The Cardinals will “keep our options open” about possibly trading down from the third pick in the draft, vice president of football operations Rod Graves said Thursday.
The Cardinals definitely will not trade up. “We’re not going to jeopardize our organization to move up, because it is expensive to move up,” coach Dennis Green said, adding that the Cardinals had three players they like enough to stay where they are.
“We feel there are three outstanding players in the draft that separate themselves from anyone else,” Graves said, declining to name them. Graves admitted it was unlikely that any teams will make any trades until the draft begins April 24 and the clock forces some action. Green, who said Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald was the best player in the draft, said the Cards will “absolutely” take the highest-rated player left on their draft board when they select. Green also refused to say a quarterback was not in the top three, although it is likely the Cards believe QB Eli Manning will be taken earlier even if he is high on their board.
Cardinals running back Marcel Shipp expressed relief Thursday after news that the police investigation of him for alleged domestic violence — Shipp was never arrested — was over without any charges being filed.
“It is very frustrating when you wake up, with your mother there because she is here visiting, and you see yourself in the news,” Shipp said. “But it is a part of life, it was a growing experience for me and I promise I will never be in that situation again. The truth prevailed.”
The Cardinals still have another running back waiting for the legal process to play out. The investigation of Damien Anderson’s SUV accident in early January, one in which Anderson and his two brothers both suffered serious injuries, is ongoing. No charges have been filed as of yet, said county attorney spokesman Bill FitzGerald. Anderson’s attorney, Darrow Soll, did not return a phone message.
Today is the deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet, so it looks unlikely that cornerback Renaldo Hill will be going anywhere. Hill, who will battle David Macklin for a starting job this year, was expected to get some offers after receiving the low ($628,000) tender. . . .
The Cardinals will hold open tryouts for their 2004 cheerleaders Saturday at the team’s Tempe complex. Women must be 18 years or older. For more information, call (602) 379-1875.