Cardinals Rumors & News

  • Cardinals aren’t tiptoeing around Robert Nkemdiche’s past

    Pro Football Talk "Not every team was prepared to take a chance on Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, no matter how talented. But the Cardinals have a certain attitude about them which not only allows them to take Nkemdiche in the first round, but to embrace his, um, colorful backstory of defenestration..." April 30

  • Cardinals may ask Robert Nkemdiche to distance himself from his brother

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Cardinals made an investment in Robert Nkemdiche on Thursday night, and they may ask him to make some uncomfortable changes in order to get the most out of their investment. That could include asking Nkemdiche to distance himself from his troubled brother, Denzel. Robert Nkemdiche..." April 29

  • Cardinals confident Robert Nkemdiche “will fit our culture”

    Pro Football Talk "There were some unexpected drops down the draft board on Thursday night, but defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche landing in Arizona with the 29th pick wasn’t one of them. On talent alone, Nkemdiche might have gone in the first few picks but no one was surprised that he was one of the final picks..." April 29

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The #AZCardinals select #OleMiss DT Robert Nkemdiche at No. 29. They believe they have the culture to make him succeed.

  • Robert Nkemdiche 'Laremy Tunsil's Hacker is Evil'

    TMZ "The person who hacked Laremy Tunsil right before the NFL Draft -- and posted video of the football player hitting a gas mask bong -- is pure evil ... so says Laremy's ex-teammate Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche -- the 29th pick in the NFL Draft -- played with Tunsil at Ole Miss ... and was IN THE..." April 29

  • Cardinals select Robert Nkemdiche 29th overall in NFL draft

    Arizona Republic "Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has said numerous times he believes in giving people second chances. The team proved that again by selecting Mississippi defensive linemen Robert Nkemdiche in the first round. Scouts rated Nkemdiche as one of the most talented players in the draft, but he also..." April 29

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Josh Norman responds to Patrick Peterson: I know my worth

    Pro Football Talk "Shortly after the Panthers rescinded the franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson took a shot at Norman, writing on Twitter, “Know your worth.” As it turned out, Norman was worth more on the free market than just the $14 million franchise tender the..." April 25

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Larry Fitzgerald: Retiring a Cardinal 'definitely a priority,' unsure of playing past 2016

    Revenge Of The Birds "One of the questions Arizona Cardinals fans have entering this season is whether or not receiver Larry Fitzgerald will continue playing after the 2016 season. His contract expires after the season and will be 33 when the season begins. While he has joked previously he could play well into his..." April 23

  • Larry Fitzgerald is focused on 2016 season, not what could come after

    Arizona Sports "It’s no secret that Larry Fitzgerald is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. The 32-year-old is set to enter his 13th NFL season since the Cardinals chose him third overall in the 2004 draft, and after 186 regular season games and another nine postseason contests (plus whatever..." April 20

  • Cardinals Release Cory Redding

    NFL.com "The Cardinals have begun their offseason workouts, but the juggling of the roster has been an ongoing process, and the need to find more cap space was inevitable. The team made a move to help, although it cost them a veteran when defensive tackle Cory Redding was released Monday. Redding was..." April 18

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • Former Cardinal Beanie Wells Threatened With Death Over Botched Drug Deal Caused By His Brother

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Former Ohio State football star Chris "Beanie" Wells is named as the victim in a federal extortion case involving two Akron men, according to a court document filed Friday and sources familiar with the investigation. The Akron native had threats made against his life by Franklin Conley and..." April 17

  • Cardinals release a pair of running backs

    Pro Football Talk "The Cardinals will start their offseason workouts on Monday without a pair of running backs who have spent the last couple of years in the organization. The team announced that they have released running backs Marion Grice and Robert Hughes. Both players re-signed with the team in January after..." April 16

  • Tyrann Mathieu is 'taking a break' after deactivating social media accounts

    The Comeback "Tyrann Mathieu is taking a break from social media. The Arizona Cardinals safety deactivated his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page on Friday with his reps telling ESPN that he’s “taking a break for a while.” They also said he doesn’t have a timeline when he’s going to return. Denise..." April 16

  • Bruce Arians wins Voice of Women award

    Arizona Republic "Less than a week since Cardinals coach Bruce Arians took heat for comments regarding mothers' fear of football, Arians received a Voice of Women award from the Arizona Foundation of Women. Arians was honored at the foundation's 20th Anniversary Awards Luncheon on Thursday at the Westin Kierland..." April 15

  • Master P Says Tyrann Mathieu Is WRONG Rap Not To Blame For N.O. Violence

    TMZ "Louisiana rap legend Master P says Tyrann Mathieu is totally wrong about their home city ... saying rap music is not causing the violence in New Orleans ... the people are. P was out in L.A. when we asked about comments Mathieu made in the wake of the Will Smith shooting in which he blamed a..." April 15

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Free agent CB Jerraud Powers, who has played for #AZCardinals for the last three years, is visiting Arizona today, source said.

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • Tyrann Mathieu says he got death threats from alleged killer's family

    CBS Sports "After learning of the details surrounding Will Smith's tragic death in New Orleans, Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu called Smith's alleged murderer, Cardell Hayes, a "coward" on Twitter. According to Mathieu, who grew up in New Orleans and played college ball at LSU, he's received death..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

  • Friend of man accused of killing Will Smith has issue with Tyrann Mathieu

    CBS Sports "Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu, who grew up in New Orleans and went to LSU, tweeted this Sunday about Cardell Hayes, the 28-year-old man who allegedly shot former Saints defensive end Will Smith late Saturday night: But a friend of Hayes, who has been charged with second-degree murder in..." April 12

  • NFL won’t stream any London games this year

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s live-stream of last year’s London game between the Jaguars and Bills was so wildly successful that the NFL will be doing it again. Sorry, that should be the NFL will not be doing it again. According to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters, the NFL won’t stream any of the three 2016 London..." April 12

  • Arbitrator upholds NFL's use of paid leave for players under personal conduct policy

    ESPN "An arbitrator has ruled against the NFL Players Association in its grievance, filed more than a year ago, that the league's personal conduct policy implemented in late 2014 violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The union had challenged the authority granted to commissioner..." April 11

  • Tyrann Mathieu- I Know Will Smith Murder Suspect 'Hating Ass Coward'

    TMZ "NFL superstar Tyrann Mathieu says he knows the man suspected of shooting former Saints defensive end Will Smith ... and says the guy has always been a "hating ass coward." Turns out, Mathieu -- aka the Honey Badger -- and the alleged shooter, Cardell Hayes, were both high school football stars..." April 11

  • Bickley: Tyrann Mathieu planning to soar again in 2016

    Arizona Republic "Americans adore football. Nobody loves it more than Tyrann Mathieu. Will the game ever love him back? The Cardinals star is coming off another round of season-ending surgery. He’s already running on his rehabilitated knee, even though he tore a ligament on Dec. 20. He’s been clocked at 13..." April 10

  • Arians says football under attack, blames moms

    USA Today High School Sports "Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is known for speaking his mind and not mincing words. On Friday, the Cardinals held a coaching clinic for high school football coaches, and Arians told the crowd how important teaching fundamentals are to helping the game grow moving forward. Arians said..." April 10

  • Tony Jefferson expects to remain with Cardinals

    The Score "Tendered a low restricted free-agent offer heading into the offseason, Tony Jefferson appeared likely to generate some substantial interest around the league. The designation meant that another team could sign the young safety without surrendering any sort of draft-pick compensation if the..." April 09

  • Report: NFL ditching rookie symposium, teams responsible

    Sportsnaut "In a strange move that could portent unintended negative consequences, the NFL has reportedly ditched its rookie symposium, per Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The rookie symposium has been held every year for all the drafted rookies around the league the past 20 years. It is..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell returned to Twitter and NFL fans let him have it

    Fox Sports "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell returned to Twitter Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years to announce the league's new plan to stream Thursday night games on Twitter. Within seconds of Goodell's tweet, however, it was immediately apparent why the commissioner hasn't been on social media..." April 05

  • Twitter Said to Win NFL Deal for Thursday Streaming Rights

    Bloomberg "Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming, won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said. The social-media company was said to be bidding against a slate of heavyweights including Verizon Communications Inc.,..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell says expanded NFL playoffs will 'likely' happen

    CBS Sports "The topic of expanding the NFL postseason seems to come up every year, and every year, the league ends up nixing the idea. Don't be surprised if that changes soon, though. During a meeting with Jaguars season-ticket holders over the weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL..." April 05

  • What is the NFL’s actual position on the link between football and CTE?

    Pro Football Talk "So does the NFL concede that there’s a link between football and CTE? The answer isn’t as clear as it could be, or should be. NFL executive V.P. of player health and safety Jeff Miller recently told a Congressional committee that a link exists. Multiple owners have since questioned Miller’s..." April 04

  • Arians: David Johnson earned right to be the 'bell cow'

    NFL.com "The Arizona Cardinals sit in an enviable position, with three running backs who, when healthy, could be starting. Combining second-year stud David Johnson, the return of Chris Johnson and a healthy Andre Ellington create a stable rotation for coach Bruce Arians. But after David Johnson's..." April 02

  • Report: NFL cancels veteran combine

    The Score "The NFL cancelled the veteran combine this year, according to Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm. In an initiative built to provide veterans with a chance to re-enter the league, the league debuted the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine last March. Unfortunately, the combine did little to bolster the..." March 31

  • New York Times has no public response to retraction demand from NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has launched an extensive attack on the New York Times in response to a double-barreled article regarding flawed concussion research and alleged ties to the tobacco industry. In response, the New York Times has nothing to say publicly. Contacted by PFT Live with a request for a..." March 30

  • NFL demands retraction of Times article on player concussions

    Capital New York "The National Football League is demanding The New York Times retract an article published last week about the league's research into concussions among pro football players. In a letter that was sent to the Times' legal counsel Monday and obtained by POLITICO, an attorney for the NFL, Brad S...." March 29

  • Lingering CTE debate launches new lawsuit against NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has been unable to get certain owners to not spout off nonsense about the link between football and Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. The good news is that the league now has a sufficiently compelling reason for telling the members to quit putting their feet in their mouths regarding..." March 29

  • Cardinals' Mathieu: My kids won't play football until high school

    The Score "When it comes to the idea of kids playing football, Tyrann Mathieu doesn't exactly appear to share the same viewpoint as his head coach. "My children won't," the Arizona Cardinals' star defensive back said Friday in a now-deleted tweet, according to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. "Too much on..." March 25

  • Titans agree to terms with Rashad Johnson on reported 1-year contract

    The Score "The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with free-agent safety Rashad Johnson, the team announced on Friday. NFL Network's Rand Getlin reported the deal in a one-year contract. Johnson played the last seven seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and started all 30 games he was active for in..." March 25

  • Bruce Arians: People who say they won't let kids play football 'are fools'

    ESPN "Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is sick of people bashing football. "People that say, 'I won't let my son play [football]' are fools," he told The MMQB in a video interview. The NFL is embroiled in controversy over the link between degenerative brain diseases like CTE and football. The..." March 25

  • NFL used flawed data, left out at least 100 concussions in studies

    CBS Sports "On Thursday the New York Times released a bombshell of a report on the NFL's research into concussions, claiming the data the league used is "incomplete," "flawed" and "faulty." These assertions are made largely in part because of missing information from the concussion research the league began..." March 24

  • Talks over Roger Goodell's disciplinary role take 'massive step backwards'

    ESPN "Negotiations to remove NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the final voice on all player appeals under the personal conduct policy took a "massive step backwards," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email to the union's executive committee. ESPN.com obtained a copy of the email,..." March 24

  • Arians 'shocked' when Pats initiated Chandler Jones trade

    NESN "Players of Chandler Jones’ caliber aren’t offered in trades very often. That’s why Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was “shocked” when the New England Patriots initiated trading the star defensive end. “(Cardinals General manager) Steve Keim did an unbelievable job working with them..." March 23

  • League officials admit touchback rule may have unintended consequences

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL views kickoff returns as the most dangerous play in football, with players running full speed at each other. As a result, the league continues to pass new rules designed to increase the number of touchbacks and decrease the number of returns. Another such rule was passed today. But..." March 23

  • Bruce Arians keeps needling Steelers over 2012 exit

    ESPN "Bruce Arians just can't help himself. Four years after his separation from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arians is still needling the franchise for his clumsy departure. After the 2011 season, the Steelers announced Arians -- who has since earned NFL coach of the year awards with the Indianapolis..." March 23

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