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9-2-10: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings

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Its Gameday, and now the Cardinals finally have some news besides this possibly being Matt Leinart's final game in a Cardinals uniform. Darnell Dockett finally got the extension that he deserved yesterday, and after all of the drama created by the Leinart/Anderson battle, at least we can all agree that giving Dockett an extension was a good thing.

Now, on to the links.

Dockett Signs Extension
Pro Bowl defensive tackle commits through 2015; wants to retire a Cardinal

Dockett's Contract Extension Presser

Dockett Re-Signing Indicative Of Smart Organization - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
This new version of the Cardinals, the one headed by Michael Bidwell and not his father, is one that is shrewd and not cheap. One that is flexible and not stubborn. This is an organization that cares about winning in both the short and long term.

Boldin hints at Leinart-Whisenhunt rift - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Not that anyone would suspect tension between Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and quarterback Matt Leinart at this point, but former Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin did have this to say when asked whether Leinart's recent demotion surprised him:

Have The Arizona Cardinals Destroyed Matt Leinart’s Career? - SB Nation Arizona
Is it all over for Matt Leinart? Has his potential career as an NFL starting quarterback been destroyed by the recent drama in Arizona?

NFL.com news: Still a Cardinal: Leinart's status hasn't changed, coach says
When the Arizona Cardinals announced a Wednesday afternoon news conference and didn't reveal the topic to be discussed, coach Ken Whisenhunt knew what people would assume: Quarterback Matt Leinart had been cut or traded. Not only was there a different announcement -- the Cardinals talked about Darnell Dockett's new deal -- but Whisenhunt said "nothing has changed" regarding Leinart's status, according to the team's official Web site.

Undrafted rookie WR Stephen Williams turning heads | National Football Post
Victor Cruz of the New York Giants isn’t the only undrafted rookie wide receiver making headlines this preseason.

Darnell Dockett's deal sends clear message - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals said they would take care of Darnell Dockett.

Derek Anderson is not the answer - CBSSports.com
I think Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is one of the best coaches in the NFL. I don't agree with his quarterback decision.

Nice move, Arizona - CBSSports.com
Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is one of the most-colorful players in the NFL. One of the favorite stories that I've done here at CBS Sports.com was on Dockett and the personal struggles he has been forced to overcome, including finding his mother killed in his home when he was a teenager

Arizona Cardinals cutting QB Leinart? - Scoop Du Jour - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The Arizona Cardinals are shopping quarterback Matt Leinart, who probably has more grumbles this preseason than actual snaps of the football. The Arizona Republic is reporting that the team has two other options that it is considering: keep Leinart as a backup to Derek Anderson or cut him by Saturday when rosters need to go from 75 to 53

As The World Turns: The Matt Leinart Soap Opera | Bleacher Report
Since coming to the NFL Matt Leinart has not lived up to the lofty expectations that were put on him coming out of USC.

Arizona vs. Washington: Will Matt Leinart Play? | Bleacher Report
Yes, there is still a game on Thursday. I'll be watching it anyway. Not sure if Matt Leinart will. And...boom goes the dynamite.

Matt Leinart Trade: Five Talking Points On The Arizona Cardinals QB | Bleacher Report
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Arizona Cardinals now are entertaining trade offers for their former first-round draft pick, Matt Leinart.

Matt Leinart: Ranking Top 10 Fits For Disgruntled Arizona Cardinals QB | Bleacher Report
Matt Leinart clearly won't be following in the footsteps of Kurt Warner.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Sapp: Leinart won’t be an NFL starter "
The Matt Leinart storyline is fascinating, and we’re not done talking about it.

Matt Leinart faces uphill battle to be a starter again | ProFootballTalk.com
After a day full of Matt Leinart posts, let's pause for a moment and take stock of where things stand.

Kurt Warner talks about Matt Leinart's predicament | ProFootballTalk.com
Kurt Warner and Matt Leinart have something in common. By all appearances, neither guy will ever play another game for the Arizona Cardinals.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - A little something for everyone
The process that led to a four-year contract extension for defensive lineman Darnell Dockett was intriguing for a multitude of reasons. The best agreements provide benefits for all parties, and that was the case with Dockett.

Cardinals extend Pro Bowl DL Darnell Dockett through 2015 season - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com
As the Cardinals try to sort out their muddled quarterback situation, they've put another issue to rest: Pro Bowl DL Darnell Dockett finally got the extension he's been awaiting for some time.

What Will The Cards Do With Leinart?

Darnell Dockett gets four year extension | ProFootballTalk.com
Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is finally going to get paid. After years of pining for a new deal, a league source tells PFT's Mike Florio that the Cardinals and Dockett have agreed to a four-year contract extension. The deal will take him through 2015.

KTAR.com - Cardinals, Darnell Dockett agree to extension
The Cardinals announced Wednesday that the team has agreed to a contract extension with defensive lineman Darnell Dockett.

Anquan Boldin not surprised that Leinart was benched | National Football Post
When wide receiver Anquan Boldin played for the Arizona Cardinals, he was an eyewitness to the shaky relationship between quarterback Matt Leinart and coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Fouhy: Latest on Leinart's final days in Arizona
Matt Leinart's days in a Cardinals uniform may indeed be numbered as we hear from Fox Sports Jay Glazer that several NFL teams have confirmed receiving phone calls or emails from the Cardinals regarding Leinart's services. What Glazer says he doesn't know at this point is the asking price for the former first round draft pick. But does that really matter? What matters is the fact that the Cardinals are shopping Leinart.

Cardinals news conference set for 6:45 ET - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals called a news conference for 6:45 p.m. ET Wednesday, and wouldn't it be funny if the subject had nothing to do with Matt Leinart?

NFL.com news: Anderson to start for Cards; Leinart reportedly on trading block
As reports circulate that Matt Leinart is being shopped by the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Derek Anderson will start at quarterback again Thursday night when it plays the Washington Redskins in their final preseason game.

azcentral.com blogs - Kent Somers - KentSomers - Cards open to trading Leinart and R. Wells
It’s been a week since Ken Whisenhunt benched quarterback Matt Leinart, prompting the same questions to spin like the seams of a football thrown far downfield.

Raiders call out Schefter, too | ProFootballTalk.com
In a front-page item on the team's website titled, "Schefter makes untrue statements regarding Raiders," the team says: "ESPN's Adam Schefter is once again making untrue statements about The Oakland Raiders, this time regarding Matt Leinart. The Raiders have never discussed trading for Leinart. The Raiders are very happy about their quarterback situation."

Cardinals locker room buzzes about possible Leinart trade to Giants | ProFootballTalk.com
We mentioned in our most recent post that, of the three teams that have been linked to quarterback Matt Leinart, only the Giants have not publicly denied the report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. And there could be a good reason for the silence.

Reports: Cardinals now want to trade Leinart; Giants interested - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweeted last night that the Arizona Cardinals had gone ahead and started talking to teams about trading Matt Leinart.

Gruden: Leinart 'hasn't taken advantage of his opportunities' | The Fabulous Forum | Los Angeles Times
ESPN's Jon Gruden, a Super Bowl-winning coach and quarterback expert, just gave a very blunt assessment of why Matt Leinart hasn't panned out in Arizona. There are multiple reports the Cardinals are actively trying to trade the former USC star, picked 10th in the 2006 draft.

KTAR.com - Leinart on the Way Out?
Derek Anderson seems to be a lock for the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback position when the season begins on September 12th against the St. Louis Rams. The one time Pro Bowl signal caller for the Cleveland Browns joined the Cardinals this off-season as a back up to Matt Leinart.

Where Will Matt Leinart End Up? Nine Possible Destinations for the Cardinals QB | Bleacher Report
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals are actively shopping former first round pick Matt Leinart around the league.

Ken Whisenhunt: What Was He Thinking !? | Bleacher Report
From what have been able to pick up, reading and hearing - it seems like Ken Whisenhunt was never really high on Matt Leinart (to put it mildly) - and that of course affected Matt Leinarts status in the locker room.

Matt Leinart: Ranking the Best Fits for QB To Resurrect His Career | Bleacher Report
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart might not have that team name in front of his own name for too much longer.

There's a possible method to Leinart's apparent madness | ProFootballTalk.com
With the Cardinals done with quarterback Matt Leinart and trying (so far unsuccessfully) to persuade someone else to send an ice sculpture or a turkey loaf to Arizona in exchange for his services, Leinart has a certain amount of control over the process.

Report: Giants have no interest in Leinart | ProFootballTalk.com
There was a buzzing sound coming from the Cardinals' locker room yesterday about the possibility of Matt Leinart being traded to the Giants. But there was a clicking sound on the other end of the phone when the Cardinals called the Giants to see if they wanted to do a deal.

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With questions surrounding Matt Leinarts' future, the NFL Total Access crew looks back at the top 10 QB draft busts of all-time.