by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (6/3/14) After playing only one snap as a rookie in 2013, Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter not only lined up with the first-team defense at OTAs but made all the defensive calls according to 910 AM FOX Sports in Phoenix. Minter is expected to fill the middle of the defense for Arizona this season.
Yeremiah Bell expected to retire
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (4/7/14) The Cardinals offered safety Yeremiah Bell a one-year contract, but the 36-year-old likely will retire, reports Fox Sports 910. Bell started every game last season, recording 76 tackles, 10 pass breakups, two interceptions and a sack.
Bell posted four seasons with at least 100 tackles in his 10-year career.
Cardinals will exercise option on Patrick Peterson
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/27/14) The Cardinals plan to exercise a fifth-year option for defensive back Patrick Peterson this summer according to the Arizona Republic Wednesday, a move which should come as little surprise.
Peterson has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons, and the Cardinals are already planning to discuss a long-term extension for the three-time Pro Bowler. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Peterson would make the average of the 10 highest paid corners in the league in his fifth season, assuming he does not sign a long-term extension.
Peterson is coming off a three-interception, 42-tackle season in 2013.
Cardinals sign Antonio Cromartie
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/20/14) The Cardinals have signed cornerback Antonio Cromartie to a one-year deal, reports ESPN.
Cromartie spent the past four seasons with the Jets. In Arizona, he's expected to start opposite Patrick Peterson.
Marcus Bernard returning to Arizona
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/12/14) Though the Cardinals allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent, the team ended up bringing linebacker Marcus Bernard back in the end. The team's official website reports Bernard has been re-signed on a one-year deal, the financial terms of which are not yet known.
Bernard finished the 2013 season with 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 12 games.
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The Cardinals DST continues to be among the best Fantasy units for the past two years. They were No. 11 in Fantasy points in 2012 and No. 6 last season. The unit produced 47 sacks, 20 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries, five touchdowns and two safeties. That's consecutive seasons with 20-plus interceptions, 10-plus fumble recoveries and 38-plus sacks. The NFC West is loaded with quality DST options since the Seahawks (No. 1), 49ers (No. 5) and Rams (No. 7) joined the Cardinals as Top 10 options. We expect the Cardinals DST to remain an elite Fantasy option, and they are worth drafting as a No. 1 unit in all formats.