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Arizona Cardinals Sign Pittsburgh Maulers QB James Morgan, Release XFL Prospect Carson Strong

With a barrage of injuries taking place the Arizona Cardinals continue to reshuffle their QB room for the final three weeks of the season. Most recently 13-year veteran Colt McCoy was diagnosed with a concussion and remains in protocol, so the Cardinals picked up James Morgan a former NFL 4th Round Pick in 2020, who recently signed with Pittsburgh Maulers in September. In order to make room for Morgan the Cardinals released Carson Strong a former 2022 UDFA by the Eagles whose been linked to the XFL for the past several months.

Morgan was thought to be battling Vad Lee for the Maulers starting quarterback position in 2023, instead he’ll be joining the Cardinals for the final three weeks of the NFL. Morgan’s stint with the Cardinals will be his 5th NFL team, as he continues to be relevant in NFL circles. After getting released by the Colts, Morgan has been extremely active working out for the 49ers, Seahawks, and Packers in the past several months.

The hasty signing of Morgan leads to the quick release of Carson Strong out of Nevada after one week with the team. Strong who was at one point thought to be a first round went undrafted in 2022 and would spend training camp with the Eagles. Upon getting cut Strong would workout with NFL teams, however it appeared that for Strong to continue his career it’d be in the XFL. After not being selected in the XFL Draft, Strong would be signed on December 15th by the Cardinals for a one-week audition in the NFL.

For Morgan being with the Cardinals may seem to be his best opportunity to continue his NFL career. With Kyler Murray’s 2023 in question, Colt McCoy mulling retirement, and Trace McSorley looking rather ineffective during his cameos this year, it’s possible that Morgan could put himself in a solid position to be a part of the Cardinals QB plans for 2023. For the Maulers they now go into camp with Vad Lee, Roland Rivers, Troy Williams, and Chase Fourcade as the signal caller for Kirby Wilson’s crew in 2023.

Ultimately, James Morgan appears to have one more NFL audition, in effort to solidify his position in the league. If not look for Maulers to be playing in Memphis, Birmingham, and the “Northern Hub” in an effort lead the team back to relevance after a 1-9 2022 season.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging out with his dogs in his off time.

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  1. Ken Granito

    December 21, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Overall, this is good for James Morgan and you are correct that he is still finding himself in NFL circles. If he wants a paycheck that still may last for a short while. If he wants to play he needs to sign again with the USFL after this season is done. As a Jets fan I was finally looking forward to seeing him play. We shall see how it all plays out as je is the 5th QB on their depth chart with a draft coming up.

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