Arizona Cardinals

Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium | Coach: Bruce Arians
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense9th108.2 (18th)258.5 (9th)
Defense2nd94.9 (9th)210.3 (4th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
 Bethea, Antoine SS5-112067/27/198412Howard
28Bethel, Justin CB6-02006/17/19906Presbyterian
 Binford, Harvey WR6-01851/20/1991RLindenwood
70Boehm, Evan G6-23108/19/19932Missouri
65Boggs, Taylor C6-33022/20/19875Humboldt State
30Bouka, Elie DB6-12058/15/19922Calgary
27Branch, Tyvon DB6-021012/11/198610Connecticut
 Brewer, Aaron LS6-52307/5/19906San Diego State
12Brown, John WR5-111794/3/19904Pittsburg State
13Brown, Jaron WR6-22051/8/19905Clemson
25Bryant, Christian DB5-101983/21/19922Ohio State
20Bucannon, Deone OLB6-12118/30/19924Washington State
 Bundy, Marquis WR6-42158/5/19942New Mexico State
 Capi, Cap DE6-32497/11/19921Akron
 Dansby, Karlos LB6-325111/3/198114Auburn
 Dawson, Phil K5-112001/23/197519Texas
37Dixon, Brian DB6-01954/26/19904Northwest Missouri State
 Dobson, Aaron WR6-32057/23/19914Marshall
 Dysert, Zac QB6-32212/8/19902Miami (Ohio)
38Ellington, Andre RB5-91992/3/19895Clemson
11Fitzgerald, Larry WR6-32188/31/198314Pittsburgh
59Fua, Alani OLB6-52341/1/19923Brigham Young
 Golden, Brittan WR5-111867/20/19884West Texas A&M
44Golden, Markus OLB6-32603/13/19913Missouri
52Gooden, Zaviar LB6-12318/31/19904Missouri
 Gresham, Jermaine TE6-52606/16/19888Oklahoma
95Gunter, Rodney DE6-53051/19/19923Delaware State
 Hall, Marvin WR5-101904/10/19931Washington
41Hartfield, Trevon DB6-019511/17/19911Southwestern Oklahoma State
 Hubert, Chris WR5-91705/8/19931Fayetteville State
74Humphries, D.J. T6-530712/28/19933Florida
76Iupati, Mike G6-53315/12/19878Idaho
43Jenkins, Mike (FA) DB5-101973/22/198510South Florida
75John, Ulrick T6-53075/20/19924Georgia State
31Johnson, David RB6-122412/16/19913Northern Iowa
23Johnson, Chris (FA) RB5-112039/23/198510East Carolina
 Johnson, Kaleb G6-43002/22/19931Rutgers
 Jones, Jarvis LB6-324810/13/19895Georgia
55Jones, Chandler OLB6-52652/27/19906Syracuse
 Leone, Richie P6-32143/10/1992RHouston
50Martin, Gabe LB6-22366/5/19922Bowling Green State
96Martin, Kareem LB6-62722/19/19924North Carolina
32Mathieu, Tyrann FS5-91865/13/19925Louisiana State
69Mathis, Evan (FA) G6-530111/1/198113Alabama
97Mauro, Josh DE6-62822/17/19914Stanford
34Miller, Harlan FS6-01826/20/19941Southeastern Louisiana
80Momah, Ifeanyi TE6-725510/23/19893Boston College
54Moore, Sio (FA) ILB6-12455/2/19905Connecticut
 Munyer, Daniel C6-13053/4/19921Colorado
14Nelson, J.J. WR5-101604/24/19923Alabama-Birmingham
87Niklas, Troy TE6-62709/18/19924Notre Dame
90Nkemdiche, Robert DT6-32969/19/19942Mississippi
3Palmer, Carson QB6-523512/27/197915USC
35Penny, Elijhaa RB6-22348/17/19931Idaho
98Peters, Corey NT6-33056/8/19888Kentucky
21Peterson, Patrick CB6-12037/11/19907Louisiana State
72Pierre, Olsen DT6-52938/27/19912Miami (Fla.)
63Price, Givens DT6-431010/3/19941Nebraska
16Ross, Jeremy (FA) WR6-02153/16/19885California
92Rucker, Frostee DE6-32809/14/198312USC
53Shipley, A.Q. C6-13075/22/19866Penn State
5Stanton, Drew QB6-32435/7/198411Michigan State
91Stinson, Ed DE6-42872/15/19904Alabama
30Taylor, Stepfan (FA) RB5-92166/9/19915Stanford
61Toner, Cole G6-53003/13/19942Harvard
89Valles, Hakeem TE6-526011/23/19922Monmouth (N.J.)
68Veldheer, Jared T6-83216/14/19878Hillsdale
58Washington, Daryl LB6-223810/9/19865Texas Christian
73Wetzel, John T6-73287/18/19912Boston College
6Wile, Matt P6-22156/20/19921Michigan
26Williams, Brandon CB5-112009/9/19922Texas A&M
 Williams, Kerwynn RB5-81986/9/19914Utah State
94Williams, Xavier NT6-23091/18/19923Northern Iowa
58Wright, Scooby ILB6-02408/29/19941Arizona
 Zamort, Ronald CB5-1017411/10/19911Western Michigan
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Arizona6-5313.06-3291.626.42242
 
 
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Position Listing
Corey Peters
News
Peters (foot) is listed as active for Sunday's tilt against the Falcons.

Peters was forced to sit out of the Cardinals' loss to the Vikings, but will return on Sunday following the one-week absence. He figures to get the start at nose tackle with Xavier Williams providing depth.

Gabe Martin
News
The Cardinals signed Martin (knee) to a one-year contract Monday, the team's official site reports.

An undrafted free-agent signing in 2015, Martin spent his first season as a professional on the Cardinals' practice squad. He progressed to the 53-man roster at the outset of last season, earning 168 of his 187 snaps on special teams before landing on injured reserve due to a knee injury. If Kevin Minter leaves in free agency, Martin could have a chance to earn more snaps at inside linebacker, but special teams will likely be his domain yet again in the fall.

Brandon Williams
News
Williams (back) is listed as active Saturday in Seattle, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Williams is expected to fill in for starting cornerback Marcus Cooper (back), despite dealing with a stiff back during the week. As a result, Williams may be picked on early and often by Russell Wilson.

Olsen Pierre
No Updates
Jarvis Jones
News
The Cardinals signed Jones to a one-year contract Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

With a pair of standout pass rushers in place at outside linebacker -- Chandler Jones and Markus Golden -- Alex Okafor opted to leave for the Saints in free agency, but the Cardinals quickly scooped up Jones to bolster depth at the position. Jones has some connections to Arizona's coaching staff, namely inside linebacker coach Larry Foote, a former teammate in Pittsburgh, and defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, who shares the same high school with the new Cardinal. Although Jones slightly disappointed as a 2013 first-round pick, he's coming off the most statistically significant season of his career, which included 42 tackles (including one sack), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception in 14 games.

Daryl Washington
News
Washington (suspension) was conditionally reinstated by the NFL on Tuesday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

After multiple violations of the substance-abuse policy and an assault charge for a May of 2013 incident, Washington's indefinite suspension by the NFL has comprised the past three seasons. The Cardinals released a statement Tuesday in which they touched on his reinstatement. "Considering we have been prohibited from having any contact with him over the last three years, it would be premature today to discuss a potential return to the team. ... At the appropriate time, we will address the issue of Daryl Washington further." The final year of his current contract coincides with the 2017 campaign, but it remains to be seen if the Cardinals consider Washington a part of their present and future.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended indefinitely
Rodney Gunter
News
The Cardinals signed two draft picks on Wednesday, the team announced

Second-rounder linebacker Markus Golden and fourth-round defensive end Rodney Gunter both signed contracts with the team.  

Ronald Zamort
No Updates
Scooby Wright
News
Wright signed a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Adam Scheftner of ESPN.com reports.

Wright, who was previously with the Browns' practice squad, will join a Cardinals team dealing with several to their linebacking corp. Look for him to play a mostly reserve role until he gets a better understanding of the defensive playbook.

Chris Hubert
News
Hubert has signed a reserve/future contract with the Cardinals.

Hubert flashed with three receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown in Week 3 of the preseason, but it wasn't enough to land a spot on the Cardinals' 53-man roster in advance of the regular season. Called upon in the aftermath of John Brown's midseason diagnosis of a sickle-cell trait, Hubert nonetheless didn't make an appearance in three opportunities before he was released and returned to the practice squad. In addition to his progress through the offseason program, Hubert's professional odds may also hinge on alterations made to the receiving corps, particularly Larry Fitzgerald's decision on his NFL future.

Mike Jenkins
News
Jenkins (knee) will be placed on IR, ending his season.

Jenkins was brought in at the beginning of training camp as the Cardinals looked to strengthen the depth of their defensive backfield. However, the veteran suffered an ACL injury in Sunday's preseason game and had to be carted off the field. At 31, it's tough to guess where Jenkins will go from here and if he'll be revitalize his career after a year on the sidelines.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Cap Capi
News
The Jaguars placed defensive end Nordly Capi on the Active/non-football injury list on Tuesday, the team announced. Capi went undrafted out of Akron. 
Deone Bucannon
News
The Cardinals placed Bucannon (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

A high-ankle sprain has conspired to force the first DNPs of Bucannon's career. With another 91 tackles under his belt in 2016, he boasts 6.4 tackles per game in nearly three seasons with the Cardinals. In Bucannon's stead, Sio Moore has been bumped to the starting dollar linebacker role.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Trevon Hartfield
No Updates
Ulrick John
News
The Cardinals placed John on injured reserve Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

John earned the first three starts of his career due to a number of injuries across the Cardinals' offensive line. A dislocated shoulder will end his campaign, though, allowing Earl Watford to start at right tackle.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brian Dixon
News
Dixon signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.

Dixon will head down to the desert after being released by the Saints in early November. The Cardinals also brought in safety Christian Bryant on Wednesday, as they hope to bolster their secondary ahead of Week 17's tilt with the Rams.

Elie Bouka
News
Bouka (hamstring) was placed on the Cardinals' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

The Canadian was signed as an undrafted rookie earlier in the offseason, but missed portions of the offseason while recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in 2015. However, he then suffered a lingering hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the majority of training camp. He had a solid chance of making the team had he stayed healthy, though, and will likely be given another opportunity to do so in 2017.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Stepfan Taylor
News
Taylor, who earned 56 percent of the Cardinals' special teams snaps in 2016, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Within a backfield dominated by All-Pro David Johnson, Taylor was almost exclusively contained to special teams this season, earning just 11 snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Chris Johnson (groin), Andre Ellington, and Kerwynn Williams acted as change-of-pace options, depending on the health of the running backs behind David Johnson. Taylor may explore the upcoming free-agent market to learn if a backup RB role is possible elsewhere, but his proficiency as a special teamer may be enough for the four-year pro to remain with the only organization he's ever known.

Daniel Munyer
No Updates
Phil Dawson
News
The Cardinals signed Dawson on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Dawson continues his nearly two-decade trek as an NFL kicker, joining the third organization of his career. He's been afforded the opportunity to replace Chandler Catanzaro, who connected on just 21 of 28 field goals last season. Falling below that mark (75 percent) twice in 18 campaigns, Dawson, a 84.5 percent career kicker, has missed just three tries in each of the past two campaigns. After having combined for 48 attempts over that span while kicking for the 49ers, Dawson's fantasy value could be in for a decent uptick in 2017, considering that Catanzaro recorded 59 attempts over his last two years in Arizona.

Harlan Miller
News
Miller was promoted to Arizona's active roster Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Miller was the Cardinals' sixth-round draft pick back in May and he's spent the season on the practice squad. He likely will just provide special teams help and depth at cornerback.

Harvey Binford
News
Binford signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 AM reports.

The 26-year-old receiver played his college ball at Division II Lindenwood University and then spent a couple of seasons in the Arena Football League. He caught on with the Packers for a brief stretch last summer, but he never made a real run at earning a spot on the final roster. Binford will be a long shot to make Arizona's 53-man roster, if he even makes it to training camp.

Brittan Golden
News
Golden tallied eight receptions (on 14 targets) for 82 yards and one touchdown in 12 contests during the 2016 season.

Golden was unable to nail down a spot on the 53-man roster in the preseason, but as he did in the previous two campaigns, he was promoted from the practice squad, doing so prior to Week 5 on this occasion. As the year wore on and various parts of the roster continued to take hits, he variously made his presence felt in all three phases. Granted, he was only pressed into duty for one snap on defense, but on special teams he averaged 24.2 yards per kickoff return on a team-high 11 dalliances. Although the late-season cut of Michael Floyd may have cleared a path to a guaranteed role in 2017, Golden's future likely depends on Larry Fitzgerald's upcoming decision to stick around (or not), John Brown's health, and any additions at wideout in free agency and the draft.

Cole Toner
No Updates
Larry Fitzgerald
News
Fitzgerald is "much better" physically than he was at the end of the regular season, the Cardinals' official site reports.

Although Fitzgerald didn't shed light on his health often during the Cardinals' underwhelming campaign, he frequently received the oft-used "veteran rest day" in order to avoid undue physical stress during practice. In advance of the Super Bowl, though, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Fitzgerald "got beat up, was dealing with several nagging injuries" in 2016. Fitzgerald took time to make a decision on his future, which was seemingly tied to that of quarterback Carson Palmer. Upon opting to return as of Feb. 1, Palmer made a similar call last Thursday, ensuring the duo will suit up together for the fifth year in a row.

Justin Bethel
News
The Cardinals and Bethel have agreed to a restructured contract, reducing his cap hit from $4.5 million to $2 million for the 2017 season and allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Near the end of the 2015 campaign, Bethel received an extension that ran through 2018, but with a year now chopped from the deal, he'll hit the open market next March. The development could be fortuitous for the five-year pro, who lost competition at cornerback when Marcus Cooper opted to sign with the Bears on Saturday. If Bethel can pounce on the opportunity this season, a windfall could be coming his way due to a combination of coverage skills and special teams acumen.

Frostee Rucker
News
The Cardinals signed Rucker to a one-year contract Friday, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.

The last two seasons have been injury-riddled for Rucker, who mentioned in January that his return to play another season at 34 years old would be contingent upon his health. After earning just 28.3 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016, in part due to sprained MCL that sidelined him for three games, he's merely a rotational defensive end at this point in his career. Having said that, Rucker could be in line for a bit more work in the upcoming campaign following the departure of long-time D-end Calais Campbell.

Tyrann Mathieu
News
Head coach Bruce Arians relayed Tuesday that Mathieu's knee is "96 percent" and his shoulder is "100 percent," Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

The metronome of Mathieu's four-year career has been determined by his health, which has included a pair of season-ending ACL tears in 2013 and 2015. In the subsequent campaigns, he failed to uphold his standard from one year prior, though his stunted recovery from a shoulder subluxation afforded just two appearances after Week 8 in 2016. With his recovery from the latter injury complete, Mathieu will focus on beefing up the health of his right knee and aim for a resurgence in the fall.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Zac Dysert
News
The Cardinals inked Dysert to a one-year contract Tuesday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Dysert resided on the Cardinals' practice squad for much of the 2016 season, but among two stints on the active roster, he actually served as the backup QB when Carson Palmer sat out in Week 5 with a concussion. The 27-year-old could have competition for the third-string gig in the offseason, if the team opts to draft a signal-caller or bring in another veteran in free agency to provide depth behind Palmer and Drew Stanton.

Sio Moore
News
Moore (ankle) is listed as active Sunday at Los Angeles, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Moore has been a revelation since taking over for Deone Bucannon at dollar linebacker in Week 15, racking up 25 tackles (16 solo) and a pass defended over the past two games. If his ankle injury afflicts Moore at all, though, he may yield snaps to Zaviar Gooden at ILB.

Markus Golden
News
Golden secured 51 tackles (41 solo), including a team-high 12.5 sacks, and forced four fumbles in 16 games during the 2016 campaign.

In the Bruce Arians era, the Cardinals ranked in the top half of the NFL in sacks just one time in the first three seasons, boasting the sixth-most in 2013 with 47. With 35 and 36 in the subsequent two years, the front office was proactive last offseason, trading a 2016 second-round pick and disappointing guard Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots for Chandler Jones. The addition of Jones seemed to facilitate the development of Golden, who formed a fearsome pass-rushing combo with the Pro Bowler. Leading the league with 48 sacks this season, the Cardinals were one of two teams to roster a pair of double-digit sack artists -- also, divisional foe Seattle -- as Jones was right on Golden's tail with 11. Entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Jones is a prime candidate to receive the team's franchise tag next month, at the very least. Maintaining consistency along the defensive front should help foster Golden's overall development.

Evan Mathis
News
The Broncos signed two-time Pro Bowler Evan Mathis to a one-year deal on Tuesday, the team announced.

The deal that brought Mathis to Denver is worth $4 million.

Patrick Peterson
News
Peterson supplied 51 tackles (45 solo), six passes defended, and three interceptions in 16 contests during the 2016 campaign.

After an offseason in which he underwent ankle surgery, Peterson proved his health in the preseason, getting a few possessions under his belt in both of the first two games. Over the course of the campaign, his practice reps were occasionally impacted, most notably by a left knee injury from a Week 12 battle with Julio Jones. At this point in his career, Peterson is rarely picked on, as evidenced by 21 combined passes defended over the last three years. The lack of looks inhibit his annual interception total and thereby his IDP potential. No matter, he's a mainstay within the Cardinals' secondary, with no DNPs to date through six seasons.

John Wetzel
News
The Cowboys signed defensive back Jemea Thomas and offensive tackle John Wetzel to the practice squad Tuesday.
Richie Leone
News
The Ravens waived safety Omar Brown, linebackers Nick DiMarco and Austin Spitler, punter Richie Leone, offensive tackle David Mims, cornerbacks Marrio Norman and Deji Olatoye, receivers LaQuan Williams and Mike Willie and running back Cierre Wood.

Fullback Shaun Chapas and offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten were waived with injury designations. Baltimore also placed defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, guard Will Rackley and defensive end Brent Urban on injured reserve.

D.J. Humphries
News
The Cardinals signed their last remaining unsigned draft pick on Monday. The team signed offensive lineman D.J. Humphries to a four-year, $8.9 million deal, with a $4.74 million bonus, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Humphries was the 24th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Florida. 

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
A.Q. Shipley
News
The Cardinals announced that they've signed center A.Q. Shipley to a two-year contract on Wednesday. 

Shipley started five of the 15 games he appeared in for the Colts in 2014, the only season he was with the team. Prior to joining Indianapolis, Shipley spent the 2013 season with the Ravens and started nine games at guard. Shipley also had a previous stint with the Colts in 2012. 

Tyvon Branch
News
Branch (groin) took a $2 million paycut for the upcoming season, Kent Somers of AZ Central Sports reports.

The move gives the Cardinals $2 million in cap space after they agreed to terms with the likes of Antoine Bethea, Phil Dawson, Chandler Jones and Karlos Dansby. Branch will become a free agent next season.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
J.J. Nelson
News
Nelson hauled in four of 12 targets for 75 yards during Sunday's 44-6 win at Los Angeles.

Although he was unable to extend his touchdown streak to five games, Nelson still benefited as Carson Palmer's preferred target in Week 17, nearly doubling the seven afforded 2016 reception champ Larry Fitzgerald. Due to Nelson's own volume, it's no surprise that Palmer's sole interception came while aiming at the second-year speedster, but on the very next play, the Rams returned the favor courtesy of a trick play in which a Pharoh Cooper pass intended for Todd Gurley was picked off. As for the other 11 targets, Nelson's two longest connections set up the Cardinals within the five-yard line, resulting in short TD jaunts. Due to his current status as a burner, he may not post a gleaming catch rate until his repertoire is more balanced, but it's difficult to deny that the 34 receptions (on 74 targets) for 568 yards and six touchdowns he accrued this season isn't a positive sign for his future.

Carson Palmer
News
Palmer has confirmed he will for the 2017 season after considering retirement, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Palmer considered retirement after what he described as the most physically grueling season of his career. His numbers dipped from 2015 to 2016 but he was still an above average quarterback in what was his age-36 season. He'll look to rebound in 2017 from his 26 touchdown, 14 interception, and 14 fumble performance in 2016.

Elijhaa Penny
News
Penny has dropped down to 235 pounds to this point in the offseason, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports. "He learned what it's like to be an NFL player now," head coach Bruce Arians said last week. "We'll slim him down. He's got really light feet and great hands, if we can make him a little more shifty."

A member of the Cardinals' practice squad during the 2016 season, Penny was listed at 247 pounds, so a concerted effort to get in shape could benefit him in his quest to land a spot on the 53-man roster. Further helping his cause is Andre Ellington's move to wide receiver, leaving just Kerwynn Williams and Penny behind All-Pro running back David Johnson. Although Johnson is expected to receive the bulk of the touches out of the backfield in the upcoming campaign, both Williams and Penny will be in reserve in the event Johnson requires a brief breather.

Mike Iupati
News
Iupati (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Iupati was able to log full practices on both Thursday and Friday, so it is no real surprise to see him suiting up for Sunday night's game despite his injured ankle. He should assume his regular position as the Cardinals' starting left guard.

Taylor Boggs
News
The Cardinals placed Boggs (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Injuries slowly but surely whittled away at the Cardinals' offensive line this season, allowing Boggs to play in five of the last six games, including back-to-back starts before sustaining a shoulder injury Saturday at Seattle. In Boggs' stead, rookie Evan Boehm will start at right guard.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kareem Martin
News
Martin (knee) will be active for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Martin will make his regular season debut Week 4 as he projects to serve as Markus Golden's backup at weakside linebacker.

Marquis Bundy
News
Bundy was released by the Cardinals on Friday, Mike Jurecki of AZCentral.com reports.

Bundy signed with the team in June. He was projected as the ninth receiver on the Cardinals depth chart, so this move is not surprising.

Drew Stanton
News
Stanton will start in place of Carson Palmer (concussion) for Thursday's contest at San Francisco, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

The NFL's protocol for head injuries exists to protect players from returning too soon, and without clearance from an independent neurologist -- let alone an appearance in practice this week -- Palmer won't make the trip to the Bay Area. Consequently, Stanton will handle quarterback duties for the Cardinals in Week 5, as he did in eight starts during the 2014 campaign. Stanton didn't exactly prosper, though, completing 55 percent of his passes, averaging 203 yards per game, and recording a 6:5 TD:INT ratio.

Andre Ellington
News
Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed that Ellington will start the offseason program working as a wide receiver, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Coming off a season in which he only logged 150 offensive snaps, Ellington is presumably open to any kind of change that could get him on the field more often. He's displayed solid pass-catching skills out of the backfield throughout his career, but he rarely got to put those talents to use last season while fighting with Chris Johnson for whatever scraps were left behind by three-down workhorse David Johnson. Even if the elder Johnson -- currently a free agent -- doesn't return to Arizona, a transition to wide receiver might provide Ellington with his best shot at a consistent role in the offense. It is still possible the team will move him back to running back if he fails to impress out wide, but the most likely scenario features Ellington playing a mixture of the two positions. How much of each he plays will be determined not only by his own performance in offseason workouts and training camp, but also by what the Cardinals do in the upcoming draft.

Kerwynn Williams
News
Head coach Bruce Arians hinted that he's comfortable with Williams serving as the top backup to David Johnson, The Arizona Republic reports. "I think Kerwynn has proven every time he plays he gets 100 yards," Arians said. "Everybody says he's too small. He just gets 100 yards every time he steps out there."

With Chris Johnson still unsigned and Andre Ellington attempting a transition to wide receiver, the Cardinals look a bit thin behind three-down workhorse David Johnson. While the team may still add competition via the draft, it sounds as if Arians would be comfortable using Williams as the top backup. In addition to complimenting Williams' running ability, Arians mentioned that the 25-year-old has good hands and is a capable pass blocker. Williams was buried on the depth chart last season, but he's averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 98 career attempts. Asides from Williams, Johnson and Ellington, the only running back on the current roster is Elijhaa Penny, a 2016 undrafted rookie who failed to make the final roster last season.

Evan Boehm
No Updates
David Johnson
News
Head coach Bruce Arians said he would like Johnson to get 30 touches per game next season, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports.

30 touches per game works out to 480 for the year, which would be the second most any player has ever taken in a season. Johnson led the NFL with 373 last year, and he even had an outside shot to reach 400 prior to injuring his knee in Week 17. Already fully recovered from that injury, Johnson could make a push for 400 touches in his second season as Arizona's lead back. He figures to be the most popular No. 1 selection in fantasy drafts this summer, coming off a 2016 season in which he led the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,118) and touchdowns (20). Johnson, Le'Veon Bell (groin) and Ezekiel Elliott should lead a revival of the running back position at the top of drafts.

Alani Fua
News
Fua was placed on the IR due to a knee injury, Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com reports.

Fua dealt with a knee injury during the early portion of the preseason, but may have suffered a setback resulting in his Injured Reserve designation. The Cardinals signed Joplo Bartu to provide additional depth at inside linebacker with the open roster spot.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chandler Jones
News
The Cardinals and Jones agreed to a five-year, $83 million contract Thursday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Jones has become a very rich man in a short span, progressing from the franchise tag on Feb. 27 to a long-term deal by the outset of the new league year. The contract was earned after he guided the Cardinals to an NFL-leading 48 sacks last season, though Calais Campbell's eight have left behind Arizona for Jacksonville in free agency. Still, Jones (11 sacks) and Markus Golden (12.5) form a fearsome pass-rushing duo, and the former will be seeking out the fourth double-digit tally of his career during the 2017 campaign.

Karlos Dansby
News
The Cardinals officially signed Dansby to a one-year contract Friday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Dansby will thus be making his third go-around with the Cardinals; he manned LB in Arizona from 2004 through 2009 and again in 2013. On this occasion, he's the leading candidate to man inside linebacker next to Deone Bucannon (ankle), as both Kevin Minter and Sio Moore have hit the open market. Dansby has been highly productive throughout his career, notching at least 100 tackles in seven of the last nine seasons, but his durability may be the 35-year-old's most noteworthy attribute. Out of a possible 208 career contests, he's sat out just 12 times, including four total over the last six seasons.

Xavier Williams
No Updates
Aaron Brewer
News
The Broncos have re-signed long snapper Aaron Brewer to a four-yeal deal Thursday, according to the team's official website. The deal will keep him with the team through 2018.

The former undrafted free agent has been with the Broncos for three years.  Since being signed, he's played on every punt, field goal and extra point snap.

Marvin Hall
No Updates
Ed Stinson
News
Stinson (toe) was removed from the Cardinals' injury report Friday.

Stinson missed last week's game against the Falcons due to a toe ailment but practiced in full capacity throughout the entire week. Thus, he appears ready to play again in his usual role as a depth defensive lineman.

Hakeem Valles
No Updates
Jared Veldheer
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The Cardinals will have both Larry Fitzgerald and Tyrann Mathieu Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Both players came into the game listed as probable, and were always expected to play. Fitzgerald is battling a knee injury. Mathieu has a thumb issue.

The team will also have Lorenzo Alexander, Calais Campbell, Paul Fanaika, Larry Foote, Jared Veldheer and Kerwynn Williams for the contest. All six players were listed as probable.

The team's only questionable player, Jaron Brown, is also active. He's dealing with a toe injury.

Jermaine Gresham
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Gresham signed a four-year contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

Gresham has spent the past two seasons in the desert, recording 37 receptions for 391 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games last year. The 28-year-old seems likely to secure the No. 1 spot at tight end ahead of Darren Fells, who is a restricted free agent this offseason. Gresham's signing gives the Cardinals one less thing to worry about, as the bulk of their offensive unit will remain intact with Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald already confirming their return next season.

Jeremy Ross
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The Cardinals and Ross agreed to a one-year contract Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

After releasing Michael Floyd in mid-December, the Cardinals brought in Ross as wide receiver depth. Ross made appearances in the final two games of the season, the latter of which he hauled in all four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during a 44-6 romping of the Rams. His likely ticket to sticking in Arizona is his return ability, as the Cardinals ranked 16th in average kickoff return and 30th in average punt return in 2016.

Zaviar Gooden
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Gooden was waived by the Lions on Monday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

The Lions added Gooden last week due to several injuries among their linebackers. The team likely feels confident with their health at the position going forward, which explains their decision to waive Gooden.

Antoine Bethea
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Bethea and the Cardinals have reached agreement on a three-year contract, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

Released by the 49ers on Tuesday, the 32-year-old Bethea didn't need much time to find a new home in the NFC West. He'll likely be replacing Tony Jefferson, who had 96 tackles in 15 games last season, and is now expected to sign with the Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bethea topped 100 tackles last season for the first time since accomplishing the feat in each year from 2010 to 2013. Heading into his 12th professional season, he's still a solid starter and an IDP asset.

Matt Wile
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Wile was waived by the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Wile was signed a week ago to fill in for the injured Matt Bosher, who now appears to be healed from a hamstring injury. He averaged 58.0 yards per punt in his performance Sunday.

Givens Price
No Updates
Ifeanyi Momah
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Momah (wrist) will have a chance to be one of Arizona's top tight ends in 2017, Jim Koch of Raising Zona reports.

Momah saw each of his last two seasons cut short due to injury. A torn ACL in 2015 and a broken wrist in 2016 led to two straight years on IR. His contract with Arizona runs through 2018 and he'll have a chance to earn a role as one of the team's top tight end options. He's expected to be a full go in time for spring practices after being shut down for the season back in November.

Injury
Wrist - Questionable for the start of training camp
John Brown
News
The Cardinals may have found a solution for Brown's sickle-cell trait, ArizonaSports.com reports. "He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue," team president Michael Bidwill said Tuesday. "We'll get Smoke back the way we had him."

After Brown was diagnosed in Week 7, he was missing in action within the Cardinals' offense, surpassing 30 yards receiving in only two of nine contests. For a burner like Brown, his 55.6 percent catch rate (15 receptions on 27 targets) during that stretch wasn't unexpected, but issues with fatigue conspired to inhibit his varied skill set. If an answer to his health woes has been found, he'd be the obvious candidate for third option in the mind of Carson Palmer behind Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. In such a scenario -- and assuming no additions on the receiving front in the offseason -- Brown could hearken back to his first two campaigns, when he hauled in 12 touchdowns and racked up 1,699 yards on 204 targets.

Christian Bryant
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Bryant signed a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Bryant was with the Cardinals earlier in November, but only played in two games before being released by the team. Most recently, he's been working with the Giants' practice squad, but due to his familiarity with the Cardinals' playbook, they'll bring him back to their active roster and he could see some time Sunday against the Rams considering Arizona is already out of the playoff hunt.

Chris Johnson
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Johnson (groin) will seek out the best fit as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports. "I feel at this point in my career if it's not a situation where a team wants to bring me in to be a starter, I definitely need to be somewhere where I have a role," Johnson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "I need to be involved. At this point in my career, I don't want to sit on the sideline. I want to get in the game."

After back-to-back injury-altered campaigns with the Cardinals, Johnson sees the writing on the wall in a backfield populated by a workhorse like David Johnson, who handled 73.4 percent (293 of 399) of the team's carries in 2016. At this point in the former's career, he won't contribute much, if anything, as a pass catcher, so a between-the-tackles gig is likely at the top of his list. Johnson will be entering his age-32 season in the fall, so landing atop a depth chart out of the gate isn't really in the cards. Rather, a complementary role could be his best-case scenario, whether he sticks in Arizona or heads elsewhere.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jaron Brown
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Head coach Bruce Arians said Brown (torn ACL) is ahead of schedule in his recovery, even suggesting that the wideout could be available for June minicamp, ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss reports.

Recovering from a torn ACL suffered in late October, the 27-year-old wideout is still no lock to be ready for the start of training camp, even though he's apparently making great progress. If healthy, Brown should get a chance to compete for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart at a position that now includes converted running back Andre Ellington -- in addition to key holdovers Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and J.J. Nelson. The Cardinals might also add some wideout talent via the draft, though Arians suggested his team is pleased with the current group. Fitzgerald and John Brown are expected to occupy the top two spots, leaving Nelson and Jaron Brown as the best bets to earn the No. 3 role in an offense that's heavily reliant on three-wide formations.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kaleb Johnson
No Updates
Aaron Dobson
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The Cardinals signed Dobson to a reserve/future contract Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

A second-round selection of the Patriots in 2013, Dobson's career has floundered, to say the least, as he was active just once this season (with the Lions in Week 4). Although he has 53 career catches, his last one occurred in Week 11 of the 2015 campaign. He'll be afforded an opportunity within a Cardinals receiving corps that is in some flux due the jettisoning of Michael Floyd and potential for Larry Fitzgerald to call it a career.

Robert Nkemdiche
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Nkemdiche (ankle) is fully healthy, head coach Bruce Arians reports via the Cardinals' official site. "That ankle injury was more severe than probably any of us knew until the end of the season when it reoccurred and it was a slight tear. It's all healed now."

The Cardinals' first-round pick in last year's draft, Nkemdiche was unable to participate in training camp and only logged a handful of snaps across five game appearances in 2016 due to his injured ankle. However, in the wake of Calais Campbell's departure for Jacksonville, Nkemdiche has a clear path to a starting role and will have a chance to rebound in a big way for Arizona this upcoming season if he can stay healthy.

Josh Mauro
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Mauro signed a two-year extension with the Cardinals on Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Mauro was slated to be a restricted-free-agent this offseason but inked a new deal keeping him in desert through at least the 2018 season. In 15 games this season, the defensive tackle recorded a career-best 42 tackles and 13 tackles for a loss. At 25 years old, Mauro will head into next season as the likely right defensive end starter.

Troy Niklas
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The Cardinals placed Niklas (wrist) on injured reserve Tuesday, the team's official site reports.

Each team is able to activate one player from injured reserve under new league rules, so Niklas could make a return as early as late November. However, he wasn't making inroads on starting tight end Darren Fells and recorded precisely no yards on his sole catch this season. In a corresponding move, Ifeanyi Momah was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

Injury
Wrist - Questionable for the start of training camp
 

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