Anquan Boldin (Greg Trott/Getty)
The Arizona Cardinals are putting a lot on the organization's plate. The front office sits just roughly $2 million away from the cap, which could mean no love for Anquan Boldin. Plus, a veteran player, who the Cardinals rely on for leadership, has been a no show at practices. Ken Whisenhunt is disappointed. AZRedReport.com dishes out the Cardinals latest player news.
WR Anquan Boldin won't be the next Cardinals' veteran to sign a contract extension. With just about $2 million of salary cap space as of June 10, Arizona first would have to sign franchise player Karlos Dansby to a long-term deal to create the room under the cap to extend Boldin's deal. Dansby is working under the franchise tag of $9.7 million, and the Cardinals could create more space by extending his contract. That might give them enough room to re-sign Boldin, who has two years remaining. It's questionable, however, how motivated the team is to re-sign Boldin this year.
OLB Bertrand Berry's decision to skip all four weeks of the team's voluntary practices both surprised and disappointed Cardinals' coaches and team officials. He finished three straight seasons on injured reserve and took a $3 million pay cut in 2008. Berry came through last year with a solid season as a spot starter and situational pass rusher. He led the club with five sacks and was hopeful of receiving a multi-year offer in free agency. Berry didn't find much interest in free agency and elected to stay with the team. The $1 million deal was less than its first offer, which was extended before Berry opted to test the market.
"I'm disappointed he's not here," coach Ken Whisenhunt said at the end of the voluntary practices. "We have an expectation from veteran players who have done a lot for this team, that they continue to lead and be here and show the young guys how to work. That's time you never get back."
RB Beanie Wells could get a look as the Cardinals' primary kickoff returner this season. WR Steve Breaston proved competent in that role last season, but Arizona wants to have a number of options.
"We're going to go through the whole gamut," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We feel like we have enough depth there to look at a lot of different guys."
DE Darnell Dockett can apply some pressure and the Cardinals are looking for ways to generate a more consistent push from the front four. Look for the club to move him around to create favorable matchups.
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has stepped it up in offseason workouts, catching the eye of quarterback Kurt Warner.
"I don't know if I've seen anybody at this level in the years that I've played who is able to explode to the football like him," Warner said. "He's so much more confident in what he's doing now than he was last year. I think the sky is the limit."
QB Kurt Warner would vote "no" to any proposal to extend the regular season beyond the current 16-game docket. He thinks the schedule is fine the way it is. "The season is so long and it's so physically demanding with the size and speed of the game now," Warner said. . "I think you're asking for trouble."
TE Stephen Spach (knee) is beginning to run and cut laterally. He is hopeful of being ready for training camp.
OG Trevor Canfield, a seventh-round pick, signed with Arizona. Terms were not disclosed.