7-19-11: Bird Droppings - Bulger And Kolb

Today, we look at some stuff involving two Quarterbacks who have been connected to Arizona. One wants to be here, and one does not according to the reports.

I also just saw a thing on Twitter from Adam Schein saying that one of the teams Antonio Cromartie wants to go to is the Cardinals. No real link for it yet, so take that however you want to take it.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Kolb on Arizona: "I’ve obviously envisioned myself there" | ProFootballTalk
With speculation about Kevin Kolb’s future picking up again (did it ever stop?), the current Eagles backup quarterback joined Howard Eskin on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday to give his side of things. "Arizona would be a great place. I’ve obviously envisioned myself there," Kolb said via Silva manning the fort over at Rotoworld.

Radio report: Bulger doesn’t want to play in Arizona | ProFootballTalk
We may be able to cross one name off the possible Cardinals quarterback wishlist.

Whisenhunt: There are a few QBs out there that can help us - ArizonaSports.com
Don't worry Arizona Cardinals fans, head coach Ken Whisenhunt isn't losing sleep over the quarterback position and, if you believe what he has to say, neither should you. "The two things that allow me to sleep at night are that we're going to be aggressive in pursuing a quarterback and trying to get one of these guys No. 1," the head coach said as a guest of Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf. "The second thing is, I really believe that this is a good environment for a quarterback to come to and I think that will be attractive to these quarterbacks."

Risk-reward: Kolb for Rodgers-Cromartie - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Mike Jurecki of XTRA910 radio in Phoenix lends credence to percolating rumors that the Arizona Cardinals would consider trading Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a one-time Pro Bowl cornerback, to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Re-signing own talent top priority for Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
Last off-season the Arizona Cardinals lost quite a bit of talent in the free agent market. Karlos Dansby and Antrelle Rolle, among others, departed for greener pastures, leaving the Cardinals with holes to fill. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt, as a guest on Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf show, said the idea is for that to not happen again this year.

ESPN Insider: Kolb deal likely done with a package of picks - ArizonaSports.com
Rumors of the Arizona Cardinals sending Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia in exchange for Kevin Kolb seem to have a shelf life longer than a Twinkie thanks to the lockout, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're accurate. Just a day after the rumors re-emerged, one national NFL insider is saying that draft picks -- and not a player -- will likely be what is dealt for Kolb.

Word From the Birds Blog - Like everyone, Bidwill ready for football
Out in Los Angeles Monday, at Memorial Coliseum, the annual NFL 101 All-Access event was held – at its core, an effort to keep the dream of an NFL team (or teams) in Los Angeles alive. This year, the Cardinals were invited to have a booth for the fans, and then for vice president Michael Bidwill to sit on a panel with the 49ers’ Jed York and the Raiders’ Amy Trask.

Word From the Birds Blog - Jason Wright retires
Kent Somers broke the news today that running back Jason Wright – a special teams ace and one of the anchors of the locker room – has decided to retire. It’s not a surprise. Quite frankly, it was a little bit of an open secret late in the year and, the day after the season, Wright acknowledged that was the plan. He didn’t want it publicized yet because he hadn’t yet talked to the coaching staff, and then, with the labor issues, I couldn’t talk to him directly. But Wright had some thoughts that day after the Cards finished up in San Francisco. The Northwestern grad, who is now in business school at the University of Chicago, just said it was "time."

Former Arizona Cardinals running back Jason Wright retires
After last season, running back Jason Wright and defensive lineman Bryan Robinson admitted they were going to ponder retirement. Wright has decided it's time to give up football, retiring after seven NFL seasons, including the last two with Arizona. Wright turned 28 last week, and his agent, Mike McCartney, believes Wright would have had plenty of options in free agency.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - An NFC West primer (part 1)
With the opening of training camp coming soon (I hope), four beat reporters who cover teams in the NFC West are combining forces this week for looks at each of the teams in the division. The Cardinals are up first and will be followed by the 49ers, Seahawks and Rams.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Eliminating two-a-day practices won't impact Cardinals much
Under a new collective bargaining agreement, coaches will no longer be able to put their players through two padded practices in one day. That should have little impact on the Cardinals, because coach Ken Whisenhunt usually avoids work schedules that includes consecutive practices that feature heavy hitting. That approach has been criticized by some fans and media as too soft. But players like it, and it was hard to argue against it in 2008 and 2009 when the Cardinals enjoyed good health for most of those seasons.

Interview with Calais Campbell, DE Arizona Cardinals | ProFootballFocus.com
To pass the time and stay productive during the NFL lockout, Calais Campbell interned with Will Farrell at FunnyOrDie.com. While that’s certainly impressive, the prototypical 3-4 defensive end has also been busy improving his production on the field in each of his first three seasons in the NFL after being drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft. Unfortunately, the success of the Cardinals’ defense hasn’t correlated with his individual success on the field. According to Calais, that’s going to change as soon as the defense is able to get on the field and work together to build chemistry. . I spent some time talking with Calais about the Cards’ 3-4 scheme, the linebacking group, and the current quarterback situation.

Christian Ponder takes some advice from Larry Fitzgerald | National Football Post
Christian Ponder shook off some rust this morning in a workout on the University of Minnesota campus that was put together by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Report: Cardinals will offer Rodgers-Cromartie for Kolb - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Arizona Cardinals have plenty to offer a new quarterback. That’s one of the things Ken Whisenhunt has said this offseason after the club passed on drafting a quarterback in April. Arizona is in the market for a quarterback when the new league year begins, and it sounds like the Cardinals are preparing to offer plenty for a new quarterback.

'Madden 12' respects Peterson, Quinn - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Expectations keep climbing for the Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson. EA Sports has made the cornerback its highest-rated rookie in "Madden 12." The St. Louis' Rams Robert Quinn rounds out the top 10.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Collmenter stifles Milwaukee Brewers offense
In his last appearance, which also happened to be against the Milwaukee Brewers, Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter was solid, pitching six shutout innings in a performance reminiscent of his start with the team earlier in the season in which he was puzzling hitters with his tomahawk delivery. All that was expected of him in Monday's game against the Brewers, and for the remainder of his time as a member of the Diamondbacks' rotation, was to deliver another outing of that caliber. "He threw good against Milwaukee last time," manager Kirk Gibson said. "So we'll take that again." Collmenter followed through, turning in eight scoreless innings in leading the Diamondbacks to a 3-0 win over the Brewers in front of 17,404 at Chase Field.

Dudley: 'We might as well just forfeit the season' - ArizonaSports.com
NBA fans need to brace themselves. There has been plenty of speculation that the NBA lockout will last a long time and the latest reports seem to confirm that.

NFL News:

NFL.com news: NFL, players zero in on labor deal, but complex issues remain
Lawyers for the NFL and its players met Monday in New York, but several issues still must be resolved before the parties can ratify a full collective bargaining agreement. According to sources with direct knowledge of the negotiations, some of those remaining items are sufficiently complicated and could require more than a few days to settle.

NFL.com news: Player reps convene in D.C. to work through labor details
In the latest sign that labor negotiations are progressing, representative for retired players joined talks in New York as player reps meet in Washington, D.C.

Report: Exclusive window could open July 25, free agency July 28 | ProFootballTalk
With the time line for approval of the labor agreement (once there’s finally an agreement) by the players still unclear, it’s looking like previous expectations for the launch of free agency will need to be adjusted.

Club execs to be briefed Thursday if NFL deal OK'd
The NFL told club executives they could be schooled in the ins and outs of the new labor contract as early as Thursday, and the players association summoned its leadership for a potential vote - the strongest signs yet the lockout might be nearing an end.

New rules seminar tentatively slated for Friday | ProFootballTalk
We’ve heard some rough estimates that unrestricted free agency could start by Monday July 25, with teams able to re-sign their own players starting on Friday. That timeline sounds a little aggressive.

Mike Pereira: Get ready for more replays, longer games | ProFootballTalk
Mike Pereira, the former NFL V.P. of Officiating who now works as an analyst for FOX, has a warning for football fans regarding the new instant replay rules of 2011: Get ready for longer games.

New deal adds $1 billion in benefits for retired players | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL and NFLPA* continue to march toward an apparent deal to end the lockout, more information is coming out about what they’ve agreed to do for the retired players, who have consistently insisted that their needs have to be considered as part of any deal.

Wink, wink: Handshake deals in free agency - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Reports suggest the next NFL labor agreement will begin with a 72-hour window for teams to re-sign their own free agents. Players could not change teams during this period, but I expect teams to conduct business the way they've always conducted business -- ahead of schedule, despite the rules. Barring unforeseen new rules with stiffer penalties for tampering, they'll still reach out to agents for players from other teams in an effort to keep up with their rivals. The thought came to mind Monday upon reading through the NFC West mailbag. Paul from Butte, Mont., noticed that Ken Whisenhunt and Carson Palmer were playing in the same golf tournament over the weekend. Whisenhunt's Cardinals could use a quarterback. Palmer is a quarterback looking for a new team. When opportunity and motive combine ...

Report -- Vincent Jackson of San Diego Chargers, Logan Mankins of New England Patriots eye freedom or $10M - ESPN
The agents for Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson and Patriots guard Logan Mankins reportedly are demanding their clients become unrestricted free agents or receive $10 million payments as part of the settlement of the Brady antitrust suit.

Green Bay Packers source denies team contacting players - ESPN
A high-ranking Green Bay Packers official adamantly denies reports that the team has notified players to report to the team Saturday in the event the NFL lockout ends.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - NFC West primer: the 49ers
With the lockout ending soon (we hope) four beat reporters who cover teams in the NFC West are combining forces this week for looks at each of the teams in the division. I examined the Cardinals on Monday. Today, Matt Maiocco of CSNbayarea.com gives us a look at the 49ers. First, here are my thoughts on the 49ers:

NFC West dominant team 2014-16 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
No team dominated the NFC West in 2010, but the St. Louis Rams are best positioned to control the division down the road.

Rookie Ratings: Top Rookies in Madden NFL 12
A fresh infusion of talent by way of the NFL draft is the surest way your favorite team can build for the future. Why do you think we always debate the top draft classes and not the top free agency classes of all time? We get excited adding rookies to Madden NFL 12 too. Rather than tweaking and adjusting ratings for the same old veterans we get to build new guys from scratch, projecting how they’ll transition to the pro game. If only their coaches could do that. Today we’re looking at the top overall rookies in Madden NFL 12 according to ratings. Simply put, these are the new guys we’ve added to the game that should have the biggest impact right out of the box.

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