Cardinals Rumors

Larry Fitzgerald Discusses Future

It’s seemingly become an annual tradition: as the regular season winds down, reporters ask Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald about his future in Arizona. It was more of the same today, as the veteran was asked if he could be playing his final home game for the organization this weekend.

“It could be,” Fitzgerald said (via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic on Twitter). “You never know. You never know. I don’t give it much thought. I’ve told you before, I stay in the moment, man. The career will end. When it ends, it end.”

The 36-year-old answered similar questions last year, and he ended up re-signing with the Cardinals. Fitzgerald, in theory, could have tested the open market, but he has repeatedly stated that he’s only willing to play in Arizona. If the veteran wants to continue playing, the front office would presumably be willing to ride these one-year contracts.

His 100-catch, 1,000-yard seasons may be a thing of the past, but Fitzgerald has still proven to be a reliable target for rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. The receiver has hauled in 64 receptions for 669 yards and three scores this season. Fitzgerald has spent his entire career with the organization, owning franchise marks in receptions (1,367), yards (16,948), and touchdowns (119).

Surprisingly, Fitzgerald’s head coach is in favor of keeping the veteran around. Kliff Kingsbury said that the receiver could easily be part of the team’s offense in 2020.

“I’ll give him my pitch here in a couple of weeks,” Kingsbury said (via Darren Urban on Twitter).

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David Johnson Addresses Role Reduction

David Johnson‘s usage this season has irked numerous fantasy owners, along with Johnson himself. The fifth-year running back has stayed off the Cardinals‘ injury report for weeks but has taken a backseat to trade acquisition Kenyan Drake. This pattern (and explanation for it) has not sat well with Johnson, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The $13MM-AAV back declined to address his future with the team but was not satisfied with the reason Arizona’s coaching staff gave him for his significant workload reduction (Twitter links).

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 12/10/19

Today’s practice squad moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers

Tennessee Titans

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/10/19

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys

Jacksonville Jaguars

Miami Dolphins

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Promoted: WR Ishmael Hyman

Washington Redskins

Interestingly Dallas’ hand was forced with Hyatt, as they promoted the offensive lineman because another team was trying to poach him away, a source told Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News (Twitter link). He’s a rookie UDFA from Clemson. Elsewhere, the Dolphins are scooping up players from other teams left and right as they build for 2020.

2020 NFL Draft Order As Of Week 15

With 14 full weeks of the NFL season in the books, the 2020 draft order is beginning to take shape. Here’s the rundown of where things would stand if the 2019 season ended today:

1. Bengals: 1-12
2. Giants: 2-11
3. Redskins: 3-10
4. Dolphins: 3-10
5. Lions: 3-9-1
6. Cardinals: 3-9-1
7. Jaguars: 4-9
8. Falcons: 4-9
9. Jets: 5-8
10. Chargers: 5-8
11. Broncos 5-8
12. Panthers 5-8
13. Eagles 6-7
14. Raiders 6-7
15. Colts 6-7
16. Buccaneers 6-7
17. Browns 6-7
18. Raiders (via Bears) 6-7
19. Titans 8-5
20. Jaguars (via Rams) 8-5
21. Cowboys 6-7
22. Dolphins (via Steelers) 8-5
23. Dolphins (via Texans) 8-5
24. Vikings 9-4
25. Bills 9-4
26. Chiefs 9-4
27. Packers 10-3
28. Seahawks 10-3
29. Patriots 10-3
30. Saints 10-3
31. Ravens 11-2
32. 49ers 11-2

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/7/19

Here are today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Miami Dolphins

Washington Redskins

 

Cardinals Place DL Jonathan Bullard On IR

Jonathan Bullard‘s contract year will end with him on IR. The Cardinals placed the fourth-year defensive lineman on their season-ending injured list Thursday, doing so in order to claim tight end Dan Arnold.

A former Bears third-round pick, Bullard is battling a hamstring injury. The Saints waived Arnold on Wednesday, doing so in order to claim Manti Te’o.

The Bears waived Bullard after the preseason, and the Cardinals made him one of their five day-after claims. He has operated as a part-time starter with Arizona, being a first-stringer for six games and playing in 36% of the Cards’ defensive snaps. The Florida alum made 1.5 sacks and 22 tackles this season, including a half-sack against the Rams on Sunday.

Arnold joins Maxx Williams and Charles Clay among Arizona’s tight end contingent. A UDFA out of Division III Wisconsin-Platteville, Arnold has played in 12 career games. His more prominent role came as a rookie, when he caught 12 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown with New Orleans.

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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 12/4/19

Here are Wednesday’s practice squad decisions:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Los Angeles Chargers

New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders

  • Signed: CB Jordan Brown, WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, TE Cole Wick

Philadelphia Eagles

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/4/19

Here are Wednesday’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Indianapolis Colts

  • Reverted to season-ending IR after 21-day activation window closed: WR Devin Funchess

New Orleans Saints

San Francisco 49ers

Cardinals DB Josh Shaw Appeals Suspension

Josh Shaw is going to fight his recent suspension for violating the NFL gambling policy. ESPN’s David Purdum reports that the Cardinals defensive back will appeal the suspension. Shaw had until 5 p.m. ET today to file his appeal.

Shaw was hit with a suspension that will last through the 2020 campaign. If today’s appeal is ultimately denied, Purdum estimates that Shaw “may petition for reinstatement on or after Feb. 15, 2021.” The NFL strictly prohibits all personnel from betting on NFL games.

We learned yesterday that the 27-year-old allegedly made a three-team parlay bet on Nov. 10 at Caesars Sportsbook. Shaw’s bet included three Week 10 games’ second halves, including a Cardinals-Buccaneers contest. The wager is not believed to have been successful. Nevertheless, Caesars contacted the Nevada State Gaming Control Board later on Nov. 10 and subsequently alerted the NFL.

The former Chiefs and Bengals DB signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason. The fifth-year veteran has been on Arizona’s IR list all season, and Shaw is not believed to have spent time with the team during that span (which is important in regards to inside information and the compromising of NFL games). However, his chances of returning to the league obviously took a major hit with these recent developments. The most recent known NFLer suspended for gambling on an NFL game while active was Ravens rookie quarterback John Stark in 1996. He did not return to the league.

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