Arizona Cardinals release TE Todd Heap
The Arizona Cardinals have released Todd Heap, bringing an end
to the former All-Pro tight end’s brief, injury-plagued time in the
Heap, who is one catch shy of 500 career receptions, appeared in
just two games with Arizona this season, catching eight passes for
94 yards. Over the past two seasons with the Cardinals, Heap
appeared in 12 games, catching 32 passes for 377 yards and one
A first-round draft pick by Baltimore out of Arizona State in
2001, he played for the Ravens for 10 seasons. He was an All-Pro
selection in 2002 and made the Pro Bowl in 2002 and 2003. Heap is
the Ravens’ career leader in receiving touchdowns and is second in
receptions and yards receiving. He was released by Baltimore
following the 2010 season.
To fill the roster spot, Arizona signed former San Diego tight
end Kory Sperry.
There were indications that Heap had fallen out of favor with
coach Ken Whisenhunt when the tight end was inactive the past two
games despite being able to practice fully the last two weeks.
Asked on Monday why Heap had been inactive, Whisenhunt said,
”Well, he’s got to show us that he’s full speed to be able to go,
and that hasn’t been the case.”
Arizona linebacker Quentin Groves tweeted some words about
”Great guy and even better teammate,” Groves wrote. ”The true
definition of the word PRO. Todd Heap thanks for everyone bro.. And
the good battles we had!”
Heap played in the first two games of the season, catching five
passes for 62 yards in Arizona’s 20-18 victory over New England. He
was inactive with a knee injury for the next eight games, then
returned to full practice.
The 32-year-old player is tied for ninth with Ben Coates for
receptions by a tight end. He ranks 12th in NFL history for tight
end yards receiving.
An undrafted rookie out of Colorado State, Sperry played in
eight games with Miami in 2009. He was with the Chargers the
following two seasons. In 2011, Sperry appeared in 16 games, four
as a starter. He has eight catches for 136 yards and one touchdown
in 31 NFL games. He was released by the Chargers on Aug. 31.
Rob Housler and Jeff King are the other tight ends on the
Tuesday’s moves came with the Cardinals mired in an eight-game
losing streak and coming off of one of the worst offensive
performances in franchise history in Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the New
York Jets. They play at Seattle on Sunday.
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