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Cardinals pick up Richard Marshall

Carolina Panthers cornerback Richard Marshall (31) tries to control an interception against Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams (19) during an NFL football game in Charlotte AP

The cornerback market is beginning to thin out.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports that the team is expected to announce the signing of former Panther Richard Marshall on Saturday.

Marshall was a solid player for much of his time in Carolina, starting 32 games over the last two seasons.  He struggled in 2010, but was considerably better before that.

This move should quiet talk that the Cardinals could pick up Asante Samuel in a possible trade.  Marshall figures to start opposite rookie Patrick Peterson, who remains unsigned.

UPDATE: The Cardinals announced the Marshall move, saying the sides have agreed to terms.  They also signed undrafted rookie free agent cornerback Tae Evans and released cornerback Da’Mon Merkerson.

SECOND UPDATE:  We’re told that the Marshall deal has not yet been signed.  So it’s not a done deal until the deal is done.  That said, it’s expected that, in short order, the contract will be signed.

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13 Responses to “Cardinals pick up Richard Marshall”
  1. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 30, 2011 11:24 AM

    The birds might as well trade Samuel if they can, maybe then they will be capable of paying Desean what he deserves…

  2. goawayeverybody says: Jul 30, 2011 11:27 AM

    The Cardinals should really do whatever they can to pick up Asante Samuel. He and Patrick Peterson would make a great duo for years. Or hey, why not trade to get back DRC?

  3. pacash80 says: Jul 30, 2011 11:32 AM

    Interesting. I wonder where this puts Samuel.

  4. cardsfann1 says: Jul 30, 2011 11:39 AM

    Still think getting Orton and keeping DRC was a better option but that’s in the past. Hopefully this guy Marshall works out. Leery of former Panthers just based on thier record over the past few years. Need to sign Perterson today and another good wr.

  5. youboettcha says: Jul 30, 2011 11:45 AM

    During the Kolb trade, you’d think if they were going to need a cornerback, the Cardinals would’ve traded somebody else to the Eagles instead of DRC. Maybe they’ll get another CB in addition to Richard Marshall, like the other Cromartie, or Carlos Rogers or Fabian Washington.

  6. fhuizar says: Jul 30, 2011 11:59 AM

    Love this signing. Inexpensive and a physical corner that we’re looking for. He started every game the last five years and has avg 73 total tackles each season. Solid signing.

    Again Orton gives you a short term option with Kolb he’s the future. He will do great. Now we need to sign a wr, Peterson, and another ol

  7. marcus158 says: Jul 30, 2011 12:15 PM

    I’d rather not do business with the Eagles again this off-season.

    They’d probably ask for Fitz and a 1st rounder for Samuel…

  8. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 30, 2011 12:26 PM

    I really hope the cards don’t take Samuel and get fleeced twice in the same off season, by the same team. Especially at a position in which they traded off their best player…

  9. phxheat88 says: Jul 30, 2011 12:39 PM

    I just dont get y they tried to get in on the osomghua sweepstakes. And then get marshall when they could have signed cromartie but hey thats the way the cards do it dumb sometimes.

  10. shadowgm1 says: Jul 30, 2011 12:58 PM

    Just think of how great this move may have been if they hadn’t made an awful trade for a “poser” QB earlier in the week.

  11. fhuizar says: Jul 30, 2011 1:11 PM

    @phxheat

    Bc A Cromartie is a softy and doesn’t want to come up and hit anyone, not the style of our new DC

  12. pilot2011 says: Jul 30, 2011 1:34 PM

    Richard Marshall is solid player… Terrell Owens said last year after they beat the Panthers that over the course of his career he has hated playing against Marshall/Gamble the most… AZ picked up a solid, hard hittin player.

    That said, this means Samuel or Cromartie have got to give Carolina a shot… They see how Richardson is throwing the money around like he is.

    Samuel played under McDermmot in Philly, he may take that to Charlotte.

  13. rabidmike says: Jul 30, 2011 2:55 PM

    Remember Adams was DRC’s back up. Expect to see a lot of him at LCB in preseason while Peterson gets up to speed. Marshall and Toler will battle for RCB. Ultimately, I see Marshall winning and Toler moving to the nickel. So, the Cards are set a DB, let the Samuel talk die. Cards now need to consider defensive line depth and hope a OT/OG falls in their lap. Not much more will happen today, other than Peterson signing.

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