3-20-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Manning To Denver

"By the way Tim, I'm taking your job" (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Time for some links as we finally get an answer to the whole Peyton Manning saga. Also some guys came to visit the Cardinals, but no news on roster moves yet.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals release OL Rex Hadnot, WR Chansi Stuckey
The Cardinals released veteran right guard Rex Hadnot and wide receiver Chansi Stuckey on Monday, clearing a little more than $3 million in salary-cap space in the process.

azcentral.com blogs - Dan Bickley - Peyton Manning and the Art of Rejection
Denver wins. So does Arizona. The only real losers are those who spent big money for a Tim Tebow replica jersey in 2011.

Cardinals bring DB William Gay in for a visit - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals, seeking to acquire depth in the defensive backfield, are bringing William Gay in for a visit. According to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com, Gay joins the Packers' Jarrett Bush as players checking out the Cardinals Monday.

Report: Jarrett Bush to visit Arizona Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
As we head into the second week of NFL free agency, the Arizona Cardinals are expecting a visitor to their complex Monday.

What are Cardinals doing? One indication - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The earlier item assessing what's next for Seattle in free agency brought quick responses from Arizona Cardinals fans. "What's 1st for Cards?" Gabe asked. Another, Carmine, was less delicate. Last we heard, the Cardinals had lost the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, which meant Kevin Kolb won the Arizona lottery -- a $7 million bonus enabled by Manning's withdrawal from consideration.

Word From the Birds Blog - Hadnot, Stuckey released
Eventually, the cap situation for the Cardinals was going to force further roster moves, and while they had been out there over the weekend, the team officially announced the cuts of guard Rex Hadnot and wide receive Chansi Stuckey Monday.

Word From the Birds Blog - A pair of defensive backs visit
The Cardinals will bring in a pair of veteran defensive backs today on free agent visits, in light of Richard Marshall’s departure: William Gay, who was with the Steelers, and Jarrett Bush, who has been with the Packers. Gay, a five-year vet, played under DC Ray Horton in Pittsburgh. Bush, meanwhile, has played six years and has been a reserve his whole career.

Warner 'a little surprised' Cardinals brought Levi Brown back - ArizonaSports.com
When the Cardinals released Levi Brown on March 13, many fans were pleased. After all, the former No. 5 pick in the 2007 draft has been a disappointment in the NFL, always known as the guy Arizona chose instead of Adrian Peterson. However, the team re-signed the tackle just a few days later, with many of those same fans asking one, simple question. Why?

Kurt Warner says Peyton Manning needed to explore all options - ArizonaSports.com
Kurt Warner thinks Peyton Manning wanted to stay in the AFC, but owed it to himself to explore all potential suitors. So, even though he may have wanted to be a Denver Bronco all along, Manning still visited with Arizona and San Francisco, among others.

Peyton Manning makes his decision...it's Denver - ArizonaSports.com
Just three days after eliminating the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent possibility, Peyton Manning has made his decision. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Manning has chosen to sign with the Denver Broncos.

Arizona Sports News:

VIDEO: Peyton Manning To Broncos, Phoenix News Anchor To Wash Mouth With Soap - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Let's be honest here. Peyton Manning choosing the Denver Broncos has all of us cursing one thing or another. Titans and Dolphins fans are cussin' mad, Jaguars fans are cussing at the sight of onrushing Tim Tebow rumors and Broncos fans are cussing with joy.

NFL News:

Peyton Manning Reportedly Picks The Broncos - SBNation.com
Denver it is. According to a report, Peyton Manning will be the next quarterback of the Denver Broncos, barring an unexpected snag in contract talks.

Tim Tebow Trade Reportedly Coming After Peyton Manning Picks Denver - SBNation.com
Peyton Manning has reportedly chosen the Broncos as his next team which will cause the Broncos to put Tim Tebow on the trade block.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Free Agency Changes The Landscape - SBNation.com
NFL free agency started last week with its usual hysteria. Teams scooped up players in the hopes of plugging holes with sopping piles of cash. How will last week's moves change the 2012 NFL draft landscape?

Peyton Manning Is A Bronco, Tim Tebow Is A Trade Away, And It's All Perfect - SBNation.com
Peyton Manning chose the Denver Broncos on Monday, Tim Tebow could be traded soon, and the NFL world has been turned upside down. And it's all pretty perfect.

Forget about Peyton Manning to 49ers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Skip Bayless was crowing even more than usual, reveling in his contention from the beginning that the San Francisco 49ers should pursue Peyton Manning. The "First Take" video should get your blood pumping a little on a Monday morning. It becomes a free-for-all after Bayless makes a couple of initial points. But with Manning choosing the Denver Broncos on Monday -- the news is now coming in from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter -- this discussion feels so five minutes ago.

On whether Manning blew his best shot - NFC West Blog - ESPN
On the surface, Peyton Manning blew his best opportunity to win a Super Bowl quickly when he chose the Denver Broncos over the San Francisco 49ers. His reasoning? Peter King, citing a 49ers source, says unrealistic expectations in San Francisco might have been a turn-off.

Five thoughts on a Manning-free division - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Five considerations now that Peyton Manning has told the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans he plans to sign with the Denver Broncos:

Then and now: Giving Matt Flynn a chance - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Similarities between Matt Flynn and Matt Hasselbeck border on eery. Flynn, like Hasselbeck in 2001, came to the Seattle Seahawks from the Green Bay Packers. Both were reunited in Seattle with personnel people they knew in Green Bay (John Schneider for Flynn, Ted Thompson for Hasselbeck). Flynn is 25 years old. Hasselbeck was 26. Both quarterbacks, though unproven, appeared close to joining the Miami Dolphins before landing in Seattle.

Where the Manning-less 49ers, Titans and Dolphins go from here | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Peyton Manning has made his choice, and while he and the Denver Broncos are off to the penthouse to consummate their relationship, teams like the Titans, 49ers and Dolphins are left vulnerable and feeling empty. They stand there beaten and shamed, like the rejected ladies on "The Bachelor," pretending they still have a strand of self-esteem to cling to.

Free Agent Mike Tolbert Signs With Panthers On 4-Year Deal - SBNation.com
In the 2008 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers picked up RB Jonathan Stewart in the first round. In July 2011, the Panthers signed RB DeAngelo Williams to the tune of five years, $43 million. Now they're adding even more running back depth.

Free Agent Alex Smith Looking At Dolphins; 49ers Still An Option - SBNation.com
For weeks we've thought free agent QB Alex Smith re-joining the San Francisco 49ers was only a formality. Reportedly, the 49ers had offered Smith a three-year contract that averaged $8 million per year. But that was before the 49ers interest in Peyton Manning became known. Now Smith is starting to look at his options.

Bud Adams on Peyton: I’m disappointed, but we’ll move forward | ProFootballTalk
Titans owner Bud Adams was adamant that he wanted Peyton Manning to finish his career in Tennessee, and also join the franchise’s front office after retirement. So Adams took the news hard when Manning said today that he’s heading to Denver.

Garrard joins the Dolphins | ProFootballTalk
Well, Ryan Clark was wrong. Last night, the Steelers safety said "no one" wants to play for the Dolphins. On Monday night, quarterback David Garrard decided to do so, according to Jay Glazer of FOX. Yes, Garrard is a Dolphin.

Harbaugh, Smith met for an hour on Monday | ProFootballTalk
With the 49ers missing out on Peyton Manning and Alex Smith still available, coach Jim Harbaugh spent time on Monday trying to patch up his relationship with the quarterback for whom Harbaugh previously had expressed unequivocal loyalty.

Report: Titans, Wimbley close to five-year agreement | ProFootballTalk
Adam Caplan is reporting that free agent defensive end Kamerion Wimbley will spend Monday night in Nashville after today’s visit with Titans officials.

Jaguars, Dolphins should be at the front of the line for Tebow | ProFootballTalk
After an unexpectedly exciting run as the Broncos’ starter, Tebow time soon will be over in Colorado. The question becomes where it will continue.

Pete Carroll says there will be an "open competition" at quarterback | ProFootballTalk
When Tarvaris Jackson signed with the Seahawks as a free agent in 2011, Pete Carroll didn’t waste any time before installing him as the team’s starting quarterback. Carroll is taking a different course of action this time.

Alex Smith, Dolphins have had more contract talks today | ProFootballTalk
Both SI.com’s Peter King and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald are reporting that free agent quarterback Alex Smith has been in contract negotiations with the Dolphins on Monday.

Bud Adams’ focus on Peyton may have cost Titans Mario Williams | ProFootballTalk
When the Tennessee Titans entered the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, the impetus wasn’t from coach Mike Munchak or General Manager Ruston Webster. It was Titans owner Bud Adams who made clear that Munchak, Webster and the other football people who work for him had been instructed to go after Manning.

Quinn finally realizes money isn’t everything | ProFootballTalk
In signing with the Chiefs, quarterback Brady Quinn apparently didn’t take the best financial offer he could find. Instead, he went with the best fit. (Peyton Manning would have said, "Get both.")

Figuring out the Fins | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins have whiffed on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. They may miss out on Alex Smith. So what’s wrong with the franchise? Is Ryan Clark right? Does "no one" want to play for the Dolphins?

Merril Hoge kicks Tim Tebow while he’s down: "He has no clue" | ProFootballTalk
Merril Hoge, the former NFL fullback who has become an analyst on ESPN’s Matchup show, has long been a harsh critic of Tim Tebow. And on the day that Peyton Manning’s arrival put Tebow on the trading block in Denver, Hoge didn’t hold back in kicking Tebow while he’s down.

Did A 16-Year-Old Mass. Lass Hook Up With Rob Gronkowski One Steamy Night In Aruba?
According to the filthy minds at Busted Coverage, a young woman from Scituate, Mass. recently tweeted thusly about a Gronkquest:

Matt Leinart could back up Carson Palmer in Oakland | ProFootballTalk
The Oakland Raiders may be in the market for a Heisman Trophy-winning USC quarterback to back up their starter, another Heisman Trophy-winning USC quarterback. Matt Leinart, who was cut by the Texans last week, is a likely target for the Raiders as they look for a backup to Carson Palmer, Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports.

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