The Cardinals could use some help on the interior defensive line by way of Ndamukong Suh.
We have reached the point of the NFL offseason that has earned general manager Steve Keim a nickname for his late free agent signings. Many of the Arizona Cardinals’ additions in years past have come after the first wave of free agency. Coined “Keim Time” by some, these additions have made huge impacts on the season.
The Cardinals were quiet in the initial wave of free agency. Their lone splash move came in round one of the draft when they sent the No. 23 overall pick to the Ravens in exchange for WR Marquise Brown. Other than that, however, they’ve been pretty quiet.
One name that could make a lot of sense for the Cardinals is defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who appears to not be returning to Tampa Bay.
Suh is one of the premier defensive lineman of the last decade, spending time with the Lions, Dolphins, Rams and Buccaneers. He was an instrumental part of the Bucs’ 2020 Super Bowl run and terrorized the Cardinals during his time with the Rams. During his time with the Dolphins, Suh played under current Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
At age 35, Suh is likely going to be taking a one-year deal as we get closer to training camp. There are certainly concerns about his age at this point but his contract demands likely wouldn’t be out of the Cards’ budget.
The 2010 No. 2 overall pick has compiled a long list of accolades during his playing career. He is a 5x Pro-Bowler, 3x First-Team All Pro, 2x Second-Team All-Pro and was selected to the 2010s All-Decade Team. Even with his current age, that should be attractive to the Cardinals
The Cardinals are set at defensive end with J.J. Watt and Zach Allen, but defensive tackle remains a question mark. Given the teams’ struggles against the run last season, bringing in a veteran like Suh can only help.
Last season, Suh played in all 17 games for the Bucs and accumulated 6 sacks and 13 QB hits. He also had seven tackles for loss. It’s quite evident he can still play and perhaps the best attribute is his consistent availability, something the Cardinals have struggled with along the defensive line.
Former Packers DL Kingsley Keke is visiting the Arizona Cardinals, according to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson.
The Arizona Cardinals have yet to make any significant additions along the defensive line, an area of weakness for them late last season. They may find some help by way of former Packers and Texans defensive lineman Kingsley Keke, who is visiting the team, according to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson.
A fifth-round selection of the Packers in 2019, Keke was released by the team in January. He was claimed off waivers by the Houston Texans but was released last week. Last season, he had 2.5 sacks and 20 tackles. He has 47 tackles and 6.5 sacks so far in his three-year career.
Keke was a standout player Texas A&M during his three years, totalling 150 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Seven of those sacks came during his senior season, leading the team.
His 2020 season was his best statistically, as he had two standout performances against the Eagles and Saints, where he brought down both Drew Brees and Carson Wentz twice.
The Cardinals could certainly use help along the defensive line. They have Leki Fotu and Rashard Lawrence but rush defense was not an area of strength last season. There is added stress on the front-seven following the departure of Chandler Jones to the Raiders, and the team’s lack of adding to what they lost via free agency.
We’ll see in the coming days if Kingsley Keke ends up a member of the Cardinals.
Traditionally and statistically, Day 3 of the NFL Draft is a total wasteland. You’re far, far better packaging your picks to move up into the top three rounds of a future draft – the odds of getting a consistently decent starter are shockingly small.
But every team thinks it can make magic out of the Day 3 mess of prospects, and it’s worth a shot to dumb-luck into a possible mainstay. What are the remaining needs that need to be filled for each team? Here are every team’s picks so far with the possibilities of who they could get.
Of course this all blows up once the trades start flying, but the idea is to give a rough snapshot of what each team might be able to do.
After spending most of last season on the Cardinals’ practice squad, he returns after getting claimed following his release from the Texans.
The Arizona Cardinals added some potential depth at outside linebacker with the awarding of a waiver claim. The team announced Tuesday it was awarded outside linebacker Ron’Dell Carter, who had been released by the Houston Texans.
Carter spent time last year on the Cardinals’ practice squad before the Texans signed him to their active roster in December. He appeared in one game, playing 17 defensive snaps and three on special teams.
He is 6-3 and 270 lbs and played collegiately at Rutgers and James Madison. In his final year of college in 2019, he had 12 sacks and 27 tackles for loss.
The Arizona Cardinals are still in need of another strong receiving presence. They should look no farther than Tennessee’s star A.J. Brown.
The Arizona Cardinals have primarily been linked to the wide receiver position with the 23rd overall pick in next week’s NFL draft. While that still could come to fruition, the number of receiver-needy teams ahead of them is concerning.
The Atlanta Falcons (No. 8), New York Jets (10), Washington Commanders (11), Philadelphia Eagles (15 and 18), Los Angeles Chargers (17) and Green Bay Packers (22), among others, have all been connected to this year’s top receiver prospects. That list could potentially be troubling for the Cards’ chances of landing one of their coveted receivers, those being Jameson Williams, Drake London, Chris Olave, Jahan Dotson and Treylon Burks.
There may be an alternative and less-risky option for the team, one that would surely help in the mending relationship with star quarterback Kyler Murray. This potential move would undoubtedly give the Cardinals and offense capable of matching their division rival and Super Bowl champions in Los Angeles.
Tennessee Titans star receiver A.J. Brown’s name has been circulated in trade talks in the past few weeks. Brown, along with others in the 2019 receiver class, are seeking lucrative contract extensions in the surging market at the position. This offseason saw former Cardinal Christian Kirk net roughly $20 million annually and likes of Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams getting nearly $30 million.
The Cardinals have been frustratingly quiet this offseason, but all could be amended by acquiring Brown from the Titans, should he become available. In three seasons with the team, Brown has totaled 2,995 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns. He missed four games last season due to injury, but has been reliable for the team otherwise.
At just 24-years-old, Brown has established himself as one of the premier receivers in the league. He’s just entering his prime and will likely continue to improve over the course of the next few seasons. Adding a receiving threat of Brown’s caliber to an offense that already features DeAndre Hopkins, Kyler Murray and Zach Ertz would be lethal.
While the initial reaction to many was that any trade reports were the result of agents putting media pressure on this draft class’ receivers respective teams to get extensions done, it appears to be more than that in Brown’s case. The former Ole Miss Rebel has taken to social media to express his blatant frustrations with the Titans, something that none of the other receivers have done.
I’m a diva and a bad teammate all of sudden, lol ok. Do what you have to do then and so will I
ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported Monday that the Titans and Brown were working on a long-term extension, however, Browns comments can’t be ignored. Head coach Mike Vrabel has stated Brown will not be traded, but so did Pete Caroll when asked about moving Russell Wilson earlier this offseason.
General Manager Steve Keim has been extraordinarily successful in his recent trades. It’s been his best trait as an executive to this point, one that could come into play once more. This front office has not been shy about acquiring star players via trade and agreeing to multi-year extensions with them (Chandler Jones, DeAndre Hopkins).
Brown is obviously frustrated with his respective teams, and its almost certain teams will at least call the Titans to gauge their interest in a trade. Should he become available, the Cardinals must be aggressive. They should be running to the phone to call general manager Jon Robinson of the Titans.
Potential A.J. Brown trade
The Cardinals receive Brown and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft.
The Titans get the Cardinals’ first-round pick in the draft this year and a conditional third-round selection in 2023.
Potential A.J. Brown contract extension
The Cardinals could then give Brown a four-year, $90 million deal with $55 million fully guaranteed.
If A.J. Brown somehow becomes available, Cardinals should be aggressive with a trade offer. Their offense needs one more playmaker on the outside.
Former Cardinals outside linebacker Kylie Fitts retired from the league due to recurring concussion issues.
Outside linebacker and core special teams player Kylie Fitts announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday morning. The former sixth-round pick of the Chicago Bears posted on Instagram to announce the news, stating it is no longer safe for him to resume his playing career.
Fitts has been with the Cardinals since 2019. He has suffered from a series of concussions, the most recent coming last October, one that ended his season and effectively, his career.
This was his announcement:
After 21 years of playing, football has come to an end for me. Due to too many concussions and the severity of my recent one, it is no longer safe for me to continue to play. I am so grateful for this game and everything it has taught and brought into my life. Thank you to all my coaches and teammates throughout my career. I am also so thankful for my family and wife who have supported me through all the ups and downs and special thank you to my dad. Spent countless hours, early mornings and late nights helping me reach my goal of always wanting to play in the NFL. I believe we were created beyond just playing the game. I know God has great plans for me and my family and I’m so excited for what he has in store for me next!
Cardinals fans should remember one of the plays made by Fitts against the New York Giants in 2020.
#Cardinals LB Kylie Fitts literally kicked that ball out of Dion Lewis’ hands. #Cardinals recovered.
There was also a key moment in the thrilling Cardinals-Seahawks Sunday Night Football in 2020. After the Cards rallied from down ten to send the game to overtime, Fitts perfectly read a pitch to Carlos Hyde, setting the Seahawks back and eventually stalling the drive and forcing them to punt.
We are wishing Fitts and his family the best moving forward.
George Karlaftis, a projected first round pick, recently had a Top-30 visit with the Cardinals. Can he be the successor to franchise icon Chandler Jones?
We are a little over two weeks away from the highly anticipated 2022 NFL draft. As we get closer, some official top-30 visits become known to the general public. For the Cardinals, one of those visits is Purdue’s George Karlaftis, whom they hosted for a visit last week.
The Cardinals currently have yet to make any major moves in free agency. They brought back two of their own in Zach Ertz and James Conner, but have left huge holes at both the edge rusher and wide receiver position. While most of the draft hype for the Cardinals has involved the receiver position, perhaps they are looking at finding Chandler Jones’ replacement.
Karlaftis is a projected first-round edge rusher who has seen his draft stock increase over the past few weeks. While he only had 4.5 sacks last season, he was a consistent threat in opposing backfields. Nicknamed ‘The Greek Freak’, Karlaftis was named to the second-team All-Big Ten in 2020, despite only appearing in three games. In his rookie season, he totaled 7.5 sacks.
When people get excited about George Karlaftis (DE, Purdue #5) this is why.
Karlaftis is at his best with power and bull rush moves that force offensive tackles back into their quarterback. One of his biggest critiques is trying too many speed moves on the edge, particularly for a guy his size. These critics don’t believe, at his speed, that those moves will translate in the NFL.
Despite the critics, Karlaftis excelled on the field when he played. In 26 games, he had 29 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. He’s been one of the more polarizing prospects in this draft. Some love him while the others wouldn’t spend a first-round selection on him.
There is certainly a question as to the team’s ability to groom a first-round defensive player. Their last two selections, Isaiah Simmons and Zaven Collins, hardly saw playing time in their rookie seasons. It was extraordinarily frustrating, particularly given the reserve players that often played over two first-round picks. Is the front office really going to do the same again?
Karlaftis would have competition from Devon Kennard and Dennis Gardeck, which would bode well for his playing time on paper. However, the past two seasons have proven nothing in terms of developing young defensive talent.
What are your thoughts on drafting George Karlaftis with the 23rd overall pick?
George Karlaftis (DE, Purdue #5) is 100% toying with the Iowa tackles at this point.
Sets this rush (middle stunt) with a hard left foot jab step and a quick reversal inside. Over before it starts. pic.twitter.com/gnrWnQlO9R