It's Friday and I can't say that I'm not excited the weekend is already here. It seems like time still flys by even when the Cardinals and the rest of us are in offseason mode. I thought I'd drop a Weekly Flock on everybody today with stuff around the web related to all things Cardinals. I also wanted to say I plan on posting weekly flocks at least twice a week to fill your brains with as much Cardinals news as possible. Enjoy.
Making Up For Lost Time
Darren Urban talks about linebacker Cody Brown, "The locker room was mostly barren, but out on the Cardinals’ practice field, Cody Brown took turns with fellow linebacker Reggie Walker taking coverage drops and catching the football. Brown hadn’t been on the field since last offseason, after fracturing his right wrist in the Cards’ second preseason game. His rookie year, in many ways, was lost."
Word From the Birds Blog
Urban also talks about the Cardinals labor situation, "NFC Divisional Playoff Arizona Cardinals — 1 unrestricted free agent for $5.5 million* or more in Year One of contract + the same number of Cardinals unrestricted free agents who sign with other clubs + any unrestricted free agent for less than $3.7 million* in Year One of contract with limitations on per season increases."
Word From the Birds Blog
Also from Urban, he discusses Antrel Rolle's contract situation, "As expected, the Cardinals are trying to negotiate a contract extension with safety Antrel Rolle — a must, given that Rolle is due a $4 million bonus next month and an $8+ million salary."
Our very own DaCards provides a breakdown from the Doug and Wolf show, "First off it was a great interview. Whiz seems like a natural color commentary. They sounded genuine and i really enjoyed the tough questions brought on by the fans. Graves goes on to mention Toler and Breaston and LSH as to say get ready to see the speed we have a lot more and in my opinion he sounded pretty confident in the younger players having a bigger role next year."
Revenge of the Birds' kj197728 discusses the Cardinals compensation picks, "It would probably equate to 5th and 7th round picks. That could really work out to grab some depth at key spots."
From SBNation's Chiefs Blog, it looks like former Cardinals defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is on the move again, "Pendergast left the Chiefs after Romeo Crennel was hired as defensive coordinator. Soon after that, he accepted the position of defensive backs coach with the Raiders. Now, he's the defensive coordinator at Cal."
Mike Sando looks at the free agency situation and feels the Cardinals are most at risk, "The Cardinals are tied for the league lead with five: nose tackle Bryan Robinson, linebacker Chike Okeafor, linebacker Karlos Dansby, left tackle Mike Gandy and tight end Anthony Becht. Take away 15-game starter Kurt Warner, who retired, and it's clear this offseason could be very disruptive for the Cardinals. The team could also lose free safety Antrel Rolle, whose contract includes a $4 million roster bonus and $8.1 million salary."
Sando also looks at Mel Kiper's pick for the Cardinals, "Mel's pick: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee My thoughts: This pick would make a great deal of sense. Veteran Bryan Robinson has exceeded expectations as the Cardinals' nose tackle, but he'll be 36 in June. The Cardinals have committed more fully to a Steelers-style defense, and that makes nose tackles more valuable. No complaints with this pick."
Finally, Sando shows that agent Drew Rosenhaus represents the most players in the league. Why does it seem like the Cardinals have the most connections with him? "The NFL's list of projected unrestricted free agents for 2010 included one column showing agents and another showing starts. This made it easy to see which agents had the most projected UFA clients, and how many starts those clients averaged in 2009. The result is the chart below. Drew Rosenhaus has more than 100 clients across the league, more than any agent."