The Cardinals tendered qualifying offers to only 3 of their current 8 restricted free agents, surprising several (myself included.)

First round tenders were offered to DE Antonio Smith and CB Eric Green; while reserve offensive lineman Elton Brown was offered a lower, 4th round one.

The other players who were not offered tenders (and this does not mean that they won’t be back as Cardinals next season) are LB Darryl Blackstock, TE Tim Euhus, DE Bo Schobel, WR Ahmad Merritt, and, most surprisingly, WR Jerheme Urban.  With Bryant Johnson, the 3rd WR last season, expected to leave Arizona as an unrestricted free agent, Urban was poised to slide effortlessly into that slot.  Ken Whisenhunt expressed his desire to keep both Merritt and Urban; however, I suppose only time will tell.

Offers were extended to exclusive rights free agents TE Troy Bienemann, CB Michael Adams, and WR Jamaica Rector.

For a more detailed breakdown of Arizona’s free agents and other players, read here.