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first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It wasn’t long ago that fans were calling for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer to be benched. Now he’s winning awards.The 10th-year veteran was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday for his performance last Sunday in a 40-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts.Palmer completed 26-of-37 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the game for a passer rating of 114. This is the third time that Palmer has won a Player of the Week Award, and the first since the 2009 season when he was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s also the sixth different Cardinals quarterback to win the weekly honor, joining Neil Lomax, Kent Graham, Boomer Esiason, Jake Plummer and Kurt Warner. Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Palmer joins Patrick Peterson as the only Cardinals to win a weekly award this season. Peterson was the NFC Defensive Player of Week 4 after he had two interceptions in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) celebrates a defensive stop against the Green Bay Packers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Among all wide receivers, his 109 catches ranked tied for fifth and he was sixth in receptions for first downs with 65.In addition, Fitzgerald’s 1,215 yards was the ninth highest, while his 458 yards after catch were the 13th most and he finished tied for 14th in touchdowns with nine. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Even though he suffered a down year, Campbell was still named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight season. He has 48.5 sacks and has forced six fumbles in his eight-year career.Joining Campbell on the defensive front is Jones, who will be seeking big money when free agency hits.9. Chandler Jones, DE, Arizona Cardinals: Jones had two double-digit-sack seasons with the Patriots, and they traded him because he was going to be too costly to keep. It’s now Arizona’s job to sign him to a long-term deal.The Cardinals traded a second round pick and Jonathan Cooper for Jones. He will be a much-needed upgrade for the team’s pass-rush, which finished 20th in the NFL in sacks last year with 36.In 55 career games, the 26-year-old has sacked opposing quarterbacks 36 times and has forced 10 fumbles. He enjoyed a career year in 2015 with 12.5 sacks.One player who enjoyed his best season in years is the final Cardinals member on Clayton’s list.14. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald’s contract voids five days after the Super Bowl, and figuring out his value is fascinating. He has been one of the best receivers in his era, but next year he will be 33 with 13 years of NFL experience.In 2015, Fitzgerald topped the 100-catch mark for the first time since 2007 when he caught a career high 109 passes. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Even though contract negotiations between the Arizona Cardinals and Tyrann Mathieu have been the most prevalent in the news, he’s not the only top player on the team that could hit free agency after the upcoming season.Calais Campbell, newcomer Chandler Jones and Larry Fitzgerald all enter the final year of their respective contracts as well.ESPN’s John Clayton included the four Cardinal studs in his list of the top 25 projected 2017 free agents. 0 Comments   Share   2. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Arizona Cardinals: Mathieu’s impasse in contract talks with the Cardinals is because he wants to be paid like a top defensive player instead of being just the highest-paid safety in the league. What can’t be ignored is how good he is when healthy.The Cardinals have been in talks with the former LSU Tiger during the summer about an extension as they would like to retain the most versatile defender in the NFL.Mathieu completed his 2015 campaign with 89 tackles and was tied for the team lead in interceptions with five.Clayton spoke with Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday about the reasoning behind the stalemate of negotiations between the two sides..“He’s becoming one of the best defensive players in the league,” Clayton said. “But still, just like in the case of Earl Thomas, he’s a safety and the top safeties make $10.25 million. How much more than that can Steve Keim and the organization go?”While the Cardinals primary focus is locking up Mathieu, the organization will seek an extension for Campbell as well.7. Calais Campbell, DE, Arizona Cardinals: Campbell is a dominating force along the Cardinals’ line. He turns 30 in September, and it’s vital the Cardinals sign him to a long-term deal.Statistically speaking, the defensive end is coming off of his worst season in the NFL, he finished with his lowest sack total (five) since becoming a starter in 2009. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more