Patrick Peterson DB ARI (9) 1 hour ago
Peterson supplied 51 tackles (45 solo), six passes defended, and three interceptions in 16 contests during the 2016 campaign.
After an offseason in which he underwent ankle surgery, Peterson proved his health in the preseason, getting a few possessions under his belt in both of the first two games. Over the course of the campaign, his practice reps were occasionally impacted, most notably by a left knee injury from a Week 12 battle with Julio Jones. At this point in his career, Peterson is rarely picked on, as evidenced by 21 combined passes defended over the last three years. The lack of looks inhibit his annual interception total and thereby his IDP potential. No matter, he's a mainstay within the Cardinals' secondary, with no DNPs to date through six seasons.
Calais Campbell DL ARI (9) 2 hours ago
Campbell compiled 53 tackles (including 34 solo and eight sacks), six passes defended, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, and one interception in 16 contests during the 2016 season.
With a pair of viable pass-rushers along for the ride this season -- Chandler Jones and Markus Golden -- Campbell had more room to wreak havoc this season. Although he only set a career high in terms of fumble recoveries, Campbell scooped up one of them and scored the first touchdown of his career from 53 yards out in Week 15 against the Saints. The 30-year-old's resulting 2016 grade on Pro Football Focus was 90.4, which ranked second among interior defenders behind the Rams' Aaron Donald (95.6). Due to the resurgent campaign, Campbell's upcoming price as an unrestricted free agent may be too much for the Cardinals to keep him in the fold with tough decisions to be made elsewhere on the roster.
Markus Golden LB ARI (9) 2 hours ago
Golden secured 51 tackles (41 solo), including a team-high 12.5 sacks, and forced four fumbles in 16 games during the 2016 campaign.
In the Bruce Arians era, the Cardinals ranked in the top half of the NFL in sacks just one time in the first three seasons, boasting the sixth-most in 2013 with 47. With 35 and 36 in the subsequent two years, the front office was proactive last offseason, trading a 2016 second-round pick and disappointing guard Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots for Chandler Jones. The addition of Jones seemed to facilitate the development of Golden, who formed a fearsome pass-rushing combo with the Pro Bowler. Leading the league with 48 sacks this season, the Cardinals were one of two teams to roster a pair of double-digit sack artists -- also, divisional foe Seattle -- as Jones was right on Golden's tail with 11. Entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, Jones is a prime candidate to receive the team's franchise tag next month, at the very least. Maintaining consistency along the defensive front should help foster Golden's overall development.
Kevin Minter LB ARI (9) 2 hours ago
Minter racked up 81 tackles (59 solo), including a career-high 3.5 sacks, in 16 games during the 2016 season.
Throughout his fourth campaign, Minter was jostling for the team lead in tackles with Deone Bucannon (ankle) and Tony Jefferson (knee), only to finish third behind the duo, despite both landing on injured reserve within the final three weeks. After being contained to special teams as a rookie and LB depth in 2014, Minter has earned at least 88 percent of the defensive snaps in both of the last two seasons. In fact, the inside linebacker hasn't missed a contest during that stretch, averaging 5.5 tackles per game along the way. Nevertheless, he's only forced one turnover in his career to date, so he may not be as desirable as an unrestricted free agent when the market opens on March 9.
IRJacob Flores GB (4) 3 hours ago
The Packers signed Flores to a reserve/future contract Monday, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Initially landing with the Packers as an undrafted free agent last May, Flores remained on the roster until mid-August, when he was waived/injured due to an undisclosed ailment. After his placement on IR a short time later, he was eventually waived outright with an injury settlement in September. Once the settlement ran its course, the Packers added the center to their practice squad in August, where he remained the rest of the regular season. With fellow center J.C. Tretter about to hit free agency, Flores will be given every chance to remain with the team as a depth O-lineman.
QCedric Thornton DL DAL (7) 3 hours ago
Thornton underwent shoulder surgery earlier this week, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Thornton had been battling an ankle injury during the playoffs but it looks he's now dealing with some shoulder problems. While there is some cause for concern, the Cowboys remain confident that Thornton will be just fine moving forward. In his first season with Dallas, the 28-year-old recorded 22 tackles across 13 games.
QDemarcus Lawrence DL DAL (7) 3 hours ago
Lawrence (back) is slated to undergo surgery this offseason, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Lawrence has been dealing with lingering back issues for nearly a year now. His upcoming surgery will mark the second consecutive offseason in which the 24-year-old underwent back surgery. It's unsure how this will affect his future in Dallas, but with an entire offseason to recover there is hope that he'll be 100 percent for the start of next season.
PUPKenny Anunike DL NYJ (11) 4 hours ago
Anunike signed a reserve/future contract with the Jets.
Anunike played three games for the Broncos in 2015 but was then waived by the team this past August. He spent the majority of the last offseason on the Physically Unable to Perform list due to a knee injury but now looks to solidify himself as a reserve defensive lineman in New York.
QTerry Poole MIA (8) 4 hours ago
Poole signed a reserve/future contract with the Dolphins.
Poole spent the final 11 weeks of the season on the Dolphins' practice squad after he was released by the Seahawks due to an undisclosed injury and will now look to land a spot on the 53-man roster.
QChris Pantale TE MIA (8) 4 hours ago
Pantale signed a reserve/future contract with the Dolphins.
Pantale spent the 2016 offseason with the Eagles but was released days before the beginning of the regular season due to a head injury. He also has spent time with the Jets and the Bears.