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Cardinals could be looking for a veteran quarterback


To the extent that Cardinals fans hope the coaching staff will resolve the quarterback controversy between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton by choosing none of the above, Cardinals fans may be in luck.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Cardinals are still open to the possibility of adding a veteran quarterback.

Plenty of quarterbacks will indeed be available as the rosters cut from 90 to 53 players.  Other teams may be inclined to try to trade a quarterback in lieu of letting him walk away for nothing.

In this regard, keep a close eye on Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.  Clearly on the trade market but not getting a single snap in the preseason, Jackson probably will be cut if he’s not traded (barring injury to Matt Flynn or Russell Wilson on Friday night).  But if Jackson is cut the Cardinals could be interested.

In 2008, the Jackson torched the Cardinals on their home turf in a season that culminated in a Super Bowl appearance, completing 11 of 17 throws for four touchdowns.  Coach Ken Whisenhunt may want to compare the tape of that game to the tape generated by Kolb and Skelton recently.

Of course, that’s all the more reason for the Seahawks to trade T-Jack to another team and not cut him.  Even if all they can get is a conditional seventh-round pick in 2025, they should do it if it means keeping Jackson from carrying his knowledge of the Seahawks’ playbook and personnel to Arizona.

Meanwhile, if the Cardinals add a veteran, it will make for a crowded depth chart — unless the Cardinals are willing to cut Kolb after everything they gave up to get him and to keep him.

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  1. skoobyfl says: Aug 23, 2012 7:26 PM

    Maybe Philly can pick him up again & repackage him for another fleecing?

  2. uschawk says: Aug 23, 2012 7:28 PM

    My God that trade and the contract they gave to Kolb has to go down as one of the all time disasters.

  3. sclazo says: Aug 23, 2012 7:29 PM

    After what you gave up for that bust from Philly what will you offer the Phins for the 12th rated passer last season in Moore?

  4. idontliveinmymomsbasement says: Aug 23, 2012 7:29 PM

    If the Jackson is cut then by all means the Cardinals should definitely get the Jackson.

  5. robertocfg says: Aug 23, 2012 7:30 PM

    They should be looking for a QB. Period.

  6. jmclarkent says: Aug 23, 2012 7:32 PM

    It shows you how done McNabb is that he can’t even get a workout for a squad possibly lusting after Tavaris Jackson…

  7. calibear831 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:32 PM

    somewhere Donovan Mcnab is smiling

  8. goldenperspective says: Aug 23, 2012 7:33 PM

    I would love to see McNabb step in and go all Kurt Warner.

  9. justin5117 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:33 PM

    How about McNabb?

  10. westclaims says: Aug 23, 2012 7:34 PM

    The Cardinals are NOT going to go get T Jackson. It would be someone else.

  11. bobleblah says: Aug 23, 2012 7:34 PM

    Jeff George is available.

  12. gmsalpha says: Aug 23, 2012 7:34 PM


    Howabout calling Jeff George? Or Randall Cunningham? Or see if Tim Couch has anything left in the tank?

    When is Tarvaris going to realize he’s not an NFL QB? Hang up the cleats, dude.

  13. blacknole08 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:35 PM

    Maybe Matt Moore goes here if he is available or cut.

  14. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 23, 2012 7:36 PM

    Tebow for Fitz. Who says no?

  15. igotgamenj says: Aug 23, 2012 7:37 PM

    Miami might have a veteran QB for trade

  16. e23r0 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:38 PM

    Every year Whis says that there’s competition at every position, all the time. He means it.

  17. brintfatre says: Aug 23, 2012 7:38 PM

    Matt Hassleback…

  18. fordmandalay says: Aug 23, 2012 7:39 PM

    People keep saying ‘McNabb!’ – has anyone even SEEN McNabb lately? Has he even been working out? With his work habit history, I’m guessing he’s over 300 pounds by now.

  19. stairwayto7 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:39 PM

    Stick with Skelton! Tarvaris Jackson is a joke!

  20. covercorner says: Aug 23, 2012 7:39 PM

    The Cardinals might trade for Mike Khafka.

  21. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 23, 2012 7:40 PM


  22. buckhuckster says: Aug 23, 2012 7:40 PM

    “Somebody looking for a quarterback, y’all?” -Brett Lorenzo Favre

  23. scoops1 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:40 PM

    Brett Favre can play

  24. thestewman3 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:41 PM

    I would see if Miami releases Matt Moore or David Garrard. They are better than all the above.

  25. 4thandnone says: Aug 23, 2012 7:41 PM

    Maybe they should save the money they would pay TJack, and get an O-Line.

  26. lilrob10201 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:41 PM

    Fitz and a 1st rounder for Vick ?

  27. upperdecker19 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:43 PM

    Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards for Fitz?

    Andy Reid

  28. rickrock6661982 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:43 PM

    Why not sign both McNabb and Barber?

  29. flapsmcgee says: Aug 23, 2012 7:44 PM

    Brett Favre. He’s had a year off and is ready to dominate.

  30. pasote says: Aug 23, 2012 7:44 PM

    McCoy anyone?

  31. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 23, 2012 7:47 PM

    Crappy position to be in if you’re running a team.
    But, entirely self inflicted….
    When T Jackson might be the answer, you’ve got a serious problem.

  32. cav2ya says: Aug 23, 2012 7:48 PM

    Eagles have Trent Edwards for ya Cardinals.. all we want.. well, we’ll take Fitz, and.. um.. lets see… um, how about, do ya have any good linebackers?

  33. mancave001 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:49 PM

    This Eagles fan is telling you…give Kolb a least half a season. It’s amazing how everyone is on the dump Kolb bandwagon after part of a season after the lockout and a lousy team behind him. You may be making a very large mistake by not giving him a little time in the system to develop.

    But whatever, I have no horse in the race. I will, however, enjoy laughing hysterically when and if Kolb goes somewhere and becomes successful.

  34. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 23, 2012 7:49 PM

    McNabb seems sensible.

  35. vstyle23 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:52 PM

    How bout McNabb and or Garrard

  36. misswestbrook says: Aug 23, 2012 8:03 PM

    Sign Dennis Dixon.

  37. virusgvr says: Aug 23, 2012 8:04 PM

    I would love to see this site around In 15-20 years and when someone says Favre it will still be funny! Hahhaa

  38. Whitney Browning says: Aug 23, 2012 8:10 PM

    I’m surprised they don’t go for Hasselback.
    They might have a decent year if they could snag him up on a trade.

  39. ourturn2shine says: Aug 23, 2012 8:12 PM

    I’m surprised I’ve only seen one other person say this but, Colt McCoy?

  40. lorddarkhelmet says: Aug 23, 2012 8:13 PM

    Jackson is just terrible and Kolb should only be in a WCO. trade Kolb to GB. Pass on Jackson. Stick with Skelton (for this year anyway). Don’t be afraid to bring in Moore as a backup but if (when?) he gets injured the job stay with Moore if Skelton can’t get it done.

  41. ballboy48 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:27 PM

    ****ourturn2shine says:
    Aug 23, 2012 8:12 PM
    I’m surprised I’ve only seen one other person say this but, Colt McCoy?****

    It’s because Cleveland is probably going to cut Seneca Wallace, and keep McCoy! Wallace is due $2.4 Million, and cutting him will save the Browns that much! None of it is guaranteed! McCoy is only due $540,000!

  42. sjeaglesfan says: Aug 23, 2012 8:28 PM

    Maybe if Arizona had an O line to protect him, he could show ya what he can do.

  43. mintberrycrunch1 says: Aug 23, 2012 8:28 PM

    Well, if they had drafted Kirk Cousins like I thought they might, they wouldn’t be freaking out, and we would also be treated to 6 starting rookie QB’s in the NFL instead of 5.

  44. toddwardou says: Aug 23, 2012 8:35 PM

    Jamarcus Russell is out there. Just let him only throw bombs from his knees!

  45. jjackwagon says: Aug 23, 2012 8:36 PM

    Duante Culpepper & JaMarcus are available

  46. fmwarner says: Aug 23, 2012 8:39 PM

    Tarvaris? I mean, he’s fine. But all that does is give you three guys who aren’t quite good enough, which is worse than having two.

  47. kinggw says: Aug 23, 2012 8:46 PM

    I think sjeaglesfan has a point, it doesnt matter who is back there they will get killed because of the O-line.

  48. djspman says: Aug 23, 2012 8:47 PM

    I hear Ryan Leaf is looking for a work release program. You may have to lock up your Pain Meds but its worth a shot..

  49. broncosnative says: Aug 23, 2012 9:10 PM

    How about starting at bettering the o line first, brady or brees couldn’t even succeed with the cardinals horrible o line

  50. jesse0874 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:12 PM

    Most redskins fans me not one of them are thinking that the cards we be wanting to try another trade for a back up . most think the cards after this year will come calling for a 1st or second rd pick plus a player and or later rd picks but i think the cards will be bad enough to have a shot at matt barkley or tyler wilson in nexts years draft

  51. kinggeorgexii says: Aug 23, 2012 9:16 PM

    time to cut kolb. his career is over.

  52. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 23, 2012 9:16 PM

    Campbell from the Bears for Peterson or Floyd.

    Done and done.

  53. kgun80 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:17 PM

    I know the preseason doesn’t matter but .. Arizona may be in line for the first pick overall. It’s not all the QBs .. That offensive line is terrible !

  54. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Aug 23, 2012 9:17 PM

    Or Campbell for Ardian Wilson. Bears need a Safety who’s not made of glass.

  55. elrock7 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:21 PM

    Jake Plummer has been throwing footballs. Why not the SNAKE!!!

  56. ronniemack323 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:28 PM

    I believe Skelton is a mediocre qb at best. Kolb plays timid most of the time and is suspect when the pocket collapses on him. That being said, their left tackle is getting them KILLED! You can’t even take a three step drop without being met by a d-end due to a blown assignment from the tackle. I feel bad for the team, especially a class act like Larry Fitzgerald, who, despite my allegiance to the Detroit Lions is the best Wide Receiver in the NFL!

    Good luck this season and geaux lions!

  57. kuta82 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:32 PM

    Yeah,,I would be looking elsewhere..Qb is a big need there..They have the weapons..ooops! Their protection has issues..thats something they have to fix too..Thank god Im not a Cardinal fan

  58. armchairqb says: Aug 23, 2012 10:22 PM

    Next year they can overpay to get Foles from Philly.

  59. TylerHills says: Aug 23, 2012 10:39 PM

    Matt Hasselback, Matt Moore, Dennis Dixon, Jeff Garcia, Tavaris Jackson, Donavan McNabb, Brian Hoyer, Troy Smith, Tyler Thigpen, Colt McCoy, Bruce Gradkowski, Byron Leftwich and Josh Johnson. Look into these guys you never know. I suggest Moore. Actually I kind would like them to stick with Skelton. And what they SHOULD have done was just trade a 3rd pick to the Broncos for Kyle Orton instead of going for Kolb. They would be so much better off now right now football wise and financially. Orton > Kolb

  60. bayoubauer says: Aug 23, 2012 10:47 PM

    I feel sorry for Cards fans if the veteran presence your team is looking to add is T-Jack. Wouldn’t Colt McCoy be a much better option?

  61. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:56 PM

    i think jeff garcia is available. also heard dan marino and boomer esiason are interested in trying out for the arizona qb spot.

  62. dcsuperfan says: Aug 23, 2012 10:58 PM

    @mintberrycrunch1 If the Cards want to give my ‘Skins a few picks, they can have Cousins. We’re a bit short on draft picks at the moment. But he’s not a veteran… hey, what about Grossman? There’s no way he’s beating out Kirk and he’s only terrible for 1-3 throws per game. The rest of the time he’s quite respectable. Maybe having a ball Hoover like Fitz will help cut down on his picks? And yes, I said “ball Hoover.” Don’t get all Beavis and Butt-head on me.

  63. covercorner says: Aug 23, 2012 10:59 PM

    The Cardinals can sign that actor that played Brett Favre in that spoof video.

  64. ninerdynasty says: Aug 23, 2012 11:13 PM

    I can see them going after Josh Johnson if he gets cut. A vet QB that knows the niners playbook.. 2 birds w one stone.

  65. pettytom says: Aug 23, 2012 11:22 PM

    I agree with a few of the other comments above. Trade for Hasselback being Locker was named starter I’m sure he is looking for another gig even though he won’t say it. He was better last season than Kolb/Skelton for their careers. He’s an experienced vet and not washed up like McNabb.

  66. 805_9er says: Aug 23, 2012 11:28 PM

    Are they still interested in Phil Simms?

  67. 805_9er says: Aug 23, 2012 11:31 PM

    So glad the Cards are in our division!

    We’ll be able to rest people those two games…

  68. richndc says: Aug 24, 2012 12:01 AM

    I feel bad for Larry F. This team is bad. Period. Aaron Rodgers would not have 11 TDs if he played on this team unless than line gets better. Kolb will end up a greasy spot on the ground. A skid mark on a crappy team.

  69. jake6879 says: Aug 24, 2012 12:13 AM

    It couldn’t be more obvious.. Irsay is trading Luck for Larry Fitzgerald..

    Seriously, the West Coast offense has made too many quarterbacks look way better than they rightfully are. IE Aaron Rodgers, Kolb, Matt Flynn, Mike Kafka, Michael Vick 2.0, Nick Foles, Jeff Garcia, Elvis Grbac, Rich Gannon…… I like any of these guys in the west coast offense but the system makes guys look like first ballot hall of famers. Arizona traded the house for Kolb knowing he played in a QB friendly system.. Bad personnel moves over and over again..

    That said, I thought Kolb would play well as a starter but then again, I don’t get paid to know better..

  70. kcchiefsfandave says: Aug 24, 2012 12:22 AM

    Kyle Boller would probably come out of retirement.

    Maybe LaDanian Tomlinson can play QB.

  71. broncosnative says: Aug 24, 2012 12:32 AM

    Don’t understand why the cards have a hard time finding a QB when there are plenty of guys to choose from. I feel sorry for LFG if he has to go another year without a legitimate QB to throw him the ball. The cardinals organization is not dealing their cards right, if T-Jacks is the best you can come up with, that’s a shame

  72. undraftedstar says: Aug 24, 2012 12:35 AM

    Jason Campbell or Ryan Mallett would be a good fit for the cards. Both are still young and have strong arms, only thing is Mallett is slow as a snail.

  73. truths4all says: Aug 24, 2012 12:40 AM

    Just a reminder – when the Cards traded for Kolb, the said they traded for a veteran QB.

  74. truths4all says: Aug 24, 2012 12:42 AM

    BTW, based on their 3 pre-season games so far, the Cards really need a real NFL Offensive Line instead.

  75. eaglesnoles05 says: Aug 24, 2012 1:30 AM

    Daunte Culpepper is busy playing rec softball in the Miami area. I’m not kidding, and he is good.

  76. chargerzz says: Aug 24, 2012 1:51 AM

    Brett Favre is available

  77. razic3k says: Aug 24, 2012 2:01 AM

    i don’t think the cards need to bring in a veteran qb. they need to make splashes on the O-line. and then draft a QB next year.

  78. delusionalcardsfan says: Aug 24, 2012 2:16 AM

    I hope Beanie, Williams, and the D can win! The Ravens won with Dilfer for God’s sake!!

  79. futureDrDistel says: Aug 24, 2012 2:27 AM

    Maybe the Cards should just fold and give up entirely…when you’re reduced to being excited over the possible pickup of T-Jackson that’s when you know things are really bad.

  80. judalation says: Aug 24, 2012 3:14 AM

    On a serious note … Of all the backup QBs coming out of training camp, The best so far in preseason games have been in Seattle, Philly, NY (Giants of coarse) Chicago, and Buffalo, Of those Backups the one that Arizona really has a shot with is the Buffalo bills backup Vince young. He has the best arm of the bunch and can run for his life… A prerequsite for playing behind that awefull line… The Bills dont really want to cut their third back up and they dont want to keep Vince because he has outplayed their starter so far and to avoid any QB contraversy when Ryan struggles it would behoove them to unload Vince now for a future draft pick. The Seahawks have really screwed over Travaris Jackson by not playing him in the preseason… for someone who was your starter the least you could do is give him some third string garbage tome for teams looking in the trash heap…

  81. gbsfinest420 says: Aug 24, 2012 3:45 AM

    Why hasnt Dennis Dixon been signed? He could be like randall cunningham.

  82. rhymeswithpunt says: Aug 24, 2012 3:49 AM

    I believe in Kevin Kolb , and Fitzy’

  83. descendency says: Aug 24, 2012 4:13 AM

    Ryan Mallett might be available for a first or two.

    He made backup OL and WRs look ok against the Eagles first team defense!

    (that’s more than Kolb has done in a Cardinals uniform!)

  84. haterswelcomed says: Aug 24, 2012 5:32 AM

    Why is EVERYONE naming QB’s left and right? I would be hollering out LT’s before QB’s. Did anyone watch the game? Or just going off of headlines? I dont know which Offensive line is worse, them or the Jets. It doesnt matter who is throwing the ball, when that person has no protection what so ever.

    If your gonna throw QB’s out there as to who AZ should pick up, why not mention a left handed QB? At least then he could see his LT get beat 80% of the snaps and either step way up or take off to the left.

  85. staffordsyear says: Aug 24, 2012 5:53 AM

    Rich gannon.

  86. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 24, 2012 10:24 AM

    why not pick up Joe Montana. at his age , he’s still better then half the starters in the nfl.

  87. sethandfalon says: Aug 24, 2012 11:07 AM

    No way the Seahawks trade Jackson to Arizona. Also no way they outright cut him and allow Arizona to just go get him freely. I’m no cap expert but last I heard the Hawks still have cap room and doesn’t seem likely they really need to dump his salary. Though also understood that no team wants to pay that money to a 2nd stringer let alone a 3rd string trade-bait QB. My bet is Philly or Jacksonville or some team like that will trade for TJack to be a 2 string QB in a deal where he has to restructure the contract.

  88. sethandfalon says: Aug 24, 2012 11:18 AM

    Like some have suggested, Arizona’s issue is the Offensive Line I think more than the QB. I saw it last year and they haven’t done enough to invest in quality lineman. Kolb and Skelton would be better with a decent line and decent running game. No amount of TJack, Hasselbeck or Matt Moore will suddenly make the Cards a contending team.

  89. ptmontes says: Aug 24, 2012 12:22 PM

    It dosent matter who you get as qb , because the cardinals have no one to protect the blideside ….

  90. mrlynch33 says: Aug 25, 2012 11:39 AM

    richndc says: Aug 24, 2012 12:01 AM

    I feel bad for Larry F. This team is bad. Period. Aaron Rodgers would not have 11 TDs if he played on this team unless than line gets better. Kolb will end up a greasy spot on the ground. A skid mark on a crappy team.
    How so u feel bad for Fitz he has pretty much been the GM the past two years. He lobbied for Kolb & Floyd and he got his wish. Kolb & Floyd, while neglecting to revamp the o-line

  91. dennismcclur says: Aug 25, 2012 2:28 PM

    Don’t even think about getting a new quarterback til you fix that offensive line. If you do this then Kolb and Skelton will get you to the playoffs on the coattails of the rest of the team. The real question is can any quarterback survive the season without injury with the current offensive line?

  92. laeaglefan says: Aug 26, 2012 6:18 PM

    Rumors are that the Eagles have offered Mike Kafka to the Cardinals for a 2nd round draft pick. The Cardinals have not ruled out accepting the offer.

  93. salvi18 says: Aug 27, 2012 9:54 AM

    This just in Nick Foles has received a blank check from Arizona!

  94. swagger52 says: Aug 29, 2012 2:17 AM

    Lets call it the St. Louis Curse…The only way to cure is to give back St. Louis the Cardinal name so it is no longer deviled in Arizona.

  95. clssylssy says: Aug 29, 2012 2:41 AM

    While it wouldn’t be football season without making a joke of the Cards, they aren’t as bad as all that! This is a team with tons of raw talent but bad personnel management. The O-line is terrible and if that were fixed Skelton has the leadership and physical athleticism to get the job done with the help of a good defense,Larry Fitz, good TEs and special teams. The blame always gets directed at the QB but in this instance even Drew Brees wouldn’t help. It’s too bad that the Cards weren’t able to get Todd Haley back as an Offense Coordinator. This team has good depth and isn’t really any worse than the Jets, Phins, Jags, Lions, and a few others. Preseason doesn’t really tell anything and once the roster is set, the Cards will come alive. If all fails, I vote for Brett Favre…Travaris Jackson got snapped up in a nano second, if anybody was paying attention!

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