Arizona Cardinals Rumors & News

Cards Want To Re-Sign OLB Kareem Martin

  • Despite a 2018 roster that almost certainly will still house Chandler Jones, Markus Golden and Haason Reddick, the Cardinals are interested in bringing back outside linebacker Kareem Martin, Mike Jurecki of Arizonasports.com tweets. Martin’s a pending UFA and has been a part-time starter since being selected in the 2014 third round. Jurecki notes the team likes Martin’s versatility. Although, Arizona has used plenty of capital in stocking this position already.

Cardinals See Mahomes 2.0 In Allen?

  • On Allen, Miller notes the Cardinals are connected to the current junior signal-caller. Miller writes the Cardinals abandoned their first-round quarterback crusade after Patrick Mahomes went to the Chiefs at No. 10, with the team declaring it was going to delay its Carson Palmer succession strategy a year. Allen may be the next guy the Cards are eyeing, viewing his athleticism and potential — and presumably the likelihood he won’t be a top-two pick like the Pac-12 passers — as Mahomes-esque. That might not mean much at the moment, with Mahomes having yet to play, but Miller expects Allen to be a top-10 pick. That’s more than could have been said for Mahomes at this point in last year’s process. The Jets remain the team that’s done the most work on Allen, however.

NFL Workout Updates: 12/8/17

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

  • S Cedric Thompson (link)

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos

Houston Texans

Minnesota Vikings

  • WRs Darel Walker, Brandon Zylstra; DE Craig Roh; DBs Jonathon Mincy, Kacy Rodgers (link via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press)

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

  • RB Roy Finch (link)

Blaine Gabbert To Remain Cardinals QB

The Cardinals are clearly out of the playoff picture in the NFC after suffering another loss at the hands of the Rams. However, the team will stick with quarterback Blaine Gabbert, according to Darren Urban of ArizonaCardinals.com (Twitter link). Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed the news in his postgame presser, which makes it seem likely the 28-year-old will finish out the season in the leading position on the Cardinals QB depth chart.

Blaine Gabbert (Vertical)

Gabbert has started each of the team’s last three games with Carson Palmer likely out for the year with an arm injury. The former Jags and 49ers QB represents a younger option to fellow Arizona backup Drew Stanton, although both signal callers will be hitting free agency this coming offseason.

Palmer is still under contract for 2018, but it remains to be seen if he wants to continue playing after his most recent setback. The Cardinals could also choose to go in another direction this offseason with the bevy of starting caliber quarterbacks that may potentially become available.

Nevertheless, with Arizona’s QB position in-flux, Gabbert will get another chance to make his case for the team to bring him back for a quarterback competition next year. He’s shown glimpses this season, but has also made it easy to see at times why he’s already been on three teams since being drafted 10th overall in 2011.

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Adrian Peterson Out For Week 13

  • Adrian Peterson will not be available for the Cardinals in their pivotal game against the Rams. The running back suffered a neck injury against the Jaguars last week, and he’ll miss his first game of the season. Peterson missed most of last season due to a knee injury. Kerwynn Williams will start for Arizona, which at 5-6 is facing essentially a must-win game.
  • On the subject of injured Cardinals, Carson Palmer is not yet ready to close the door on a 2017 return. However, the Cards probably need to win today sans-Peterson to keep that door ajar.

Carson Palmer Not Ruling Out 2017 Return

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said his rehab from a broken left arm is on schedule and he is trying to make a return to the field before the end of the season, Kent Somers of AZCentral.com tweetsCarson Palmer (vertical)

The veteran signal-caller suffered the injury in Arizona’s 33-0 loss to the Rams in Week 7 and was placed on injured reserve. Should he make a return, Palmer would need to practice two weeks before being activated. Though he is hoping to return this season, Palmer did add he was making no assurances.

With the Cardinals a long shot in the NFC wildcard hunt at 5-6, the team would likely want to rattle off a couple of wins before thinking about sending Palmer back out. A win vs. the Rams in Week 13, however, would close the gap in the NFC West to two games.

Palmer was playing well before the injury, throwing for 1,978 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games and would be a welcome addition to a team looking to get hot down the stretch.

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Details on Peters Extension

  • The Cardinals officially agreed to a contract extension with defensive tackle Corey Peters earlier in the day. Now we are learning more about the specific finances of the new deal looks like. The 29-year-old defensive lineman will earn $12MM over three years with $7.25MM being paid in total guarantees, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link). Rapoport adds that Peters’ deal also includes a $2.75MM signing bonus and incentives that could add another $1MM to the total value of the contract.

Cardinals, Corey Peters Agree To Extension

The Cardinals have agreed to sign nose tackle Corey Peters to a three-year extension, according to a team announcement. The deal is worth an average of $4MM per year, Mike Jurecki of 98.7 FM (on Twitter) hears. Of course, the devil is in the details and we’ll know more about the deal once the cash flow and guarantees are known. Corey Peters (vertical)

Peters has struggled with injuries in his time in Arizona, but he’s been quite valuable when on the field. The veteran missed the entire 2015 season after signing a three-year, $9MM deal with the Cards in the previous offseason. He appeared in all but one of Arizona’s games last year, but this season a high ankle sprain has held him out of the last two games.

Peters, 30 in June, had the second-most snaps among Cardinals defensive lineman this season at the time of his injury in November. To date, he has a career high 80. 1 overall score on Pro Football Focus. He currently ranks 47th out of 119 qualified interior defenders.

In his two years with the Cardinals, Peters has recorded 38 tackles, a safety, and a sack.

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