3-31-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Good And Bad

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Time for some links, today we headline this thing with a look at some of the positives and negatives about the Cardinals from Sando's blog on ESPN.

Arizona Cardinals News:

What to like, dislike about the Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Turns out there's plenty to like -- and some things to dislike -- about those allegedly underestimated Arizona Cardinals. Some are obvious. Others could use elaboration. Let's get right to 'em.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - A few more contract numbers
Some contract numbers for a few other players are beginning to trickle in, via the NFLPA website. Here are the salaries for three more players. Unfortunately, I don't have information on any bonuses involved. My guess is that kicker Jay Feely and long snapper Mike Leach likely received some type of bonus: signing and/or roster. I'd guess that offensive lineman D'Anthony Batiste did not.

NFC West free-agency assessment - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals Key additions: OL Adam Snyder, CB William Gay Key losses: CB Richard Marshall Sando's grade so far: C-minus.

Wilson In A Good Place
Pro Bowl safety helping kids and confident in defense for 2012

Word From the Birds Blog | Cards have a little cap room, still looking
As of today, profootballtalk.com came out with a list of the current salary cap space for every team, revealing that the Cards have $2.1 million worth of room after their moves thus far. It’s no longer the least space in the league — four teams have less and the Cowboys are also at $2.1M — and gives the Cards a little breathing room right now.

Word From the Birds Blog | Beanie takes the mound
Back during the season, running back Beanie Wells was excited about back-to-back games with the Browns and Bengals, given that he was from Ohio, and he was blunt about the allegiances he developed when he was younger, "I always wanted to play in Ohio," Wells said then. "I made no bones about that. I love Ohio, and Ohio sports teams. It’s the Browns, Bengals, Cavaliers, Indians and Reds. If you’re from Ohio, that’s how it is. I love the Arizona Cardinals, no question. But I still root for Cleveland and Cincinnati." So Friday, Beanie lived a little bit of home right here in Arizona. The Indians and Reds were playing in a spring training game, and Wells was invited to throw out the first pitch (taking his young son Christian along for the fun).

Flight Plan: Cards Observe Pro Day
A group of Cardinals coaches and scouting personnel traveled to Tucson to watch the University of Arizona Pro Day. QB's Coach John McNulty was wired for sound. Go behind the scenes on Flight Plan!

Arizona Sports News:

Rattlers' defense shuts down Command's anemic offense
The Rattlers' defense made huge strides Thursday, but it came against the Arena Football League's most anemic offense in a 56-28 victory over the Kansas City Command on the road.

Jake Plummer, four other inductees join Arizona Sports Hall of Fame
Former Arizona State and Cardinals quarterback Jake Plummer headlined a special group of athletes Thursday, becoming part of the 42nd class of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.

Suns' Grant Hill to undergo minor right knee surgery
Suns small forward Grant Hill will undergo minor right knee surgery Friday morning and miss at least most of the season's remaining games.

Amar'e Stoudemire's recent rash of injuries proves Robert Sarver's foresight was correct
When the Suns had to decide whether to stake their future on Amar'e Stoudemire we argued that the team should pay the guy. But we have to hand it to Robert Sarver: He got it right.

Brock Osweiler impresses at his 1st workout for NFL personnel
Almost three months have passed since Brock Osweiler declared for the NFL draft. Since then, the former Arizona State quarterback has trained, but until Friday, he had not worked out in front of NFL personnel. Osweiler attended the NFL Combine in February but just did interviews because of a left foot injury suffered on the Sun Devils' second to last drive in the Dec. 22 Maaco Las Vegas Bowl. He attended ASU's Pro Day on March 16 but didn't work out. That turned Friday's workout into somewhat of a mystery. Until it started.

First impressions from Brock Osweiler's pro day
I don't expect the Cardinals to draft a quarterback, but they did their due diligence Friday with quarterbacks coach John McNulty and scout Josh Scobey attending the pro day of Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler. Oh, and Cardinals backup quarterback Rich Bartel attended. Bartel is a football junkie so he dropped by to watch. Bartel already spends his off-season coaching at camps, and he'll be a fine coach, scout, etc., whenever he's through playing. Teams don't attend these sessions with just the draft in mind. The Cardinals, for instance, probably won't take a quarterback but it pays to do the research in case Osweiler is on the market down the road.

Former NFL GM: Osweiler a first round pick - ArizonaSports.com
Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler held his pro day Friday afternoon in Tempe, and according to the player himself, had a solid afternoon throwing the football. He's not the only one who feels that way.

ASU's Osweiler receives draft green room invite - ArizonaSports.com
Some have scoffed at the idea of former Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler being a first-round NFL Draft pick. Others whole-heartedly believe he will be. But just hours after his pro day workout for numerous NFL teams and 27 days before the NFL Draft, Osweiler's chances of having his name called in prime time by commissioner Roger Goodell appear more realistic than ever.

Steve Nash is paving the way for his exit out of Phoenix - ArizonaSports.com
It appears Steve Nash is preparing for an exit.

NFL News:

Ryan Leaf Arrested On Burglary And Drug Charges, According To Report - SBNation.com
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested on Friday, according to a report. Leaf is currently on 10 years of probation from a 2009 indictment.

Saints Will Appeal Fine, Loss Of Draft Picks In Bounty Scandal - SBNation.com
It's appeal day for the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Head coach Sean Payton will appeal his year-long suspension and assistant coach Joe Vitt will also appeal his six-game suspension. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, however, will not appeal his suspension. Now for the latest appeal: the Saints organization as a whole is appealing their $500,000 fine as well as the loss of 2012 and 2013 second round picks, according to Judy Battista of the NY Times.

Jason Peters Injury: Ruptured Achilles Is Major Blow To Philadelphia Eagles - SBNation.com
The Eagles suffered a major blow earlier this week when LT Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles' tendon, which could keep him out for the entire 2012 season.

McNabb: I’m the most unfairly criticized quarterback in NFL history | ProFootballTalk
Former Eagles, Redskins and Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb made another appearance on ESPN First Take on Friday, and just as he did on Thursday by questioning whether Robert Griffin III can fit with the Redskins, McNabb made a comment that will surely raise eyebrows.

Carlos Rogers didn’t want to sign with a "sorry" team | ProFootballTalk
Carlos Rogers signed a new contract with the 49ers just hours after his old contract expired, remaining with the 49ers on a four-year, $31.3 million deal. Rogers says the money is nice, but that wasn’t the primary motivation.

Tebow "not sure" he’ll be a starting quarterback again | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Tim Tebow supposedly wanted to come to New York because he thinks he can wrest the starting job from Mark Sanchez. But Tebow surely won’t ever say that. Instead, Tebow says that he’s "not sure" he’ll be a starter. Ever.

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