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2-29-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Leap Day

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Happy Leap Day everyone, time for some Cardinals links and other various goodies after the end of the Combine.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Combine Just A Piece Of Puzzle
As week in Indianapolis ends, teams still gathering info on draftees blogs - Kent Somers - Could Manning/Wayne become Cardinals?
Quarterback Peyton Manning and receiver Reggie Wayne would like to stay together, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, and at least two teams would seriously consider making a package deal for the duo. King doesn't name the teams, and we don't know if the Cardinals are one. It's an intriguing proposition but fraught with potential problems.

Help Wanted 2012: Arizona Cardinals |
After a season that was supposed to see them re-establish themselves as the dominant force in the division, the Cardinals find themselves staring at the same old problems. So how can they go about fixing them in hopes of challenging the surging San Francisco 49ers? We look at the three areas requiring the biggest improvement.

Agents grumbling about John Lott’s weight-room antics | ProFootballTalk
For years, Cardinals strength coach John Lott has been adding a "good TV" vibe to one of the events from the Hoosier Heptathlon (hey, if everyone is going to start swiping our "Underwear Olympics" label, we need to come up with a new name for the thing). Specifically, as players try to bench press 225 pounds as many times as possible, Lott barks at them to keep pushing. It’s not an uncommon dynamic in weight rooms. Guys sometimes need external motivation to push themselves. At the Scouting Combine, however, the external motivation is fairly obvious.

A new wrinkle on the Peyton Manning to AZ rumors -
Where oh where will Peyton Manning land? There's seemingly a new wrinkle or rumor every day about Manning's possible landing spots for 2012 or whether or not he can even throw a football up to NFL standards.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Coyotes make statement with win over Vancouver Canucks
"No quit" has been the Coyotes' mantra this season. It's an intangible that has propelled them when games seemed lost, and they tapped into it once again Tuesday night and maintained their lead in the Pacific Division, ending February with an 11-0-1 record for the month. This time it took a shootout, and the 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks in front of 16,691 at Arena gave the Coyotes their sixth win in a row and 75 points for the season. Goaltender Mike Smith again was dominant, extending his franchise record to 11 consecutive wins as he made 39 saves.

NFL expert Clayton on Burfict's 40-yard dash: 'That time just destroys him' -
Vontaze Burfict's star has fallen fast. The volatile linebacker followed a sub-par junior season with an even worse effort at the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis.

NFL News:

Robert Griffin III, NFL Draft 2012: Redskins Ready To Move Up, According To Report -
The Washington Redskins have apparently identified Robert Griffin III as the player they want in the 2012 NFL Draft and, according to the Washington Post, are willing to part with two first-round picks, as well as other picks, in order to get him. With Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck projected to go No. 1, the St. Louis Rams likely control the fate of Griffin and they've expressed a willingness to trade out of the position for a haul similar to the one the San Diego Chargers netted in 2004.

First Game Of 2012 NFL Season Will Be Played On Wednesday, Sept. 5 -
The NFL announced that the first game of the 2012 season will be played on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The Super Bowl champion Giants will host the game.

Plaxico Burress Wants To Join The Philadelphia Eagles -
Plaxico Burress does little to hide his desire to play for the Eagles during an interview with a Philadelphia radio station.

Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne A Package Deal? -
The Indianapolis Colts releasing Peyton Manning is such an inevitable that the NFL media world is already lining up Manning's next destination. Plenty of folks have pointed out the obvious teams like the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins as teams likely to make a run at Manning.

Robert Griffin trade rumors already spinning out of control | ProFootballTalk
Forget the Combine. Forget free agency. Robert Griffin III trade chatter dominates the NFL discussion these days. And it’s still February.

Warrant issued for Marcus Vick after he fails to report to jail | ProFootballTalk
Marcus Vick is in trouble with the law again.

Anthony Adams praises the Bears after they cut him | ProFootballTalk
Bears defensive lineman Anthony Adams was released this week, but he has no hard feelings. In fact, Adams told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times that he still has warm feelings for the Bears, loved his time in Chicago and completely understands the business decision the team made.

10 who won at this year’s scouting combine | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Read '10 who won at this year’s scouting combine' from our blog Shutdown Corner on Yahoo! Sports.

10 who lost at this year’s scouting combine | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Read '10 who lost at this year’s scouting combine' from our blog Shutdown Corner on Yahoo! Sports.