3/19 Arizona Cardinals news: NFL owner meetings, free agency philosophy, dead money

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On Monday, the NFL owners got together in Arizona to talk about possible changes and to award compensatory picks for the draft. Steve Keim and Bruce Arians were both there and addressed the media. They talked about free agency, their board, grass and more. Here is what happened yesterday.

Cardinals:

Word From the Birds Blog | Center of NFL universe comes to Phoenix
The NFL owners meetings are underway at the Arizona Biltmore for the next few days, with the power brokers of the league coming together to talk about various topics and the league’s media stalking them on sidewalks and lobbies.

Word From the Birds Blog | "The grass" will determine if Stanton, or others, start
"No job is won until we get on the grass," Arians said.

Steve Keim Talks Free Agency Philosophy
Additions addressed both player needs and cap concerns

NFL free agency report cards: Cardinals chasing Seahawks, 49ers, Rams
The NFL's 2013 free agency period began its seventh day Monday. But with most of the best available players now off the market, it's not too early to issue the first offseason report cards:

Arizona Cardinals happy with free agency so far
"We felt we had a calculated plan and I felt like we were patient, which I think is the key to free agency," Keim said Monday during a break on the NFL owners meetings at the Biltmore.

Why haven’t Arizona Cardinals pursued offensive linemen in free agency? | Insiders
Many Cardinals fans are wondering why the team hasn’t signed an offensive lineman in free agency. A good point, given that the Cardinals ranked last in rushing offense and yielded more sacks per pass attempt (9.54 percent) than any other team in 2012.

Arizona Cardinals salary cap saddled by "dead" money | Insiders
We do know one thing: the Cardinals are carrying plenty of "dead" money on the cap.

Where teams stand with 2013 comp picks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks and especially the San Francisco 49ers added to their 2013 NFL draft hauls Monday when the NFL awarded compensatory selections to offset net losses in free agency last year.

A look at the Cardinals draft needs post-free agency ArizonaSports.com
Now that week one of free agency has basically come to an end, I wanted to go back to the beginning and see if the Cardinals have addressed any of their major needs and if their moves have freed up the team to truly attack the draft in a "best player available" way.

NFL:

NFL Draft 2013: Compensatory picks announced - SBNation.com
The NFL has released the slate of compensatory picks, letting teams know exactly where they stand for next month's draft.

NFL free agent news: Rams sign Jake Long, Titans cut Matt Hasselbeck - SBNation.com
Another day, another flurry of NFL free agent moves, this time led by former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long.

Roger Goodell discusses Los Angeles, the Redskins salary cap penalties and more - SBNation.com
The NFL could still be headed to Los Angeles. The Ravens may have to open the season on the road. The Redskins won't get their salary cap penalties reduced. That and more from Roger Goodell.

Robert Kraft says Patriots wanted Wes Welker back - SBNation.com
The Patriots owner fired back at claims made by Welker's agent on Monday.

Titans sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, according to report - SBNation.com
The Titans moved quickly to replace Matt Hasselbeck, signing Ryan Fitzpatrick as a much-needed insurance policy behind Jake Locker.

NFL Free agent grades: Rams take risk with Jake Long - SBNation.com
Monday saw little activity on the free-agent market, but there were still a few minor signings after St. Louis signed Jake Long late Sunday night. We dish out preliminary grades for Monday's signings around the NFL.

Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh restructure to give Lions more cap room - SBNation.com
Needing cap space after their free agent frenzy, The Lions restructured the contracts of Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh.

NFL free agent tracker 2013: The latest from around the league - SBNation.com
Check out every signing made so far during the 2013 NFL free agency period.

Roger Goodell channels McKayla Maroney - SBNation.com
The NFL commissioner channeled Olympic sensation McKayla Maroney on Monday.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Geno Smith's rapid rise - SBNation.com
A week's worth of signings have put a new spin on mock drafts. Here's our latest.

NFL Debrief: Waiting for the next wave of free agency - SBNation.com
It's all happening in Arizona this week at the annual league meetings, where the world waits for the Jets to deal Darrelle Revis.

Titans release Matt Hasselbeck - Music City Miracles
The Titans and Matt Hasselbeck were not able to come to an agreement on a restructured contract, and he has been released according to the team.

NFL pro day results: Vance McDonald, D.J. Hayden in action on Monday - SBNation.com
There were plenty of smaller-name schools hosting their pro days on Monday.

NFL free agent list: Elvis Dumervil, Andre Smith among best available players - SBNation.com
NFL free agency is slowing down, but there are several top-tied players waiting to land a new contract for 2013. Who's the best available at this point?

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