Whisenhunt Pleased With Offseason Attendance

Coach Ken Whisenhunt has been pleased with the attendance in the team's offseason workouts. That should only improve with the recent signings of cornerback Eric Green and defensive end Antonio Smith, restricted free agents who signed one-year tender offers of $2.017 million.

Not everything is candy and balloons around the team's facility in Tempe, however. Defensive end Darnell Dockett reportedly wants a new contract and doesn't plan to attend offseason workouts.

There has been no confirmation of that report, but it's true that Dockett hasn't been working out at the team facility as he has in past years.

Team officials are in no hurry to give Dockett a new deal, even though he made it to the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2007. He signed a contract extension less than two years ago, in October of 2006, and the team doesn't have the cap room or the inclination to tear that contract up.

Dockett's deal averages about $4.4 million a year and including a $3.5 million roster bonus last year. He's due to make $3.25 million this year.

He will have to wait in a long line of players who want new deals, including receiver Anquan Boldin and safety Adrian Wilson. In addition, key young players such as cornerback Eric Green and Antonio Smith are due to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2008 season.

The Cardinals have more pressing needs than re-signing Dockett, so his patience might be tested.

DE Rodney Bailey
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With WR Larry Fitzgerald signed, club officials can breathe a little easier because they have the cap space to at least put together a complete roster.

They were down to less than $400,000 in cap space before Fitzgerald's deal was restructured. When the deal becomes finalized, management will focus on re-signing some veterans for depth, such as defensive lineman Rodney Bailey and safety Oliver Celestin.

1. Cornerback: Antrel Rolle's move to free safety makes an already thing position thinner.

2. Pass rusher: Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor are coming off injuries and the club needs someone to help Darnell Dockett.

3. Offensive line: The club needs an infusion of young talent at guard and tackle.

SS Adrian Wilson
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--SS Adrian Wilson, who missed the second half of last season with a heel/Achilles injury, is recovering nicely from surgery. He is expected to be 100 percent by training camp.

--QB Matt Leinart is making steady progress in his rehabilitation from a fractured collarbone suffered last season. Leinart is throwing several times a week and should be ready for minicamp.

--DE/OLB Bertrand Berry is progressing well from a torn triceps tendon that caused him to miss the last half of the season. Berry, however, is due to make $4 million in 2008 and has finished the last three years on injured reserve. Those factors might result him being released.

--DE/OLB Chike Okeafor has recovered from a torn biceps tendon that caused him to miss the 2007 season. Okeafor should be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp.

--OG Elton Brown had minor knee surgery to clear a problem that hampered him throughout last season. He will be limited this spring but should be 100 percent by training camp.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: LB Karlos Dansby (tendered at $8.065M).



--DL Rodney Bailey has the ability to play inside and out adds to his value.
--P Mitch Berger didn't secure the job in the final weeks of '07.
--S Oliver Celestin is a good special teamer.
--QB Tim Hasselbeck could stay as the No. 3 QB.
--S Bhawoh Jue could provide depth.
--DT Ross Kolodziej was banged up last year, and he probably won't return.
--QB Tim Rattay is a solid backup but likely will seek a No. 2 job elsewhere.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

--TE Tim Euhus (not tendered as RFA) is average at best and could return as a camp body.




--CB Michael Adams: ERFA; terms unknown.
--LB Clark Haggans: UFA Steelers; $1.5M/1 yr, SB unknown.
--P Dirk Johnson: FA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--DE Travis LaBoy: UFA Titans; $22M/5 yrs, $7.5M guaranteed.
--WR Jamaica Rector: ERFA; terms unknown.
--TE Jerame Tuman: FA Steelers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.


--CB Ralph Brown: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--CB Eric Green: RFA; 1 yr/$2.017M.
--DE Antonio Smith: RFA; 1 yr/$2.017M.
--TE Troy Bienemann: ERFA; terms unknown.
--OT Elton Brown: RFA; $927,000/1 yr.
--LS Nathan Hodel: UFA; 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--WR Ahmad Merritt: Not tendered as RFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--WR Sean Morey: FA; had been released by Cardinals; terms unknown.
--DE Bo Schobel: Not tendered as ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--DE Joe Tafoya: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--WR Jerheme Urban: Not tendered as RFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.


--LB Darryl Blackstock: Not tendered as RFA/Bengals; $560,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.
--DT Chris Cooper (released).
--S Terrence Holt (released).
--LB Brandon Johnson: Not tendered as ERFA/Bengals; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--WR Bryant Johnson: UFA Cardinals; $2M/1 yr, SB unknown.
--OLB Calvin Pace: UFA Jets; $42M/6 yrs, $22M guaranteed.
--OT Oliver Ross (released).
--OG Keydrick Vincent: UFA Panthers; $2M/2 yrs, $400,000 SB.

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