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Cards notebook: Green hedges on quarterback question

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Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 10:38 am | Updated: 7:33 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Cardinals coach Dennis Green hedged Tuesday when asked if he was going to bring in another veteran quarterback to battle starter Josh McCown.

"We’ll see," Green said. "We have (a veteran) in Shaun King, so we have one here. We will look at it carefully."

McCown is a restricted free agent, but the Cardinals will tender him a contract offer — he will most likely sign a oneyear deal — and Green said he feels "confident" in McCown.

The offense as a whole is expected to be improved not only with new offensive coordinator Keith Rowen, but also because the Cardinals will upgrade their running back situation.

"I still feel (Josh) can play for us particularly if we get some of the other things we need to get ironed out ironed out," Green said. "Whether we bring in another veteran, we’ll look at it and see."


A source familiar with the situation said Tuesday the Cardinals remain a serious player in a possible trade for Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry.

A deal is not done, however, and multiple teams are interested in both Henry and Cardinals tackle L.J. Shelton, who would ostensibly be dealt for Henry. With Shaun Alexander and Edgerrin James getting the franchise tag Tuesday, Henry’s marketability is expected to go up.


Green’s approach to free agency is simple: Free agents are how a team fills its needs, so on draft day a team can take the best players available.

The Cardinals are expected to have at least $10 million in cap space for free agency and Green said the team will be aggressive signing new players. Green also sounded optimistic about those who will be available.

"Every time someone signs (a contract extension) it makes it more difficult, because it takes another player off the market," Green said. "But I do like the group."


As expected, the Cards did not use their franchise tag Tuesday. . . .

One player released Monday who might draw the Cards’ interest is former Titans cornerback Samari Rolle. . . .

Seattle’s expected hiring of Tim Ruskell as its new president means Cardinals senior director of player personnel John Idzik, who interviewed for the job last week, is staying put.

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