Arizona Cardinals seeking extensions for pair of blockers
It’s being reported that the Arizona Cardinals are attempting to sign D.J. Humphries and A.Q. Shipley to contract extensions
Steve Keim, the general manager of the Arizona Cardinals, has not had a great track record with first-round draft selections. Since 2013, not one of the executive’s top picks have remained with the club beyond their rookie deals. Fortunately for the Cards, that incredibly ugly streak may finally be coming to an end.
According to reports, the Cardinals front office is discussing a contract extension for beleagured left tackle D.J. Humphries. Up until this season, the 24th-overall choice of the 2015 draft has been mostly a disappointment. Various injuries, along with some uninspired play, have prevented the erratic Humphries from fulfilling the potential that many experts believed he possessed.
To the surprise of many, Humphries seems to have turned his career around in 2019. The 25-year old has remained healthy, and has also gotten solid grades for his overall blocking. Arizona is apparently impressed, considering the fact that they’re reportedly willing to pay Humphries to be quarterback Kyler Murray‘s blindside protector for the foreseeable future.
If the scuttlebutt is correct, Humphries isn’t the only offensive lineman that the Cards are attempting to keep around. The anchor of the group, center A.Q. Shipley, is also negotiating with the organization’s management team. The 33-year old has recovered nicely from the torn ACL he suffered in 2018, and the Cardinals appear to be looking to reward the veteran for his successful comeback.
This past Saturday, Arizona handed Maxx Williams a two-year extension that will keep the tight end in the desert through the 2021 campaign. The 6’4, 252 pounder, who spent his first four years with the Baltimore Ravens, was initially inked to a one-year deal back in May. Williams has been a pleasant surprise, despite the fact that he dropped what looked like a sure touchdown pass during the Cards 30-27 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.