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Arizona Cardinals C Rodney Hudson was recently traded from the Las Vegas Raiders on a one-year deal but has reportedly received a two-year, $21.2 million extension with $16 million guaranteed across the next three seasons, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hudson is an All-Pro center deserving of the big extension with Arizona, who had trouble creating running lanes and engaging in good pass protection throughout the 2020 season. Hudson is a three-time first-team All-Pro center and will be an immediate upgrade to fortify the line. This will allow QB Kyler Murray to buy more time in the pocket to assess his reads while operating in unique motion and spread formations schemed by Cardinals' head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The zone-blocking schemes within Kingsburys' offensive system will allow Hudson to be a road grader in the trenches while using his speed to get out in open space on screens. The Cardinals will likely continue to add pieces to their offensive line through the draft at the end of the month but Hudson will lead the unit based on his experience and ability to communicate pressures based on defensive alignment.

Category: Transactions

Every year, speculation about Larry Fitzgerald runs rampant. After several offseasons full of one-year deals, it appears an end may be in sight. According to The Athletic, multiple NFL executives expect the longtime Cardinals receiver to retire from football this offseason. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: As the original report notes, "while Fitzgerald remains unsigned and has not announced his intentions for 2021, execs anticipate he’ll retire rather than rejoin a receiving corps now headlined by DeAndre Hopkins." The 37-year-old is an 11-time Pro Bowler, one-time First-Team All-Pro, and member of the HOF All-2010s Team. If this is indeed the end for the 17-year veteran, he'll finish his career with 1,432 catches for 17,492 yards and 121 touchdowns over 263 games.

Category: Rumors

Cardinals GM Steve Keim says A.J. Green still got a lot left in the tank. (Source: Kevin Patra on

Fantasy Impact: Green appeared in 16 games for Cincinnati in 2020 after only playing in nine games in 2019. He caught 47 passes for 523 yards and two touchdowns. These were all career lows for the former pro-bowler. The Cardinals are expecting a bounce-back season. Green is not someone who you should be targeting in your drafts but might provide a few fantasy relevant games.

Category: Rumors

Kyle Odegard is reporting that Cardinals General Manager Steve Kleim is still monitoring the running back situation in Arizona, but that Chase Edmonds is "an excellent player."

Fantasy Impact: With Kenyan Drake moving to Las Vegas, Edmonds appears in a position to end up with the Cardinals' lead running back job. There are still other free agent running backs out there and the NFL draft is less than a month away. While things can certainly change, Edmonds has done well in starting opportunities in the past. He's only had four career starts but has flashed his potential and makes for a decent dynasty stash.

Category: Rumors

Chad Graff of The Athletic reports that Patrick Peterson came to Minnesota to play cornerback, not safety. (Source: Chad Graff on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Peterson just sign a one-year deal with the Vikings during the off-season. He confirmed that he came to Minnesota to play cornerback and not safety like some might have suggested. Peterson has played cornerback his entire career for the Cardinals. In 2020, Peterson had three interceptions with eight passes defended and 52 solo tackles. Only 30-years old, Peterson still has juice left in the tank and will hope to improve the Vikings secondary that was torched all season long in 2020.

Category: Rumors

Former Arizona Cardinals TE Dan Arnold has reportedly agreed to terms on a two-year, $6 million deal with the Carolina Panthers, per NFL Network's Peter Schrager. (Source: Peter Schrager on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The fourth-year tight end will reunite with former coach and current Panthers OC Joe Brady, reportedly agreeing to terms on a two-year deal worth six million dollars. Arnold saw his usage increase significantly while in Arizona last season, catching 31 passes on 45 targets for 438 yards and four touchdowns across all 16 regular-season games. The Panthers hardly utilized tight end Ian Thomas in 2020 so it remains to be seen whether Brady will adapt his offensive scheme to accommodate the signing of his former player to make him a potential roster stash in the 2021 fantasy season.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Former Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake is signing a two-year, $14.5M deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jon Gruden apparently sees Drake as a “jack of all trades” kinda of running back to pair with Josh Jacobs. Drake figures to be used on passing-downs and be sprinkled in on first and second down as well. This move hurts Jacobs’ fantasy value as well as Drake’s, although the latter was never thought to be hanging around in Arizona in 2021. There’s now a gaping hole to fill in the Arizona backfield, and Chase Edmonds could be that guy. The Cardinals are also likely to be a player in the free agency market and also could select another running back come the NFL Draft.

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Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Panthers have signed LB Haason Reddick to a one-year deal worth up to $8M. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Coming off a breakout year in 2020 with Arizona where he totaled 12.5 sacks, Reddick will be reunited with former Temple coach Matt Rhule in Carolina. The contract for Reddick will be a one-year deal worth up to $8M. Reddick was one of the top pass rushers in free agency and should have an immediate impact on the Carolina defensive line.

Category: Transactions

The Cardinals are re-signing pass rusher Markus Golden to a two-year, $9 million contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: And with this news, free agency has started. Golden was re-acquired for a sixth-round draft choice this past season. The 30-year-old will be joined by the recently acquired J.J. Watt this time around.

Category: Transactions

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Cardinals have released Zane Gonzalez, but there is a chance he could be back in Arizona. (Source: Mark Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez is set to hit free agency in 2021. Garafolo described it as a 'procedural' move because they placed him on IR. There is a chance he is back in Arizona though. Gonzalez hit 72.7% of his field-goal attempts this season.

Category: Rumors

On February 4, 2021 Cole McDonald signed a reserve/futures contract with the Arizona Cardinals. McDonald was a 7th round selection by the Titans in the 2020 NFL Draft, but was released by Tennessee on August 19, 2020. Subsequently he had a workout with the Panthers on August 23, but was not signed. During the fall season he played with the Conquerors of the Spring League. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This offseason the Cardinals will be looking to add some depth to their quarterback room behind superstar Kyler Murray. At this time McDonald joins former CFLer Chris Streveler as the only other quarterback under contract. Cole McDonald will have to have a strong offseason to make the final roster in September.

Category: Transactions

DeAndre Hopkins caught just 4-of-10 targets for 35 yards in a 18-7 loss to the Rams in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: Kyler Murray had to leave this game in the first quarter with an ankle injury, so Hopkins was trying to catch passes from Chris Streveler, who had never thrown a pass in a regular season NFL game until Sunday. Murray came back into the game late in the 4th, but Hopkins couldn't capitalize on the opportunity. Hopkins ends his 2020 campaign with 115 catches for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps

Kyler Murray (ankle) completed 8-of-11 passes for 87 yards and rushed two times for an additional three yards in a 18-7 loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Murray injured his ankle in the first quarter and had to come out of the game. With a playoff berth on the line, Murray found the courage to re-enter the game in the fourth quarter, but was unable to help his team overcome a two-score deficit. Murray ends the 2020 campaign just shy of 4,000 yards passing, with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns. He'll be a borderline top-5 quarterback option in 2021 with his high floor due to his rushing ability.

Category: Game Recaps

Budda Baker (neck) is active for Week 17's game against the Rams. (Source: Kent Somers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Budda Baker will suit up for Week 17’s must-win matchup against the Rams. Baker has been an elite IDP option this season and remains one in this matchup. There’s no reason to expect him to be limited, so keep him plugged in your lineup with confidence.

Category: Injury Updates

The Cardinals placed WR Christian Kirk on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Arizona Cardinals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kirk won't play in Week 17 against the Rams. This puts a lot on DeAndre Hopkins' plate, who will be matched up with star CB Jalen Ramsey all afternoon.

Category: Injury Updates

Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella is inactive for the team's Week 14 matchup against the New York Giants. (Source: Dov Kleiiman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Isabella was not on the injury report and appears to be a healthy scratch for Week 14. He caught two of his five targets for seven yards last week.

Category: Transactions

The Cardinals activated K Mike Nugent from the practice squad and he'll kick in Week 14 against the Giants. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zane Gonzalez (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game. Nugent is worth considering for fantasy purposes if fantasy managers were relying on Gonzalez.

Category: Transactions

Cardinals' DT Corey Peters will miss the remainder of 2020 with a torn patellar tendon. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a big loss to the Cardinals' run defense as Peters is one of their best in the middle of the D-line. He finishes the season with 15 tackles and two sacks.

Category: Injury Updates

Cardinals G J.R. Sweezy (elbow) has been activated from IR and will play in Week 10 versus the Buffalo Bills. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sweezy left Week 5 with an elbow injury and was placed on IR as a result. He'll make his return to the offensive line in Week 10 which is good news for Kyler Murray and Chase Edmonds/Kenyan Drake owners.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

The Patriots claimed TE Jordan Thomas off waivers. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas could see some immediate opportunity as New England only has one healthy tight end at the moment in Ryan Izzo. Thomas was with the Cardinals' practice squad this year and was in line for playing time with the Texans in 2019 before getting hurt.

Category: Transactions