May 10, 2024; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) catches a pass during rookie minicamp at the teams Tempe Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals first-round pick Marvin Harrison Jr. signs contract

Arizona Cardinals first-round draft pick Marvin Harrison Jr. signed his four-year rookie contract on Thursday.

The team announced the signing but not the terms for the wide receiver, who was selected with the fourth overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. Multiple reports said the fully guaranteed deal is worth $35.3 million with a signing bonus of $22.5 million and includes the standard team option for a fifth season.

Harrison is the highest-drafted pick to sign his contract. No. 1 Caleb Williams (Chicago), No. 2 Jayden Daniels (Washington) and No. 3 Drake Maye (New England) have yet to do so.

“It’s my first job,” Harrison said with a smile. “Ever since I got here, I’ve been telling people I’m going to work — it’s not practice anymore.”

Harrison shredded the Big Ten for 155 receptions, 2,613 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons. He set the Buckeyes’ career record with 15 100-yard receiving games.

He was a back-to-back All-American in 2022 and 2023 and a Heisman Trophy finalist last year.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Houston Texans running back David Johnson (31) is tackled by the Arizona Cardinals defense at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former All-Pro RB David Johnson announces retirement

Running back David Johnson, who was named an All-Pro and Pro Bowler following a standout 2016 season, announced his retirement from the NFL Sunday.

On his Instagram page, Johnson said in part, “I’m looking forward to my next career path in life. I don’t know exactly what that will be, but I hope it will bring me the same passion, excitement, and love as football did!”

Johnson, 32, was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He ran for 581 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie before his encore performance resulted in a breakout season in 2016.

Johnson led the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage that fall — 1,239 rushing yards, 80 receptions for 879 receiving yards and 20 total touchdowns — and was named first-team All-Pro and nominated to the 2016 Pro Bowl.

Injuries limited him to a single game in 2017 before he rebounded with 1,386 scrimmage yards in 2018. But he only exceeded 1,000 yards once more in his career, during his first season with the Houston Texans in 2020.

He last played for the New Orleans Saints in 2022, appearing in five games.

Over his eight-year career, Johnson rushed for 4,071 yards and 39 touchdowns, adding 277 receptions for 2,805 yards and 18 touchdown catches.

He ranks 10th in career rushing yardage with the Cardinals (3,128 yards) and is tied for third in rushing touchdowns (33).

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Zay Jones (7) takes to the field before of a regular season NFL football matchup Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Jaguars edged the Dallas Cowboys 40-34 in overtime. [Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

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Reports: Ex-Jags WR Zay Jones visits Cardinals

Former Jacksonville wide receiver Zay Jones visited with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, per multiple reports.

The Jaguars released Jones last week after picking LSU wideout Brian Thomas Jr. in the first round of the draft.

Jones, 29, caught 116 passes for 1,144 yards and seven touchdowns in 25 games (22 starts) during his two seasons in Jacksonville.

He has 287 catches for 3,028 yards and 18 scores in 104 games (67 starts) with the Jaguars, Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2019-21) and Buffalo Bills (2017-19), who selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Cardinals recently drafted Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. with the No. 4 overall pick. Receivers on the roster include Greg Dortch, Michael Wilson, Zach Pascal and Chris Moore.

–Field Level Media

Aug 1, 2023; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Korey Cunningham (70) stretches during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility.  Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-NFL lineman Korey Cunningham found dead

Former NFL offensive lineman Korey Cunningham has died at age 28.

The New York Giants, one of three teams he played for in his NFL career, confirmed his death in a statement Friday.

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Korey Cunningham,” the Giants said in a statement Friday morning. “He was a vital part of the spirit and camaraderie of the locker room. Our thoughts are with Korey’s family, friends and teammates.”

The team did not disclose a cause of death. ESPN reported he was found dead in his Clifton, N.J., home, and a police spokesperson told the network foul play was not suspected “at this time.”

Cunningham, who played collegiately at Cincinnati, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and was plagued by foot issues throughout his career. He appeared in 31 games with the Cardinals (2018), New England Patriots (2019-20) and Giants (2021-22). The Giants released him last summer.

Former teammate Justin Pugh recalled his time with Cunningham when they were both in Arizona, and shared on X, “Quick story: We would invite him to the OL dinner every week even though he wasn’t on the team which doesn’t happen…ever. Team dinners are for players on the team only. Except for Korey….solely because he was beloved by all the guys regardless if you knew him or not! He’d tell stories and we’d laugh our asses off all night.

Today is a sad day but I’ll always remember the good times and the laughs. Everyone who knew Korey Cunnigham was better for it. The world lost a great soul.”

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

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