Browns quarterback Josh Dobbs warms up before playing the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022 in Cleveland.

Reports: 49ers sign QB Joshua Dobbs to 1-year deal

The San Francisco 49ers have a new backup quarterback, signing veteran journeyman Joshua Dobbs on Monday.

Dobbs and the Niners agreed to a one-year contract for $2.25 million with another $750,000 in playing-time incentives, NFL Network and ESPN reported.

Dobbs is projected to be the No. 2 behind Brock Purdy after Sam Darnold left for the Minnesota Vikings in free agency.

Dobbs, 29, is coming off a unique season that saw him traded twice and make more starts than he ever had in his NFL career.

The Cleveland Browns dealt Dobbs to the Arizona Cardinals at the end of training camp while the latter was still waiting on Kyler Murray to return from injury. Dobbs started eight games there, going 1-7, before the Vikings acquired him before the trade deadline after Kirk Cousins tore his Achilles.

Dobbs subbed in for an injured Jaren Hall in his first game with Minnesota and guided the Vikings to a 31-28 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. He ended up being the starter for four additional games, going 2-2.

Across those 13 games (12 starts), Dobbs threw for 2,464 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He had two starts at the end of the 2022 season for the Tennessee Titans, the first two of his career.

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Dec 23, 2023; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Patrick Peterson (20) intercepts a pass in the first quarter during a Week 16 NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kareem Elgazzar-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Steelers releasing CB Patrick Peterson

The Pittsburgh Steelers are releasing three-time All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Peterson signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Steelers last March. The move will save the team nearly $7 million in salary cap space, per ESPN.

Peterson, 33, appeared in 17 games (16 starts) in his only season in Pittsburgh. He had two interceptions, 11 passes defensed and 42 tackles, and he played 97 percent of the defensive snaps.

The fifth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, he played his first 10 seasons in Arizona and was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the first eight. He also was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-2010s team.

Peterson also played two seasons (2021-22) for the Minnesota Vikings.

In 201 career games (200 starts), Peterson has 36 interceptions for 408 yards and two touchdowns to go with 122 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries, 652 tackles and four sacks.

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Nov 12, 2023; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown (2) misses a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

Cardinals offseason primer: Pair of first-rounders, plenty of cash

Arizona Cardinals
2023 record: 4-13
Projected salary cap space: $41.7 million

Offseason storylines: Arizona rates as a reclamation project but proved closer to contending with Kyler Murray at quarterback. The Cardinals have 11 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft before compensatory picks were awarded, including the Nos. 4 and 27 (via Houston) selections.

Team Needs: WR, DE, OL, DT, CB
Need is relative with a roster shaped for a youth movement. Head coach Jonathan Gannon wants line play to be a decided strength on both sides of the ball and the Cardinals are nowhere near dominant up front. A chance to get this generation’s Larry Fitzgerald at No. 4 is an opportunity Murray won’t want them to pass up after TE Trey McBride emerged as a consistent legitimate weapon.

Top free agent: WR Marquise Brown was coveted for big-play flair but delivered only three receptions of 25-plus yards among 51 receptions, suffering a precipitous decline in production after a hot start with three TDs in the first five games. He’s not a No. 1 receiver but could be useful as a complementary target if the Cardinals snag one of the prospects with elite grades — Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State), Malik Nabers (LSU) or Rome Odunze (Washington) — in the draft.

Unrestricted free agents as of March 13:
LS Aaron Brewer
WR *Marquise Brown
DE *L.J. Collier
G/C Trystan Colon
C *Pat Elflein
CB *Rashad Fenton
NT Leki Fotu
P Blake Gillikin
RB *Marlon Mack
CB Bobby Price
TE *Geoff Swaim
LG Elijah Wilkinson
G/C Trystan Colon
DE *Carlos Watkins
ILB *Josh Woods
*-Player ended 2023 on a reserve list.

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Dec 25, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury takes the field before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at State Farm Stadium.

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Reports: Raiders hire Kliff Kingsbury as OC

Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is returning to the NFL as offensive coordinator of the Las Vegas Raiders, multiple reports said Thursday.

Kingsbury’s teams combined to go 28-37-1 before he was fired at the end of his fourth season in Arizona in 2022. He spent the 2023 football season as a senior offensive analyst for Lincoln Riley at Southern California, where he worked with potential No. 1 overall draft pick Caleb Williams.

A former NFL quarterback, Kingsbury worked at the University of Houston and Texas A&M as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before taking the head coaching job at Texas Tech, where he overlapped with Patrick Mahomes.

Kingsbury’s best season with the Cardinals came in 2021, when they ranked 11th in scoring offense but watched a 10-2 start end in an 11-6 regular-season record and a blowout loss in the wild-card round.

Kingsbury also interviewed with the Chicago Bears for their offensive coordinator post before Chicago hired former Seattle Seahawks OC Shane Waldron.

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Jan 7, 2024; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (89) scores a touchdown in the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks edge Cardinals but miss playoffs

Geno Smith threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett with 1:54 remaining, then found Lockett in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion, as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals 21-20 Sunday afternoon in Glendale, Ariz.

Despite the victory, the Seahawks (9-8) missed the playoffs, as they also needed a Green Bay loss to Chicago in the regular-season finale.

Arizona’s Matt Prater missed a 51-yard field-goal attempt on the game’s final play. Prater also was wide right on a 43-yard try with 2:59 left that would’ve given the Cardinals a 10-point lead.

Smith completed 16 of 28 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Kenneth Walker III rushed for 78 yards on 17 attempts.

Arizona’s James Conner rushed 27 times for 150 yards and a touchdown, eclipsing 1,000 yards in a season for the first time in his NFL career. Kyler Murray was 22-of-30 passing for 262 yards and one TD.

The Cardinals (4-13) took their only lead on a fake field-goal attempt, with Murray throwing an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Trey McBride in the back of the end zone with 9:52 remaining.

After trailing 13-6 at the half, the Cardinals tied the score at 13 on their opening possession of the third quarter, going 87 yards on just four plays. After Murray was stopped for a 1-yard loss on first down, Conner took a screen pass and went 34 yards down the left sideline. Murray threw a 25-yard pass to tight end Elijah Higgins, then Conner rushed around the left end for a 29-yard touchdown.

Seattle scored on its opening drive of the game, getting a 33-yard field goal from Jason Myers.

The Cardinals responded with a 23-yarder from Prater. It was the 400th career field goal for Prater, who was playing in his 250th NFL game.

Smith threw a 19-yard scoring strike to tight end Will Dissly midway through the second quarter for the lone touchdown of the half. The drive was kept alive when Smith found Lockett for 37 yards on third-and-8 from Seattle’s 41-yard line.

Prater kicked a 34-yarder with 1:57 left in the half to pull the Cardinals within 10-6.

The Seahawks drove into field-goal range, and Myers booted a 29-yarder as time expired in the first half. It was Myers’ 35th field goal of the season, breaking the franchise record he set last year.

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith and head coach Pete Carroll (background) can crash the playoffs with a win and some help from the Chicago Bears. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Big Bears fans, Seahawks stalk playoff spot in Arizona

For the second year in a row, the Seattle Seahawks enter the final week of the regular season needing a win and a big assist.

A loss last week left the Seahawks in the same predicament they were in at this time last season: They need a victory over a division opponent and a Green Bay Packers loss to make the NFL playoffs.

Things worked out for the Seahawks last season, but can they go 2-for-2?

“I never imagined we’d be in this situation again, but here we are,” Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith said heading into Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz.

The Seahawks (8-8) controlled their playoff fate until last week but surrendered that advantage by giving up 202 yards on the ground in a 30-23 loss to visiting Pittsburgh.

“There’s one game to go. We’ve been here before,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ve got to go to Arizona and go play really well and get a win and see where that leaves us.”

Last season, the Seahawks needed a victory in Week 18 against the visiting Los Angeles Rams and for Detroit to win at Green Bay in the Sunday night game that added to the season-ending drama.

This time Seattle will need to win on the road while rooting for the Packers to lose again at home, this time to Chicago. There will be some scoreboard watching with the games kicking off at 4:25 p.m. ET.

But Seattle can’t afford to take Arizona lightly, especially after the Cardinals rallied from a 15-point deficit to shock the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday.

“(This) week is not going to be an easy game. We’ve got to go out there in their place and make it happen,” Smith said. “We’re the type of team that’s going to always bounce back. We’ve got the right leadership. We’ve got the right coaches, right players, and we’re going to make it happen. We’re going to find a way to make it happen.”

The Cardinals (4-12) have gone 3-4 since starting quarterback Kyler Murray returned from surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament. In the 35-31 win over the reigning NFC champion Eagles last week, Murray completed 25 of 31 passes for 232 yards and a season-high three touchdowns.

Running back James Conner played a starring role, including the game-winning TD, which could be cause for concern after the Seahawks were demolished by Pittsburgh’s previously stagnant ground attack.

“The guys, they played well,” Murray said. “We executed and we did our thing and, you know, it’s good. It’s good to feel that. Obviously, with everything that’s happened, a lot of disappointment this year, a lot of tough losses, but trying to finish the season off the right way.”

First-year Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon boomed with pride in his team finishing strong.

“I know our record isn’t what we want it to be, and that falls on me, but they have confidence,” Gannon said. “They never waver. And what I’m really pleased about is the way they practice that effort. They stay together. They focus. Attention to detail. A lot of teams just pack it in right now. That’s not our guys in there. So that’s just a tribute to the character in the locker room.”

Cardinals starting left tackle D.J. Humphries won’t play this week. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last week and was placed on injured reserve. Defensive lineman Dante Stills (knee), linebacker Dennis Gardeck (knee) and cornerback Garrett Williams (ankle) are also in danger of sitting out Sunday.

The Seahawks have their own injury concerns on the offensive line. Starting center Evan Brown (concussion) and right tackle Abraham Lucas (knee) missed practice, as did backup tackle Jason Peters (foot).

Running back Kenneth Walker III (shoulder) also sat out, but Carroll seemed optimistic the Seahawks’ leading rusher would play Sunday. Also missing practice were nose tackle Jarran Reed, defensive end Mario Edwards and linebacker Nick Bellore, all with knee injuries.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (74) smells smelling salts as he and the Houston Texans waits for a call in the second half at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals LT D.J. Humphries done with torn ACL

Arizona Cardinals stalwart left tackle D.J. Humphries will miss Week 18 and a good chunk of the 2024 season after tearing his ACL.

Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon told reporters Wednesday that Humphries is headed for injured reserve.

“It’s tough to swallow, truthfully,” Gannon said.

Humphries, 30, sustained the injury in the second half of Arizona’s stunning upset at Philadelphia last week. He was replaced by Kelvin Beachum, who figures to get the start in Sunday’s season finale against Seattle.

Humphries started all 15 games he played in this season and in fact, has started all 98 games he’s played in Arizona since the Cardinals selected him No. 24 overall in the 2015 draft.

Humphries signed a three-year, $51 million extension with Arizona in August 2022.

The Cardinals (4-12) finish the season at home vs. the Seahawks (8-8). The Cardinals can play spoiler; the Seahawks need a win or tie and some help to qualify for the postseason. A loss knocks Seattle out of contention.

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Dec 31, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) calls a play at the line of scrimmage against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles stunned by Kyler Murray, Cardinals, 35-31

James Conner rushed for a 2-yard touchdown with 32 seconds to play and the Arizona Cardinals stunned the host Philadelphia Eagles 35-31 on Sunday to leave the NFC playoff picture in disarray.

Needing a stop to halt their December slide, the Eagles’ defense fell flat, allowing touchdowns on all four second-half possessions to permit 29 points as Philadelphia dropped out of first place in the NFC East. With the Philadelphia (11-5) loss, the Cowboys (11-5) are in the driver’s seat in the division, and the San Francisco 49ers (12-4) clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference.

Kyler Murray was rarely pressured after a first-half interception and completed 25 of 31 passes for 232 yards and three TDs for Arizona (4-12). Conner had 26 carries for 128 yards and Greg Dortch caught a game-high seven passes for 82 yards.

Murray hit Dortch for a 36-yard gain to the Eagles 5 and a first-and-goal with 41 ticks left.

If Dallas beats the Washington Commanders next week, the Cowboys win the division and host a playoff game in the first round. That result would send the Eagles on the road for a wild-card game.

Jalen Hurts and the Eagles had only 275 total yards to Arizona’s 449. The Cardinals dominated time of possession behind Conner (39:39 to 20:21).

Hurts set the Eagles up for a go-ahead field goal with a short completion to Kenneth Gainwell to the Arizona 25. The Cardinals called timeout before Jake Elliott’s 43-yarder sailed through the uprights with 2:33 on the clock. Murray had the Cardinals at the Arizona 43 at the two-minute warning and at Philadelphia’s 41 just 34 seconds later.

Murray’s third touchdown pass of the second half, a 5-yard connection with Michael Wilson, tied the game at 28 with 5:26 remaining.

Arizona’s furious second-half comeback from a 21-6 deficit began with Murray’s 6-yard scoring toss to running back Michael Carter before Murray and Conner hooked up from 5 yards out just over six minutes later. Wilson snagged a two-point pass from Murray to tie the game at 21.

Hurts evaded pressure on third-and-4 with 9:55 left in the game, giving tight end Dallas Goedert time to shake loose two steps into the end zone for a 28-21 Eagles lead.

Murray overthrew everyone in the Arizona route pattern with the Eagles ahead 7-3 in the second quarter. Eagles safety Sydney Brown caught the third-down floater at the Philadelphia 1 and returned it 99 yards for a pick-6 and 14-3 lead.

Wide receiver Julio Jones caught the Eagles’ opening score from Hurts and tacked on another TD to give Philadelphia its 21-6 lead. It was Jones’ 14th career two-TD game and first since October 2020.

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Dec 31, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Chicago Bears wide receiver DJ Moore (2) runs with the ball after a catch in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

Bears clinch No. 1 pick in 2024 NFL Draft via Panthers

A season ago, the Chicago Bears received the No. 1 overall draft pick and traded it to the Carolina Panthers. The swap included Carolina’s first-round pick in 2024 heading to Chicago.

On Sunday, the Bears secured the first overall pick once again as the Panthers clinched the worst record in the league with their latest loss.

The Panthers lost 26-0 to the Jacksonville Jaguars for their eighth loss in nine games and fell to 2-14.

With the Arizona Cardinals upsetting the Philadelphia Eagles 35-31 to improve to 4-12, Carolina is two games clear of every other team in the standings with one week left in the regular season.

Chicago (7-9) has won four of its last five games after routing the Atlanta Falcons 37-17 on Sunday. Wide receiver DJ Moore, acquired from the Panthers when the Bears traded out of the No. 1 slot, racked up nine catches for 159 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta. Moore has 92 receptions and has set career highs of 1,300 yards and eight receiving scores.

The Bears will have to decide whether to move on from second-year quarterback Justin Fields and select a different signal-caller with the top overall pick — like Southern California’s Caleb Williams or North Carolina’s Drake Maye — or stick with Fields and draft another position.

Chicago has held the first overall pick twice, not counting the 2023 selection it traded away. The Bears drafted halfbacks Tom Harmon in 1941 and Bob Fenimore in 1947.

Arizona is tied with the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots at 4-12. Based on tiebreakers, Washington would pick second if the season ended Sunday, followed by New England third and Arizona fourth.

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Nov 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown (2) reaches for a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals placing WR Marquise Brown (heel) on IR

The Arizona Cardinals are shutting down wide receiver Marquise Brown for the season.

Head coach Jonathan Gannon said Friday that Brown will be placed on injured reserve with a heel injury.

Brown caught 51 passes for 574 yards and four touchdowns in 14 starts this season for the Cardinals (3-12).

The 2019 first-round pick has 313 catches for 3,644 yards and 28 TDs in 72 games (65 starts) with the Baltimore Ravens (2019-21) and Cardinals.

Brown, 26, earned $13.4 million this season on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal. He is due to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

–Field Level Media