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7-27-11: Bird Droppings - Still Waiting On The QB

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Well, the first day of free agency and trades didn't go as expected. Kevin Kolb was expected to be traded to the Cardinals right after the trading period began, but with reports of Philly wanting DRC and a 1st round pick and the Cards not willing to give up that much the deal didn't go through yesterday. Anything can happen today though.

The only new guy who will be coming in so far is Jeff King, a blocking Tight End from Carolina. Derek Anderson has also (thankfully) been cut.

So now, it is time to wait and see what happens with the Quarterbacks.

Also, I typed all of this up a little bit after midnight, and set it up to publish at 6:00 AM. I'm doing this because I have class in the morning, and at night today leaving me only a couple of hours in the afternoon to be on here. I would rather just have everything I have collected ready to go up in the morning.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals racing to finalize roster, begin training
Everything about pro football kicks off with a flurry Tuesday. A 10-year deal announced Monday between NFL players and owners ends a long-running lockout and means team facilities will open by 7 a.m. Team officials can begin signing draft picks, making trades and negotiating with free agents. Training camps will begin to open on Wednesday. And the pressure is on: After more than four months of inactivity, the Cardinals and the rest of the league have just days to get their acts together. The Cardinals have 17 days before their first preseason game at Oakland.

Back To Football
Players return to facility, front office juggles free-agent frenzy

Cardinals Get Back to Football
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Arizona Cardinals to release Gerald Hayes, Derek Anderson this week
The Cardinals plan to release inside linebacker Gerald Hayes and quarterback Derek Anderson, both former starters, this week, while the status of outside linebacker Joey Porter remains unchanged, for now at least.

Arizona Cardinals add tight end Jeff King, reportedly keep punter Ben Graham
The Cardinals' search for a blocking tight end, which has become more of a quest, continued Tuesday with the team agreeing to contract terms with former Panther Jeff King.

Whisenhunt downplays quick resolution to QB search -
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is downplaying chances for a quick resolution of the team's search for a new starting quarterback. While not specifically addressing the potential acquisition of Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles, Whisenhunt said there is just too much involved to complete any kind of deal Tuesday, although he added "it's not for lack of trying."

Handicapping the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback shopping list
Player movement in the NFL right now is what they like to call a "liquid situation." We're pretty sure that means it's enough to drive everybody involved to drink. This is especially true of NFL beat writers who have to keep in touch with coaches, players, general managers, agents and other reporters while tracking everybody's Twitter feed, updating their own, writing stories and blogs and packing for training camp.

So much for that "done deal" between Eagles and Cardinals | ProFootballTalk
It was widely believed by many (but not us) that the Eagles and Cardinals already had a deal in place that would have sent quarterback Kevin Kolb to Arizona as soon as the 2011 trading period opened. More than 12 hours after the NFL waved the green flag, no deal has been done. And it if truly was a done deal, the deal would be done by now. Why? Because the Cardinals would want to immediately commence the process of getting Kolb ready, via meetings and film review and other stuff that needs to happen to get him prepared to play on September 11.

Eagles playing game of chicken with the Cardinals -
As teams begin to bow out of the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes it would seem a deal between Philadelphia and Arizona is imminent. However, as of Tuesday afternoon no move had been made, and it could be because the Eagles are holding things up. blogs - Kent Somers - Cardinals employees to be reimbursed for lost wages
The Cardinals will reimburse employees who took furloughs and paycuts as a result of the lockout.

Kolb won't be a Cardinal until at least Wednesday -
For anyone who was excited to see the Cardinals land Kevin Kolb Tuesday, we have some bad news for you. Well, actually, Pal Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News does.

Cardinals will reimburse employees | ProFootballTalk
Well, the list is finally complete. Sort of. Every team that took money from non-player employees during the lockout will pay back the money.

On Cards' reimbursements to employees - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A University of Chicago economist dismissed as symbolic NFL teams' cost-cutting plans during the lockout. Employees taking pay reductions and furloughs were taking much larger hits as a percentage of revenues. Those employees are getting their money back, including in Arizona, where the Cardinals reduced pay for coaches and placed employees on furloughs.

Quick strike for Kevin Kolb? Unlikely - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals were prepared to "make a move quickly" for Kevin Kolb or another quarterback once the lockout ended. That might not be necessary.

Word From the Birds Blog - For now, QB move a waiting game
So many assumed the Cardinals would have a quarterback in place by today, the day trades could first happen (starting at 7 a.m. Arizona time) and the day players started to trickle back to the facility. Not gonna happen.

Arizona Cardinals pursuing four options at quarterback
The Cardinals didn't acquire a starting quarterback Tuesday, but they appeared to gain a little leverage in their pursuit of one.

Cardinals reportedly pursuing four options at QB | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals aren’t putting all their eggs in Kevin Kolb’s basket just yet. At least they don’t want Kolb to think so. Arizona’s quarterback plan is four-pronged, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. They are talking trade with Denver (Kyle Orton) and Philadelphia (Kolb.) They have also spoken to agents for Matt Hasselbeck and Marc Bulger.

Word From the Birds Blog - Back with a hug
The return today by a handful of players to the team complex was a welcome change after the long, slow summer. Strength and conditioning coach John Lott was clearly happy to be back in his element, training players.

Cardinals have plenty to do, little time with which to do it -
At 7:00 a.m. Arizona time Tuesday the Cardinals officially got to work on reshaping a roster that won just five games last season. Roughly four hours later the Cardinals hadn't made any noticeable progress, though that does not mean they haven't been putting in work.

Process officially started, Whisenhunt jokes about QB search -
Don't think Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt doesn't hear the rumors. Marc Bulger, Kevin Kolb, Matt Hasselbeck and, well, pretty much every QB not named Derek Anderson has been linked to the team, the only thing preventing them from coming to the Valley being the lockout.

Coach Whisenhunt does not expect QB move Tuesday -
The Arizona Cardinals really want to find a new quarterback, but they'll have to wait until at least Wednesday to finish the search.

Back to work, Dockett hopes teammates were working hard -
Darnell Dockett is one of the most outspoken players on the Arizona Cardinals roster. Making constant use of Twitter, his adventures during the lockout were as entertaining to fans as they were frustrating to his coaches. But it is time to get back to football, and the Cardinals defensive lineman is ready to go.

And then there was Arizona -- Seattle out of Kolb sweepstakes -
In what is becoming a fairly intense game of chicken, the Cardinals may have a little more leverage in their negotiations with the Eagles for Kevin Kolb.

Arizona Cardinals still interested in Marc Bulger -
And then there were four. The Arizona Cardinals quarterback search has come down to the four names we've all been talking about since February, Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton, Matt Hasselbeck and now Marc Bulger. According to the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers, the Arizona Cardinals have reached out to Bulger's agent.

Rumors are true: Cardinals willing to part with DRC for Kolb -
When the rumors of the Cardinals trading Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Eagles for Kevin Kolb surfaced, they were met with some skepticism and disbelief. Now the rumors appear to be fact. The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers reports that the sticking point in a deal is not the former Pro Bowler.

Fans should be outraged if Cardinals don't get Kevin Kolb or Kyle Orton -
The Arizona Cardinals can't afford to be the Seattle Seahawks. That may sound about as odd as saying Congressman Al Franken when you're talking about a team who is the defending champion of your division, but it's true. That's because -- if we can believe anything that's being thrown around right now -- the Seahawks bought their ticket to the Andrew Luck sweepstakes on Tuesday when they decided to part ways with Matt Hasselbeck and say hello to Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart (yep you read that right, they're going with a pair of quarterbacks who combined to throw 3 touchdowns and 4 interceptions last season).

Kolb or Bust? -
A few months ago I spoke to the offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals, Mike Miller, and I asked him how the game has changed from when I played (1985-95). Mike looked at me and said, "It's really changed in three primary areas: complexity of scheme, overall talent from top to bottom, and you cannot win without a quality QB." Since it appears the Cardinals QB search may be coming to a close, I wish to speak on two of the three: complexity of scheme and quality quarterback play and why I think Kevin Kolb may be the only option for the Cards.

Gamesmanship? Rice, Goldson and Kolb - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts while wrapping up a frenetic but ultimately unsatisfying first day to the NFL free-agent negotiating period:

What Jeff King adds to Cardinals' offense - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Instead of adding depth at tight end, the Arizona Cardinals are adding a tight end with some depth -- or at least some aspirations beyond the playing field. Tight end Jeff King, who agreed to terms Tuesday, has expressed interest in becoming a general manager one day. His former position coach, Geep Chryst, called King one of the smartest players on the team in Carolina.

Your afternoon Kevin Kolb update - NFC East Blog - ESPN
It's 4:50 pm. Do you know where Kevin Kolb is? Well, he apparently didn't show up at Eagles camp today. And he isn't an Arizona Cardinal yet either. So what's up? What are we hearing? What's the latest on the deal that was supposed to have sent Kolb from Philly to Arizona in the opening seconds of the trading season?

Jay Feely's provocative question about race - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely became a consistent voice for players during the NFL lockout. He veered into trickier waters Tuesday with a provocative question: "Just a thought," Feely tweeted, "if an African American receiver were doing same thing as Carson Palmer, would there be so many people defending his actions?"

Names of note: NFC West rookie prospects - NFC West Blog - ESPN has become a good resources for tracking rookie free-agent signings in recent years. They're stringing together reported contract agreements and signings.

Rumor: Arizona Cardinals have discussed Kyle Orton -
We've heard the media and Arizona Cardinals fans debate Kevin Kolb versus Kyle Orton. It now sounds like the Cardinals front office may be doing the same. news: No trade for Eagles' Kolb imminent as window for deals opens
The Philadelphia Eagles hope to get a first-round pick for Kevin Kolb, according to sources, but they might not be able to. As of Tuesday morning, there was no trade on the table, and this situation could take more time than most expected.

ESPN NFL analyst connects Todd Heap to the Arizona Cardinals -
Well that didn't take long. Just a day after the Baltimore Ravens said they will be cutting tight end Todd Heap, someone has already connected the dots between him and the Arizona Cardinals.

Your Kevin Kolb sweepstakes update | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of folks expected a Kevin Kolb trade to be agreed to sometime around 10:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday. That clearly isn’t going to happen. We’ve seen a lot of reports about Kolb out there, and they repeat the same point: This could take time.

Podcast: Catching up with Joey Porter - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Joey Porter offered advice for free agents during his conversation with ESPN's Doug Gottleib: "Make sure you know the coaches where you are going."

Larry Fitzgerald to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated -
You'll notice a familiar face staring back at you on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The publication chose the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald as their cover boy for the NFL lockout ending.

Kolb to Cards is a done deal -- unless it's not -
Maybe it's not such a sure bet that Kevin Kolb will be joining the Arizona Cardinals this week.

Report: Arizona Cardinals have expressed interest in Matt Hasselbeck -
Kevin Kolb might not be the only quarterback the Arizona Cardinals are checking in on now that the lockout has been lifted. In fact, they may have their eyes on a veteran Cardinals fans are familiar with. Reports from the Seattle Times have the Cards placing a call to Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.

ESPN NFL insider says Kolb to Cardinals could take a few days -
The new NFL year has begun and yet the long anticipated trade between the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles that would land Kevin Kolb in the desert hasn't happened yet. That doesn't mean it won't. As they say, patience is a virtue. ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton, as a guest with Sports 620 KTAR's Doug and Wolf Tuesday morning, told Cardinal fans it's really not a matter of if a Kolb deal will get done but rather when.

Cards or Dolphins? Thoughts on rookie QB - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin was once reportedly in play as an undrafted free agent for the Arizona Cardinals. Devlin plans to sign with the Miami Dolphins instead, ESPN's John Clayton reports.

Programming notes: Sizing up teams' plans - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few quick programming notes from the NFC West:

Making the Grade - Safeties, 2008-2010 |
4. Kerry Rhodes, Arizona Cardinals

If Mikell is underrated then Rhodes is over criticized. Quite obviously not a Rex Ryan type of player, it should be noted that Rhodes was an extremely productive player for the Jets. Rhodes gave up just one touchdown in his final two years in New York, rarely missed tackles and was always in the right spot to prevent something from going wrong. Although his impact plays shot up when he moved to Arizona, he made a number of uncharacteristically poor plays. With that being said, he is still one of the best safeties in coverage.

Grade: +23.6

Cardinals could be landing spot for Dolphins backup -
While the Cardinals have been linked to names such as Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton and Matt Hasselbeck, it could be a lesser-known player signing with the team in the near future.

(This wound up not happening)

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks top San Diego Padres behind Joe Saunders' complete game gem
Joe Saunders came within one out of a shutout and Justin Upton and Kelly Johnson each drove in two runs to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres Monday night.

Phoenix Mercury fall to Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
Sue Bird had 18 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals as the Seattle Storm held off the Phoenix Mercury 83-77 on Tuesday night.

Arizona Rattlers may go without backup quarterback for playoff game
The Rattlers have lost backup quarterback Trevor Harris to the NFL's Buffalo Bills, and might go into Friday's first-round playoff game against defending ArenaBowl champion Spokane without a true backup to Nick Davila. Coach and general manager Kevin Guy said after Tuesday's workout that he didn't know if the team was going to sign a backup.

NFL News:

NFL's free-agent frenzy: wild times in NFL -
The free agency free-for-all has begun, mostly with obscure names from the college ranks. It will get wilder.

New York Giants sign former Boston College LB Mark Herzlich - ESPN New York
Former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich said he has signed with the Giants.

Cincinnati Bengals owner says Carson Palmer still not available - ESPN
The Bengals say they won't trade quarterback Carson Palmer, who wants to leave one of the NFL's least-successful franchises.

Mark Herzlich Makes The NFL, And A Nightmare Becomes A Dream Come True -
Mark Herzlich signed with the New York Giants today, ensuring the next chapter in his incredible story will be written in New York City. But to fully appreciate the scale of his comeback from cancer, you have to go to back to Boston College in 2009.

Evaluating Seattle's break from Hasselbeck - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The fit between Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks isn't what it used to be.

Matt Hasselbeck leaving Seattle Seahawks; Tarvaris Jackson agrees to deal , sources say - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a deal with Tarvaris Jackson following the news that free-agent quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will not return to Seattle this season, multiple sources told ESPN.

Matt Leinart appears headed to Seattle too | ProFootballTalk
It looks like the Seahawks aren’t done driving their fans crazy Tuesday with their quarterback moves just yet. Matt Leinart has agreed to a deal with Seattle, according to Chris Mortensen reported Leinart "could" round out Seattle’s depth chart earlier Tuesday, but has adjusted that wording to say a deal has been reached. Mort says the Redskins spoke with Leinart, who ultimately decided to reunite with former coach Pete Carroll.

Oh, yeah, almost forgot: Alex Smith's deal - NFC West Blog - ESPN
I've heard from a few San Francisco 49ers fans lamenting their team's apparent position on the sideline during the first day teams could negotiate with veteran players. Well, the 49ers weren't on the sideline entirely. They will sign quarterback Alex Smith after the signing period opens Friday, ESPN's John Clayton reported.

Tarvaris Jackson? What Seattle's thinking - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks will not ask Tarvaris Jackson to replace what Matt Hasselbeck has represented for the past 10 seasons. That wouldn't be very logical.

Thoughts on Jackson, Leinart, Whitehurst - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks will apparently have five quarterbacks on their roster heading into training camp. Five equals zero for the time being because none of those quarterbacks has proven he can win or keep a starting job in the NFL. The future is not quite now for Seattle, but newcomers Tarvaris Jackson and (possibly) Matt Leinart will join Charlie Whitehurst in helping the Seahawks get to theirs. The team's agreements with Jackson and Leinart create a muddled short-term picture at the position. Matt Hasselbeck, who will not return, has been replaced by committee.

Just in: NFC West rookie pool allotments - NFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN's John Clayton has passed along rookie-pool numbers as follows for NFC West teams:

The cries across the NFL landscape were swift and clear. No sooner had word gotten out that owners and players had agreed in principle on a new 10-year labor agreement than coaches and personnel people began lamenting its potential impact on the game. "Every one of these owners has sold his soul for the golden parachute," one head coach says. "They're all going to be set for life, and the players are happy because most of them are at the ends of their careers and have been to the mountaintop. But it's clear you had everybody thinking about their own little agenda without coaches or personnel people having any say. I hope it doesn't ruin a game that is the best on the planet, but I believe the product is going to go downhill because of these changes."

Kolb could be a Seahawk for a first round pick -
It appears that if the Seattle Seahawks want Kevin Kolb they can have him, and all it would take is a first round pick.

(Looks like this won't happen)