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7-6-11: Bird Droppings - Kolb Debate, Fitz's Workouts

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Time for some links. Today, a couple of differing opinions on Kolb, a look at the workouts being run by Fitz, the chance that Breaston could go to Kansas City, and an update on the Cardinals looking for a new Inside Linebacker to fill the role Gerald Hayes had (something we have been talking about for a while).

Also, the Favre speculation is starting to begin again. Maybe the Lockout was a ploy that was being used so he wouldn't have to go to training camp?

Arizona Cardinals News:

Fourth Of July With The Troops
Whisenhunt wraps up USO coaches tour spending holiday in Iraq

Fitzgerald’s fitness center | StarTribune.com
Larry Fitzgerald Jr.'s workouts attract players who want to be ready when the league gets back in business.

Why I don't want Kevin Kolb on the Arizona Cardinals - ArizonaSports.com
We are all on the edge of our seats hoping that sometime this week the NFL owners and players will finally agree on the parameters of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If that does happen, the majority of NFL teams will kick it into overdrive as they try to fill out their rosters during a speedy free agency period. The Cardinals are one of the teams that have to get busy quick! That leads me to the concern I have about one of their highly rumored moves. You know the one where they trade for QB Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles? The lockout has contributed to our ongoing debate on whether or not the Cardinals will, or better yet should, trade for Kolb. I have said for years that I don't get the infatuation that people have with Kolb. Is he really that good? Look at the list that this ESPN article compares Kolb to. Not exactly a list that has me excited!

Kolb worthy of first round pick, nothing else - ArizonaSports.com
The Arizona Cardinals need a quarterback. While this is certainly not breaking news, and it may no longer even qualify as old news, it is still an issue that needs to be addressed. "Do I want the Eagles to trade Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals? Yes I do," Sports 620 KTAR's Doug Franz said on Doug and Wolf. "Do I think the Cardinals should trade a first round pick for him? I actually do." While Franz is willing to give up a first round pick for Kolb, he stops there.

As the price for Kolb rises, Cards should bow out - ArizonaSports.com
If the Arizona Cardinals want Kevin Kolb they will have to outbid the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll's squad is rumored to be offering a first round pick and a second round pick for the Eagles backup. The Cardinals, thought to be the favorite to land the QB, would theoretically have to beat that offer.

Steve Breaston to reunite with Todd Haley in Kansas City? - ArizonaSports.com
While most of the attention has gone to who the Cardinals will be adding once the NFL's lockout ends, the team must deal with the important decisions of who to keep around as well. Among the players expected to be free agents is wide receiver Steve Breaston. A four-year pro out of Michigan, there is chance he'll want more money than the team is willing to pay him. If that is the case, Pro Football Weekly speculates that the 27-year-old will not be short on potential suitors.

Like Diamondbacks, Cardinals would be rewarded with patience - ArizonaSports.com
Justin Upton's selection to the 2011 National League All-Star team shows what happens when a team acquires a young player with unlimited potential and ability. Guys with five tools don't come around very often, and it's great when a team can land a guy with that kind of ability. It's even greater when the team shows patience with the aforementioned player, going through the ups and downs that riddle the path to stardom. This exercise in patience, whether by choice or necessity, has proven to be a good thing for the Diamondbacks. Here's hoping the Cardinals follow suit.

Ranking NFC West players: Nos. 11-15 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. ranks the top 15 players in the NFC West. Today: Nos. 11-15.

(Featuring Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell)

Cardinals might be looking for new inside linebacker - ArizonaSports.com
When the NFL lockout is lifted, teams will have a short period of time to search the free agent market to fill holes on their rosters. One source believes Arizona will be looking for a new inside linebacker if they don't believe one of their rookies can fill the position.

With practices over, players try to stay ready for camp | ProFootballTalk
Normally, Larry Fitzgerald’s Minnesota camp of motivated football players has a set end date. This year, it will go in indefinitely. "Until they call us back, I’ll be here. I’ll be here in Minnesota," Fitzgerald told Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Arizona Sports News:

Arizona Diamondbacks hand Milwaukee Brewers first back-to-back losses of season
Justin Upton homered after learning he'd been snubbed for the Home Run Derby and the Arizona Diamondbacks roughed up the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Phoenix Mercury dictate pace against Los Angeles
Control the pace, control the paint and you control the game. For one half, the Los Angeles Sparks played at their own pace and dominated the Mercury near the basket Tuesday at US Airways Center. But then the Mercury decided to take back the flow of the game and the ownership of the paint to win 101-82 in front of 9,826.

Arizona Diamondbacks drop series finale vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Starter Josh Collmenter pitched six scoreless innings, but the D-Backs lost to the Brewers, 3-1, today in Milwaukee.

History shows the Arizona Diamondbacks should have more than one All-Star - ArizonaSports.com
As of right now, the Arizona Diamondbacks only have one representative in this year's All-Star game. A game that will be hosted in their home ballpark, Chase Field. While it isn't the first time a host city has had one hometown player in the game, it is a rare occurrence. Over the last decade only two teams who have held the game at their stadium have had only one representative on the field. In both cases, the teams' poor play made the decision an obvious one.

Numbers say D-backs news is hard to find - ArizonaSports.com
There are many ways to judge a team's popularity. Attendance and merchandise sales are the most common, but nowadays the internet can prove to be a good gauge as well. And, if the numbers are to be believed, people just aren't that interested in the Arizona Diamondbacks.

All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle signs 5-year, $26.25 million deal to remain with Phoenix Coyotes
Their future might still be undecided beyond next season, but when it comes to dependability, the Coyotes always know they can count on defenseman Keith Yandle. He's managed to play in every single game for the franchise the past two years -- and do so at a high level. On Tuesday, the Coyotes rewarded the Boston-born Yandle with a contract extension, committing $26.25 million to him over the next five seasons.

NFL News:

Report: Progress is slow, again | ProFootballTalk
The labor talks continue to ping-pong, with optimism alternatively replaced by pessimism, then optimism. And so with signs pointing to a possible resolution by the weekend, Sal Paolantonio of ESPN reports that progress is slow, and that the first week of the preseason could now be in jeopardy.

NFL talks: Lawyers still sorting out language - ESPN
Lawyers for the NFL and the players' association are again sorting out contract language and details Wednesday that could speed the process in reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.

No escape from Brett Favre comeback talk | ProFootballTalk
The first time we saw today’s talk that Brett Favre wants to play in 2011, our first instinct was to ignore it. By about the tenth time we saw it, we figured we at least had to mention it. So here goes.