7-28-11: Bird Droppings - Breaston Gone, Still Waiting On Kolb

Goodbye Steve (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Some bad news from last night. Steve Breaston is now gone, joining back up with former Cards Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley in Kansas City. The Kolb Deal also hasn't been finished yet at the time I'm writing this (10:30 PM), but it looks like it is getting close. Orton also appears to be off the table with him appearing to be almost ready to sign with the Dolphins.

So, hopefully some good news for the Cardinals today. Please?

Arizona Cardinals News:

Sources -- Philadelphia Eagles expected to deal Kevin Kolb to Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
Kevin Kolb is expected to be traded by the Eagles to the Cardinals, sources said.

Progress indicated but still no deal for Kolb - ArizonaSports.com
Whatever the Arizona Cardinals were doing in their pursuit of Kevin Kolb, they were keeping it to themselves.

Kevin Kolb trade likely to happen Thursday - ArizonaSports.com
It seems that Arizona Cardinals fans can stop hitting the refresh button on their computers, at least until tomorrow.

Cards Release Camp Schedule
First practice is 3 p.m. Saturday

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Cardinals announce deals with 21 rookie free agents
The Cardinals have agreed to terms with 21 rookie free agents, including the brothers of defensive end Calais Campbell and quarterback John Skelton.

Word From the Birds Blog - Adding players, keeping players
Slowly, information has come out on a handful of Cards’ early moves here in this tiny 2011 offseason. Again, because contracts can’t be signed until Friday afternoon, no official announcements are being made on free agents. But through multiple reports, it came out that the Cards had agreed to a deal with former Carolina tight end Jeff King, a good blocker who fits well the mold of what coach Ken Whisenhunt wants in a tight end. Stephen Spach is also expected to return, so with draft pick Rob Housler and holdover Jim Dray, we know what the position is going to look like in camp (and it doesn’t include Todd Heap or Zach Miller).

Steve Breaston chooses to leave Arizona Cardinals, will sign with Kansas City Chiefs
Receiver Steve Breaston chose not to re-sign with the Cardinals, opting instead to agree to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to sources close to the situation. An unrestricted free agent, Breaston had received interest from numerous teams, including Arizona, which drafted him in the fifth round in 2007. But Breaston apparently received more lucrative offers, and he decided on the Chiefs.

As Kyle Orton likely heads to Miami, Cardinals leverage dwindles - ArizonaSports.com
The leverage may have just swung back to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Kevin Kolb negotiations. That's because Kyle Orton, who many believed was the Arizona Cardinals backup plan, may be on the move in a matter of hours.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Cardinals reportedly talking to Packers' Colledge
It makes sense that the Cardinals would show interest in Packers left guard Daryn Colledge, a six-year pro who has started since he was a rookie.

Super Bowl champion on verge of joining Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
The task of rebuilding the offensive line is a great one for the Arizona Cardinals, but it appears they are finally ready to begin the process.

Cards must replace Breaston, have options - ArizonaSports.com
During his four years in Arizona, wide receiver Steve Breaston earned a reputation for being a tough player who the Cardinals could rely on. Now Breaston is heading to Kansas City, meaning the Cardinals have a hole to fill. While the talk is of them doing so from within, maybe with second-year pro Andre Roberts, that isn't exactly an exciting option.

On whether Cardinals have legit plan at QB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Anthony Becht closed out his 10-year NFL career with the St. Louis Rams (2008) and Arizona Cardinals (2009). He knows the NFC West. Count the veteran tight end among former Arizona employees taking shots at the team's approach.

Cards parting with Rodgers-Cromartie not because of Kevin Kolb - ArizonaSports.com
Greg Toler is a third-year pro out of Saint Paul's college. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, and in just two seasons has amassed 92 tackles and three interceptions. Greg Toler is also the reason Arizona is trading Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia for Kevin Kolb.

Rumor: Kevin Kolb won't report to Philadelphia Eagles camp - ArizonaSports.com
No one knows if Kevin Kolb will be in Arizona on Thursday but we do know where he won't be. According to sources who talked with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kolb won't be at Eagles training camp.

Breaston's loss part of cumulative effect - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals have taken pride in finding strong values later in the NFL draft. Steve Breaston was one of those strong values. The 2007 fifth-round pick earned a roster spot on special teams, worked his way into becoming a 1,000-yard receiver and typified the grittiness coach Ken Whisenhunt has sought to establish in Arizona.

On whether the Cardinals are active enough - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Brian from Scottsdale, Ariz., hit the NFC West mailbag with concerns over the Arizona Cardinals' approach to free-agent negotiations so far. "For all of the talk and speculation over the past few months, things seem way too quiet," he wrote.

When did Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie become the most important Cardinal? - ArizonaSports.com
When exactly did Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie become the most important player on the Arizona Cardinals defense? That's the feeling I'm getting from a lot of fans now that DRC's name has been thrown around in trade talks more often than quarterbacks threw to the receivers he was guarding last season.

Has the price for Kevin Kolb been set? - ArizonaSports.com
After all the speculation it appears the price for the Cardinals to acquire Kevin Kolb has been set.

Cart before horse: Eagles' jersey for DRC - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles have not completed a trade involving Kevin Kolb and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The long-rumored deal still could happen.

Are the Arizona Cardinals 'sweating' about a Kevin Kolb deal? - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals front office may be perspiration and it has nothing to do with the heat in the Valley. It may be over whether or not they'll land Kevin Kolb. Former Cardinal tight end Anthony Becht, who played for the team in 2009, thinks that the Eagles are sitting pretty when it comes to Kolb and that should concern his former team.

Kevin Kolb may be coming to Arizona shortly - ArizonaSports.com
The delays may be over and Kevin Kolb may be an Arizona Cardinal very soon. According to a tweet by NFL.com's Jason La Canforna, Kolb could be in the desert in the next 48 hours.

Eagles need backup before parting with Kevin Kolb - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals are still the front runners to land Kevin Kolb, but the Philadelphia Eagles have some needs to fill prior to parting with the quarterback.

Kevin Kolb to Arizona trade seems to be delayed - ArizonaSports.com
The NFL offseason has finally begun, but the Arizona Cardinals are still without a quarterback. Many expected Kevin Kolb to be traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to Arizona as soon as trades were allowed to occur. Whether there is something holding the deal up, or the Cardinals are simply being patient, Sports 620 KTAR's Doug Franz thinks the delay is beneficial to the team.

Brothers, beefy linemen among Arizona rookie FAs - ArizonaSports.com
The brothers of Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell and quarterback John Skelton are among the 21 undrafted rookie free agents who have agreed to contract terms with the Cardinals. Jared Campbell was a part-time starter at safety for Miami last season. Stephen Skelton was a tight end at Fordham, the same school his brother attended.

Eagles website offers Rodgers-Cromartie jerseys | ProFootballTalk
Dozens of you have alerted us to something on the Eagles’ website that could be interpreted as indicating that a deal that would send quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is done. The Eagles are selling Rodgers-Cromartie jerseys on their website.

Word From the Birds Blog - Breaston expected to move on
Wide receiver Steve Breaston hasn’t agreed to a contract anywhere else yet, but a non-Cardinal source confirms Breaston won’t be coming back to the Cardinals. It’s not a shock, given the way the season closed out for Breaston and how the team was looking closely at Andre Roberts. Roberts will be the leading candidate to replace Breaston and be Larry Fitzgerald’s No. 2.

Eagles, Cardinals talks heating up | ProFootballTalk
The Eagles have removed cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the list of jerseys that can be purchased on the team’s website. They may be putting it back on there soon. Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Eagles and Cardinals have made "significant progress" on a deal that would send quarterback Kevin Kolb to Arizona for Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick.

Trade talks will keep Kolb away from Eagles camp | ProFootballTalk
It’s been reported that Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson won’t be reporting to training camp. Another fairly high-profile players also won’t be there on Thursday. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that quarterback Kevin Kolb won’t show up, due to ongoing trade talks.

Word From the Birds Blog - Undrafted rookie class includes two brothers
Tight end Stephen Skelton of Fordham and safety Jared Campbell of Miami — brothers of current Cards John Skelton and Calais Campbell — are among the 21 undrafted rookies the team has signed for training camp. The rest of the lengthy list includes:

Cardinals' official list of undrafted rookies - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals released their list of undrafted free agents heading into 2011 camp.

Campbell Brothers Reunite
Video Gallery - azcardinals.com

Video: Cardinals working on Kolb deal - NFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN's Colleen Dominquez says the Arizona Cardinals want to have Kevin Kolb acquired in time for camp, and the sides are close to an agreement.

Arizona Sports News:

Juston Upton, Xavier Nady power Arizona Diamondbacks past San Diego Padres
Justin Upton homered twice and Xavier Nady added a two-run shot, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila having MVP season but just wants league title
Nick Davila's phone didn't ring, which was a good thing for the Rattlers, because if an NFL team came calling now, legitimate panic would set in as the playoffs open.

The Pac-12 Networks to launch in August 2012
The Pac-12 and four cable television operators announced creation of a national and six regional networks Wednesday.

NFL News:

Donovan McNabb trade to Minnesota Vikings in place, sources say - ESPN
The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and Donovan McNabb have a preliminary agreement in place for the veteran quarterback to be traded to Minnesota, sources told ESPN.

Tennessee Titans reach deal with Matt Hasselbeck, source says - ESPN
The Tennessee Titans swooped in Wednesday on Matt Hasselbeck, reaching agreement with the free-agent quarterback on a multi-year contract, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Sources -- San Francisco 49ers' Frank Gore wants new deal, plans holdout - ESPN
Frank Gore is planning to hold out and not report to training camp until the Niners reward him with a new contract, according to league sources.

Chris Johnson of Tennessee Titans planning training camp holdout, source says - ESPN
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is planning to hold out of training camp while seeking a more lucrative contract, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Dolphins, Broncos working to get Kyle Orton deal done | ProFootballTalk
Kyle Orton is getting closer to becoming the starting quarterback of the Miami Dolphins. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Broncos are in serious trade discussions with the Dolphins about Orton. And multiple reports out of Miami indicate that the Dolphins seriously want Orton.

Source: Texans agree to terms with QB Matt Leinart
The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with backup quarterback Matt Leinart. Houston signed Leinart to a one-year deal in September 2010, but the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner didn't take a snap during the season and the Texans drafted North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates in the fifth round. Yates worked with incumbent starter Matt Schaub and backup Dan Orlovsky during the lockout. A person with knowledge of Leinart's decision confirmed the deal Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the move. The Houston Chronicle and KRIV-TV first reported Leinart's deal.

Matt Leinart reverses course, stays with Houston Texans - latimes.com
In a prime example of how free-agency moves this week are not etched in stone, quarterback Matt Leinart has decided not to rejoin Pete Carroll in Seattle -– a deal that couldn’t be signed until Friday -– and instead will stay with the Houston Texans.

What to know about Frank Gore's holdout - NFC West Blog - ESPN
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore will be 29 years old when his current contract expires following the 2011 season. Gore apparently -- and correctly, in my view -- realizes teams won't be lining up to pay him lavishly at that time.

Sources: Plaxico Burress likely to New York Giants or Pittsburgh Steelers - ESPN
Free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress said he will meet with his former coach, Tom Coughlin, on Wednesday about a potential return to the Giants.

Saints, Dolphins agree to terms on Reggie Bush trade | ProFootballTalk
For the second time in two days, a deal has been worked out for a high-profile player. And, for the second time in two days, the trade now hinges on the player working out an acceptable deal with his new team. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the Saints have agreed to the terms of a trade that would send running back Reggie Bush to the Dolphins.

Texans keep Matt Leinart | ProFootballTalk
In a surprise move, quarterback Matt Leinart has agreed to a deal to stay with the Houston Texans, a day after reports circulated that Leinart would sign with the Seattle Seahawks.

So much for Leinart-Carroll reunion - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Matt Leinart told Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak he wanted a chance to compete for a starting job, John McClain reports. Why, then, would Leinart choose the Texans over the Seattle Seahawks when agreeing to contract terms Tuesday?

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