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3-29-11: Bird Droppings - QB Trades, Mock Drafts, McNabb

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More links for today, including stuff on QB trades, Mock Drafts, Donovan McNabb no longer being a possibility, Cardinals players not setting up any workouts with each other, NFC West Tight Ends, the small amount of money the Cards spent last year, a win by the Rattlers, and more.

Recent NFL Quarterback Trades - Should The Arizona Cardinals Join The List? - SB Nation Arizona
With the Arizona Cardinals in the trading market for a QB, let's take a look at some of the previous quarterbacks who were traded for high draft picks.

Cross another QB off Cardinals list -
Since the Arizona Cardinals' season came to an end in early January many quarterbacks' names have been thrown around as possibilities to start under center next season. A few seem to be realistic options, others quite unlikely.

Von Miller: It would be a blessing to go out to Arizona -
With the fifth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select…Von Miller, linebacker, Texas A&M. "It would be a blessing to go out to Arizona and play for you guys," Miller told Sports 620 KTAR's Gambo and Ash Tuesday.

Yet again Blaine Gabbert connected to the Arizona Cardinals -
If you had Cam Newton in the ‘Arizona Cardinals Future QB Pool' don't expect to win. According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Blaine Gabbert seems to be gaining momentum as the future signal caller of the Red Birds.

Draft prospects Nick Fairley, Marcell Dareus won't visit Arizona Cardinals -
If a player's college career is his resume, pre-draft visits are the NFL's version of job interviews. They are a chance for teams to get to know a player and take a closer look at who they are, what they think and how they react under the pressure of answering questions that could cost them millions.

Newton's meetings before draft don't include Cardinals -
On Thursday evening we learned quarterback Cam Newton's travel plans for the next couple of weeks. In those plans nine NFL teams are scheduled to either bring him to their place or head to Auburn University for a visit with the Heisman Trophy winner. The Arizona Cardinals are not one of those nine teams.

Word From the Birds Blog - The case of Quinn and Bowers
While everyone continues to wonder about how the first five picks of the draft will go — including me — this week could make an impact on the upper part of the round. Friday, Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers is holding a private workout to show teams his knee surgery was minor and he indeed is ready to go and perform as the player who notched 16 sacks last season. The day before is North Carolina’s pro day, where teams can further scrutinize perhaps the biggest wild card that high in the draft — defensive end-who-can-be-a-linebacker Robert Quinn. Quinn didn’t play in 2010 after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA for improperly taking benefits from agents.

Word From the Birds Blog - Mockingly, a vote for Peterson
I know people love to look at mock drafts but they seem rather silly to me, especially more than a few days out — so much can still change (the Cards, for instance, haven’t even started to build their draft board) and it’s usually an exercise in futility anyway. That said, it is fun to talk about and debate, and has been doing a video mock the past few years, getting someone who covers the team to make a pick for that team and explain some of the reasoning behind it. I did that last week, and now the top eight picks are posted on blogs - Kent Somers - Cardinal players have no informal team workouts planned
For months there has been speculation that NFL players might practice informally in the event of a lockout. You know, just to stay sharp, learn the playbook and improve team chemistry. But no one seems to actually be doing it. Some members of the Miami Dolphins apparently are lifting weights together, but that seems the extent of it. While locked out, players aren't going to gather in great numbers to run through seven-on-seven passing drills. As former Eagles running back Ricky Watters once asked after declining to make a catch over the middle in a blowout: "For who? For what?

Defensive Backs: Bringing Heat |
3.) If you’re a Cardinal fan, you’d like to see the guy who rushed the QB 95 times getting a higher percentage of pressure than the guy who rushed the QB just 34 times. Didn’t work out that way: Kerry Rhodes got pressure on 23.53% of his pass rushing chances to the 14.74% of Adrian Wilson.

NFL Videos: Whisenhunt talks QBs
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt discusses the difficulties associated with drafting a quarterback.

NFL Videos: On the Beat: Cardinals No. 5
See who Darren Urban from selects with the 5th overall pick in the 2011 On the Beat Mock Draft.

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All In: 2011 Offseason Plan

Suns broadcaster Gary Bender announces retirement
Longtime Suns TV announcer Gary Bender announced his retirement from broadcasting Monday, effective at the conclusion of the Suns season.

Offensive blitz keys Arizona Rattlers' dominance
The Rattlers opened road play with an offensive outburst and strong defense to defeat the Tulsa Talons 69-20 at the BOK Center on Monday night in Tulsa, Okla. The 49-point win is the largest margin of victory in Rattlers history. The Rattlers scored 42 unanswered points in the first half.

Arizona Wildcats basketball set for changes in 2011-12 season
It's probably too early to tell exactly what the Arizona Wildcats roster will look like next season, but this much appears likely: Sean Miller will be back. Blogs " Blog Archive Pick Six: NFL’s greatest Cinderella teams "
Virginia Commonwealth’s basketball team went from play-in bubble team to the Final Four, and has become the talk of the sporting world. But Cinderella runs are not just limited to college hoops. The NFL has had its share or memorable Cinderella teams, and we will count them down right now.

Advancing Jake Locker's pro day - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Living in the Pacific Northwest creates travel challenges much of the time, but not Wednesday. Quarterback Jake Locker's pro day at the University of Washington makes for a relatively short drive. I'll be heading over there for the action, which will carry at 2 p.m. ET

A look at guys not named Vernon Davis - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There is Vernon Davis and then there is everyone else among tight ends in the NFC West.

Sam Bradford, Alex Smith and coordinators - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers' changes at offensive coordinator have become an annual storyline. The team has gone from Mike McCarthy to Norv Turner to Jim Hostler to Mike Martz to Jimmy Raye to Michael Johnson to Greg Roman since January 2006. The effect on quarterback Alex Smith cannot be quantified, but that much change cannot be a good thing. The St. Louis Rams almost certainly will not go through as many changes while bringing along their franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford.

A look inside NFC West teams' wallets - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The 2010 NFL season was a tough one for the Arizona Cardinals on the field. It wasn't nearly as costly as the 2009 season in terms of cash outlays for salaries. Kurt Warner's retirement and the subtraction of several big-money performers -- Anquan Boldin, Antrel Rolle and Karlos Dansby come to mind -- reduced cash costs by nearly $30 million.

Drafting for skill: Three-year report card - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The chart shows how many skill-position players NFL teams have drafted in the first four rounds since 2008. I excluded tight ends because some project more as blockers.

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert Continue Fight For No. 1 Overall Pick -
The 2011 NFL Draft begins in one month, and though the general consensus is that the Panthers are going QB with the No. 1 overall pick, the big question is: which one? We explore that and more in our first round NFL Mock Draft.

2011 mock draft, take three | ProFootballTalk
5. Cardinals: Robert Quinn, linebacker, North Carolina. Arizona has made its interest in Gabbert clear, but he’s not getting by the Bills and Bengals after the Panthers draft Newton first. The Cardinals’ pick then comes down to Patrick Peterson and Quinn, and the latter plays a more needy position while also offering a higher long-term upside. (Miller went to the Bills in this draft)

Channing Crowder: Mel Kiper lied, made me spend too much money | ProFootballTalk
The Miami Dolphins selected linebacker Channing Crowder in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft, and that came as a surprise to Crowder, who had been expecting to go in the first round — and who had been spending money like a guy who was banking on a first-round contract.


Women who accused Packers of rape now charged with prostitution | ProFootballTalk
Two women who claimed last year that they were raped at a cabin being rented out by Green Bay Packers players are now being charged with prostitution in connection with the events of that night.

Felony warrant issued for Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib - ESPN
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib in Garland, Texas.

Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant sued over $246K jewelry tab - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is being sued for $246,000 by a New York-based jewelry company in a civil suit filed Friday in Dallas.

Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant faces 2nd lawsuit, for $615K - ESPN Dallas
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant faces a second lawsuit claiming he didn't pay for jewelry and game tickets and didn't repay loans.

Chad Ochocinco of Cincinnati Bengals gets reserve spot on Sporting KC - ESPN
After a five-day tryout, NFL star Chad Ochocinco has been awarded a spot on the reserve team for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.

Report: NFLPA to soon begin paying players - ESPN
The NFL Players Association will reportedly begin paying players in need from its lockout fund beginning April 15.

PFW draft guide clobbers Cam Newton | ProFootballTalk
The Pro Football Weekly draft preview, prepared each year by the late Joel Buschbaum’s successor, Nolan Nawrocki, is regarded as an indispensable source for comprehensive information regarding the many incoming players. This year, Nawrocki takes aim at one of the biggest names in the draft pool.

Someone tried to start a ‘Brett Favre to the Panthers’ rumor - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Let me check the calendar here. Late March? Yeah, that seems about right for a Brett Favre comeback rumor. With the league and players conspiring to take away anything else that might be fun or interesting, honestly, I'm surprised it's taken this long.

NFL draft 2011: No NFLPA event on first or second night of draft - ESPN
The NFLPA will not stage an alternate event head-to-head versus the NFL on the first night of the draft, instead opting for a three-day celebration that will not interfere with the televised airing of the selection process on April 28 and 29.