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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.
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
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.
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.
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.