Cardinals will have “active and aggressive” plan to find a veteran QB

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Not only do the Cardinals not know who their starting quarterback is for 2018, but they have no idea who will back him up. Arizona has no quarterbacks under contract for 2018. None. Not one.

New coach Steve Wilks brought up “the elephant in the room — we don’t have a quarterback,” via Darren Urban from the team website.

Wilks said the Cardinals will have an “active and aggressive” plan in free agency for that position and added “we’ll see” what happens in the draft.

Carson Palmer retired, and Matt Barkley, Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert all become free agents in March. The Cardinals will have plenty of choices to pursue in free agency, and they likely will have to use both free agency and the draft on the position.

But Wilks insists the Cardinals are not in a rebuilding mode.

“We’re going to put a quality team on the field that will give us an opportunity to win each and every week,” he said.

28 responses to “Cardinals will have “active and aggressive” plan to find a veteran QB

  1. This is a team that should consider signing Sam Bradford and finding a QB in RD1. Bradford is a quality QB when healthy but obviously the injury bug likes to bite. Hope for the best and get a season or two from Bradford and move on to the 2018 draft choice when the time is right

  2. You need to have an offensive system in place first before you can decide what QB fits that system. I am anxious to see who Wilks lands for his offensive coordinator position.

  3. I’d like to see them acquire A.J. McCarron, who is young and could be a long-term solution. Or get Jay Cutler for the short term and draft and develop a young quarterback. The other possible veteran options are either unreliable (Sam Bradford, Alex Smith, Tyrod Taylor) or unrealistic (Drew Brees and Kirk Cousins will re-sign with their current teams).

  4. Gabbert mentioned that he signed with the Cards last year because of the great respect he had for Coach Arians, Tom Moore, and the two QBs already on the team, Palmer and Stanton. Along with the fact that it was a very stable organization. Well, guess what happened?

    Blaine has had the worst career luck of any player who’s ever made it to the NFL.

  5. Why do teams insist on paying for retreads instead of going after one in the draft? Find your guy, pay the price to get him, put a development plan in place, and make him your future.

    BTW, whenever a team says that they’re not in rebuilding mode, you can count on a 6-win max season.

  6. End the search now. Just pay CASE KEENUM whatever he wants. Personally though, I think Alex Smith might be a better fit for “Fitz” (Larry Fitzgerald).

  7. Any team that signs Sam Bradford had better have a good Plan B. Bradford has proved that you can’t count on him to stay healthy for 16 games….or even a good percentage of those games.

  8. Yet, you never traded for JimmyG. WOW.

    Steve Keim should be fired like Sashi Brown was. When you’re honestly that bad at your job, you should be let go.

    But, good thing you pay 14 mil per to C. Jones for collecting meaningless sacks against weak competition, while NE saves 14 mil against the cap, nails draft picks and continues to go to Super Bowls.

    Gee, it’s just all so confusing.

    Keim reminds me of Marty Hurney. Not very good, the media thinks he’s good, but he signs Delhomme to a massive contract after the 2009 season when Delhomme threw 5 INTs in a postseason game.

    Just mindboggling.

  9. Why do teams insist on paying for retreads instead of going after one in the draft? Find your guy, pay the price to get him, put a development plan in place, and make him your future.

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    because any rookie might turn out to be a bust, as opposed to a proven NFL starter.

  10. Case Keenum is going to steal stupid money. He’s a marginal backup QB. Weak arm. Bad instincts. Terrible footwork when pressured at all. Now I would like to officially let the Cardinals know that the all time leading postseason QB in rating, Nick Folds is available cheap. We will take a 1 for him.

  11. redbird24 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm
    I’d like to see them acquire A.J. McCarron, who is young and could be a long-term solution. Or get Jay Cutler for the short term and draft and develop a young quarterback. The other possible veteran options are either unreliable (Sam Bradford, Alex Smith, Tyrod Taylor)
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    Every vet you listed is either more reliable or at least more efficient and less error prone (might not win you games on their backs but won’t lose you too many, either) than Jay Cutler.

  12. I think they will trade for QB Alex Smith. With all the draft picks they have w/ 2 picks in rounds 3/4/5/7 with plenty of cap space, an elite top 5 defense & plenty of weapons offensively with the NFL’s best RB coming back healthy the addition of Smith would make them an instant playoff contender & Arizona can use the rest of their resources to add even more talent offensively.

  13. I agree with genericcommenter that the other veteran options mentioned are more reliable and less error prone than Cutler. I suggested Cutler not because he’s the best available but because he’s an experienced guy nearing the end of his career (he already retired once) who might be open to a short-term deal with a competitive team while they develop a young quarterback. The Cardinals have to draft a quarterback. I suspect the other vets who might be available will be more interested in getting a longer deal with more money and an expectation that they’ll play for several years. Alex Smith is already in the process of being replaced by Mahomes in KC. Doubt he’d be too keen on coming to AZ where they’re likely to draft a quarterback and he could be replaced again next year.

  14. first of all sign gabbert – then at least you have your backup if not starter -go for foles, smith or bradford then draft a big tall arm

  15. “But Wilks insists the Cardinals are not in a rebuilding mode.

    “We’re going to put a quality team on the field that will give us an opportunity to win each and every week,” he said.”

    He must have watched the movie… On any given Sunday to be that confident.😎

    He doesn’t want to be a rebuilder because he knows new head coaches can’t survive 3 losing seasons.😡

    No QB, not many W’s… we all know that. Wilks is going to be a 3 and out guy I’m afraid.

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