks he will return for the 2018 season.

"Larry mentioned to me last night that he's coming back for the 2018 season," Wilks said on the Doug and Wolf Show. "He's totally committed, those are his words." It is not a huge surprise, but Fitzgerald returning for his 15th season is still a massive boost for the first-year head coach. Even with the future Hall of Famer back in the fold, the Cardinals have a lot of work to do on offense this offseason, most importantly finding a quarterback and surrounding Fitzgerald with a better receiving corps.
Feb 15 - 9:43 AM

Cardinals signed GM Steve Keim to an extension through 2022.

The deal lines up Keim's contract with new coach Steve Wilks. Keim just wrapped up his fifth season as Cardinals general manager. 2018 will be his first without Bruce Arians. Keim has had a largely successful tenure, but some shaky drafts. Replacing Carson Palmer is his unenviable offseason priority.
Feb 12 - 1:51 PM

Larry Fitzgerald's $11 million salary for 2018 becomes guaranteed on Friday.

Today is the fifth day of the new waiver period following Super Bowl LII. Fitzgerald will forfeit the $11 million if he retires, so Friday's guarantee should have no bearing on whether he decides to come back. The Cardinals could entice Fitzgerald to return by signing a top-flight quarterback like Kirk Cousins in free agency.
Feb 9 - 2:07 PM

Larry Fitzgerald indicated Sunday he needs one to two more weeks before announcing whether he'll play in 2018.

Fitzgerald all but admitted his decision will depend on which direction the Cardinals take at quarterback, saying he believes "things need to happen with personnel first," before Fitzgerald makes his intentions public. From the tone of his interview, it did sound like Fitzgerald would rather play than not.
Feb 4 - 2:43 PM

Adrian Peterson thinks he can play "four or five more years."

Peterson will turn 33 in March and is likely to be released from the Cardinals this offseason. Playing another four years would be a tall feat for an aging running back with over 2,500 rushing attempts and coming off a season-ending neck injury. Peterson will likely be an early-down back for a new team in 2018.
Feb 3 - 12:46 PM

Larry Fitzgerald's father told Sirius XM NFL Radio that his son will only play for the Cardinals if Fitzgerald returns for another season.

"There’s no chance," Fitzgerald Sr. said on Sirius. "This will be it. If it’s not with the Cardinals, we’ve seen the last of Larry Fitzgerald in the National Football League wearing No. 11." Fitzgerald Sr. later said his son "really wants to get a championship ring," but that could be tough to do on a rebuilding Cardinals squad. If the Cards can find a way to win the Kirk Cousins bidding, their chances of getting back Fitzgerald would likely grow immensely.
Jan 31 - 10:07 PM

Arizona Sports' Mike Jurecki reports the Cardinals will release Adrian Peterson this offseason.

Acquired from the Saints in October, Peterson offered a jolt to the Cardinals' running game in the absence of David Johnson, but Peterson landed on I.R. after suffering a neck injury in Week 12. Peterson is due $3.5 million in 2018 but isn't going to get it from Arizona. The Cardinals will clear over $2.8 million against the cap by cutting Peterson, who turns 33 in March.
Jan 31 - 2:06 PM

Arizona Sports' Mike Jurecki doesn't expect impending free agent Jaron Brown to re-sign with the Cardinals.

The 28-year-old tore his ACL in 2016 but came back to set career highs across the board in 2017 with a 31-477-4 receiving line, averaging 15.4 yards per catch. Jurecki expects Brown to "get a nice deal" elsewhere. Wherever Brown ends up, he's not going to command much as a No. 3 or 4 type.
Jan 31 - 1:20 PM

At Monday's introductory press conference, Cardinals OC Mike McCoy "sounded like a coach expecting" Larry Fitzgerald to play the 2018 season.

McCoy needs to stay cautiously optimistic; beyond David Johnson, Fitzgerald is the Cardinals' second-most valuable offensive player, even approaching age 35. Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians retired, the line has fallen to pieces, and John Brown is a free agent. Fitz has 100-plus catches in three straight years.
Jan 29 - 4:10 PM

Cardinals hired ex-Broncos OC Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator.

Although the move is not yet official, it is expected to soon be formalized. The Chargers' head coach from 2013-16, McCoy was fired mid-season by the Broncos last year. Dealing with a hopeless quarterback situation, McCoy couldn't make the offense go. Before the head gig in San Diego, McCoy was Peyton Manning's play-caller in Denver. He also coordinated Tim Tebow's offense in the Mile High City. He's an experienced hire, albeit one who doesn't really move the needle. With the Cardinals having zero signal callers under contract, there's no guarantee McCoy's quarterback situation will be any better than it was in Denver.
Jan 25 - 7:03 PM

The Cardinals will retain Byron Leftwich as quarterbacks coach for 2018.

2017 was Leftwich's first year on the job. He earned repeated praise from former coach Bruce Arians. Leftwich will help provide some continuity for new coach Steve Wilks, though the Cardinals have zero quarterbacks under contract for 2018. Leftwich will be working with a new set of players for his second year on the job. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2003 draft, Leftwich is only 38 years old.
Jan 25 - 1:53 PM

Cardinals hired Al Holcomb as defensive coordinator.

Holcomb spent the last five years working with Steve Wilks as the Panthers' linebackers coach. His background is in 4-3 schemes, but the Cardinals could remain a 3-4 base this season. Wilks will likely call plays on defense, so Holcomb should focus on game-planning in his first year as coordinator.
Jan 24 - 6:45 PM

Larry Fitzgerald still hasn't made a decision on playing in 2018.

Steve Wilks had an "in-depth conversation" with Fitzgerald after landing the team's head-coaching job on Monday, but said the star wideout still hasn't given him an answer on whether he plans on returning for what would be his 15th NFL season. Fitzgerald is nearing a number of career milestones and showed he still has plenty left by finishing second in the league with 109 catches in 2017. Fitzgerald previously said the retirements of Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians will have no bearing on his decision.
Jan 23 - 2:33 PM

When asked about the team's defensive scheme, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said, "If it's not broke, don't fix it."

This would suggest Wilks is open to keeping the 3-4 defense used under former former Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher. That's surprising considering Wilks came from a 4-3 scheme in Carolina and is bringing along Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator. Standing pat with a 3-4 base would likely come as good news to Chandler Jones, who has thrived since moving to outside linebacker (28 sacks over his last two seasons).
Jan 23 - 2:31 PM

Ex-Broncos OC Mike McCoy will interview for the Cardinals' offensive coordinator job.

Former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell interviewed for the same position earlier today and is reportedly "pondering his options." McCoy is coming off a disappointing tenure as Denver's offensive coordinator, though he had little chance to succeed with Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler at quarterback. McCoy is also a candidate to replace Pat Shurmur as Minnesota's OC.
Jan 23 - 2:24 PM


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