Tag:Arizona Cardinals
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:25 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 2:45 pm
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Hot Routes 2.23.11: Woodson to safety for Nnamdi?

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • The NFL has agreed to unseal some documents in the media fees case after the NFLPA requested it. They didn't unseal all of the documents requested by the NFLPA, however. That's cool, though, because, you know, negotiations are about compromise. AHEM.
  • The Packers are raising ticket prices by $2-$4 per game next year, though it's not supposed to mess with their sellout streak. They are the defending world champs after all.
  • The Steelers might consider using their transition tag on Ike Taylor, who would probably fetch a pretty penny on the open market. And who's departure would be not good for a Steelers' secondary that struggled a lot last year.
  • Not NFL-related, but I wish that someone would make more sandwiches for football players. I love sports-related sandwiches. This Carmelo Anthony one just makes no sense, unless it's symbolizing the level of annoyance with 'Melo by the time he was finally traded.
Posted on: February 13, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Kolb appears to have mutual interest with Cards

Posted by Will Brinson

Larry Fitzgerald spent much of his time leading up to the Super Bowl letting folks he'll only re-sign with the Cardinals if they bring in a talented quarterback to throw him the ball. Kevin Kolb, the one-time Eagles starter turned backup, was at the top of Fitzgerald's list.

Kolb admitted this week in an interview with WIP's Howard Eskin that it's "awfully flattering" to be named by someone as talented as Fitzgerald, and that he'd be open to a trade to the Cardinals. If, you know, the Eagles were interested in trading him.

"I mean, if he's not the best, he's one of the best receivers in the NFL, superstar," Kolb said. "For a guy like that to say something about me, it means a lot. And it's awfully flattering, and I hope that if something happens, their name comes up."

As we've covered, Kolb wants out of Philly -- not because he doesn't love the team or the coach or the organization, but because the team, coach and organization just love Michael Vick too much. But he's still handling the situation fairly well, dropping not-so-subtle but not-too-aggressive hints about wanting to end up with another team before 2011 starts.

Kolb's at least being reasonable about the whole process and pointed out that certain circumstances -- namely the labor situation -- will make it more difficult for the Eagles to swing a deal. "I've always had a good relationship with the Eagles. I think they understand my situation, I think they see where I'm coming from," Kolb said. "And you guys know this, it's not really in my makeup to go out there and cause a stink about things. That's just not what I do. I try to be as professional as possible and see both sides.

"I truly believe that they're going to try and do what's best for myself and the team, and if that doesn't work out, I obviously won't be happy about it. But in my opinion, it won't be their fault if it doesn't work out. I think it'll be because of the CBA not getting done."

On the other hand, it's entirely possible the Eagles WANT a new CBA deal done so they can look to move Kolb -- if Matt Flynn's currently worth a second-rounder (and that possibility's out there), Kolb's all but guaranteed to warrant more in a deal. And if the Eagles could get a first-rounder for him, you'd have to think they'd be open to a deal that makes everyone happy.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Report: LeBeau to let Steelers know by next week

Posted by Will Brinson

Now that the Cards have filled their defensive coordinator position, the Steelers have just one obstacle to retaining their own DC Dick LeBeau: retirement.

It appears they'll have an answer soon, too. NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reports that the Steelers -- who got the "only you" nod from LeBeau recently -- are "hopeful about formalizing a new contract" with LeBeau sometime next week.

"It looks very positive," LaCanfora's source said.

If LeBeau returns -- and it seems pretty likely based on LaCanfora's report -- that's tremendous news for the Steelers, as he's the guy (outside of the players) who makes their dangerous defense works.

It might have made sense for LeBeau to bounce after a Super Bowl victory, too, but considering that the Steelers are probably primed for another big season -- if they can boost the offensive line and hold onto a few key defensive players -- it makes a lot of sense for him to return and make another run at a title.

And provided he does return, it's more than likely he'll receive a one-year contract; the Steelers wouldn't allow Arizona to interview linebackers coach and likely DC-in-waiting Keith Butler, which means he's not far off from taking LeBeau's spot.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.11.11: Killing the Favre/DWTS rumors

Posted by Will Brinson



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Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:49 am
 

Hot Routes 2.10.11: Panthers the new Chargers?

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  • Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports is whipping through a Top-40 list of NFL Draft prospects. Ryan Mallett (who checks in at No. 37) is at one point called a "statue with a cannon attached," if that makes you feel good about your team maybe drafting him. It shouldn't.
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Looking like Ray Horton will be Cards' new DC

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ken Whisenhunt had been patiently waiting for the Super Bowl to finish up so that he could talk to some of the Steelers assistants about Arizona’s vacant defensive coordinator position. Reportedly, Whisenhunt’s top choice was Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler. But when the Cardinals requested to interview Butler, the Steelers said no.

Thus, it will be Whisenhunt’s second choice who likely gets the job: Ray Horton. The Steelers defensive backs coach has an expiring contract. Horton, 50, is flying to Phoenix on Wednesday. The longtime NFL defensive back worked with Whisenhunt for three years under Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh. In all, Horton has been an NFL assistant for 17 years.

As for Butler, don’t feel too bad about the Steelers denying him an opportunity to chat with the Cards. According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, Butler is the heir apparent to Dick LeBeau.


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Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Hot Routes 02.07.11: Where Vegas got hammered

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • So, as it turns out, the bookies aren't so smart after all. Okay, they're smart, but they're not perfect -- having Green Bay as a 2.5-poing favorite (or 3-point fave at kickoff depending on where you went) ended up torching them, as America laid tons of money on the Packers. At one point, Jay Rood, the guy runs the MGM's sportsbook, took a call from his boss who asked "What's the worst-case scenario?" Rood answered: "It's happening."
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Report: Fitz gave Cards a list of QBs he wants

Posted by Will Brinson

Larry Fitzgerald is heading into the final year of his contract and he's made it clear that he wants to stay in Arizona. If they give him a lot of money. And if they get him a quarterback who will help the team win.

He's reportedly gotten even more specific, too, naming Kevin Kolb and Marc Bulger as guys he wants in Phoenix, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kolb is apparently Fitz' top choice, but the most glaring part of the report is the lack of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton and Donovan McNabb on the list.

McNabb should be one of the top free agent quarterbacks on the market, despite his age and poor 2010 performance, but the Cardinals aren't a team that's been considered likely to show any interest in him, should the Redskins end up not picking up his option.

Kolb's a nice target, but the problem is the Eagles will probably want a first-round draft pick in exchange for their talented backup signal caller. (Which would mean if the Cards give Fitzgerald everything he wants, they're going to severely hamper themselves long-term.)

Bulger's a much more realistic target, obviously, because he's simply the backup in Baltimore.

Either way, though, the Cardinals would be heavily catering to a single player's demands and still leaving themselves open to a nightmare situation if either Bulger (he is old) or Kolb (he is still somewhat unproven) didn't work out in 2011.

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