6-2-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Offseason Stuff

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Time for todays links, including a video on what the addition of Floyd could do for the group of receivers as a whole.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Mailbag: Only three draft picks unsigned - NFC West Blog - ESPN
If only the NFL's current labor deal had been in place when Andre Wadsworth, Chris McIntosh, Michael Crabtree and so many other rookies from current NFC West teams missed valuable training camp time. Teams no longer must worry about draft choices failing to report on time while their agents hammer out complicated contracts. It's a huge relief for coaches in particular. Only three NFC West draft choices remain unsigned with nearly two full months remaining before training camp. Receiver Michael Floyd (Arizona), receiver A.J. Jenkins (San Francisco) and cornerback Jamell Fleming (Arizona) will almost certainly sign in time. Seattle and St. Louis already have all their rookies under contract.

Four Pro Bowlers, but what's behind them? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Four safeties from the NFC earned Pro Bowl honors last season. All four played in the NFC West: Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor from Seattle, Dashon Goldson from San Francisco and Adrian Wilson from Arizona. On the surface, few positions appear stronger within the division. Beneath the surface, there isn't much depth -- at all.

Look who shows up on impressive WR list - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson show up on K.C. Joyner's list of "matchup busting" wide receivers based on 2011 production. No surprise there. Mild surprise here: Michael Crabtree, a favorite target for criticism since a contract dispute nearly wrecked his rookie season, appeared among six players in the "honorable mention" category. Fitzgerald and Crabtree were the only NFC wideouts to earn mention (two former ones, Laurent Robinson and Anquan Boldin, appeared).

Receivers’ Floyd Factor
With the addition of Michael Floyd, receivers like Andre Roberts and Early Doucet could get a chance to flourish in other roles.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks doomed by San Diego Padres' big 8th inning
Jesus Guzman's pinch-hit two-run homer ignited a sixth-run eighth inning and lifted the San Diego Padres to a 7-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night.

Phoenix Mercury fall to Becky Hammon and San Antonio Silver Stars
Becky Hammon made of 6 of 8 3-pointers while scoring 30 points, leading the Silver Stars to an 85-66 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night.

NFL News:

NFL Possesses Ledger Used For New Orleans Saints Bounties, Per Report - SBNation.com
The NFL has in its possession a "ledger" used by the New Orleans Saints to track the team's pay for performance system, which includes player bounties, according to a report from Jason Cole at Yahoo Sports. Cole's report cites two separate sources with knowledge of the NFL investigation into the bounty program in claiming the league has this "ledger." The document includes unofficial fines for player mistakes as well as money for "cart-offs" and "whacks" that were part of the bounty program. Those same sources said that the NFL showed portions of this ledger to individuals investigated in the bounty program.

Scott Fujita, Drew Brees, Sean Pamphilon And The Decision To Release The Gregg Williams Audio - SBNation.com
The strange saga of the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal took another odd and confusing turn on Thursday night. Filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who gave the matter a more visceral feel when he released audio of Gregg Williams' violent exhortations to his players prior to a January playoff game against the 49ers, posted a lengthy chronicle on his website discussing the decision to release the audio of Williams' rant.

Ledger entries for Bills game raise new questions about alleged Saints bounty program | ProFootballTalk
By all appearances, the NFL finally has released evidence of the bounty program in New Orleans. Not directly, of course, but by leaking it to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. That said, the evidence given to Cole raises more questions than it answers.

Osi Umenyiora, Giants Agree To Restructured Contract - SBNation.com
After two years, Osi Umenyiora has finally restructured his contract with the Giants.

Darrelle Revis' Contract Situation Could Be Deja Vu - SBNation.com
Darrelle Revis is one of the top cornerbacks in the game, but is starting to become known for contract holdouts. He may be sitting out training camp again in 2012.

Cam Newton still wonders which sources said he has a fake smile | ProFootballTalk
After his phenomenal rookie season, all of the pre-draft criticisms about Panthers quarterback Cam Newton now seem pretty silly. But the one that seems silliest — about his fake smile — is one that Newton is still scratching his head over.

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