Arizona went 8-8 in 2017, and after the season ended, both head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer announced their retirement. Steve Wilks, former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator has not taken the reigns at head coach in the desert, and quarterback Sam Bradford (per Adam Schefter) has agreed to a contract with the Cardinals.
Arizona now has Sam Bradford and per NFL’s Peter Schrager, they will also have Mike Glennon.
Arizona was also able to keep Larry Fitzgerald on the team, he lead the team in receptions (109) yards (1156) and touchdowns (6), he was the only receiver to top 100 receptions and 1000 yards, for the Cardinals. He was one of only two Cardinal receivers with at least 500 yards. Free agent receivers (per www.nfl.com) include Eric Decker, Terrelle Pryor, Michael Floyd (former Cardinal), Mike Wallace and John Brown who last year 21 receptions for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2017 for Arizona.
Running back is another area to possibly address in the even their feature back David Johnson gets hurt again, Carlos Hyde, who is a free agent from the 49ers is a name that could be thrown around in their organization. That is if he is willing to be a back up because of his ability to run and catch the football. Doug Martin could be a cheaper option as well.
Staying on the offense, the offensive line is a unit that could use some upgrading, as the Cardinal quarterbacks were sacked a combine 52 times in 2017.
Defensively they might look to add depth to help their defense continue to play well, in 2017 their defense ranked 6th in total yards allowed, 6th in rushing yards allowed and 14th against the pass.
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Cardinals, Patrick Peterson Rift Brewing
A rift seems to be brewing between the Arizona Cardinals and star cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has spent his entire career with the Cardinals.
According to the Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, Peterson is not happy with the front office and something “pissed him off.”
According to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, Peterson is upset with some of the decisions being made by the front office, and he is considered unlikely to report to minicamp at all.
Additionally, Peterson had demanded a trade prior to landing a new deal in 2018.
Lastly, a rumor circulated today, that was eventually shut down, that stated that Peterson was on the verge of being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, a rumor that former NFL receiver Antonio Bryant reported as news.
Maybe that rumor actually has some legs, all things considered.
Dolphins Swing Trade for Cardinals’ Josh Rosen
According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, the Dolphins have done the most research on Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Josh Rosen, and could end up offering a 3rd rounder on draft day to acquire Rosen, who is expected to be supplanted by the drafting of Kyler Murray, who is widely considered to be Arizona’s pick at #1.
The Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers have been the only teams to show interest in Rosen, so a 3rd rounder may be the best offer Arizona could receive.
The market for Rosen will drive down especially if the Washington Redskins and New York Giants draft a quarterback in the first round on Thursday.
Redskins “Favorites” for Josh Rosen
While Washington appears to be the front runner to acquire Rosen, as the Cardinals are expected to take quarterback Kyler Murray with the 1st overall pick, the team will not include it’s 2019 first round draft pick in any deal with the Redskins.
Finlay cites ESPN’s Todd McShay in his report, pointing to McShay reporting that he keeps hearing about the Redskins’ interest in Rosen within league circles.
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