Friday, March 9, 2012
Cards make offers to free agents
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Cardinals have made one-year qualifying offers to restricted free agents LaRod Stephens-Howling, Greg Toler and Rashad Johnson.
The three can get offers from other teams but the Cardinals would have the right to match them.
Stephens-Howling, a running back and kickoff returner, was given a second-round offer, meaning that if Arizona declined to match an offer the Cardinals would get a second-round pick as compensation. Toler, a cornerback and Johnson, a safety, received offers that correspond with their selection in the draft. Toler was a third-round pick and Johnson a fourth-round selection.
The Cardinals also made one-year offers to exclusive free agent quarterback Richard Bartel, running back Alfonso Smith, defensive end Ronald Talley and linebacker Brandon Williams. Arizona re-signed cornerback A.J. Jefferson and wide receiver Stephen Williams.