With a quarterback or two finally on the way Clayton Fejedelem Jersey , the Arizona Cardinals were acting quickly to shore up their lineup with some early free agency moves.
A person familiar with the situation said quarterback Sam Bradford had agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $20 million, with a second year at the club's option. The person requested anonymity because the signing had not been announced.
Before Bradford's acquisition, there were no quarterbacks on the roster for first-year coach Steve Wilks and his offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
The Cardinals apparently will have Bradford's backup, too. A person familiar with the situation confirmed Mike Glennon had agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with Arizona. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the signing had not been officially announced.
Meanwhile, ESPN reported that Arizona had reached a two-year deal with ex-Cincinnati offensive tackle Andre Smith. That could clear the way for the release of right tackle Jared Veldheer, which would clear about $6.9 million in cap space.
The day began with the Cardinals announcing they had released one of their most popular players, safety Tyrann Mathieu, after the two failed to work out a pay cut.
"I've never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will," Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said in a statement.
"While we all understand this is a part of the business, that certainly doesn't make it any easier. We all wish Tyrann nothing but continued success in his career and beyond."
Mathieu was due for $18.75 million of his contract to be guaranteed when the league year began Wednesday afternoon. By cutting him, Arizona saves close to $5 million in cap space.
At least one player is coming back. Free agent inside linebacker Josh Bynes tweeted that he had agreed to a three-year deal to return to Arizona after a strong 2017 season.
"3 more years in AZ! Golden Tate III Jersey ," he wrote. "Thank you @AZCardinals and my family for all the support! Glad to be back in Red and Black!"
Bradford, 30, is a former Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma who has a strong, accurate arm but has been besieged by injuries in his pro career.
He has torn the ACL in his left knee twice and, after earning the starting job in Minnesota, missed most of last season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
The Cardinals are counting on his injury problems to end.
Glennon, 28, spent four seasons with Tampa Bay, mostly as a backup, before signing a three-year, $45 million contract with Chicago a year ago. His stint as Bears starter lasted just four games before he was replaced by rookie Mitchell Trubisky. Glennon didn't play the rest of the season.
NFL Network first reported Glennon's deal, moments after the Bears announced he had been released.
The plan now appears for the Cardinals to draft a quarterback to develop as the long-term solution.
The team was left without any signal caller when Carson Palmer retired and Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert left as free agents John Simon Jersey , just as then-coach Bruce Arians announced he was calling it quits.
Sam Darnold and Josh Allen are spending their weekend watching greatness, and for once it’s not other football players.
They’re at Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open.
Selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft – Darnold by the New York Jets, Allen by the Buffalo Bills – the two quarterbacks are headed to the pros but are far from done learning.
”We talk about it all the time in the quarterback room: Whenever we get a chance to watch greatness, whatever it is, we want to do it and learn from it,” Darnold said. ”Even last weekend with Justify winning the Triple Crown, you appreciate that as a quarterback and someone who’s striving to be great. .
”Then to see what guys like Dustin Johnson are able to do, it’s just so cool to watch.”
That’s who Darnold and Allen are rooting for, too. Johnson entered Saturday on top of the leaderboard, 4 over par, but was struggling in the third round.
Darnold and Allen checked out all 18 holes, spending a long time by the green of No. 8 Ian Thomas Jersey , just watching everyone putt. Each golfer’s ability to pinpoint a shot never ceased to amaze them. But it’s what comes before the swing that they really admire and respect: the preparation before the action.
”It’s like what me and Sam would do as quarterbacks, evaluating the defense before we snap the ball and trying to get understanding of what they’re doing,” Allen said. ”And that’s what they’re doing on the course. Before every shot, they’re trying to gauge the wind, trying to gauge the distance, and ultimately trying to have the right swing to put the ball where they want.”
That also includes zoning in on the task and blocking out distractions.
Darnold, who has played maybe a half-dozen times, actually ended up being the cause of such a distraction.
A fan recognized Darnold in the crowd and shouted, ”J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!” The outburst came in the middle of a player’s backswing. Darnold couldn’t recall whose swing, but it was his second shot on a par 3.
”He was just laser focused,” Darnold said. ”Still hit a really good shot, and it’s just really cool to watch these guys do what they do. Even with all the hecklers Bruce Smith Jersey , everything that’s going on, they’re still able to just focus.”
That’s a standard Darnold and Allen can take back to the football field.
Darnold completed 63.1 percent of his passes and averaged 295.9 yards per game in his last season at Southern California. He was picked third overall.
Allen, who brought his dad – his frequent golfing partner – to Shinnecock Hills, hit 56.3 percent of his passes for 1,812 yards and averaged 164.7 yards per game at Wyoming last year. He went seventh overall.
”I love football, so there’s nothing that’s going to replace that,” Allen said. ”But golf, it’s a second.”
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