Arizona Cardinals news 3/10: Mendenhall explains retirement, lots of OT rumors

Christian Petersen

Your roundup of Cardinals and NFL news on the eve of free agency.

Sunday was a whirlwind of rumors about the landing spot for the many offensive tackles set to hit free agency. Running back Rashard Mendenhall also explains why he is retiring from football.

Have some fun with the links for this morning.

Cardinals:

Carson Palmer eager for his encore season with Arizona Cardinals
The veteran quarterback isn’t talking about himself. Palmer rarely does, and besides, his self-esteem rarely fluctuates. That’s what makes him different.

Long road to recovery: Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu patient, passionate about journey back from knee injury

"When you’re on crutches and you’ve got a brace, you’ve got to let other people do things for you," Mathieu said. "They don’t quite do it the way you want it done, and you really can’t do anything about it."

Arizona Cardinals set sights on Oakland Raiders' Jared Veldheer

The Cardinals have more interest in Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer, who at 26, is three years younger than Albert.

Cardinals Blogs | The left tackle market and Veldheer

The "soft" opening of free agency this weekend has provided plenty in the way of speculation and prediction, especially when it comes to the hot left tackle market.

Free Agent Primer: Safeties

Position-by-position look for Cardinals finishes with the last line of defense

Why I Retired At 26 | Rashard Mendenhall

I've greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment. I think about the rest of my life and I want to live it with much quality. And physically, I am grateful that I can walk away feeling as good as ...

Arizona Cardinals 2013 Roster in Review: Wide receiver - ESPN

Starter: Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd Backup: Andre Roberts, Jaron Brown Under contract in 2014: Fitzgerald, Floyd, Brown Cash committed in &lsq

Rashard Mendenhall was more than a football player - ESPN

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Mendenhall has decided to retire, a few days before he was to become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday afternoon, a move that wasn't even considered as a possibility by many until Mendenhall's post.

Cardinals free-agency outlook | FOX Sports on MSN

Inside linebacker Karlos Dansby, an unrestricted free agent, is the Cardinals' top in-house priority.

NFL:

Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. dies - SBNation.com

The auto industry billionaire and long-time owner of Detroit's most popular pro sports franchise passed away at the age of 88 on Sunday.

NFL free agent tracker, 2014: Follow all the moves from around the league - SBNation.com

It's that time of year when NFL teams go shopping. Follow all the moves, big ones and little ones, from around the league with SB Nation's NFL free agency tracker.

2014 NFL free agent rankings: Top 15 free agents at each position - SBNation.com

With franchise and transition tags handed out and a few names choosing to re-up with their old teams, we take another look at the top free agents at each position.

NFL free agency: Everson Griffen re-signing with Vikings for 5 years, $42.5 million, report says - SBNation.com

The defensive end is expected to sign a five-year deal with Minnesota.

Antonio Cromartie released by Jets - SBNation.com

Just as he predicted two months ago, Cromartie has been dropped by the Jets to clear up cap space.

NFL rumors: Updates on Michael Johnson, Danny Amendola, T.J. Ward and more - SBNation.com

The Lions are looking for some major secondary help after a disastrous 2013.

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