4-25-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Waiting For The Draft

What a poor fitting jersey (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Time for more links, mainly draft preview stuff, also a note on a pay cut for Stewart Bradley.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Stewart Bradley accepts $2.5 million pay cut | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals’ signing of linebacker Stewart Bradley to a five-year, $25 million contract was widely met with media praise last July, but things didn’t turn out nearly as well on the field. Bradley received a $10 million signing bonus, yet wound up playing less than 20 percent of Arizona’s defensive snaps.

Arizona Cardinals GM sticks to facts in draft
n the days just before the NFL draft, information and misinformation flow through the same pipes, mixing together so well that they become indistinguishable from each other. Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves has a simple way of dealing with it: He ignores it.

Arizona Cardinals often strike gold in 3rd round
Given that the Cardinals mostly will be riding the bench during the second day of the NFL draft because they presently hold just one pick, the 80th overall in the third round, the general school of thought is they had better hit a home run in Round 1. Greater expectations might be placed on making the perfect pick with the 13th overall choice on Thursday, but there's no reason to think they can't hit one out of the park on Friday as well. After all, they've done it before.

Will WR Michael Floyd tempt Arizona Cardinals?
If Iowa tackle Riley Reiff is available when the Cardinals are on the clock Thursday with the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft, one would assume he would be their man. After all, there is a huge need on Arizona's revamped offensive line, and Reiff could fill it neatly opposite Levi Brown, either on the left or right side. But what happens if a player such as Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is also available, and he's staring the Cardinals right in the face? Apparently, it's an easy choice if you're Larry Fitzgerald.

Word From the Birds Blog | Now there’s 90
The NFL announced that teams will now be allowed to have 90 players on the roster in the offseason/preseason, following the precedent set last year. Of course, that last year was because of the lack of offseason and the need for bodies in a boom-here-it-is training camp, but teams decided it worked. You know coaches like having more players in the preseason. It makes sense.

Word From the Birds Blog | The Hyphen as a sore thumb
General manager Rod Graves was recalling in his mind was the "most tense" discussion the current brass had had in the draft room — the debate about whether to take running back LaRod Stephens-Howling in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - Bradley takes pay cut
Inside linebacker Stewart Bradley agreed to take a cut in his base salary this year, from $5 million to $2.5 million, according to documents filed with the player's association. The move frees $2.5 million of cap space for the Cardinals.

Scout's take: Where Cardinals stand in draft - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Any team with Larry Fitzgerald at wide receiver would seem to be set at the position, or close to it. But as Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. explained when we discussed receivers Tuesday, there's a reason Mario Manningham made the key reception for the New York Giants against New England in the most recent Super Bowl. "They talked about Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl saying, 'Give them Manningham,' and then Manningham makes that crazy catch," Muench said. "That was because they didn't want Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to beat them."

My Draft Story - Ken Whisenhunt
Coach Ken Whisenhunt recalls the day when the Atlanta Falcons selected him in the 12th round of the 1985 NFL Draft as a TE out of Georgia Tech.

My Draft Story - Ray Horton
Coach Ray Horton recalls draft day back in 1983 when the Bengals selected him in the 2nd round as a defensive back out of the University of Washington.

My Draft Story - Russ Grimm
Russ Grimm talks about being selected in the 3rd round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. It would be the first step in his Hall of Fame career.

Behind the Peterson Pick
From the War Room in Tempe to the Green Room in New York City, take a look back at the Cardinals selection of Patrick Peterson in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Suns' playoff hopes extinguished
Wednesday night could have been a night that lit US Airways Center ablaze with desire for the Suns to play their way into the postseason with a win in the season's final game. Instead, it is meaningless. The only thing being lit is a candle for the idea that two-time Most Valuable Player Steve Nash might be playing his final game for the Suns Wednesday night with free agency available to him in July. Even with Nash at the helm, the Suns have missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1988, as they were eliminated with a 100-88 loss Tuesday night at Utah.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Josh Collmenter struggles in loss to Philadelphia Phillies
Josh Collmenter had not seen the sixth inning this season, let alone the seventh, and considering the Diamondbacks made a roster move to add a multi-inning reliever before the game, the team was preparing for the possibility of another short night for the right-hander Tuesday. Collmenter gave the Diamondbacks innings. But again, he could not give them results. Collmenter was charged with six earned runs in six-plus innings in the Diamondbacks' 8-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Chase Field.

NFL News:

Saints close to knowing further punishment, but dysfunction keeps growing | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The hits just keep on coming for the New Orleans Saints. In the wake of their bounty scandal, there was the stranger news of general manger Mickey Loomis allegedly bugging the visitors'' locker room at the Superdome, and the family drama that has team owner Tom Benson putting his own granddaughter on administrative leave for her "sense of entitlement." With all this going on, and the draft just two days away, the Saints' front office (or what's left of it) still doesn't know how many players NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell intends to fine and/or suspend for their roles in the attempts to intentionally injure players over the course of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' time with the team.

Brent Grimes Signs Franchise Deal With Falcons Amid Asante Samuel Trade Rumors - SBNation.com
The Atlanta Falcons have announced cornerback Brent Grimes has signed his franchise tender, and not a moment too soon. Earlier in the day, word leaked to Adam Schefter that Atlanta was in the market for Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel. Whether they actually were or were only looking to apply some pressure to Grimes remains to be seen.

Subway Makes A Robert Griffin III Sandwich Sculpture - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
Subway has paid tribute to the presumptive No. 2 pick in the draft by building a sculpture of Robert Griffin III. The sculpture, naturally, is made of sandwich ingredients.

Jets will use Tim Tebow on the punt team | ProFootballTalk
When the Jets acquired Tim Tebow from Denver, one of the suggestions of ways to use him was to have him play on the punt team as the personal protector. It seems that the Jets are following through on that suggestion.

Tannehill may join Quinn and Rodgers, slide out of Top 20 | ProFootballTalk
Two of the deepest draft-day slides in recent memory came from a pair of quarterbacks, Brady Quinn in 2007 and Aaron Rodgers in 2005, who fell all the way out of the Top 20. At least one NFL executive thinks a third quarterback could join that group on Thursday night.

Redskins reel in Neil Rackers | ProFootballTalk
Graham Gano just gulped, hard. The Redskins have signed kicker Neil Rackers, according to Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston.

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