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2-14-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Kolb Contract Stuff

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More links today than there were yesterday. Some stuff on how the numbers in Kolb's contract were misleading, an interview with him, and proof that Adrian Wilson is tougher than you.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals' Kevin Kolb not sweating Peyton Manning rumors
Kevin Kolb has heard the speculation about the Cardinals being interested in Peyton Manning, but he's not spending his waking hours worrying. "I know how the NFL works," Kolb said, "anything is possible. I just try to keep my mind clear and do what I can on my end. I plan on having a great year and being a Cardinal for a long time." Kolb is due a $7 million bonus if he's on the roster March 17, and said "every indication on my end shows me that I'll be there." blogs - Kent Somers - Perspective on contract numbers
I was going over some players' contract numbers this morning, and it hit home just how misleading some of the initial reporting can be when a player comes to terms. For instance: It was widely reported last summer that quarterback Kevin Kolb's five-year extension was worth a maximum of about $61 million. That's accurate. Where things became tricky, however, was how much was guaranteed. It was reported to be about $21 million. But the "guaranteed" money was actually closer to $12 million. That included Kolb's $10 million signing bonus and his first-year salary. I included that salary because it's safe to assume the Cardinals weren't going to cut him before he played.

Peyton Manning rumors prove how far Cardinals have come -
This isn't the first time the Arizona Cardinals have been linked to a future Hall of Famer.

Word From the Birds Blog - Wilson’s workload was heaviest in NFL
While Bears beat man Brad Biggs was putting together a playing time story about the team he covers for the Chicago Tribune — based on snaps played — he noted the players who played the most snaps this past season in the entire NFL on both sides of the ball. Turns out the guy who played the most defensive snaps was the Cardinals’ own Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson.

Word From the Birds Blog - Bidwill recalls big moment for state, Cards
With the state holding its celebration this weekend for 100 years of statehood, team president Michael Bidwill took part in a panel discussion downtown Saturday — along with former Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzalez and national collegiate wrestling champion from Arizona State Anthony Robles, and hosted by Republic columnist Dan Bickley — about their memories of some big sports moments they were part of in Arizona’s history.

Adrian Wilson is tougher than you | ProFootballTalk
Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson tore his biceps muscle in training camp. At the time, there was some fear he would miss the season. Instead, he wound up playing more defensive snaps than any player in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl.

Bidwill Joins the Doug & Wolf Show
Cardinals President Michael Bidwill joins the Doug and Wolf show on Arizona Sports 620 as part of Newsmakers Week.

Arizona Sports News:

Warriors pull away from Suns in second half
There was no defense for the way the Suns lost Monday night. Leading by 12 in the third quarter, the Suns had no defense for the next 12 minutes of play and lost the game because of it. The Suns came up with two stops in a stretch of 22 possessions to fall behind by 10, leaving too much to overcome in a 102-96 loss at Golden State.

Coyotes lose in a tough shootout in Vancouver
The Coyotes' win streak was snapped a five in a 2-1 loss vs. the Canucks, but Keith Yandle helped salvage a point with a game-tying goal late in regulation.

NFL News:

NFL Free Agency 2012: From Mario Manningham To DeSean Jackson, The Top Free Agents In The NFC -
Since free agency is the next big thing in the NFL, here's a list of each NFC team's top free agent and where they could end up playing in 2012.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Who Trades Up For Robert Griffin III? -
Early roster moves and free agent rumors herald the start of another NFL offseason. How will moves in February and March change things in April? This week's 2012 NFL mock draft finds some surprising consequences from pro football's hot stove.

Randy Moss States Desire To Return To NFL In 2012 -
WR Randy Moss changed directions today, indicating that he would be willing to come out of retirement to play for the right team.

Goodell will get nearly $20 million per year by end of decade | ProFootballTalk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell currently makes roughly $10 million per year. Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal reports that, by the end of Goodell’s new deal, he’ll make roughly two times that amount.

Report: Peyton may be interested in playing for the Texans | ProFootballTalk
As the calendar continues to move toward March 8, the date by which the Colts must either pay Peyton Manning $28 million or cut him loose, reports and theories continue to emerge.

If There Were Butter On That Football, Alshon Jeffery Might Eat It - From Our Editors -
Okay so maybe Alshon hasn't been training as hard as he needs to this winter:

John Beck’s path is not filled with roses | ProFootballTalk
All last offseason, we heard that John Beck was Mike Shanahan’s guy. Multiple outlets insisted Beck would be the primary starting quarterback in Washington. Beck spoke with a lot of confidence throughout the process, but the Redskins ultimately preferred Rex Grossman when the season rolled around. Beck only started three games, and the Redskins lost all three. "When we took Rex out those three games, we stopped moving the ball, we stopped making plays," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan recently told ESPN 980.