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3-11-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Manning Visiting

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Time for some links, and the main news is that Peyton Manning has arrived to meet with the Cards as of some time last night. The Cards are being pretty quiet about this so far though so not a lot of details.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Peyton Manning in Phoenix area to talk with Cardinals
Peyton Manning made the second stop Saturday night in his search for a new team and home, arriving in the Valley. Manning was expected to meet with Cardinals coaches and officials Saturday night and continue with meetings Sunday. Cardinals officials declined comment on the visit.

Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald staying mum on Peyton Manning visit
Twelve current, future and former NFL players, including eight quarterbacks, threw passes at the Cardinals Tempe practice facility on Saturday. Peyton Manning was not among them.

ManningWatch: Bracing for the possibility - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Peyton Manning is expected to visit with the Arizona Cardinals after leaving the Denver Broncos. That visit could begin Saturday night if suspicions are correct and Manning boarded this flight from Denver, as friend of the NFC West blog Dustin Holmes suspected. That's as close to the NFC West as some would like Manning to come.

On the Cardinals' lost confidence in Kolb - NFC West Blog - ESPN
John Clayton's piece on Peyton Manning and the current quarterback market includes a passage of strong interest for Arizona Cardinals fans:

Manning is "making it up as he goes" | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Peyton Manning has a reputation for thorough preparation and careful thought. But that’s not how he’s treating his first foray into free agency.

Fitzgerald: 'I don't know anything' on Manning front -
There was certainly a lot of buzz about Peyton Manning at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility Saturday. But there was no Peyton Manning. Manning, the free agent quarterback cut earlier this week by the Indianapolis Colts, visited the Denver Broncos for approximately six hours on Friday and reportedly spent the night in the Mile High City. There are rumblings that Manning will next visit the Arizona Cardinals, but nobody knows or is willing to talk about when that pow-wow will occur. And nobody includes Cardinals' Pro Bowl wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Manning expected to return to Miami after Arizona visit | ProFootballTalk
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that free agent Peyton Manning has "nothing scheduled" after his Saturday night and Sunday visit in Arizona. Manning is expected to return to his Miami condo following the meeting with Cardinals brass. blogs - Kent Somers - What's a quarterback worth?
There are a lot of uncertainties when an NFL team trades for a quarterback but one thing is a given: the team will be accused of giving up too much. It happened last July when the Cardinals traded cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and their 2012 second--round pick to the Eagles for Kevin Kolb. The Redskins are being accused of it after sending two first round picks and a second to the Rams to move up four spots in the draft. They will take Robert Griffin III with that selection. It goes on and on. The Giants gave up too much to move up and draft Eli Manning in 2004, etc. But in the NFL, having an above-average quarterback is everything.

Speaking of Peyton
Kurt Warner hosts his annual Ultimate Football Experience at the Cardinals training facility in Tempe. Warner and Larry Fitzgerald speak on the event and speculation about Peyton Manning.

Arizona Sports News:

Suns continue rolling with home win against Grizzlies
If the Suns continue to improve their play like they have for the past four weeks, the Western Conference standings eventually will reflect their rise more. For now, the ladder they have climbed has been for quality of win. The 7-2 stretch began with a win against the Los Angeles Lakers, got better with a win over the Los Angeles Clippers and continued by topping the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. On Saturday night, the victim was the best yet. Memphis entered US Airways Center in third place in the West with a five-game winning streak and wins in nine of their past 10 games. The Grizzlies left with an 0-2 mark in Phoenix this season, becoming the latest Suns comeback victim in a 98-91 Phoenix victory.

Coyotes earn first win in March with shutout of Sharks
Nightmares don't last forever. Mikkel Boedker and the Coyotes both woke up from one Saturday night. And for a rookie defenseman, a lifelong dream materialized. The Coyotes broke a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks at Arena, and they retained their No. 7 spot in the Western Conference.

Pac-12 championship: Colorado edges Arizona for title
This is not the time of year for reason. Flawed teams get on a roll, playing their best basketball of the season. It is not explainable. It is the magic of March. And so it goes with the Colorado Buffaloes, this year's Pac-12 Tournament champions. In their first year in the Pac-12, the sixth-seeded Buffaloes shocked the conference and probably even themselves, outlasting No. 4 Arizona 53-51 on Saturday at Staples Center, earning an automatic invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

Rattlers drop season opener in overtime to SaberCats
The Arizona Rattlers failed to convert on a two-point conversion in overtime, leading to a 71-70 loss to the San Jose SaberCats in their season opener Saturday night.

NFL News:

2012 cap expected to be $120.6 million | ProFootballTalk
It was getting lonely being the one of the only outlets writing anything about the whereabouts of the 2012 salary cap. FOX’s Jay Glazer, who has been cranking out more scoops lately than a creamery worker on meth, says via Twitter that he’s hearing the number, when unveiled on Monday, will be $120.6 million per team.

Tim Tebow described as "rattled" over Peyton Manning’s Denver visit | ProFootballTalk
Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is in limbo at the moment, waiting to see whether Peyton Manning winds up in Denver, and knowing nothing about his future other than that John Elway and John Fox weren’t telling the whole truth when they said Tebow would definitely enter training camp as the Broncos’ starting quarterback. Given that, it’s unsurprising that the usually congenial Tebow isn’t in the mood to tak to reporters right now.

Sanchez extension could complicate 49ers’ bid to re-sign Alex Smith | ProFootballTalk
The 49ers’ contract talks with free agent quarterback Alex Smith have reached an apparent stalemate. The Niners are unwilling to meet Smith’s demand for a five-year deal, and are also being careful to not overpay.

Colts moves result in $38 million of dead money | ProFootballTalk
The good news for the Colts is that the recent dumping of multiple veteran players with recognizable names creates more than $10 million in cap space. The bad news is that, for the privilege of not having players like Peyton Manning, Dallas Clark, Gary Brackett, Melvin Bullitt, and Joseph Addai on the team, the Colts will trigger $38 million in empty cap dollars, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.