3/6 Arizona Cardinals news: Roster bonuses, LB draft options, performance-based value and more

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Your NFL and Cardinals news roundup to start the day.

We inch one day closer to the beginning of free agency and we look at rosters that have to be paid to players on the Cardinals. There is discussion about the type of running back that Arizona could be looking for. We have some options later in the draft to play alongside Daryl Washington.

In the general league stuff, there is some good NFL Draft stuff. Read on!


Cardinals:

The Arizona Cardinals players who are due roster bonuses | Insiders
Roster bonuses have been around in the NFL for a long time, but they used to be due in the fall, when a player made the roster coming out of training camp. That wasn’t good for players who were released because there were fewer spots available elsewhere at that time of the year.

Word From the Birds Blog | With free agency, younger is better
I don’t know how active the Cards will actually be in free agency, so I’m not sure how much this would even apply. But as I mentioned yesterday, younger is probably going to be better around this team now.

Finding A Back That Works
Cardinals searching for blocking, durability in the backfield

Around the NFC West: Cardinals in focus - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Two recent Cardinals-related stories are on my mind.

Performance Based Value: Arizona Cardinals | ProFootballFocus.com
The Cardinals' struggles at QB undermined their season and made a mess of their roster spending - both directly and indirectly, through their effect on Larry Fitzgerald.

NFL Draft: Cardinals day three ILB options ArizonaSports.com
This week we will continue our trend of defensive players, moving to the inside linebackers. While Ron Wolfley has talked about the possibility of Sam Acho being moved to inside linebacker, I would still like to see one brought via the draft to help create some depth.

Looks like Flagstaff has given up on keeping the Arizona Cardinals ArizonaSports.com
While nothing is set in stone or official from the team's end, it appears the city of Flagstaff is prepared to move on without the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL:

2013 NFL free agents: Top defensive players still on the market - SBNation.com
Franchise tags and re-signings have taken a toll on the free agent market. Even though some of the top players are off the market, there is still plenty of talent available. Here is a closer look at the free agents available on the defensive side.

NFL news roundup: Roger Goodell terrified, Shawne Merriman retires and the latest on free agency - SBNation.com
The start of NFL free agency is a week away and speculation continues to run wild. While players decide where they will play next season, commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly terrified the sport's culture will lead to an on-field death.

Hue Jackson says Al Davis wanted him as GM, not head coach - Silver And Black Pride
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, former Raiders coach Hue Jackson claims Al Davis offered him a job as the team's GM.

Former San Diego Charger OLB Shawne Merriman Retires - Bolts From The Blue
Former San Diego Chargers Defensive Rookie of the Year Shawne Merriman has called it quits. He will retire from the NFL.

Triple digits: Joe Flacco and the history of $100 million contracts - SBNation.com
Joe Flacco joined an exclusive club as one of 13 NFL players to sign a contract worth at least $100 million, but based on previous results, it may not be a club Flacco wants to be in.

Uffsides: Von Miller on Super Bowl guarantee, chicken farming, and more - SBNation.com
The Broncos All-Pro linebacker talks Super Bowl guarantees and chicken farming with SB Nation's Matt Ufford

Auburn pro day results: Onterio McCalebb runs a 4.29 40-yard dash - SBNation.com
Onterio McCalebb lit up Auburn's Pro Day on Tuesday, running a 4.29 in the 40-yard dash. Defensive end Corey Lemonier and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen were much quieter, however.

2013 NFL free agents: Top offensive players available - SBNation.com
Joe Flacco and Dwayne Bowe are off the market, but there is still plenty of offensive talent scheduled to hit free agency.

NFL Draft 2013: Matt Barkley is a 4th-round talent, according to Greg Cosell - SBNation.com
In an interview with the NFL Network, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell breaks down the weaknesses of former USC quarterback Matt Barkley's game.

Roger Goodell fears a player will die on the field, according to report - SBNation.com
Roger Goodell has implemented, or attempted to implement a number of new rules geared toward player safety. One of the driving forces behind those changes is a fear that an NFL player will die on the field.

2013 NFL Draft quarterback rankings - SBNation.com
For the first time since the 2008 draft, and the fourth time this century, a quarterback probably won't be taken with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

Buccaneers consider 1st round tender on LeGarrette Blount, according to report - SBNation.com
LeGarrette Blount is headed for restricted free agency and Tampa Bay is reportedly considering tendering him at a first-round level.

Josh Freeman's agent has 'really positive' meeting with Buccaneers - SBNation.com
Quarterback Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be on the road to a new contract.

Ziggy Ansah fails to meet expectations - SBNation.com
The BYU defensive end shattered NFL scouts' notions about life in Africa.

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