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Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald Says He Doesn’t Want to Play With Any Other Team

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is 34 years old but is coming off three straight seasons of 100-plus receptions and 1,000-plus yards.

Fitzgerald will be back for his 15th NFL season this fall, all of which he has played with the Cardinals. This is the last year of his current contract, meaning Fitzgerald could become a free agent next offseason. He admits he still has “purple in his veins” from his days as a Vikings ball boy, but he doesn’t see himself playing for the Vikings, Jace Frederick of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

“If I’m not playing in Arizona, I won’t be playing anywhere,” he said. “I’ve built a good life for myself down there. Playing in the same place for 15 years is a true blessing.”

“It doesn’t really matter about the age, it’s about what you put into it and your mind-set,” he said. “Everybody kind of takes numbers and assumes this is when it’s supposed to end. As an athlete, fortunately, you write your own script. If you still produce and you play at a high level, you kind of determine how long you want to play. If I can stay at a high level, I still keep destiny in my own hands.”

Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones Ready to Have Big Season for the Cardinals?

Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones is expected to be the “breakout” player for the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 according to Mike Jurecki of azcardinals.com via The Redzone.org.

After being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M in 2017, Seals-Jones flashed big-play ability albeit on limited snaps for a 12/201/3 line as a rookie in 10 regular season games and a 16.8 yards-per-catch average.

The Cardinals did not add any tight end help in the draft this season other than a pair of end-of-roster undrafted rookies and injured veteran Jermaine Gresham may not be ready by Week 1, making the 23-year-old Seals-Jones basically the only game in town. The former college wide receiver stands 6’5″, 243 pounds and should make a tempting target in the red zone for either veteran QB Sam Bradford and/or first-round pick Josh Rosen.

To truly become a No.1 tight end, however, Seals-Jones needs to improve his blocking skills.

Some Cardinals Fans Not Happy About Team President Michael Bidwill Going to Bat for Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill went to prep school with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and was among the classmates who sent a letter to ranking U.S. senators to vouch for his character, the Arizona Republic reports.

President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Kavanaugh to the high court during a primetime ceremony at the White House.

About an hour later, Arizona’s NFL team tweeted out a story that carried the headline, “Michael Bidwill Backs Classmate For Supreme Court.”

The tweet drew a backlash from fans who said it was inappropriate for the team to weigh in on a divisive, political issue.

The article was written by a writer for the team’s website, Azcardinals.com. The story recounted Bidwill’s decades-long friendship with Kavanaugh, and quoted from a letter he and other Georgetown Prep alumni emailed to Senate leaders to vouch for Kavanaugh’s professional talent and personal character.

Bidwill and three other classmates led the effort to reconnect with classmates and send the letter, the Azcardinals.com story said.

Bidwill, a political power player who frequently takes active roles alongside Republicans like Gov. Doug Ducey — and not so long ago, U.S. Sen. John McCain — waded into a divisive nomination Monday evening.

The tweet from the Cardinals account drew swift condemnation by dozens of followers, who said the team should keep politics out of football. It was “liked” more than 200 times as of 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Cardinals GM Steve Keim Cited on July 4th for DUI

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was cited for a DUI on July 4. He was released that same night after being processed, KTAR reports.

Chandler police confirmed it happened during a traffic stop near Dobson and Ocotillo roads.

The team and Keim released statements Saturday morning.

“We are aware of the incident on Wednesday involving Steve Keim. He fully recognizes the seriousness of the situation and that this type of behavior is unacceptable and inexcusable,” the statement said.

“Steve immediately alerted the team who in turn reported it to the NFL as required under the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. We are continuing to gather information and will handle the matter appropriately and in accordance with all league policies as well as within the legal system.”

Keim’s statement, who was promoted to Cardinals general manager in 2013 after spending time in the team’s front office, is below.

“I truly regret my incredibly poor judgment and inexcusable actions. Everyone associated with the NFL and its teams is held to a high standard of behavior and I obviously failed to meet that. I sincerely apologize to our organization and its fans as well as to my family. I accept full responsibility for my actions and hold myself completely accountable. Moving forward, I will take the steps to ensure that I never put myself or the Cardinals in this type of situation again.”

Former Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians Joining CBS as an NFL Game Analyst

Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a new gig, as he is joining CBS as an NFL game analyst.

Arians, a two-time winner of the AP’s Coach of the Year award, retired as coach of the Cardinals in January. He will work with play-by-play announcer Greg Gumbel and analyst Trent Green in a three-man booth.

“I always hoped that broadcasting would be an option after I retired from coaching as a way to stay involved with this great game,” Arians said.

Arians won two Super Bowls as offensive coordinator with the Steelers. He first worked in the NFL in 1989 and also was a head coach at age 30 at Temple, working there from 1983-88.

Cardinals Earn an ‘C+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got an average grade is that of the Cardinals, who according to Kiper got an ‘C+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

The Cardinals were in the market for a quarterback. If Sam Bradford is your projected starter, you have to be. Nobody questions Bradford’s talent, everyone knows Bradford’s injury history. It is what it is. The Cardinals gave up a third- and a fifth-rounder to move up the five spots to draft Josh Rosen at 10th overall, and given that he’s quite literally my No. 10 overall prospect in this class, I’d say the value lines up. But there are question marks.

Rosen has pocket awareness, touch, timing and will occasionally make a throw that will have you hitting rewind in appreciation. He also has missed time over each of the last two seasons with concussions and a shoulder injury — his throwing shoulder. I think there’s a decent possibility that he’s the first rookie starter out of this group. How he holds up (the Arizona O-line would make me hesitate) is the question early on.

Christian Kirk (pick 42) is a smooth route-runner, but more likely a useful slot fit than the eventual replacement for Larry Fitzgerald. Mason Cole (97) could be a starter at center as soon as Week 1. Chase Edmonds (134) has talent and jumps into a scattershot mix behind David Johnson. Ultimately, it’s all about Rosen, who has a high-end ceiling if he stays healthy.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/10 Josh Rosen QB UCLA
2/47 Christian Kirk WR TEXAS A&M
3/97 Mason Cole C MICHIGAN
4/134 Chase Edmonds RB FORDHAM
6/182 Chris Campbell CB PENN STATE
7/254 Korey Cunningham OT CINCINNATI

Cardinals One of Three Teams Who Have Reportedly Contacted Denver About the 5th Overall Pick

All the predictable suspects have called the Broncos about trading into their No. 5 overall slot in the NFL Draft, Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reports.

The Miami Dolphins, who have the No. 11 pick, have called. The Buffalo Bills, who have the No. 12 selection, have checked in. The Arizona Cardinals, who have the No. 15 pick, have phoned.

All three teams need a quarterback and they know the Broncos, with their No. 5 draft selection, may well be in a position to have the last of the Big 4 quarterbacks available.

The Big 4 QBs: Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen. Perhaps in that order, perhaps not.

Cardinals to Exercise Fifth-Year Option on OT D.J. Humphries

The Cardinals plan to exercise the fifth-year option in D.J. Humphries’ contract, which means the left tackle will be under contract through 2019, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

The move isn’t surprising, even though Humphries has yet to play a full season. The Cardinals were impressed with Humphries’ development when he moved to left tackle in 2016, and Humphries played well last year before his season ended with a knee injury on Nov. 5 against the 49ers.

Humphries, 24, underwent surgery to repair a torn MCL and dislocated knee cap. He said recently he expects to be ready for the start of the season.

A first-round pick in 2015, Humphries was inactive for every game as a rookie. He opened 2016 as the starting right tackle and moved to left tackle when Jared Veldheer was injured.

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