New Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea meets the media at the Tempe training facility, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Bethea used to play for the San Francisco 49ers. Video: Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Quarterback Tony Romo posted a message on Instagram to say goodbye to all the Dallas Cowboys fans who supported him during the course of his 13-year career.
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Washington Quarterback Kirk Cousins reportedly asked Dan Snyder to trade him, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting Snyder told Cousins not to get his hopes up.
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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 5,052 total and 41 TDs with 10 INTs in 2016 at Texas Tech. Video: Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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John Ross, former wide receiver from the University of Washington, broke Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash record at the NFL Combine.
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Washington receiver John Ross in 2016 was a second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 standout with 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 TDs . Video: Kent Somers/azcentral sports
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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians discusses finding the team’s future quarterback in the draft.
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Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald skates for the first time with Arizona Coyotes’ Shane Doan. (Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)
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Third time is the charm for former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, as he and four others were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 4, 2017. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Atlanta and New England will face off in Houston after winning the NFC and AFC championships, respectively.
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Cardinals players reflect on the 2016 season as they clear out their lockers on Monday. Nick Oza/ azcentral sports
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A time-lapse view from field level during the pre-game introductions for the Arizona Cardinals: Video: David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones is expected to sign his new five-year contract on Friday and will meet with reporters at 11 a.m., the Cardinals announced.
The team didn’t reveal financial terms, but an NFL source said it’s worth $82.5 million if Jones plays all five years under the deal. It includes $53 million in guarantees. Jones’ cap number in 2017 will be about $10 million, according to the source.
The team is expected to make other announcements today, likely the signings of kicker Phil Dawson and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. Those players agreed to terms on Thursday and will sign soon, pending physicals.
ORIGINAL STORY: On the eve of the start of free agency, the Cardinals and Jones’ agent were “finalizing” the contract, according to an NFL Network and NFL.com report.
Jones would be the second returning player to agree to terms in the past two days. Tight end Jermaine Gresham agreed to a four-year deal on Tuesday.
Financial terms of Jones’ contract were not available, but it figures to be in the neighborhood of what Olivier Vernon’s deal with the Giants a year ago. Vernon’s contract is worth $85 million, about half of which is fully guaranteed.
The Cardinals traded a second-round draft pick in 2016 and guard Jonathan Cooper for Jones last March, and Jones finished the season with 11 sacks.
They placed the franchise tag on Jones last week, which would have restricted his options when free agency starts at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
The Cardinals can’t use the franchise tag on another player.
Under that tag, Jones would have counted $14.6 million under the salary cap. The new contract should lower that amount and give the Cardinals additional space.
They entered the week about $17 million under the salary cap.
The Cardinals had searched for years to add a young pass rusher and found themselves with two last year: Jones, 27, and Markus Golden, who turns 26 next week.
Golden, in his second season, led the team with 12.5 sacks. He is under contract for two more seasons, so the Cardinals have a formidable pass-rush combination in place.
The Cardinals’ priority in free agency was to re-sign some of their key players, including Gresham and Jones. Defensive lineman Calais Campbell and safety Tony Jefferson are already reportedly moving on to the Jaguars and Ravens, respectively.
The Cardinals enter free agency with a handful of needs. They could use a cornerback to compete for a starting job opposite Patrick Peterson. They will need another safety should D.J. Swearinger, also an unrestricted free agent, sign with another team.
There aren’t a lot of options in free agency, and the Cardinals would prefer to re-sign Swearinger and cornerback Marcus Cooper. Both, however, could receive enticing offers in free agency. The Jets reportedly are interested in Cooper and Jefferson.
The Cardinals also will be looking to add a receiver, preferably one with size who won’t break the bank.
There aren’t a lot of available receivers who fit that mold. Pierre Garcon of Washington reportedly is going to sign with the 49ers. Brandon Marshall, with the Jets a year ago, has agreed to a deal with the Giants. And the Cardinals aren’t going to pay what it takes to sign Alshon Jeffery, formerly with the Bears.
The Cardinals cut Michael Floyd last December after he was arrested for driving under the influence. John Brown struggled last season as he dealt with symptoms resulting from having sickle-cell trait.
Receiver Jaron Brown was starting to produce when he suffered a torn ACL on Oct. 23 against Seattle, but the Cardinals are hopeful he will be ready by the start of training camp in July.