Cards hope to re-sign Campbell and Marshall
Calais Campbell (Getty)
Calais Campbell (Getty)

Posted Mar 5, 2012


Re-signing defensive end Calais Campbell is the top priority this offseason for Arizona, but keeping cornerback Richard Marshall is important, too.

--The Cardinals played in the first Hall of Fame game in 1962 but last played in one in 1986, two years before they moved to Arizona.

--The Cardinals could open training camp as early as July 21 because of the Hall of Fame Game, but coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn't envision starting camp a full two weeks before the game. "We won't come in one week ahead of it (the game)," he said, "because we can't get ready for it, but it might be 10 or 11 days. We'll see."

--Re-signing defensive end Calais Campbell is the top priority this offseason, but keeping cornerback Richard Marshall is important, too. Marshall played well as a part-time starter at corner, and he filled in capably at safety when Kerry Rhodes was out with a broken foot. "Richard is certainly a priority," general manager Rod Graves said. "Along with a couple of other guys we'd like to have back, but Richard did an outstanding job for us this season and became a very important role player for us. The one thing we would like not to do is lose a player like that. He's not easily replaceable, and it's not so much in terms what he did on the football field but his character and his work habits are very much appreciated.

--As it stands now, Kevin Kolb is the No. 1 quarterback on the roster. John Skelton is the backup and will be given a chance to win the job, Whisenhunt said.

"The thing I like about this year is we get a chance to spend some time in the offseason with John, which we have not been able to do in the two years prior," he said. "Plus he gets a chance to have minicamps and he'll get a little more time in training camp this year. Couple that with the fact that he showed improvement as the season went on, you are excited about his prospects as a quarterback.

"That being said, we didn't get a chance to see a lot of Kevin because of the injuries this year, but in the snapshots and times we did see him, we were excited by what we saw."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The thing we're so excited about now, is we have more personnel geared toward what we're trying to do, No. 1. And No. 2, we developed a lot more consistency in the latter half of our season, and that's with a lot of younger players. From that standpoint, we feel good about where we are." -- Ken Whisenhunt on his defense's progress.



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