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Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington handed four-game suspension

Apr 5, 2013

According to ESPN, three-year veteran linebacker Daryl Washington has been handed a suspension lasting the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. As is typically the case, further details of Washington’s failed test were not released, but under the terms of the substance abuse policy (which is different than the banned substance policy), a suspension means that it was not Washington’s first offense. “I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are,” Washington said in a statement . “I take full responsibility…

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QB carousel continues in NFC West as Matt Flynn, Colt McCoy and Carson Palmer find new homes

Apr 3, 2013

For those keeping tabs on the backup quarterback situations out in the NFC West (and I know there are plenty of you), Monday turned out to be a pretty interesting day. Not only did the Seattle Seahawks deal backup Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick and a conditional 2014 selection, the San Francisco 49ers acquired backup Colt McCoy from the Cleveland Browns. The 49ers reportedly sent 2013 fifth-and seventh-round picks to Cleveland in exchange for McCoy and the Browns’ sixth-round selection. In San Francisco, McCoy will likely compete with Scott Tolzien to back up third-year signal-caller Colin Kaepernick. Whoever earns the…

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Patriots sign former Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson

Mar 16, 2013

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has added another versatile veteran chess piece to his defense — former Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson. The 12-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowl safety agreed to a three-year with the Patriots, Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 reports. The 33-year-old hard-hitting safety will likely end his career in New England if everything goes well and he plays out the full length of his contract. Although Wilson’s play fell off last season in the desert, Belichick likely plans to use him in a role comparable to Rodney Harrison, who also spent the twilight…

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Cardinals cut Kerry Rhodes, sign five others including former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall

Mar 13, 2013

The youth movement (or veteran purge, depending on your point of view) is continuing to go strong down in the desert under the new regime led by first-year head coach Bruce Arians. The latest casualty? According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, the team has released 30-year-old free safety Kerry Rhodes, who, like his former Cardinals counterpart in Adrian Wilson, will now have to audition for other teams around the league. Rhodes tallied 67 tackles and four interceptions in 2012, and was set to make $5.5 million in 2013 ($4.5 million in salary, $1 million in bonus). But it wasn’t all subtraction…

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Cardinals release former first-round pick Beanie Wells

Mar 11, 2013

At a time of year when NFL teams are rapidly cutting ties with veteran players in an effort to cut down on salary costs, the Arizona Cardinals have decided to release a relatively cost-efficient option for another reason entirely. On Monday, the Cardinals announced the release of running back Beanie Wells, despite the fact the four-year veteran was due to make just $1.4 million in 2013.  In the grand scheme of things, $1.4 million isn’t a lot of money for a starting-caliber NFL running back. Therefore, the release of Wells at that salary is a clear indication that new head coach Bruce…

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Cardinals release Adrian Wilson

Mar 8, 2013

The purge of veteran players for salary cap reasons or otherwise continues as the opening of free agency draws closer. The newest casualty is the now former Arizona Cardinals’ safety Adrian Wilson, who after five Pro Bowls selections in 12 NFL seasons (all with Arizona), will now need to find a new home for the homestretch of his career. The move saves the Cardinals $3 million in cap space, but more importantly, allows them to continue getting younger, which is a goal of new head coach Bruce Arians and the rest of the new coaching staff. Wilson, who will turn…

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Bruce Arians agrees to be Cardinals next head coach

Jan 18, 2013

The Arizona Cardinals weren’t the first team to lock down a new head coach, but they also weren’t the last. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport has reported that the Cardinals have agreed to a deal with Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.  Arians became a highly sought-after candidate after helping lead the Colts to an 11-5 regular season record and a playoff berth only a year after a disastrous 2-14 campaign. Arians spent most of the season as the interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was battling leukemia, and is a serious candidate for the NFL’s coach of the year award. “It has been…

Hoping to improve porous defense, Jaguars hire Gus Bradley as next head coach

Jan 17, 2013

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars to become their next head coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and FOX’s Jay Glazer. Bradley steps into the shoes of the since fired Mike Mularkey, who after one season with a franchise-worst record of 2-14, was given his walking papers. New Jags’ general manager David Caldwell felt it best to cut ties with Mularkey, whose 2012 team lost by 16 points or more in eight of their 14 losses. Bradley, who spent the last four years on the Seahahwks’ staff, became a hot commodity…

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Cardinals running back Beanie Wells treating Week 17 as free agency ‘audition’

Dec 26, 2012

Possibly disgruntled Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells plans to treat this weekend’s finale against the San Francisco 49ers like it’s an “audition for a job somewhere else,” he said Monday. “That’s my mindset,” Wells said, according to the Arizona Republic. “I’m just going to go out there and put my best foot forward for all the 31 other teams that’s watching.” Wells, the team’s first-round pick out of Ohio State back in 2009, has had an injury-plagued career throughout his first four NFL seasons. Wells has battled recurring knee problems since entering the league and the 2012 season has been no…

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Bears keep playoff hopes alive with big win over Cardinals

Dec 23, 2012

The Chicago Bears got their season back on track Sunday with a 28-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals. It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but at this stage of the season, or at any stage, really; a win’s a win. Per usual this season, the Bears were led by strong play on defense. Charles Tillman intercepted a Ryan Lindley pass and took it to the house for six. And Zachary Bowman recovered a Beanie Wells fumble on the goal line and rolled into the end zone. Prior to Sunday, the Bears hadn’t scored a defensive touchdown since starting the season 7-1. Featured: The Chicago…