Mike Iupati takes a pay cut from Cardinals

Mike Iupati takes a pay cut from Cardinals

The Cardinals have to pay for all those new quarterbacks (and new offensive linemen) somehow.

It appears part of the plan is giving haircuts to the ones left behind.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, Cardinals guard Mike Iupati has agreed to a $3 million pay cut this season.

He’ll make a guaranteed $5 million, but it was originally $7.75 million, and his $250,000 roster bonus which was due tomorrow is going away. Next year is also voidable in his deal.

The Cardinals have already signed veteran tackle Andre Smith, and are bringing Giants guard Justin Pugh in today for a visit.

Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals open free agency, cut Tyrann Mathieu, sign quarterback and more

Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals open free agency, cut Tyrann Mathieu, sign quarterback and more

Happy Thursday one and all, the Arizona Cardinals are in the midst of rebuilding their brand and in that comes changes.

Those changes have started, so let’s get to the news from around the web on the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals Release Tyrann Mathieu
Safety is let go after sides can’t find common ground on new contract

Free Agency Opens For NFL, Cardinals
Cardinals haven’t officially completed any signings, but reports indicate that’ll change

Cardinals Blogs
Safety and life after Tyrann Mathieu

Arizona Cardinals’ Mike McCoy doesn’t have a ‘type’ at quarterback – Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy doesn’t favor any particular type of quarterback, which opened more options in their free-agent pursuit.

Arizona’s Justin Bethel enters free agency on a quest for playing time – Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Already established as a coverage ace on special teams, the defensive back hopes to find a team willing to expand his role on defense.

Tyrann Mathieu declines pay cut, cut by Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have released Tyrann Mathieu after the safety declined to take a pay cut. The team announced the move Wednesday.

Tyrann Mathieu’s breakup with Arizona Cardinals came down to money – Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
When the safety rebuffed the Cardinals on a pay cut and the sides couldn’t restructure his deal, it set the stage for Wednesday’s release.

Arizona Cardinals’ 2018 free agency: Backup ILB Josh Bynes returns – Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
After showing he fit with Arizona’s defense in his first season with the Cardinals, a re-signed Josh Bynes might be in for more snaps in 2018.

Winners, losers and biggest questions from 2018 NFL free agency Day 1
The Cardinals let Tyrann Mathieu walk and are reportedly bringing Mike Glennon in to back up Sam Bradford, raising the question: What’s going on in Arizona? Here are some winners (and losers) from the second wave.

Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle rips Cardinals’ signing of Sam Bradford
Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle has a hot take when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals’ reported signing of quarterback Sam Bradford.

Report: Cardinals expected to lose OLB Kareem Martin to Giants
Free agent OLB Kareem Martin is expected to leave the Cardinals and sign with the New York Giants, where he would join former Arizona DC James Bettcher.

Cardinals release Tyrann Mathieu after he refused pay cut
Tyrann Mathieu refused to take a pay cut, and the Arizona Cardinals released the defensive back, the team said Wednesday.

Tyrann Mathieu’s release isn’t going over well with Cardinals fans
No matter how you analyze Tyrann Mathieu’s career or his 2017 season, there’s no doubting this: He was an Arizona Cardinals fan favorite.

Report: Arizona Cardinals expected to re-sign Josh Bynes
The Arizona Cardinals are expected to re-sign linebacker Josh Bynes on Wednesday, according to a report.

Cardinals free agent WR John Brown agrees to deal with Ravens
Arizona Cardinals unrestricted free agent John Brown has agreed to contract terms with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Wednesday.

Report: Arizona Cardinals to sign former Bengals OT Andre Smith
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith will sign a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Report: Cardinals signing QB Mike Glennon following release from Bears
The Arizona Cardinals are signing quarterback Mike Glennon, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Sam Bradford must be a bridge to the Cardinals’ future
One camp terms the Arizona Cardinals’ expected signing of Sam Bradford as a gross over-payment to an injury-prone underachiever.

End of an era, Tyrann Mathieu’s career arc with the Cardinals
Tyrann Mathieu joined the Cardinals in 2013, here is a timeline of some of the Honey Badger’s top accomplishments with the Arizona Cardinals.

Report: Giants free agent OL Justin Pugh visiting Cardinals Thursday
The Cardinals have a need to improve its offensive line, and they are reportedly bringing in one of the bigger names on the market for a visit.

5 reasons for Cardinals fans to be optimistic about Sam Bradford signing | Cards Wire
There are lots of reasons to like the reported move.

John Wetzel earns more than $400K in performance bonus | Cards Wire
He is rewarded for his playing time in 2017.

3 free agents Cardinals can still sign | Cards Wire
Free agency is not over yet, so expect Arizona to start filling some holes over the next few days. . .

Cardinals reportedly sign offensive lineman Andre Smith to two-year deal | Cards Wire
The signing could signal the end of Jared Veldheer’s stay in Arizona.

Report: Cardinals to visit with OL Justin Pugh | Cards Wire
The former first-round pick has played both guard and tackle, but missed 13 games the last two seasons.

Arizona Cardinals set to sign quarterback Mike Glennon

Arizona Cardinals set to sign quarterback Mike Glennon


azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Jay Dieffenbach discuss ASU basketball and the Cardinals in our Shot Clock video.

It appears the Cardinals will quickly fill their opening at backup quarterback.

As expected, the Bears released Mike Glennon on Wednesday, and the NFL Network is reporting Glennon will sign a two-year deal worth $8 million with the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are expected to sign Sam Bradford to a one-year, $20 million deal with another option year. Glennon is expected to back up Bradford, or at the least to compete with a young quarterback for that spot.

Both contracts are pending the players clearing physical examination.

Glennon signed with the Bears in free agency a year ago, but he struggled along with the rest of the offense. His contract with the Bears included $18.5 million guaranteed.

Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim liked Glennon when the quarterback was coming out of North Carolina State in 2013, but not enough to select Glennon before the Buccaneers took him in the third round.

Statistically, Glennon’s rookie year was his best. He passed for 19 touchdowns and had nine passes intercepted. In the next three years, he had 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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Report: Cardinals agree to deal with former Bengals tackle Andre Smith

Report: Cardinals agree to deal with former Bengals tackle Andre Smith

The Cardinals apparently have made a move to bolster their offensive line, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with former Bengals tackle Andre Smith, according to ESPN.

Smith, 31, spent eight of his nine seasons with the Bengals, who drafted him sixth overall in 2009. He returned to Cincinnati last year after a one-year stint with the Vikings. Smith has played right tackle most of his career, and his signing by the Cardinals would call into question Jared Veldheer’s future in Arizona

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Releasing Veldheer would free $6.9 million of cap space, according to overthecap.com. ESPN reported Smith’s two-year deal will be worth $8 million to $10 million.

The Bengals planned to play Smith at guard last year, but he ended up serving as a swing tackle. He played in 13 games, with eight starts. A knee injury ended his season but he’s expected to participate in off-season practices, according to reports out of Cincinnati.

Smith’s signing would leave the Cardinals with openings at the two guard spots. D.J. Humphries is the left tackle, and A.Q. Shipley returns at center, although he could be challenged by Evan Boehm.

Guard Mike Iupati remains under contract, but he could be in line for a pay cut. He played in one game last season because of a triceps injury.

MORE: Cardinals make right call with Sam Bradford, but plenty of work lies ahead

Listen to latest podcast episode talking Bradford, Glennon and draft for Cardinals

Listen to latest podcast episode talking Bradford, Glennon and draft for Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals made the news Tuesday with the reported agreement to sign Sam Bradford to be their starting quarterback and the report they would sign Mike Glennon after he is released by the Chicago Bears to be the backup to Bradford.

To react to the news, Revenge of the Birds’ Seth Cox and I discussed it on the latest edition of the Rise up, See Red podcast.

What is good and what is potentially bad about Bradford?

What about Glennon?

What does this mean for the NFL draft? We both believe the Cardinals have to draft a quarterback in Round 1 or Round 2. There is no way around it. Both of us give our theories as to what we believe will happen in the draft.

Listen to the best hour of Cardinals talk on the web and make sure to subscribe to the show in Apple podcasts.

For your convenience here are the time stamps for the discussion topics.

(4:22) Sam Bradford, the money, the good and the bad

(30:45) Mike Glennon, the good and the bad and what it means

(48:57) What the Cardinals now dow for the draft, our theories about who they could target

Giants to sign Kareem Martin: 5 things to know

Giants to sign Kareem Martin: 5 things to know

On Wednesday, the New York Giants addressed another glaring need on defense when they agreed to sign former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kareem Martin.

Given James Bettcher’s defense and knowing the scheme that he will likely implement during the 2018 season, Martin should have no issues in coming over to the Giants and playing for the defensive coordinator he’s worked with over the last three seasons.

Martin may be a bit of an unknown to most Giants fans since he’s not the high-profile name most are usually hoping for, but he does fill a need.

Here are five things to know about Martin:

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Martin has spent his entire four-year with the Cardinals and is a former third-round pick of theirs back in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Martin, who played at North Carolina, was the 84th overall pick for the Cardinals.

That year, which was the same draft that produced Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants selected defensive tackle Jay Bromley with the 74th overall pick, 10 picks ahead of Martin.