Tracking Arizona Cardinals Free Agency

Chandler Jones staying with the Arizona Cardinals. Photo courtesy of Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports

Chandler Jones staying with the Arizona Cardinals. Photo courtesy of Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports


Updated: March 10, 2017: 7:10 a.m. AZ time

Chandler Jones

The Arizona Cardinals tagged LB Chandler Jones on February 27, 2017.

The talks between the Cardinals and Jones’ camp continued. The two sides have reached a 5-year deal worth $83 million. Jones will get $53 million guaranteed at $16.5 million a year, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has some numbers indicating the cap hit for this season on Jones is at $10 million, $4.6 million less than what the franchise tag hit would have been.

Jones was drafted in 2012 by the New England Patriots and traded to the Cardinals for the 2016 season. For his career, Jones has 260 tackles including 47 sacks. In his first year with the Redbirds, Jones played in all 16 games, racking up 49 tackles with 11 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.

Tony Jefferson

Tony Jefferson is set to leave the Arizona Cardinals. Jefferson was a hot-commodity after his 2016 season with the Redbirds where he racked up 74 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Jefferson is reportedly headed to Baltimore after turning down more money to join the Browns.

Updated March 9, 2017 at 2:39 p.m. AZ time

Jefferson will get $9 million a year from the Ravens.

Antoine Bethea

In order to replace Jefferson, the Cardinals made a move on March 9, 2017, to solidify the safety position. At, 32-years-old, Antoine Bethea is coming to Phoenix. Bethea, spent eight years with the Colts from 2006 to 2013. He continued his career from 2013 to 2016 with the 49ers. Bethea has career stats of 19 interceptions, 7 forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks and 768 total tackles. Bethea is a three time Pro-Bowler (2007, 2009, 2014) and has started 123 games in his 11-year career.


DJ Swearinger

The Cardinals, at the safety position, also lost DJ Swearinger to the Redskins. Swearinger played in all 16 games with the Redbirds in 2016. He had 3 interceptions, 8 passes defended and 58 total tackles. Swearinger had a previous stint with the Cardinals in the beginning of 2015, but only played in four games before going to Tampa Bay. Swearinger is signing with the Redskins on a three-year deal worth $4.5 million a year.


AQ Shipley

Updated: March 9, 2017 12:35 p.m. AZ time

The Cardinals are bringing back Center A.Q. Shipley. The Arizona Cardinals officially announced on March 9, 2017, they signed Shipley to a two-year contract. Shipley has 19 starts with the Cardinals over the last two seasons with the club, including all 16 games in the 2016 season.

Calais Campbell

Updated March 9, 2017 12:44 p.m.

After considering Denver, Calais Campbell in the end is headed to Jacksonville. Campbell is reportedly getting $30 million guaranteed from the Jags. Campbell’s official departure from the Arizona Cardinals leaves WR Larry Fitzgerald as the only remaining player from the Redbirds 2008 playoff run that culminated in their 2009 Super Bowl appearance.


It seemed like a done deal that Calais Campbell was headed to Jacksonville for more than $14 million a season, but a report indicating Denver has thrown it’s hat into mix has left Campbell’s decision up in the air.

Updated March 9, 2017 1:30 p.m.

Phil Dawson and Chandler Catanzro

The Arizona Cardinals are in talks with 42-year-old place kicker Phil Dawson about joining the team. Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro is a restricted free-agent, but the Cardinals announced they would not tender him, making him an unrestricted free-agent.

Dawson has been in the league since 1999, playing for the Browns (1999-2012) and the 49ers (2013-2016). Dawson has a career make percentage of 84.5 and 480 made extra points out of 490 extra point attempts.

Meanwhile, Catanzaro, 26, was drafted by the Cardinals in 2014. Cat-Man struggled in 2016, making 43 extra points on 47 extra point attempts. In addition, he was 21 of 28 in field goal tries. Catanzaro has a career make percentage of 84.8. with a career long make of 60 yards.

Karlos Dansby

Karlos Dansby enters his third stint with the Arizona Cardinals. Dansby is now 35-years-old, but did play in all 16 games with the Bengals last season racking up 114 tackles, 1 sack, and being a veteran presence. Dansby was with the Cardinals from 2004-2009 and again for 2013.

Updated: March 10, 2017 7:10 a.m. AZ time

Tyvon Branch

Safety Tyvon Branch joined the Arizona Cardinals during the 2016 season. Branch played in 6 games for the Redbirds with 28 total tackles and 4 passes defended. Branch reportedly took a pay cut with the Cardinals for 2017 from $4 million to $2 million, which creates some cap room for an already strapped Cardinals team.