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On the same day they reached a deal with QB Sam Bradford, the Cardinals also reportedly agreed on a contract with QB Mike Glennon. The very short-term starter in Chicago will be released once the 2018 league year begins Wednesday afternoon and then move to the desert to back up Bradford. The latter, of course, isn't a good bet to make it through the season healthy. Arizona also remains a strong candidate to draft a QB early this spring.

NFL Network reports that the Cardinals are expected to sign QB Sam Bradford. The veteran will likely cost significantly less than Kirk Cousins or even Case Keenum, coming off a 2017 season marred by left knee trouble. Bradford, of course, has navigated a couple of ACL tears but flashed starter ability at times when healthy. Arizona's a solid landing place, with Larry Fitzgerald still around and RB David Johnson returning from injury. But we'll have to see how the rest of the offense materializes. Andre Ellington and Jermaine Gresham finished 2017 tied for 2nd among Cards in receptions with 33. Bradford looks like no more than a low QB2 right now -- if that. Arizona also still looks like a strong candidate to shop QBs early in the NFL draft.

Update: Bradford is signing a 1-year, $20 million deal with a 2019 team option for another $20 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has informed HC Steve Wilks that he'll return for the 2018 season. The 34-year-old has remained productive, posting his 3rd straight 107+ catch campaign in 2017. He's finished as a top 9 PPR WR in all 3 of those seasons. The big question for his 2018 fantasy value will be who's chucking him the ball. Arizona doesn't currently have a single QB on the roster after Carson Palmer's retirement.

The Cardinals have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCoy was fired by the Broncos this past November, struggling with a crappy QB situation. That followed a disappointing 4-year stint as Chargers HC, with McCoy compiling a 27-37 record. Three of those 4 squads ranked in the top half of the league in total offense, though, including 5th- and 9th-place finishes. McCoy has shown an ability to morph his offense to fit the personnel, most notably going extremely run-heavy with QB Tim Tebow in Denver back in 2011. We could see a similar attack this coming season. Arizona returns RB David Johnson but has a gaping hole at QB after Carson Palmer's retirement.

The Cardinals are set to hire Steve Wilks as their new HC, according to multiple reports. Wilks has been in the NFL since 2006, primarily as a DBs coach. He was promoted to Panthers DC last offseason after Sean McDermott left for Buffalo, leading his squad to a 7th-place finish in total defense. We'll see who Wilks brings aboard to run his offense.

Cardinals RB David Johnson's injured wrist is fully healed, he told the team's official website. He missed all but 1 half of the 2017 season with a dislocated wrist, but it won't impact his 2018. The injury essentially granted Johnson a year off -- not insignificant considering he was coming off a 373-touch season. Johnson is still smack dab in his prime at 26 and will remain the focal point of Arizona's offense. The concerns are a new coaching staff and QB heading into 2018.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians is retiring, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 65-year-old spent the past 5 seasons in Arizona, compiling a 49-30-1 record and reaching the playoffs twice. We'll see whether his decision to step away impacts whether QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald return for 2018.

Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby and S Antoine Bethea are active for today’s game against the Giants. They’re low-level IDP options, but use as you normally would

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (quad, ribs) is active for today’s game against the Giants. He only got in a limited practice on Friday this week and might cede more work to RB Elijhaa Penny. Williams is a risky RB3 or flex for Week 16.

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (quad, ribs) is expected to play against the Giants today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Williams was knocked out of last week's game with that quad injury and only got in a limited practice on Friday. He's a risky Week 16 fantasy play, despite the plus matchup.

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (quad) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Giants. He only got in a limited practice on Friday. We’ll look for an update on his availability on Sunday morning, but we might not find out his official status until 3 pm ET. If Williams can’t go, Arizona will be down to RBs Elijhaa Penny and D.J. Foster.

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams (quad) didn't practice on Wednesday. He's in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Giants. His absence would leave Arizona down to RBs Elijhaa Penny and D.J Foster.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians announced on Monday that QB Drew Stanton will start against the Giants this weekend. QB Blaine Gabbert has struggled after a decent start, completing just 51.5% of his passes with 1 TD and 3 INTs over the past 3 games. Stanton posted a 50.7% completion rate with 3 TDs and 1 INT in 2 starts before spraining his knee. Despite the plus matchup this Sunday, he can't be trusted in Week 16 fantasy lineups. It's worth noting that WR Larry Fitzgerald posted 5-70 and 10-113 lines in those 2 Stanton starts.

Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams came away from Sunday's loss to Washington with a quad injury, according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. It's not clear when Williams got hurt, but that might explain the reversal in backfield work in the 2nd half. After he logged 14 first-half rushing attempts vs. Elijhaa Penny's 3, Williams ran just 3 more times vs. Penny's 7 over the final 2 quarters. We'll track Williams' participation and status heading into a positive Week 16 home matchup with the Giants.

Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (illness) is out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. That presumably means that TE Ricky Seals-Jones will see an uptick in snaps, making him a more intriguing Week 15 flier in a plus matchup. Washington ranks 31st in fantasy points allowed to TEs.

The Cardinals have ruled ILB Deone Bucannon out for Sunday's game against the Rams. Bucannon did, reportedly, avoid serious injury to the joint that required surgery in the spring. But he didn't participate in any practice this week. We'll see about Week 14.

Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon left Sunday's win over the Jaguars with an injury to his right ankle, HC Bruce Arians told reporters afterward. That's particularly bad news, because that's the ankle that kept Bucannon out all offseason following spring surgery. We'll see about the specific diagnosis.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said Wednesday that neither RB David Johnson (wrist) nor QB Carson Palmer (arm) has made "expected progress" in his rehab. Neither guy is expected to return this season. Both can safely be dropped from redraft rosters.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians named QB Blaine Gabbert his Week 12 starter. He was decent in Sunday's loss to the Texans, completing 64.7% of his passes with 3 TD and 2 INTs. The task will be much, much tougher this weekend against the Jaguars. Gabbert isn't a Week 12 fantasy option.

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians has named QB Blaine Gabbert his starter for Sunday's game against the Texans. QB Drew Stanton (knee) did practice some this week and might be available for backup duties. Gabbert is on the QB2 and DFS radar thanks to his plus matchup and rushing ability.


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