Could the Cardinals Take a Look in Free Agency at Veteran WR Pierre Garcon

Cardinals Beat writer Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic “would not be surprised” if the team showed interest in veteran free agent wide receiver Pierre Garcon.

The Cardinals will need to get in line because plenty of teams are interested in Garcon. The receiving corps was one of the biggest strengths for the Cardinals as recently as 2015 but injuries and off-field issues have decimated their depth. Larry Fitzgerald is still playing at a high level but is close to retirement, former first-round pick Michael Floyd was released during the season after another drunk-driving incident, and speedster John Brown could never get his hamstrings healthy last year due to sickle-cell issues.

The 30-year-old Garcon is not a No.1-type receiver but has great hands, runs great routes, and has for the most part stayed healthy during his nine-year NFL career. Garcon posted another 1,000-yard season in 2016 and is expected to command close to $9 million per year in free agency.

Michael Floyd Opens Up About Release From the Cardinals

Former Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd said in his first in-depth public comments on ESPN Radio’s “Weekend Observations.”that he didn’t expect to get cut after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to obey a police officer in mid-December, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Speaking with former Notre Dame teammate Mike Golic Jr. and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, Floyd said he expected some sort of punishment to be coming from the Cardinals, but never thought the team would release him.

“It hurt actually,” Floyd said. “It sucked, but I knew something was going to happen, but I did not actually think I was going to get released at all.

“When I did, obviously because of the decision that I made, they made that decision. I went home from work and I felt bad about everything. I felt bad from the beginning, knowing I was in trouble, and I knew there was going to be some punishment. I just felt terrible.”

Floyd showed remorse throughout the interview, at one point saying he “100 percent” wished the incident didn’t happen so he could’ve stayed in Arizona for the remainder of the season instead of going to New England and winning the Super Bowl (he was a healthy scratch for the game).

“That feeling is great knowing that you can stay on one team for your whole career, so obviously it was heartbreaking the stuff that happened,” Floyd said. “If I could go back, definitely I would love to be where I was.”

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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