Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
 
Tag:Arizona Cardinals
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:18 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Heap to Arizona will help Kolb, Fitzgerald

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

HeapThe Cardinals haven’t been a big “throw it to the TE” squad lately, but after the team announced it had signed Ravens castoff Todd Heap to the mix, that most likely will change.

Heap, cut by Baltimore last week, inked a two-year deal, and though he’s the sixth TE in camp for Arizona, he immediately moves to the top of the depth chart.

Apparently, Heap -- who caught 40 passes for 599 yards and five touchdowns last season -- was visiting the Jets when he decided to take the offer from his hometown team. According to Ravens Insider Aaron Wilson, the contract is worth between $5 million and $6 million, and he immediately becomes a big-name target for new QB Kevin Kolb while helping alleviate some pressure off No. 1 WR Larry Fitzgerald.

It's a homecoming of sorts for Heap, who played in college at Arizona State and is from the Phoenix area.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

Posted by Will Brinson



Since the lockout ended, we've waited with baited breath to find out when Kevin Kolb would get traded from the Eagles (presumably to the Cardinals). It's a "done deal," a league source told CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, who notes that Arizona will give up exactly what we noted earlier -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a high draft pick, believed to be a second-rounder.

Additionally, according to 97.5 The Fan's Adam Caplan who first reported the deal, the Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract extension with Kolb that will pay him $63 million, including a whopping $20 million in guaranteed money.

Summer of Kolb

That is a LOT of cheddar for a guy who, as Freeman notes, hasn't proven anything. Of course, it's also less than the $30 million that Kolb's camp was reportedly demanding from the Cardinals in order to finalize the deal.

Then again, was there ever really a chance that he Cardinals wouldn't cave to Kolb's demands for a large extension? As we've written throughout the week, this was a game of chicken that was destined to end poorly for the Cardinals purely in terms of what they'd have to give up to land the quarterback.

There's obviously a shot that this deal does work for Arizona, if Kolb comes in and helps them reclaim the NFC West title. Or, if he's simply good enough to allow them to retain superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who hasn't been happy with Arizona's quarterback situation since Kurt Warner retired.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:22 am
 

Report: Kolb camp wants $30M guaranteed extension

Posted by Will Brinson



Over and over again this offseason, I've said that no one's seen a bigger boost in their value than Kevin Kolb. That at this point all that value is squarely concentrated in terms of leverage against the Arizona Cardinals is neither here nor there.

But maybe Kolb's getting a little ahead of himself. See, according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, Kolb's camp is demanding an extension when he's dealt that features $30 million in guaranteed money.

No, really.

Kolb obviously wants to be traded -- he's intimated as much before and he might not show up to Philly's training camp on Wednesday -- but he doesn't just want to get traded, apparently.

He also wants to get paid. And paid like he's one of the best players in the NFL.

Oh, and he wants the team that's about to give up a player like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as well a high draft pick in order to acquire him to do the paying. I mean, obviously he wants Arizona to cough up the cash, but it seems like Kolb's camp might be overstepping their bounds a bit on this issue.

Is Kolb worth the value discussed -- DRC plus a high draft pick -- in the potential deal? Maybe. We honestly don't know, and won't until (if?) we see him on the field for the Cardinals.

And, regardless of how much scouting they've done on Kolb, neither will they. Which is what makes a demand like $30 million guaranteed pretty ridiculous.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Report: Kolb won't report to Eagles training camp

Posted by Will Brinson

The Eagles already have one potential star who could hold out from training camp on their hands in DeSean Jackson and according to a report on Wednesday, they might have another: backup quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Though Kolb might not be a "star" per se, he is heavily involved in all the trade talk circulating around the NFL, particularly with the rumor that he's headed to the Cardinals in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and some draft-pick compensation.

But Philly and Arizona haven't been able to reach a deal as of yet, and so Kolb remains an Eagle for now. However, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kolb won't be showing up to Philadelphia's camp at Lehigh University when it begins on Thursday.

McLane also adds that "other teams are interested" in Kolb, but correctly points out that there "aren't many viable candidates remaining." That's because there aren't -- as I've noted before, the Cardinals seem to be playing a dangerous game of chicken with the Eagles, hoping that market fluctuations would allow them to get the 26-year-old at a discount.

But with most of the other potential quarterbacks that Arizona could chase ending up with other teams, it's going to be tough for the Cards to convince the Eagles they actually do have other options.

There's is an argument that Kolb's decision to hold out would actually help Arizona, because Philadelphia might be more inclined to get a potential headache off their hands.

Although given the Eagles track record with pawning off quarterbacks at the right time, don't expect them to panic too much.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: July 26, 2011 8:49 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 8:35 am
 

Assessing the NFL free agency and trade QB market

Posted by Will Brinson



We knew Tuesday's free-agency action wasn't going to be "calm." But man-oh-man did things heat up late, what with the Panthers dropping the equivalent of Charlotte's gross annual income on defensive end Charles Johnson, and the Redskins and Ravens making moves for their own free agents.

If anything, it showed that teams who have favorable relationships with their current players did get a bit of an advantage during this hectic offseason. But what about teams who need to find help -- specifically, quarterback help -- from the outside? Well, there's a market, but it's percolating more often than my coffee pot Tuesday.

So let's break down the values of the three biggest names out there, shall we?

Kevin Kolb
Kolb's the hottest target on the market, but is he the quarterback most guaranteed to succeed with a new team next year? Not necessarily, but it doesn't matter.

His value's done nothing but skyrocket since the lockout began, and it sure does seem like all the reports that he's locked into the Cardinals will come into fruition.

The Cardinals are reportedly keeping their options open -- Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reported on Tuesday that Arizona was talking with Denver about Kyle Orton as well as discussing the possibility of adding Marc Bulger and Matt Hasselbeck -- but the reality is they're not just trying to secure a quarterback for 2011.

They're also trying to secure a quarterback for the future and make sure they don't risk losing superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to the open market should he become disgruntled.

Lest you think that matters to the Cardinals, who were in the Super Bowl just a few years ago, wait until push comes to shove and the marketplace starts to bear itself out.

For now, Arizona's front office can pretend to play chicken with the Eagles in a deal for Kolb. Once things become a little clearer and quarterbacks begin aligning with various teams (see: Seattle jumping on the bandwagon that is Tarvaris Jackson) there won't be nearly enough leverage hanging out there for the Cardinals to lean on.

Potential Suitors
: Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins
Best Bet
: It's the Cards by a longshot now that the Seahawks are ruled out. Miami could come sprinting around the turn at the last minute, but at this point it would be a borderline surprise if Kolb wasn't traded to Arizona.

Kyle Orton
Orton's the de facto red herring for the Cards (see: above) apparently, but if you poll most folks, they'll probably at least agree he can be as productive in the right system as Kolb.

In fact, Orton's piled up more than 3,500 yards and 20 touchdowns each of the last two years. And get THIS: each of those years equated to a large total of both yardage and touchdowns than Kolb has in his entire career.

Yes I'm aware that Kolb's only started seven games in his four years in the league and, yes, I'm aware that he's had a rough go of things given that no one really saw Michael Vick usurping his would-be throne in Philly.

But none of that bad luck guarantees that he'll succeed any more than someone like Orton who has two clear-cut years of production in the right system.

My counting-stats rant aside, Kolb's still the top guy available, but there's definitely a market for Orton. And one spot that really makes sense is Miami, where the Dolphins have struggled since Dan Marino retired to find a suitable replacement under center.

Those struggles have manifested themselves in the continual wasting of second-round picks and -- lo and behold! -- that's exactly what everyone thinks Denver wants in return for Orton.

Rather than gambling on another rookie down the road, it seems reasonable that Miami could invest another second-rounder in Orton. Unless Stephen Ross is as obsessed with Vince Young as Bud Adams anyway.

Potential Suitors: Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals
Best Bet
: The Fins. Orton's a better bet than either Vince Young or Matt Moore and, again, it's "just" a second-rounder.


Donovan McNabb
:
Which brings us to this guy. Poor Donovan hasn't had the easiest year in the world -- he's been mortified by Mike Shanhan and the Redskins coaching staff on national television (seriously: wouldn't you rather get pansted in DuPont Circle than get yanked mid-game for Rex Grossman?) and basically been castoff into free-agent oblivion.

There's even been talk of retirement. But the talk today has circled primarily around the Vikings. Which -- of course -- is where McNabb was supposed to go all along.

There was no deal finalized on Tuesday and/or even agreed to, but it's looking like Minnesota will bring in McNabb to try and provide a stabilizing veteran presence on the roster.

Christian Ponder's obviously the future, and I agree with my life coach Pete Prisco that he's the best-suited rookie quarterback to succeed from Day 1.

But that doesn't mean rookie coach Leslie Frazier shouldn't have a backup option in place should he find out that Ponder's not ready quite yet.

Plus, the two teams play on Christmas Eve, man. And that's something that just has to happen in terms of potential revenge games that may or may not feature McNabb running over Ponder's foot the week of the game just to get the start.

For all of that to even happen, though, McNabb's going to need to agree to work out a significant change in his contract. But if it gets him out of purgatory Washington, it's worth the lost money.

Potential Suitors: Minnesota Vikings
Best Bet: Vikings. It just doesn't seem likely that the Titans or Dolphins will step up and trade for McNabb. If he's released by Washington, this could all change but for now the Vikings appear to be the clear-cut leader in the clubhouse when it comes to Donovan's services.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.



Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 11:18 am
 

Report: Kolb, Fitzgerald have private workout

Posted by Will Brinson

There are two things we know to be true about this NFL offseason. One, lockouts are terrible. And two, going 24 hours without a rumor about Kevin Kolb is impossible.

This latest rumor from our friend Craig Morgan at Fox Sports Arizona though, is pretty darn spicy, because it gives a LOT of credence to the whole "Arizona will trade for Kolb as soon as the lockout ends" theory.

See, Morgan reports that Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Kolb "organized a private throwing session" at Arizona State earlier in July.

This is not different from many of Fitzgerald's offseason workouts in that it involves another star player in the NFL. But it is different from most of Fitz's offseason workouts because it was -- until now anyway -- kept secret.

Oh, and because it involves the guy that nearly everyone in the NFL believes will be his next quarterback. And because it comes hot on the heels of some very specific rumors about the Kolb trade and Cards coach Ken Wisenhunt saying no one is untouchable.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we're getting a vote on the labor deal from the players any time on Friday, which means we're at least a few more days away from being able to concretely speculate on what the trade for Kolb will involve.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:26 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 9:38 am
 

Wisenhunt: No one on Cards' roster 'untouchable'

Posted by Will Brinson

The most prominent rumor of the offseason is that Kevin Kolb, currently of the Eagles, will end up on the Arizona Cardinals within a very short time after the lockout ends.

It's a done deal as far as many folks go, and it's simply a matter of what -- not when -- the two teams will trade.

But Ken Wisenhunt pointed out that he's a little surprised by all the chatter surrounding his team and the interest in Kolb, particularly the recent rumors that the team would give up Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in exchange.

"I don't even know where that speculation started about trading or what we're going to give up," Wisenhunt said, per Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. "We don't even know if [the Eagles) are willing to do that. That's something that everybody speculates on."
Kevin Kolb: So Hot Right Now

Wisenhunt also mocked the speculation that occurred with quarterback Marc Bulger, who'd been rumored to already have a deal with the Cards and also not even interested in Arizona.

But, more importantly, Somers notes that Wisenhunt doesn't believe anyone on the Cardinals roster is "untouchable" when it comes to making a deal.

Of course, that's what everyone usually says when discussing the possibility of making a blockbuster deal. But it's also indicative of just how badly the Cardinals need a quarterback.

And exactly why Kolb's practically already pencilled on on the Arizona depth chart.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
Posted on: July 18, 2011 9:50 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Report: Cards will go after Kolb, could trade DRC



Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's no secret that the Arizona Cardinals are desperate to find a starting quarterback. After Kurt Warner retired following the 2009 season, the team decided to release former first-round pick Matt Leinart and take their chances with Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt may not have thought enough of Leinart to keep him around but we can't imagine he would have performed worse than the three guys the Cards trotted out their in 2010.

Either way, as soon as the lockout ends, Arizona will move to find their next franchise QB. And according to the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers, the most likely target is a name we've heard often in recent months: Eagles backup Kevin Kolb.

"Look for the club to immediately attempt to trade for Eagles backup Kevin Kolb," Somers wrote Monday. "He is the first choice, but the Cardinals don’t want to give up a ransom for him. They also have interest in the BroncosKyle Orton, who is under contract. The path of least resistance would be to simply sign Marc Bulger, a free agent, and let John Skelton back him up."

Although he has little starting experience, Kolb will cost the most to acquire (more on that in a second). Meanwhile, NFL.com's Steve Wyche thinks that Orton, who has thrown for more than 7,000 yards the last two years in Denver, could be had for a third-rounder. As for Bulger, Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 in Phoenix tweets that he "doesn't want to play in Arizona according to my source."

The Seahawks, another team in dire need of a quarterback, reportedly offered the Eagles a first- and third-round pick for Kolb earlier this offseason, which sounds unreasonably steep given that Kolb has started seven games in four seasons and has thrown three more picks (14) than touchdowns (11).

But it's all about upside. And NFL Films' Greg Cosell thinks that Kolb is "very, very good" with his first reads although he struggles when he is "forced to reset and look elsewhere."

This sounds like a lot of young NFL quarterbacks. While it's not a glowing endorsement, it could be much worse. Like, say, what Whisenhunt had to endure last season with Anderson, Hall and Skelton. The only question is how much will Arizona have to give up get Kolb. Which brings us back to XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki, who hears things: "Kevin Kolb is the guy, Cardinals are prepared to offer DRC straight up...according to source."

This isn't the first time a Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Kolb trade has made the rounds. In fact, CBSSport.com's Josh Katzowitz wrote about it last month. It seems like a long shot, but who knows, maybe it will allow the Cardinals to go after Ike Taylor. Then all that will be left to do is petition the league and officially change their name to Pittsburgh West.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com