2/22 Arizona Cardinals news: Arians, Keim at the Combine, more Alex Smith, draft picks set

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Friday morning links to start your day with the Cardinals and NFL.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim are in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. They talked about some of their offseason plans, including the running backs on their roster. Alex Smith was a topic of conversation again. Also, Arians discussed getting Patrick Peterson the ball more.

Here are today's links to start your day off.

Cardinals:

Word From the Birds Blog | The Alex Smith speculation
Finding an answer at quarterback is again on the agenda for the Cardinals this offseason. One potential target could be 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who is no longer needed in the Bay Area thanks to the rise of Colin Kaepernick.

Word From the Birds Blog | Thoughts on Beanie and Ryan Williams
Both Steve Keim and Bruce Arians talked about the Cardinals’ top two running backs today. As you can imagine, injuries were at the center of their analysis with both Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams.

Working On The Roster
Arians, Keim get to work on the roster as Cards settle in at Scouting combine

Need a quarterback this offseason? Good luck
|Demand for franchise quarterbacks is as high as ever this offseason, but supply is at an all-time low.

2013 NFL draft picks by round, no comps - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The NFL released a tentative 2013 NFL draft order pending release of 32 compensatory draft choices next month.

Which offenses got most bang for cap buck - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The $26.7 million in salary-cap space Indianapolis committed to offensive players in 2012 was the smallest amount in the NFL. What about the Cards?

Reading between lines on Alex Smith talk - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts on the report that the San Francisco 49ers are "highly, highly, highly unlikely" to release Alex Smith this offseason:

Deadspin
Bruce Arians dressed like this for his press conference today. He will be a terrible head coach but a fine limo driver.

Patrick Peterson on offense? Cardinals coach won't rule it out ArizonaSports.com
"I wouldn't say it's out of the question," Arians said from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "We have a group of receivers that are pretty dang gone good, and I'm not sure which one of them I want to sit on the bench; they're not going to be real happy."

Arians: Not interested in running QB for Cardinals ArizonaSports.com
"I'm not a believer in putting my quarterback in harm's way; I think a lot of harm will come to him."

NFL:

Stupid things said at the NFL Combine - SBNation.com
There was a lot of information to be had on the first morning of the Combine, not so much wisdom.

Seahawks open to trading Matt Flynn, GM says - SBNation.com
Seattle GM John Schneider says they like having two good quarterbacks but didn't rule out being willing to hear offers for Flynn.

NFL Combine 2013: Georgia's Jarvis Jones will not work out, plans to focus on pro day - SBNation.com
The top linebacker available will focus on his school's pro day.

Percy Harvin trade rumors: Rick Spielman has 'no intent' to trade wide receiver - SBNation.com
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman reiterated that he has "no intent" to trade Percy Harvin this offseason.

Dee Milliner injury: Alabama CB will have shoulder surgery after NFL Combine - SBNation.com
Alabama's Dee Milliner, the top cornerback prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft, will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder following the NFL Combine.

NFL Combine 2013: Schedule and preview - SBNation.com
The NFL Combine is finally alive with buzz, as prospects are rolling in for registration, medical check-ups and plenty of interviews.

Knowshon Moreno injury: Broncos RB had knee surgery after season ended - SBNation.com
Moreno had stem cells injected into his injured right knee following the season and is currently rehabbing.

Jaguars Franchise tag: Derek Cox, nor anyone will be tagged - Big Cat Country
The Jaguars will not be tagging cornerback Derek Cox, or anyone else on the team for that matter.

Calvin Johnson played with broken fingers last season, according to report - Pride Of Detroit
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson reportedly had multiple broken fingers last season.

NFL Coaches Will Be Flagged And Fined For Venturing On The Field In 2013 - Cincy Jungle
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis isn't known for charging onto the field to scream at referees, but other coaches (cough... Jim Harbaugh) do. In 2013, coaches will be flagged and eventually fined for leaving the sidelines.

2013 NFL Combine: Eric Fisher out to prove he is the top OT in the draft - SBNation.com
Speaking at the NFL Combine, Eric Fisher said that it would be a "dream complete" to be the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Will he succeed?

NFL Combine 2013: Te'o hoax making Vikings dig more into social media - SBNation.com
The Manti Te'o fake girlfriend hoax is changing how one NFL team evaluates players.

JaMarcus Russell confident, attempting NFL comeback - SBNation.com
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell is confident in his attempt for an NFL comeback.

Tony Romo contract: Cowboys initiate informal extension discussion - SBNation.com
Romo hasn't led the Cowboys to a winning season since 2009, but the team is ready to give the veteran a contract extension.

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