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3-13-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Free Agency Begins

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Its okay Levi, we are doing it for Peyton.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Its okay Levi, we are doing it for Peyton. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Time for some links as we go into the first day of Free Agency in the NFL, and Peyton-Palooza gets more complicated.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cardinals Ready For Free Agency
Focus is on fewer holes, re-signing own players

Peyton Manning expands search with Dolphins, Titans meetings
Quarterback Peyton Manning's alleged goal of choosing a new employer by Tuesday, the beginning of the NFL new year, likely won't be reached. Instead of narrowing his list of choices, Manning reportedly has expanded it, agreeing to meet with representatives from the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans. Manning returned to his home in South Florida on Sunday night after meeting with the Cardinals on Saturday night and for 6.5 hours Sunday.

Report: Arizona Cardinals to release OT Levi Brown -
It looks like the Arizona Cardinals and offensive tackle Levi Brown will be parting ways.

Word From the Birds Blog - A little extra to spend
The NFL announced Monday,with free agency so close, that they were hitting the Redskins and Cowboys with removal of cap space this year and next because of violations when the league was uncapped in 2011. The details aren’t as important for the Cards except for the part where the league is giving that extra cap space to 28 other teams (the Saints and Raiders had minor infractions so they don’t get extra space, but they aren’t docked either.)

Peyton Manning Should Pick The Cardinals, And Here's Why -
According to a number of reports, the Broncos and Cardinals are in the lead for Peyton Manning's services. Which one should he choose? The Cardinals, and here are a few reasons why.

Report: Manning met with Dolphins in Indy -
Peyton Manning continued his search for a new employer Monday night in the city where the veteran quarterback spent the previous 14 years of his heralded NFL career. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting Manning and the Miami Dolphins brass met for approximately five to six hours in Indianapolis.

ManningWatch: Adjusting the timetable - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Quick thoughts on news that Peyton Manning plans to meet with the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans:

ManningWatch: Team ownership matters - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Visions of Allen's Seahawks squirming while Peyton Manning visited the Arizona Cardinals over the weekend might not mean much if Manning signs outside the NFC West or agrees to visit Seattle after all. But with Arizona holding a clear edge over the Seahawks at this point in the process, the shrinking ownership gap in the division is worth our attention. blogs - Kent Somers - This (salary) cap is tight
The new "league year" starts at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, meaning teams can begin to pursue free agents. It also is the time when teams have to come into compliance with the salary cap, which is set at $120.6 million. According to, the Cardinals were $16.4 million over that cap as of last Friday. PFT also reported that the Cardinals elected to carry over $2 million of cap space from 2011, $5 million less than they could have. Those are startling numbers, no question. A couple of Cardinals sources said the team's situation isn't as dire as the $16.4 million overage indicates.

Peyton Manning blows off Kurt Warner via text -
It's always frustrating when you attempt to make plans with an acquaintance via text message and they don't respond. Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner learned that lesson over the weekend.

Peyton Manning rumors bring out the best in Arizona fans -
The transformation is somewhat startling. When I left for vacation on March 4th, the Valley was a place where decent sports teams played in front of modest crowds - at best. I returned March 9th to a different Arizona.

Where Levi Brown fits among West peers - NFC West Blog - ESPN
With Levi Brown possibly out in Arizona, a look at the first player each NFC West team drafted under its current head coach:

For the record: Warner, Cards met in middle - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Ken Whisenhunt's willingness to adapt his offense often comes up as a potential Arizona Cardinals selling point for free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning. There is truth to the reasoning. Whisenhunt and his offensive staff did make changes to maximize what Kurt Warner could offer the Cardinals. But the increasingly forgotten reality, in my view, is that Warner had to change his approach before Whisenhunt would even name him the starter.

The one thing I know for sure about Manning -
Go ahead; ask me what I know about the latest on Peyton Manning. Go on…ask me.

Levi Brown out in Arizona | ProFootballTalk
Five years after they made him the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft, the Cardinals are sending Levi Brown packing.

Video: Detailing Peyton Manning's visit with the Arizona Cardinals
Peyton Manning visited the Cardinals' facilities and head coach Ken Whisenhunt for more than six hours Sunday. The Republic's Kent Somers offered details to CineSport's Noah Coslov.

Arizona Sports News:

Suns' home win streak snapped in loss vs. Timberwolves
The high-scoring Suns games of old returned Monday night but the run of recent wins escaped them. The Suns had their highest scoring game of the season but also gave up the most points they had this season to drop a critical standings-climber game against Minnesota, a 127-124 victor at US Airways Center.

Coyotes come up blank in shootout loss vs. Predators
The Coyotes stormed back in the final period, only to lose in a shootout, but stole a key point in a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday night at Arena.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Trevor Bauer quite unique - ESPN
Trevor Bauer throws the ball so far in his outfield corner-to-outfield corner long toss routine that not only do opponents stop to watch, but the Diamondbacks send a relay man out to the middle of the outfield to get the ball back to him.

NFL News:

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Top Two Picks Set As Free Agency Looms -
The St. Louis Rams traded their second pick to the Washington Redskins, clarifying things at the top of the 2012 NFL draft. But what happens after the top two picks?

Peyton Manning To Talk To Dolphins And Titans Coaches, According To Report -
On Monday morning a report from ESPN indicated that Peyton Manning was done with his free agent visits but apparently that's not the case. ESPN now reports that Manning will meet with Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin and Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak sometime in the next three days. The meetings will reportedly occur away from the teams' facilities.

Cowboys, Redskins Hit Hard With Loss Of Salary Cap Space, According To Report -
The Cowboys and Redskins will reportedly have millions of dollars in salary cap space taken away by the NFL for how they front-loaded contracts during the uncapped season.

NFL warned teams "at least six times" about not dumping salary in uncapped year | ProFootballTalk
Many of you (specifically, Cowboys and Redskins fans) are wondering how and why the NFL would strip millions in cap money for 2012 and/or 2013 from teams that simply took full advantage of the uncapped year.

Randy Moss, 49ers Agree To Contract, According To Report -
Randy Moss and the 49ers have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract that would give the 35-year-old wideout a chance to win his first Super Bowl ring.

Texans bid farewell to Matt Leinart | ProFootballTalk
Quarterback Matt Leinart finally got his chance last season in Houston, after Matt Schaub messed up his foot. And then Leinart promptly messed up his collarbone, again. And then T.J. Yates did enough the rest of the way to merit the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. So on a day that featured the unexpected release of tackle Eric Winston, the Texans have made a less surprising move, cutting the 10th pick in the 2006 draft, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Randy Moss as the new Braylon Edwards - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A few thoughts after the San Francisco 49ers reached agreement Monday on a one-year deal with receiver Randy Moss:

Stokley says Peyton is throwing like "six years ago" | ProFootballTalk
During Peyton Manning’s visit to Denver, he threw some passes, after all. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Manning threw roughly 50 passes to former teammate Brandon Stokley.

Mort suggests Manning may not decide on new team this week | ProFootballTalk
Appearing on Mike and Mike in the Morning on Monday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reiterated that free agent quarterback Peyton Manning is "exhausted" after his weekend flights to Denver and Arizona, and not ready to make a decision.

Billick on Tebow’s future: "They don’t want him, why should I?" | ProFootballTalk
Former Ravens coach Brian Billick and FOX and NFL Network contributor joined PFT Live on Monday for a wide-ranging discussion regarding the biggest stories in the NFL.

49ers Focused On Alex Smith, Not Peyton Manning -
The San Francisco 49ers were one of the teams thought to be in the running for recently released quarterback Peyton Manning, but Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers are not.

Entire Arena Football team cut during pregame meal at Olive Garden | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The owner of the Pittsburgh Power fired all 24 members of his team during a pregame meal at an Orlando-area Olive Garden.