Cardinals Acquire DE Chandler Jones from New England for OG Cooper and Second-Round Pick

Chandler Jones

In a huge deal that is sending shockwaves in the NFL today, the Cardinals and Patriots pulled off a deal, as Arizona acquires DE Chandler Jones, bringing another piece to an already good defense.

The Cardinals in return send guard Jonathon Cooper plus a second-round pick back to the Pats.

Jones is coming off a year where he had 12.5 sacks, and is due to make $7.8 million this season.

He’s totaled 36 in his first four years in the league. Jones had a synthetic marijuana incident before the Patriots’ divisional round game against Kansas City, but played in the game and had four tackles and a forced fumble.

Cooper was the 7th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cards.

Cardinals Bring Back TE Jermaine Gresham

Jermaine Gresham

The Cardinals have re-signed veteran tight end Jermaine Gresham to a one-year contract according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

While monetary terms were not immediately available, Rapoport also reports that Gresham is “taking less to stay.” in Arizona. Initially a first-round pick out of Oklahoma for the Cincinnati Bengals in 20110, Gresham stuggled in the receiving tight end role desired by the Bengals. He spent five years in Cincy before being signed as a free agent for the Cardinals. Cards head coach Bruce Arians played to Gresham’s strengths in 2015, allowing him to stay locked on the line of scrimmage and block. He proceeded to score only one touchdown and catch only 18 passes but finished as the 8th-best blocking tight end out of 73 qualifiers in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.

With a dynamic stable of running backs, top-flight wideouts, and an aging quarterback in need of protection, the Cardinals are the perfect fit for Gresham.

Cardinals Ink QB Drew Stanton to a Two-Year Deal

Backup quarterback Drew Stanton agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports. The deal is worth $6.5 million, not including incentives and escalator clauses.

Stanton was due to become an unrestricted free agent, and as of Monday, there was pessimism as to whether he would return to Arizona, according to an NFL source.

The situation obviously brightened on Tuesday, and Stanton will again be Carson Palmer’s backup in 2016 and perhaps beyond.

Stanton, who turns 32 in May, has played in 16 games for the Cardinals, including eight starts in 2014. The Cardinals went 5-3 in those games.

Cardinals GM Keim Says it’s ‘Scary’ How Good David Johnson Can Be

David Johnson

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim says it is “scary” to think how good running back David Johnson can be according to azcardinals.com.

Keim added that Johnson was only “scratching the surface” in his explosive rookie year, and he believes Johnson is “truly a three-down back.”

The third-round rookie out of Northern Iowa started out as more of a change-of-pace back and returner/gadget player for the Cardinals and head coach Bruce Arians has shown a reluctance to use rookies in full-time, pivotal roles.

Injuries to veterans Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington forced Arians’ hand, however, and Johnson ran away with the starting job and never looked back.

Johnson is fully expected to enter the 2016 season as Arizona’s “bellcow” back and it sounds like both Keim and Arians are comfortable having him in that role. He will likely be one of the top five running backs drafted in fantasy leagues next season.

Cardinals Re-Sign S Chris Clemons and Former Aussie Rules Player CB Wilkinson

Chris Clemons

The Cardinals made a couple roster moves today, as they have re-signed S Chris Clemons, and also brought in CB Joel Wilkinson, a former Aussie Rules player.

Here’s some info on Wilkinson:

The 6-foot, 190-pound Wilkinson is an Australian Rules Football player who is going to get a shot to play cornerback. He follows former 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne from down under to the NFC West. Hayne finished the year on the 49ers practice squad.

The 24-year-old Wilkinson played for the Gold Coast Suns and the Northern Blues, which proves that we’re way ahead of our friends in Australia when it comes to team nicknames.

Cardinals at Seahawks Wednesday NFL Injury Report

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Cardinals vs Browns NFL Week 8 Inactives

Cardinals inactives: QB Matt Barkley, LB Shaq Riddick, LB Alex Okafor, T D.J. Humphries, G Earl Watford, TE Darren Fells, NT Xavier Williams

Browns inactives: Austin Davis, WR Andrew Hawkins, CB Jordan Poyer, DB Don Jones, LB Jayson DiManche, TE Rob Housler, TE E.J. Bibbs

NFL Week Eight Preview – Arizona at Cleveland

Arizona Cardinals v Pittsburgh Steelers

The Arizona Cardinals head east for the second time in three weeks Sunday as they take on the struggling Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium looking for their 6th win of the season.

The Cards were winners on Monday night at home over the now 1-6 Baltimore Ravens, and will look to take care of the Browns, who have won just twice this season against five losses.

One huge stat that jumps out in this game is how the Browns plan on stopping Cards running back Chris Johnson.

After finishing with 122 and a touchdown in Monday’s win, Johnson is second to Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman (621) with 567 rushing yards. He also leads the NFL among backs with at least 80 attempts at 5.1 yards per carry.

The Browns are 32nd in the NFL in run defense, allowing over 150 yards per game on the ground. They gave up yards in chunks last week to Rams rookie Todd Gurley in a 24-6 loss in St.Louis.

Carson Palmer is well aware of playing the Browns, as he did it for a number of years as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cards are 6th in the league passing the ball at 281 yards per game.

The Browns don’t know for sure who will be under center on Sunday, as Josh McCown was beaten up badly in St.Louis, and the team may have to got to backup Johnny Manziel for this showdown with a good Cards D.

Browns coach Mike Pettine has said that McCown will play if he’s healthy.

”That’s a credit to his toughness, his resolve,” Pettine said of McCown after he was beat up badly last week.

”But we have to know that we have to protect this guy. You can’t have your quarterback go through a game like that.”

If the Browns are going to have a shot against the Cardinals, they need to shore up their defense, which is one of the worst in the league and has allowed 24 points per game.

If Arizona can get into the 20’s in terms of points, it’s almost a for sure they will leave Cleveland with a win.

Why?

Consider that the Browns are facing an Arizona defense that ranks seventh at 223.7 passing yards allowed per game, leads the NFL with 14 interceptions and has returned three for scores.

Too much going right for the Cards right now, and the Browns season of disaster will continue with another home loss.

Arizona 27 Cleveland 10

Arizona – Carson Palmer 276 yards 2 TDs, Chris Johnson 145 yards rushing 1 TD, Larry Fitzgerald 108 yards receiving 1 TD
Cleveland – Johnny Manziel 125 yards 1 TD rushing, Duke Johnson Jr. 57 yards rushing, Gary Barnidge 41 yards receiving

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