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8-1-11: Bird Droppings - Cardinals Making Moves

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We were wondering why the Cardinals weren't being aggressive? Last night they signed Todd Heap, traded Tim Hightower, and it looks like they are about to sign Braylon Edwards. Some exciting moves coming in the valley of the sun.

There is also a video of Peterson reporting to camp.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals agree to terms with former ASU tight end Todd Heap
Tight end Todd Heap is coming home. The former Arizona State and Mesa Mountain View player has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Cardinals, giving the club a pass-catching threat at tight end for the first time in a decade. Heap, 31, comes to Arizona after spending 10 seasons with the Ravens. He made the Pro Bowl twice and was twice all-Pro. Nicknamed "The Golden Retriever", Heap is a potent pass receiver who presents defenses with matchup problems.

Arizona Cardinals trade RB Tim Hightower to Washington Redskins for veteran DE Vonnie Holliday, sixth-round pick
The Cardinals remained active Sunday, trading running back Tim Hightower to the Washington Redskins for veteran defensive end Vonnie Holliday and a sixth-round pick.

Rookie Peterson feels no added pressure DRC gone -
When the Cardinals drafted Patrick Peterson in April, many were excited to see both he and Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie try to lock down opposing receivers. Seven months later, though, Rodgers-Cromartie is in Philadelphia, and the pressure is on the fifth pick in the draft to step up and replace him. Or maybe not.

Word From the Birds Blog - Hightower traded to Redskins, Deuce suddenly returns
I suppose, in this crazy, condensed offseason, the unexpected should be expected. So I wasn’t too surprised today to hear running back Tim Hightower was traded to the Redskins, in exchange for veteran defensive end Vonnie Holliday and a sixth-round draft pick. I was, however, stunned to hear that guard Deuce Lutui flunked his physical with the Bengals, with whom he signed last week. I was also stunned to hear the Cardinals then brought him back on a one-year contract. That’s certainly not how Lutui wanted his free agency to play out. That dynamic now that he is returning, and how/if he fits into the lineup, will be very, very interesting.

Deuce returns: lineman back with Cardinals -
Apparently Deuce Lutui's time in Arizona has not ended.

Word From the Birds Blog - Final rookie has a contract, and other notes
Second-round pick Ryan Williams agreed to his rookie contract today, a four-year deal for the running back that gets all the rookies finally signed. I would guess running back Tim Hightower is going to sign his tender offer sooner rather than later too.

Cardinals first-round pick Patrick Peterson ready to work
Cornerback Patrick Peterson figures he will reap several benefits from sharing a dorm with safeties Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes. First, there's the knowledge the Cardinals first-round pick can gain. Then, there's the 72-inch television he can watch. "I won't be able to miss Shark Week," Peterson said on Sunday. "I didn't see the remote control in there, but, hopefully, I'll be able to change the TV."

A Plan Of Action
Cards delivering on their promise to make roster moves

Word From the Birds Blog - Heap agrees to two-year deal
The Cardinals have added yet another tight end. Veteran Todd Heap, a local product of Mesa Mountain View High School and Arizona State, who was released recently by Baltimore, has agreed to a two-year contract. Heap becomes the Cardinals’ sixth tight end joining Jim Dray, Stephen Spach, Jeff King, and rookies Rob Housler and Stephen Skelton.

Cardinals take the NFL by storm as training camp continues
One day, when members of the Cardinals front office are retired and rocking on their porches, they're likely to tell their grandchildren, again, about that final day of July 2011. That's the day the Cardinals moved across the NFL like a haboob. They signed their top two draft picks in the morning, added veteran tight end Todd Heap a little later, re-acquired starting guard Deuce Lutui in late afternoon and then completed a trade that sent starting running back Tim Hightower to the Redskins. On this day, the little front office often accused of doing nothing, did everything. blogs - Kent Somers - Plan and Philosophy
For months, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and General Manager Rod Graves promised the Cardinals would be aggressive in the pursuit of players whenever the lockout ended. They assured everyone the team had a plan.

Heap Adds To Tight Ends Upgrade
Notebook: Hightower dealt for Holliday; Weight brings Lutui back

Cardinals keep free-agent moves coming - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams could be running behind Deuce Lutui for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011. Not so for Tim Hightower.

Cardinals bring Todd Heap home -
A local guy, it was always thought that Todd Heap would be a good fit for the tight end-starved Arizona Cardinals. Sunday the sides agreed, coming to terms on a two-year contract that will bring the former Mesa Mountain View and Arizona State University star home.

Cardinals sign final draft pick Ryan Williams -
That was quick. The Arizona Cardinals finished signing every member of their 2011 Draft class Sunday as they agreed to a four-year contract with second round pick Ryan Williams.

Five notes of note from the NFC West - NFC West Blog - ESPN
There was no place like home for Arizona native Todd Heap. The Cardinals agreed to terms with the veteran tight end even while the New York Jets were reportedly courting him heavily, with coach Rex Ryan even picking up Heap at the airport in person. Ryan and Heap were together for years in Baltimore. Arizona has scored a few victories in free agency. Finishing 5-11 last season appears to have given them a greater sense of urgency.

Todd Heap and Cardinals' evolving offense - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Todd Heap caught 10 passes for 108 yards for Baltimore in the playoffs last season. The Arizona Cardinals could use that type of production from a tight end. After drafting Rob Housler and signing Jeff King from Carolina in free agency, the team added to its growing stockpile by reaching a contract agreement with Heap, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The team also announced the agreement.

Todd Heap signs two-year deal with Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals have signed two-time All-Pro tight end Todd Heap to a two-year contract.

Colossal waste for Kolb, Smith, Jackson - NFC West Blog - ESPN
If anything, the three NFC West teams with new starting quarterbacks for 2011 should have additional practice time with their new passers. Thanks to the lockout and legalese, the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have significantly less time to get their quarterbacks acclimated. Rules associated with the pending labor agreement prevent Arizona's Kevin Kolb, Seattle's Tarvaris Jackson and San Francisco's Alex Smith from practicing before Aug. 4. No players with new contracts for 2011 can practice until that date, which marks the projected start for a new league year. Coaches aren't happy about the restrictions.

Arizona Cardinals trade Tim Hightower to Washington Redskins for Vonnie Holliday, '12 pick - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals sent running back Tim Hightower to Washington on Sunday, in exchange for defensive end Vonnie Holliday and a 2012 draft pick. blogs - Kent Somers - Lutui a Cardinal again, Hightower traded
I'm heading out to practice shortly but wanted to cover the events of the day, at least so far.

Busy Arizona signs TE Heap, trades for DL Holliday -
The off-field frenzy has not let up for the Arizona Cardinals. The team, revamping its roster in a bid to return to the top in the NFC West after a 5-11 season a year ago, started Sunday by signing two-time All-Pro tight end Todd Heap and wrapped up the afternoon by trading running back Tim Hightower to the Washington Redskins for 14-year NFL defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday and an undisclosed draft pick. The team also re-signed free agent guard Deuce Lutui after he failed a physical with the Cincinnati Bengals for being overweight.

Deuce Lutui flunks Cincinnati Bengals physical, returns to Arizona Cardinals - ESPN
Free agent right guard Deuce Lutui is on his way back to the Arizona Cardinals after flunking his physical with the Cincinnati Bengals for being overweight.

While meeting with the Jets, Todd Heap signs with the Cardinals | National Football Post
With the exception of the Plaxico Burress signing, the New York Jets look like a team that just can’t close the deal this week. After losing out on free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that while free agent tight end Todd Heap was visiting with the Jets on Sunday, he ended up signing a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals trade RB Hightower to Washington -
A murky Arizona Cardinals backfield cleared up a bit Sunday as the team dealt running back Tim Hightower to the Washington Redskins.

These Aren’t Your Father’s Arizona Cardinals " Raising Zona | An Arizona Cardinals Blog
When the Arizona Cardinals moved to Arizona from St. Louis in 1988, it was a great day for football fans in the State of Arizona. Sure, we weren’t getting the Pittsburgh Steelers or Dallas Cowboys, however we were getting NFL Football. What we quickly learned though was the Cardinals didn’t like to spend money. Like choosing Top Ramen over everything else kind of not liking to spend money. It was no secret it was difficult to get players to come to Arizona to play. Sun Devil Stadium was a college stadium, it was too hot to play there in September and October, but they did anyway, the concessions were horrible and the tailgaiting was even worse. Clearly, even if the Cards had the money to spend, they didn’t do it. They even almost moved away a couple of times.

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Arizona Sports News:

Joe Saunders, bottom of lineup power Diamondbacks to victory, series win vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Joe Saunders is going to be on the sidelines again when the surging Arizona Diamondbacks visit San Francisco with a chance to overtake the NL West leaders in a three-game series. The Giants will miss Saunders in the rotation, which is not a good thing for the Diamondbacks, who got another solid outing from the left-hander Sunday in a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Saunders came within four outs of his second straight complete game, helping Arizona win for the 10th time in 15 games.

Arizona Diamondbacks acquire pitcher Brad Ziegler in trade
The moves keep coming for the Diamondbacks, who added another piece to their pitching staff on Sunday and as a result of the trade are expected to promote one of their top prospects. The Diamondbacks acquired right-handed specialist Brad Ziegler from the Oakland A's on Sunday afternoon, giving up first baseman Brandon Allen and Tripe-A left-hander Jordan Norberto.

NFL News:

Harbaugh: 49ers, fans threw QB under bus - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Alex Smith's career with the San Francisco 49ers has been hashed, rehashed and hashed some more over the past several seasons. Coach Jim Harbaugh is a newcomer to the conversation. He offered his take on the matter during a recent ESPN interview.

San Francisco 49ers say Frank Gore will report, end holdout - ESPN
Disgruntled San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore plans to end his holdout and report to training camp, first-year coach Jim Harbaugh told on Sunday.

Derek Anderson visiting Carolina, not signed yet | ProFootballTalk
With Matt Moore joining the Dolphins and no veteran presence on a depth chart led by Jimmy Clausen and Cam Newton, the Panthers needed to make a move. According to Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian (as harvested by Silva over at Rotoworld), the Panthers have agreed to terms with Derek Anderson.

How to identify NFL's best quarterbacks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The late Don Smith never claimed his passer-rating formula was perfect. Quite the opposite, in fact. "Some people call it a quarterback rating system, but that really is not what it is," Smith told me during a 2002 interview. "It’s simply a passing statistic." I've actually defended Smith's rating system because the quarterbacks with the highest ratings -- Tom Brady, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers led the way last season -- usually are the best quarterbacks. But there's so much more to quarterbacking than passing stats for touchdowns, interceptions, attempts, completions and yardage. Game situations should count for something, and now they do.