2/23 Arizona Cardinals news: Playing a rookie QB, optimism and more of the Combine

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Some links to start off your Saturday.

The Combine continues. We get more tidbits from Bruce Arians. Here are your morning reads.

Cardinals:

Intangibles Of The QB Search
Cardinals looking for "liberating feeling" of finally finding an answer behind center

Word From the Birds Blog | The final say
there is a final say if there needs to be a final say — and it will rest with general manager Steve Keim.

Word From the Birds Blog | A top rookie quarterback would play
"My philosophy is, if you are taking a player that high, particularly at the quarterback position, I think that guy needs to be on the field and play for you," Keim said.

Cardinals seeing glass half full in Arizona - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Despite the rough finish, new coach Bruce Arians and staff sound more optimistic about the roster than general manager Steve Keim would have expected.

Eight in the box: Biggest cap casualty - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Barring a trade, which appears unlikely, Kolb will accept a reduction in salary or receive his release.

Closer look at Wells and NFC West RBs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals running back had 88 carries for 234 yards and five touchdowns in eight games. He was on the field for 152 snaps, a career low and down from 583 in 2011, when Wells rushed for 1,099 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Takeaways from first day of NFL combine
First day of NFL combine provides update on Revis' status with Jets, Arians' thoughts on offense and more.

Cardinals season ticket prices not increasing in '13 ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals are not raising season ticket prices for the 2013 season, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.

NFL:

NFL Combine 2013: Jim Harbaugh's trust in Judge Judy - SBNation.com
INDIANAPOLIS - It's safe to say that San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh operates on a different wavelength than other NFL head coaches.

Incompetents of the Life Combine, a test of us for the rest of us - SBNation.com
Talent evaluations aren't just for football players. Here, we take a look at some of the worst-ever performances from the Life Combine, a series of tests designed to evaluate life skills for the rest of us.

2013 NFL Combine: Geno Smith says 2012 quarterback class 'set the bar high' - SBNation.com
Former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has been linked to the Chiefs No. 1 overall pick. Regardless of when he's selected, though, he has the daunting task of living up to the 2012 quarterback class.

Mike Smith discusses plans for Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner - SBNation.com
The Falcons head coach would like one more year, at least, from the tight end he credits with changing the NFL.

NFL Combine 2013: EJ Manuel confident in zone option skills - SBNation.com
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel is one of the more buzz-worthy players at the NFL Combine this week.

Buccaneers won't use franchise tag, says GM Mark Dominik - SBNation.com
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said the Bucs will not use the franchise tag this season

2013 NFL Combine: Montee Ball embodies the boring, yet important, aspects of good running backs - SBNation.com
While addressing the media at the 2013 NFL Combine on Friday afternoon, former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball said his biggest three strengths are absolutely nothing exciting.

Lions meet with Matthew Stafford's agent about new contract - Pride Of Detroit
The Detroit Lions have begun preliminary talks with Matthew Stafford's agent about getting the quarterback a new contract.

NFL Combine 2013 results: Wide receivers measure up - SBNation.com
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis, and the measurements for the wide receivers are in.

JaMarcus Russell holding pro day in April - SBNation.com
Former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell will hold a pro day in April as he continues to try to work his way back into the NFL.

NFL Combine 2013: Kyle Long's winding road to the NFL - SBNation.com
The NFL future of former Oregon offensive linemen Kyle Long is unknown.

Raiders GM confirms Taiwan Jones to get shot at corner - Silver And Black Pride
Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie said on Friday that he would indeed like to see running back Taiwan Jones get a shot at cornerback.

NFL Free Agency 2013: Tennessee Titans agree to terms with George Wilson - Music City Miracles
The Titans fill two huge holes with the signing of George Wilson.

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