The Arizona Cardinals Front Office continues to impress the league and their fans by being true to their word and being aggressive in the shortened Free Agency period. After a slow start, and fan losing patience waiting for news of the QB decision while watching FA QB's being signed by teams around the league, the word was finally passed that Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb had been traded to Arizona for a 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft and starting CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The die had been cast, some fans agreed with the move, others wanted Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton. The big question that remained was simply, "You have a QB, now who's next and how are you going to fill all of the other holes on the team?"
The Arizona Cardinals responded by being more active in three days time than they traditionally are in full Free Agency periods.The team recap: (source)
Key arrivals: Ex-Panthers UFA CB Richard Marshall, July 30; Ex-Eagles UFA LB Stewart Bradley, July 29; Traded for ex-Eagles QB Kevin Kolb, July 28 (Eagles get CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and second-round pick; Kolb agrees to new five-year contract worth $63 million with more than $20 million guaranteed); Ex-Packers UFA OG Daryn Colledge, July 29; Ex-Panthers UFA TE Jeff King, July 29; Ex-Ravens UFA TE Todd Heap, July 31, Ex-Eagle UFA ILB Stewart Bradley, July 29; Ex-Brown UFA OG Floyd Womack, July 30; Ex-Steeler UFA DE Nick Eason, July 30; Ex-Brown WR Chansi Stuckey, July 29; Traded for Ex-Redskin DE Vonnie Holliday, July 31 (Traded Tim Hightower and received Holliday and 6th round conditional draft pick).
Departures: Traded CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Eagles, July 28 (Cardinals get QB Kevin Kolb); UFA WR Steve Breaston, July 29 (to Chiefs); Cut QB Derek Anderson, LB Gerald Hayes, July 28; Traded RFA RB Tim Hightower to Redskins, July 31 (Cardinals get DE Vonnie Holliday and a 6th round conditional draft pick), DE Alan Branch July 29 (to Seahawks), .
Key re-signings: UFA FB Reagan Maui'a, July 29; UFA TE Stephen Spach, July 29; UFA C Lyle Sendlein, July 29; UFA P Ben Graham, July 29; UFA S Hamza Abdullah, July 29; UFA CB Michael Adams, July 29; UFA OT D'Anthony Batiste, July 29; UFA C Ben Claxton, July 29; RFA WR Early Doucet, July 29; RFA OT Brandon Keith, July 29; UFA OG Deuce Lutui, July 31 (one year).
Unsigned players: FB Nehemiah Broughton (UFA), DT Keilen Dykes (UFA), OG Alan Faneca (UFA-retired), DE Kenny Iwebema (UFA), CB Trumaine McBride (RFA), TE Ben Patrick (UFA), NT Bryan Robinson (UFA), S Matt Ware (UFA), DT Gabe Watson (UFA), RB Jason Wright (UFA-retired).