OLB Chandler Jones to Get Franchise Tag If No Long Term Deal with Cardinals Gets Done

Chandler Jones

The Cardinals had a tough season in which they missed the playoffs, one year after coming within a game of playing for the Super Bowl.

They have some offseason decisions to make, but one they won’t have to deal with is the future of Chandler Jones, who will be back with the franchise tag if a long term deal can’t get done.

The outside linebacker had 49 tackles and 11 sacks this past season for Arizona.

Cardinals Ink QB Zac Dysert to a Deal Through 2017

Zac Dysert

It sounds like career journeyman Zac Dysert may have finally found a football home with the Arizona Cardinals, as today the team inked him to a deal to remain in Arizona through the 2017 season.

While the deal is likely for little money, it may finally mean that Dysert will get a shot to play in the NFL for more than just a few weeks at a time.

He’s bounced around since being a 7th round pick back in 2013, Arizona is already the 6th team he’s been on. He’s been with the Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins before coming to the Cardinals.

The 26-year-old was close to going back to Miami according to reports, as the story goes is they wanted to ink him off the Cards practice squad after the injury to Ryan Tannehill, but then Arizona promoted him last week to the active roster.

Dysert could have been the number two in Miami behind new QB Matt Moore, who is going to be the starter with Tannehill injured last week against of all teams the Cardinals.

Head coach Bruce Arians told Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. that Dysert has a “really good chance to be a good player.”

Cardinals vs Dolphins NFL Week 14 Capsule

ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-6-1) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-5)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  CARDINALS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER   8-3
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bruce Arians: 0-0 Adam Gase: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 31-23 vs. Washington L 38-6 at Baltimore
LAST GAME 9/30/12: Dolphins 21 at Cardinals 24 (OT). Arizona WR Andre Roberts has game-tying TD catch with 22 seconds remaining in 4th. Cardinals K Jay Feely converts GW 46-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/14/08: Cardinals 31, Dolphins 10. Arizona QB Kurt Warner passes for 361 yards with 3 TDs for 158.3 rating. Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin has 6 catches for 140 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Holly Sonders (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Ari), 113 (Mia). XM: 385 (Ari), 231 (Mia).

STATS

PASSING Carson Palmer: 282-460-3231-18-11-85.5 Ryan Tannehill: 246-369-2800-16-11-91.3
RUSHING David Johnson: 228-1005 (3L)-4.4-11 (T3L) Jay Ajayi: 173-908-5.2-7
RECEIVING Larry Fitzgerald: 88 (T1L)-880-10.0-5 Jarvis Landry: 75-820-10.9-2
OFFENSE 369.1 327.8
TAKE/GIVE +1 +1
DEFENSE 297.3 (2L) 373.1
SACKS Chandler Jones: 8 Cameron Wake: 8.5
INTs 3 tied: 3 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Drew Butler: 41.3 Matt Darr: 45.1
KICKING Chandler Catanzaro: 74 (29/30 PAT; 15/19 FG) Andrew Franks: 67 (28/28 PAT; 13/17 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: QB CARSON PALMER is averaging 306.6 pass yards per game & has 23 TDs vs. 10 INTs for 99 rating in past 12 vs. AFC. Passed for 300 yards & 3 TDs for 105.3 rating last week…RB DAVID JOHNSON leads NFL in scrimmage yards (1,709) & TDs (15). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in all 12 games in 2016. Has 725 scrimmage yards (145 per game) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in past 5 on road…WR LARRY FITZGERALD has 1,106 career receptions, 3rd-most all-time. Ties for NFL lead with 88 catches. In 3 career meetings, has 309 rec. yards (103 per game) & 2 TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD has 3 TD catches in past 4 on road vs. AFC. Had rec. TD in Week 13…DT CALAIS CAMPBELL had sack & FF in Week 13. LB CHANDLER JONES has 3.5 sacks & FF in past 2 vs. Mia. LB MARKUS GOLDEN has 5 sacks in past 6 on road. CB PATRICK PETERSON had INT last week. Has 20 INTs since 2011, 3rd-most in NFL…

DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL has 5 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.4 rating in past 3 at home. Passed for 431 yards in last meeting…RB JAY AJAYI has 791 rush yards (113 per game) & 5 TDs in past 7. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 5.25 yards per carry average…WR JARVIS LANDRY had 11 catches last week. Since entering league in 2014, has 269 catches, most by player in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. WR DE VANTE PARKER has 2 rec. TDs in past 3. WR KENNY STILLS ranks 2nd among NFL WRs with 17.9 yards per catch avg…DE CAMERON WAKE had franchise record 4.5 sacks in last meeting. Has 7.5 sacks & 2 FFs in past 7. Is 2nd among active players with 78.5 sacks since 2009. LB KIKO ALONSO has 30 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 FRs & FF in past 4. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with 90+ tackles (97) & 2+ INTs (2). CB BYRON MAXWELL had INT & FF last week. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH is 2nd among NFL DTs with 47 sacks.

What if the Cardinals Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

Donald Trump

Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Cards will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Cardinals Get Big Games from Palmer and Johnson; Top Redskins 31-23

Washington Redskins v Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, David Johnson scored twice and the Cardinals held on to beat the Redskins 31-23 on Sunday.

The loss by the Redskins (6-5-1) clinched a playoff spot for the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys.

Palmer’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Johnson with 11:09 to play put Arizona ahead 24-20, the fourth lead change of the second half.

After a Washington field goal, Palmer’s 42-yard touchdown pass to J.J. Nelson with 1:56 padded gave the Cardinals (5-6-1) a 31-23 lead.

Washington drove to the Arizona 28-yard line before Patrick Peterson’s interception of Kirk Cousins’ pass with 41 seconds left sealed the victory.

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Cardinals Return to the Playoffs in Danger; Fall to Falcons 38-19

Arizona Cardinals v Atlanta Falcons

Taylor Gabriel took two short passes for touchdowns and the Atlanta Falcons returned from a bye week to add to Arizona’s misery, blowing out the Cardinals 38-19 on Sunday.

Gabriel, who was cut by the winless Cleveland Browns before the season, scored on plays of 35 and 25 yards that showed off his speed.

His second score finished the Cardinals, who began the season touted as a Super Bowl contender but have been one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams.

The Falcons (7-4) began the day leading the NFC South and moved a step closer to their first playoff berth since 2012.

The Cardinals (4-6-1) have lost two straight and three of their past four, putting them in danger of missing the postseason a season after reaching the NFC championship game.

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Cardinals vs Falcons NFL Week 12 Inactives

Cardinals: WR Marquis Bundy, S Christian Bryant, LB Sio Moore, G Cole Toner, DT Olsen Pierre, DT Robert Nkemdiche, DT Ed Stinson

Falcons: P Matt Bosher, CB Desmond Trufant, DT Ra’Shede Hageman, OL Wes Schweitzer, DL Cliff Matthews, S Sharrod Neasman, RB Terron Ward

Cardinals Can’t Stop the Big Play; Fall to Vikings 30-24

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The Minnesota Vikings returned, literally, to their winning way.

Xavier Rhodes took back one of his two interceptions 100 yards for a touchdown and Cordarrelle Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 104 yards for a score in Minnesota’s 30-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, helping the Vikings stop their four-game losing streak.

“It’s been a long, long, long month, but it’s good to feel this again,” said coach Mike Zimmer, who urged his team multiple times this week to stop chasing those momentum-shifting plays and focus instead on fundamentals. “It’s good to see the fight that the players had, to see the hard work.”

The Vikings (6-4) held onto their first-place tie with Detroit in the NFC North, with a rematch against the Lions looming in four days. After scoring twice each on defense and special teams during their NFL-best 5-0 start, the Vikings failed to produce a return touchdown over their last four games until this breakthrough.

They also sacked Carson Palmer four times, two by Danielle Hunter, for the most since their last victory six weeks ago.

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