5/24 Arizona Cardinals news: Mathieu's deal, age of defense, OTA photos

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Here is what you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Cardinals:

Word From the Birds Blog | Noticing Arenas
In a passing league where you hoard cornerbacks, Arenas can play inside and has experience on the outside if needed. As it stands right now, I think he’ll make a strong push to be here.

Word From the Birds Blog | Mathieu contract out of the way
There was some early concern about how the Cardinals would structure the contract of Tyrann Mathieu, given Mathieu’s issues. But it didn’t seem to make a big difference.

Sam Acho Reprises Role As Alex Okafor Advisor
Former Texas teammates working together as Cardinals linebackers

Arizona Cardinals' main risk protection in Tyrann Mathieu deal - ESPN
Tyrann Mathieu's new contract with the Arizona Cardinals is making headlines for the financial particulars.

Closer look: Defensive starter projections - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona released veteran safeties Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes primarily to shed their contracts. Had getting younger been the priority, Arizona wouldn't have signed 35-year-old Yeremiah Bell as a replacement.

azcentral.com video: Karlos Dansby: It's "motivation" when people say he's too old
Bruce Cooper previews azcentral sports Tonight, Sundays at 10:35 p.m. on Channel 12.

Arizona Cardinals offseason workouts 2013 - azcentral.com photos
Arizona Cardinals offseason workouts 2013

Cardinals' Daryn Colledge adjusting to life on the right side ArizonaSports.com
"It's a big move for me physically, not mentally," he said. "It's just about switching the plays, but physically I've got to kind of undo some technical stuff.

NFL:

NFL OTA news: Trent Richardson hurt, Chris Ivory gets his shot - SBNation.com
NFL news is heating up with OTAs getting started. Check out more on Trent Richardson's injury, the Jets' running back battle, and Johnny Jolly's return to the Green Bay Packers.

NFL news roundup: Anonymous player attacks Mark Sanchez, Jared Allen doesn't want pay cut and more - SBNation.com
As OTAs rage on, an anonymous player has attacked Mark Sanchez, Jared Allen doesn't want to take a pay cut, RG3 is eyeing a Week 1 return, Tyrann Mathieu signed his rookie contract and more. Here's what you may have missed on Thursday.

RGIII injury: Redskins QB says he would feel comfortable starting Week 1 - SBNation.com
Griffin says that team doctors are in control of the timetable for his return, but that he would be okay with starting the regular season even if it meant that he didn't get any reps in the offseason.

Report: Jared Allen Not Interested In Pay Cut - Daily Norseman
If you were holding your breath hoping that one of the NFL's best pass rushers would be taking a pay cut for 2013. . .well, you should probably stop. You're going to pass out.

Falcons in talks with Richard Seymour, per report - SBNation.com
The Falcons are still looking for help on the defensive line, an area that's been a concern in recent years. Is Richard Seymour coming to help?

Scott Chandler injury: Bills TE expects to be ready for training camp - SBNation.com
Less than half a year after tearing his ACL, Bills tight end Scott Chandler is running routes and catching passes.

Michael Crabtree injury: How 49ers will respond to loss of WR - SBNation.com
The San Francisco 49ers will likely look to players currently on the roster to replace the injured Michael Crabtree, so we examined each option and what he brings to the table.

Trent Richardson injury: Browns RB held out of OTAs with pulled muscle - SBNation.com
The team is being cautious with their star player on offense. Will he be ready in time for training camp?

Redskins injuries: Pierre Garcon, Josh Wilson had offseason surgeries - SBNation.com
Plenty of injury news around Washington on Thursday. Will the two starters be ready in time for training camp?

Sean Payton surpasses Bill Belichick as highest paid U.S. coach - SBNation.com
Bill Belichick might be the best coach in the NFL, but he's no longer the highest paid, according to Forbes.

Chris Ivory works toward being Jets' feature running back - SBNation.com
The Jets have a hole a running back to fill and Chris Ivory could be the man to do it. Ivory is impressing in OTAs and does not have stiff competition for the job.

Brian Urlacher retirement: Is he a first-ballot Hall of Famer? - SBNation.com
Brian Urlacher called it a career on Wednesday and his next stop should be Canton, but will he make it into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot?

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