2/11 Arizona Cardinals news: Cap space, breakout players and schedule strength

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Cardinals' and NFL news with free agency and the Scouting Combine quickly approaching.

Everyone seems to have something to say about Michael Sam. Linebacker Karlos Dansby stars in today's edition. Brace yourselves for the 2014 NFL season with potential break out players, a review of the Cardinals' strength of schedule and team needs heading towards free agency.

Cardinals:

Dansby Believes Michael Sam Would Be A Distraction
Arizona Cardinals free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby was asked today by Sirius XM NFL Radio if defensive end Michael Sam, who came out publicly as gay yesterday, would be a distraction in the locker room.

5 Arizona Cardinals Bound to Break Out in 2014
Among Arizona’s breakout players in 2013 were rookies, safety Tyrann Mathieu and running back Andre Ellington, as well as wideout Michael Floyd.

Cardinals face one of the NFL's toughest 2014 schedules
Playing in the NFC West has a lot to do with it.

Cardinals off-season: Ranking positions of need
Teams have been meeting and ranking their rosters and figuring out what direction they will need to go in.

Offseason Forecast: Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals are aiming for a return to the playoffs in 2014. Will they be able to lock up Patrick Peterson and re-sign Karlos Dansby to a long-term extension this offseason?

Tenacious Part 1 - 'Scar Tissue'
See the series premiere of Tenacious, the story of Tyrann Mathieu's recovery from a knee injury.

2013 Cardinals Draft Analysis: Alex Okafor
The Red Birds needed help with their pass rush and took a step toward shoring up their defensive line depth and talent by drafting defensive end Alex Okafor of Texas with the 103rd overall pick (fourth round) in last year's NFL Draft.

2014 potential NFL holdouts: Patrick Peterson a leading candidate
The class of 2011 is entering their first offseason that allows them to re-negotiate their rookie contracts. Several big names will be looking for major paydays, and may have to resort to holdouts to get the deals they think they deserve.

Draft:

Taylor Lewan 2014 NFL Draft scouting report - SBNation.com
An in-depth break down of the Michigan offensive tackle.

NFL Draft news roundup: Jadeveon Clowney's fit with the Texans - SBNation.com
How would the South Carolina star fit in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's 3-4 system with Houston?

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Johnny Manziel No. 1; Rams draft a QB - SBNation.com
Johnny Manziel has been climbing the draft boards, but Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater could still go in the top 5 -- especially if the Rams decide the Sam Bradford era is over.

NFL:

NFL Free Agency: Updated Salary Cap for All 32 Teams
The week's leading up to the start of NFL free agency will see many teams' salary cap situation drastically change as they restructure contracts.

Maurice Jones-Drew readies for free agency - SBNation.com
The Jaguars are letting the superstar running back test the free agent waters. Will he find teams receptive to paying big bucks after injuries and two forgettable seasons?

Future Consideration: NFL mock draft, top offensive linemen, and NFC West team needs - SBNation.com
Discussing the latest mock drafts, the best prospects and team needs. In this episode: A surprising move at the top, offensive linemen and the NFC West.

Michael Sam and the fickle finger of NFL Draft rankings - SBNation.com
Whether a player is gay or straight, it doesn't change how he plays football (and Sam's been open with his Mizzou teammates for a while now), so what happened to send him plunging down the rankings board?

Total strangers talking about Michael Sam - SBNation.com
Michael Sam came out to the public on Sunday night. What followed was an avalanche of reactions by total strangers, all of whom felt deeply involved in the news.

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