Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires New York Jets running back Chris Johnson warms up before an NFL football game between the Jets and the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “You can ask coach that,” he said, with a laugh. “But for the most part we have so many weapons, it’s going to be a fun season.” – / 45 Oh, he also brings career totals of 8,628 yards and 51 touchdowns on the ground along with 296 catches for 2,154 yards and nine touchdowns via the air.Ellington, who is still expected to be the Cardinals’ No. 1 running back, has no problem with the team bringing the veteran into the fold.“I’m excited, man,” he said. “As many players as we can get in here to help us win a championship, I’m all for it.“He’s a legend; he’s a guy I can learn a lot from, so I’m looking forward to it.”It is unknown what kind of role Johnson, who will turn 30 in September, figures to have. However, it’s not unreasonable to assume he will receive a fair amount of touches as he tries to rebuild his value in the desert. What that means for Ellington or the other Johnson, a third-round pick from Northern Iowa, remains to be seen.But the rookie, who got back on the practice field in a limited role Monday for the first time in nearly two weeks following a hamstring injury, said the signing of the former Titan and Jet is a good thing.“I can learn from him, hopefully, when he comes,” he said. “He’s a great back and hopefully I can learn something.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — As the saying goes, while two is company, three’s a crowd.Unless you’re a member of the Arizona Cardinals’ backfield, apparently.Monday afternoon word came out that the Cardinals had signed free agent running back Chris Johnson to a one-year deal. A three-time Pro Bowler who was with the New York Jets last season, Johnson adds experience to an otherwise young group of running backs that was set to be led by third-year pro Andre Ellington and rookie David Johnson. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Johnson added he doesn’t feel threatened by the move because he hasn’t even been on the field to show what he can do.And therein lies what is likely the main reason the team went out and signed Johnson.Earlier Monday, before the team had officially signed the back, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that Chris Johnson is, “one of those guys, every time he touches [it] you hold your breath. He could take it to the house.”In 2009, Johnson paced the NFL with 2,006 rushing yards, and he topped the 1,000-yard mark in each of his first six NFL seasons before slumping last season with the Jets.Few are expecting him to be that kind of player again, but if nothing else he presents another weapon for the team to deploy. It wasn’t that long ago when Johnson was viewed as one of the best runners in the NFL, someone the dynamic Ellington said he patterned his game after.“I studied his game a lot coming up, coming through high school and college,” he said. “He’s a guy that can go get it. I learned a lot from his skill set and I’m glad to have him on my team.”Johnson figures to be at training camp Tuesday beginning to work with his new team. From that point, it will be about figuring out everyone’s role and how best to utilize all the talent the team seems to have on the offensive side of the ball. It’s a good problem to have — if it is indeed a problem — but when asked if there will be enough plays to keep everyone happy on offense, Ellington smiled. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

You dont think of Phoenix without the Phoenix Su

first_img“You don’t think of Phoenix without the Phoenix Suns,” Fitzgerald said Friday. “The Suns took a chance on Phoenix in the 70s coming here with (star) Connie Hawkins and (owner) Jerry Colangelo. They took a chance on us, and I think it’s time we take a chance on the Phoenix Suns. They’re loyal to this community. I really believe this is a Suns town, people love the Suns, they were the first ones here.”Related LinksPhoenix Suns formally deny any threat to relocate the teamSuns owner Robert Sarver: I am 100 percent committed to PhoenixFitzgerald is close to Suns owner Robert Sarver, who has been hit with backlash this week after a later-corrected report suggested he threatened to take the Suns away from downtown and possibly out of the state.The Suns have denied that they have any intentions of leaving their current home in downtown Phoenix.Fitzgerald said fans should take the Suns and Sarver for their word.“He’s drastically misunderstood. I love Mr. Sarver,” Fitzgerald said. “I spent a lot of time with him. I can’t think of anybody who I trust more than him. He’s one of those guys, he’ll look you in your eye, he’ll shake your hand. He would go out of his way to help anybody he knows. Once you know him … it’s easy to love him.” Larry Fitzgerald believes in representing his adopted NFL community. The NFL’s leader in catches with one franchise has helped build the community around his Arizona Cardinals over the past 15 years.Arizona has become his home, and he’s not afraid to help it thrive — beyond the Cardinals.So Fitzgerald was disappointed that a city council vote to renovate the Phoenix Suns’ home of Talking Stick Resort Arena was delayed Wednesday. Joining Burns & Gambo on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, Fitzgerald pleaded for Valley taxpayers to consider the benefits of helping the NBA team and Phoenix find a resolution. Top Stories (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The postponed vote on the arena renovation plan on Wednesday was for a $230 million deal where $150 million would be paid for by the city while the Suns chip in $80 million. That would keep the Suns downtown until 2037. The vote was pushed to Jan. 23.Fitzgerald believes the city will benefit by keeping the Suns where they are, as a refurbished arena would bring concerts, tourism and other benefits to the area.“I think us as taxpayers, we’re looking at it the wrong way,” he said. “I think if we look at it that way, it’s easier to digest.”And for the Suns, Fitzgerald said a state-of-the-art home could bode well for the team. Just ask him how it went for the Cardinals when they left ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium for what’s now State Farm Stadium.“I played my first … two years at Sun Devil Stadium,” Fitzgerald said. “I remember looking up and wondering if this is the National Football League, sitting there with 15, 20 thousand people in attendance and just how fast it changed when we moved to Glendale.“I think the same thing could happen for the Suns. But not only for that. For the Mercury and for more entertainment coming downtown. Mr. Sarver is going out of his way to really help build downtown Phoenix.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 29 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more