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2-8-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Words From Warner

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Sorry I'm a little later than normal with this, SBN was acting up when I tried to get on here earlier. Anyway, here are todays links featuring an interview with Warner where along with the Peyton Manning talk he mentions that Eli Manning isn't Hall of Fame worthy yet but he probably will be in five years.

Of course everyone ignored that last part and took it as him saying that Eli sucks though. Never change internet knee jerk community who never reads through full articles.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Warner doesn't see Cardinals as a great fit for Manning -
Sorry Cardinals fans, your last great QB doesn't think your team is a good fit for Peyton Manning. A guest on Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday, Warner said he thinks Miami is a likely destination for Manning. "Although I still make the contention that I think the perfect spot for him would be San Francisco," he said. Ouch.

Warner: It's all about finding the right fit for Peyton Manning -
Arizona Cardinals fans think Peyton Manning would be a great fit for their team. However, does the QB feel the same way about the Cardinals? That could be the determining factor for where the future Hall of Famer plays next season, according to former Cardinal Kurt Warner, and as of now he's unsure of where Manning will end up. "I believe he wants it to be in Indianapolis, but I'm not sure he or anyone else believes that's in the cards," Warner told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf. "That becomes the next challenge; if it's not Indianapolis, you've got to find the right fit for Peyton Manning." Warner said the team will have to be able to protect the 36-year-old QB, especially as he's returning from a serious injury, as well as tailor its offense to fit Manning's skill-set.

Warner left NFL knowing he could still play -
Kurt Warner's last game as an NFL quarterback saw him get knocked out of the game due to an injury suffered during the return of an interception, with many thinking that hit was one of the reasons he walked away from the game a couple weeks later. Not true. Warner, who was a guest on Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday, explained why he retired just a few weeks after completing 29 of 33 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns in a thrilling win over the Packers, seemingly at the top of his game.

ESPN insider: Money could be sticking point with Cardinals, Manning -
Money tends to play an important role with deals, trades and contract offers. But if money isn't the driving force for Peyton Manning if he is released from the Colts, it could make it easier for the Cardinals to go after him. ESPN NFL insider John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf that Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill would not pay for two quarterbacks in two years. "They were not cheap in anything they did in last offseason," Clayton said. "They put a lot of money out in free agency; they put a lot of money out in the Kevin Kolb trade. I just don't know if they're ready to say goodbye to Kevin Kolb in one year."

ESPN's Clayton throws cold water on Manning to AZ talk -
Another day, and there's more talk about the possibility of Peyton Manning wearing Arizona Cardinals' red in 2012. However, Tuesday ESPN NFL insider John Clayton appeared on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike (mornings 5 to 9 a.m. on Arizona Sports 620) and went "against the grain" and doubted whether the Manning-Arizona marriage will ever happen. "I still don't think Bill Bidwill is going to pay two years for two quarterbacks because he already paid last year for Kevin Kolb," Clayton said.

First look at Cardinals' 2012 free agents - NFC West Blog - ESPN
We're still a month away from NFL free agency, but with the Super Bowl behind us, we'll start sizing up players without contracts for 2012.

What's up with former Arizona Cardinals player Alan Faneca
An NFL offensive guard for 13 seasons. He played his last season in Arizona, in 2011, before retiring.

Word From the Birds Blog - Putting a cap on it
Sitting here in early February, more than a month before free agency (March 13), exact salary cap numbers are not yet important. But they will be. So with that, and to get some perspective (if not concrete groundwork) for what lies ahead for the front office, this breakdown by Omar Kelly at the Sun-Sentinel is helpful. The Cards, as of now, are schedule to have about $118 million against the cap, which is projected to be in the $123M-$124M range (it has not yet been set). This is a 2012 projection, so it already eliminates contracts that are expiring.

Arizona Sports News:

2012 NFL Draft Combine: Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict, Arizona's Nick Foles, Among Invitees - SB Nation Arizona
Football is truly a team game. But when it comes time for evaluating talent for the NFL Draft, it quickly goes from team to individual. Prime examples come from the ranks of the Arizona Wildcats and Arizona St. Sun Devils. Both teams endured subpar seasons this year. And yet, the Sun Devils will have six representatives at the NFL Draft Combine to start on Feb. 22, while the Wildcats will send three.

Phoenix Suns hold off late Bucks rally to beat Milwaukee
Steve Nash's 38th birthday began Tuesday morning with a man in a pink gorilla suit serenading him while playing a guitar at the Suns' breakfast meeting. That act was hard to top, but Nash pulled it off, making a game-winning shot that got a gorilla off the Suns' back: their failure to win three games in a row this season. Nash broke a tie with a running 5-foot bank shot, and the Suns' lead stood when Milwaukee failed to get off a shot on the game's last possession, giving the Suns a 107-105 victory at Bradley Center. The Suns (11-14) return home with their first three-game win streak of the season, accomplishing the feat on their fourth game in a five-night span that covered three time zones. They also did it after losing a 21-point second-half lead.

Phoenix Coyotes defeat Dallas Stars, continue hot streak
Radim Vrbata scored his 25th goal, former Dallas backup Mike Smith made 28 saves and the Coyotes improved their playoff positioning with a 4-1 victory over the Stars on Tuesday night.

NFL News:

Kurt Warner says Eli isn’t a Hall of Famer | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Kurt Warner retired two years ago with a body of work that likely will put him in Canton. If he gets there, he may not be welcoming Eli Manning with open arms. In an appearance with Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 620 in Phoenix, Warner made the case against Eli’s potential induction into the Hall of Fame.

The One Where ESPN Turns Tim Tebow Into Quarterback Godzilla - From Our Editors -
We all know that ESPN and SportsCenter tend to play favorites—exhibit A is TebowCenter, of course—but just how absurd does the disparity get? For that, we go to the New York Times, where they've tracked the number of mentions for each player all season, then scaled each player to size, based on number of mentions. It's a fantastic chart, so check it out.

NFL Free Agency 2012: Matt Flynn, Mario Williams Among Marquee Names Hitting The Market -
The season over, NFL teams can start planning for the 2012 season. Free agency begins on March 13. Which free agents will see the biggest demand for their services this spring?

NFL Combine 2012 Players List: More Than 300 Draft Prospects Invited To Indianapolis -
The NFL Combine begins Feb. 22, televising lots of young men exercising. Here are those young men.

Woman at Giants Super Bowl parade can’t wait to see Mark Sanchez (video) | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Thousands gathered in lower Manhattan on Tuesday morning to watch the Super Bowl champion New York Giants parade down the Canyon of Heroes. One woman was there to see the New York Jets. When asked by a NBC reporter who she most wanted to see at the parade, a young woman in a Giants Super Bowl t-shirt made an interesting request:

NFL Power Rankings: Super Bowl Champion Giants End Season On Top -
SB Nation's final set of NFL power rankings for the 2011-12 season have the Super Bowl teams, Giants and Patriots, ranked at the top.

VIDEO: Rob Gronkowski Dancing To LMFAO After The Super Bowl - From Our Editors -
If this were any other star player after a loss—say, if the Giants had lost and someone like Hakeem Nicks had gone out to club to party anyway—the outcry would be deafening. Except that this story is just so perfectly GRONK. You can't help but applaud his dedication to living out stereotypes. There he is on the left, dancing shirtless on stage with LMFAO, probably with a few his 16 identical brothers, and maybe a pornstar just because.

Tiquan Underwood Headed Back To Patriots After Super Bowl Eve Release -
After releasing him the night before the Super Bowl, the Patriots are bringing back Tiquan Underwood.

Tom Brady Watched Last Year's Super Bowl On An Illegal Internet Feed - From Our Editors -
Lost (at least to me) in all the Super Bowl goings-on last week: Tom Brady admitted that he watched last year's Super Bowl on an illegal Internet feed.

Ricky Williams Retires: Running Back Calls It Quits After 11 Seasons -
Ricky Williams is apparently retiring, ending a career that included five 1,00-yard seasons but will likely be better remembered for his off-the-field antics.

Super Bowl 2012: Bradying, A Sad New Trend? - The Hub - SB Nation Boston
Hopefully, this won't become a real thing. Browsing through my Twitter feed last night, I stumbled upon this picture. It's of Tom Brady and some other gentlemen who I do not know. He says he is Bradying ... you know, like Tebowing? Yeah, it's exactly what it sounds like, and it's downright sad. See the photo after the jump.