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3-15-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Free Agency

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Time for some links. Manning-Watch has become even more of a mess, with Bud Adams willing to sell his soul for #18. Also, the Cardinals brought in a new lineman and lost their Defensive MVP.

Arizona Cardinals News: Blogs » Blog Archive Titans can offer Manning post-retirement role «
It could be what the Titans can offer Peyton Manning after his career is done that becomes Tennessee’s ace in the hole. Titans owner Bud Adams is not in Wednesday’s meeting with Manning at team headquarters, but he’s made it clear he’ll do whatever it takes to land the quarterback. That includes a blank check financially, and a promise Manning could be part of the Tennessee Titans’ organization after his playing days are through.

(Is he really that desperate to get Manning?)

Cardinals Bolster Line With Snyder
Former San Francisco veteran agrees to five-year deal

Snyder to Cardinals: Some perspective - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Francisco 49ers' running game perked up considerably when Adam Snyder replaced Chilo Rachal at right guard last season. That did not necessarily mean the 49ers wanted to proceed with Snyder as their long-term starter. They valued him initially as a backup at center, guard and right tackle. Snyder has nonetheless started 69 of 107 career games since the 49ers drafted him in 2005. He'll get a chance to start in Arizona after agreeing to terms on a five-year contract with the Cardinals, a deal announced by the team Wednesday afternoon.

Word From the Birds Blog - Marshall signs with Dolphins
The Cards got offensive lineman Adam Snyder Wednesday, but lost cornerback/safety Richard Marshall, who tweeted out that he agreed to a three-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. The Cards wanted Marshall back, no question. Marshall said in the tweet "they made me stay in Miami lol," which would seem to mean they weren’t going to let him go without him signing. That’s the risk you take when a guy hits the open market. Adam Schefter reports it’s a $16 million deal with $6 million in guarantees.

Arizona Cardinals agree to deal with OL Adam Snyder
While the Cardinals continued to wait Wednesday on Peyton Manning's decision, they made a move to improve the group in charge of protecting him. Or Kevin Kolb. Or John Skelton. Or a quarterback to be named later. Offensive lineman Adam Snyder, who spent seven seasons with the 49ers, signed a five-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed but the Cardinals apparently had the cap space for it because no corresponding roster move was made.

Teams getting "worn out" by Peyton chase | ProFootballTalk
If you find the pursuit of Peyton Manning exasperating, a full week after he was cut by the Colts, it could be worse. You could be one of the teams trying to sign him to a contract. A league source tells PFT that some of the suitors for his services are tiring of the process. As the source put it, at least two of the remaining teams in the chase are getting "worn out," but they are putting up with it because the prize continues to be, well, getting Peyton Manning. blogs - Kent Somers - How does Adam Snyder fit?
Offensive lineman Adam Snyder became the Cardinals first free agent signing of 2012, which qualifies him for intense analysis by all of us. If Snyder signed, say, three weeks from now, we probably wouldn't spend nearly as much time evaluating him. I think it's easy to over-analyze it. Here's my short opinion:

Why Cardinals will miss Richard Marshall - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Patrick Peterson commanded the most attention among Arizona Cardinals cornerbacks last season. That was natural for a rookie drafted fifth overall. Scoring touchdowns four times on punt returns also helped Peterson command the spotlight. There was far less fanfare for veteran corner Richard Marshall. A team news release announcing Marshall's signing carried the stock title, "Cardinals make roster moves." Marshall's addition shared an introductory sentence with the release of Da'Mon Merkerson and the signing of rookie free agent Tae Evans. blogs - Kent Somers - Losing Richard Marshall hurt
The Cardinals gained an offensive lineman, Adam Snyder, on Wednesday but suffered a significant loss when cornerback Richard Marshall agreed to a 3-year deal with Miami. Marshall told XTRA-910's Mike Jurecki that he gave the Cardinals opportunities to match the offer but they declined. ESPN reported that the deal is worth $16 million, $6 million of which is guaranteed. Marshall wasn't a premier player and maybe he wouldn't have been a starter in 2012, but he was valuable. And his departure hurts.

Richard Marshall departs for Miami -
Miami was so taken with free agent defensive back Richard Marshall, they wouldn't let him leave town without an agreement. Marshall broke the news on his Twitter page Wednesday, a day after his visit with the Dolphins.

Cardinals sign lineman Adam Snyder -
The Arizona Cardinals landed their first free agent of the offseason, agreeing on a five-year contract with lineman Adam Snyder.

Word From the Birds Blog - Three offensive linemen visiting
The Cardinals will have three offensive linemen visiting today for free agency: The aforementioned Jake Scott, a guard from the Titans (who used to play with the Colts and Peyton Manning), tackle Demetrius Bell of Buffalo and 49ers tackle/guard Adam Snyder. It’s not a big surprise, since the Cards have wanted to work on upgrading/overhauling the offensive line. They need to find tackles in particular with the future of Levi Brown and Brandon Keith very much in doubt since both are free agents themselves.

Titans wrap up meeting with Manning in Nashville -
Titans coach Mike Munchak had a big smile on his face when he left the team headquarters Wednesday night after daylong meetings with Peyton Manning. The quarterback waved to fans waiting for a glimpse of him and gave a thumbs' up. Maybe signs that Tennessee's pitch to the four-time NFL MVP went well, though no deals were announced after Manning spent about eight hours with Titans executives on a plane and at the team's headquarters. The next move is up to Manning.

Rumor: Cardinals still 'very much' in Peyton Manning mix -
Peyton Manning may be in Nashville visiting the Tennessee Titans Wednesday, but that does not mean the Cardinals are losing confidence in their ability to land the free agent QB. According to NFL Network reporter Michelle Beisner, confidence is still high in the Valley of the Sun.

Cardinals to host three off. linemen for visits -
If there's one thing we know about the Arizona Cardinals, it's that they need help on the offensive line. So, in what seems like an annual rite of spring, the team is bringing some linemen in for free agent visits, according to Darren Urban of

Schefter: Cardinals in 'second category' -
It's been a full week since Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning held their emotional press conference announcing that the future Hall of Famer was done in Indy. Since then, Manning has embarked on a whirlwind tour of visits that's taken him from Miami to Denver to Phoenix to Indianapolis to Raleigh-Durham, where he's set to meet with the Tennessee Titans. And in that week, the group of the likeliest cities for Manning to call home has changed a little bit, at least according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

QB Roulette: If Manning to Titans, Hasselbeck to Cardinals? -
The Cardinals want Peyton Manning. Having brought the former Colt in for a visit, it's obvious the team is looking to upgrade the QB position, not being totally content with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. However, Manning is receiving plenty of interest from other teams, including the Denver Broncos and Tennesee Titans. And, while the QB heading to Denver wouldn't really affect the Cardinals, him signing in Tennessee could.

Peyton Manning’s final list of four teams includes Denver Broncos | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
And then there were four? The Denver Post reports Peyton Manning has narrowed his list of free-agent destinations to four teams and could make a decision as early as Wednesday. The Denver Broncos are reportedly one of Manning's top two choices. The Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans are rumored to be next on the list, in varying order. Manning could also pull a last-minute surprise and sign with the Arizona Cardinals.

Zoom: Schofield's Music Tells His Story
In Episode 2 of Zoom, we focus on the journey of Cardinals OLB O'Brien Schofield, who tells his story of faith and perseverance through his music.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Suns bounce back with win over Utah Jazz
The last time the Suns played three games in three nights, in February, it didn't go so well. They lost all three, two on the road, one in Phoenix. This time, however, the Suns are off to a good start, getting balanced scoring to defeat the Utah Jazz 120-111 on Wednesday night at US Airways Center. The Suns, who have won eight of their past 11 to pull within two games of .500, travel to Los Angeles to play the Clippers tonight before returning home to face Detroit on Friday.

Phoenix Coyotes score big win over Vancouver Canucks
Antoine Vermette had a goal and added two assists as the Coyotes held on for a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. The Coyotes won for the second time in eight games (2-4-2) after overcoming an early 2-0 deficit against a rejuvenated Canucks squad that featured several different forward and defense combinations.

Bucknell beats UA basketball in NIT opener
Mike Muscala had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Bucknell to a 65-54 win over Arizona on Wednesday night in the opening round of the NIT.

NFL News:

2012 free agency: Notes from second day - NFC West Blog - ESPN
NFC West thoughts as NFL free agency runs through its second day:

Peyton Manning Hasn't Ruled Any Teams Out -
The Tennessee Titans brass is meeting with free agent Peyton Manning on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. The Titans are sending head coach Mike Munchak, GM Ruston Webster and COO Mike Reinfeldt to the meeting with Manning. This will be the fourth team Manning has met with but, according to a report from ESPN, he hasn't ruled any teams out and he also hasn't ruled out visiting other teams. He's also willing to work out for teams he considers serious finalists.

Lions Give Calvin Johnson The Biggest Contract In NFL History -
Calvin Johnson agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the Lions. The deal, worth $132 million, is the largest in NFL history.

Brandon Marshall Accused Of Punching Woman In Face, According To Report -
A day after being traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been accused of punching a woman in the face outside of a New York club, according to an ESPN report. The incident allegedly occurred at 3:50 a.m. Monday morning after Marshall allegedly got into a fight with a group of the woman's friends. Police are currently investigating the accusation and Marshall has not yet been charged with any crime.

Browns Not In On Matt Flynn, According To Report -
Contrary to a previous report, the Cleveland Browns are asserting that they have not made a contract offer to free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn. The Browns, along with the Jacksonville Jaguars, had both reportedly been swapping offers with Flynn, who is expected to attract a salary in the $8 million a year range.

Matt Flynn's First Free Agent Visit Is With Seattle Seahawks -
One of the prizes of the 2012 NFL free agency period is visiting the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN reports that former Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn will be visiting Seattle on Thursday night into Friday morning. It's the first known visit for him in free agency.

Carl Nicks, Bucs Agree To 5-Year, $47.5 Million Deal -
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the 2012 NFL free agency period with $44.9 million in salary cap space, more than any other team in the league. They're not wasting any time spending it. After reaching five-year deals with Vincent Jackson and Eric Wright, the Bucs have inked Carl Nicks.

Kyle Orton Joins Dallas Cowboys On 3-Year Deal -
The Dallas Cowboys have a new quarterback. Actually, a new backup quarterback. ESPN reports that the Cowboys have signed free agent Kyle Orton to a three-year contract. This will make him the primary backup to Tony Romo. That the Cowboys were interested shouldn't be a big surprise. They were one of the teams that issued a waiver wire claim on him last year when the Denver Broncos waived him.

Brandon Carr Cashes In With Dallas Cowboys -
On Tuesday the Dallas Cowboys cut CB Terence Newman and on Wednesday they signed his replacement. According to ESPN, the Cowboys signed CB Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million contract. Carr was a free agent after spending four seasons with the Chiefs. He was among the top cornerbacks on the market.

Laurent Robinson, Jaguars Agree To $32.5 Million Deal -
The Jacksonville Jaguars have dipped into the free agency market to address their need at wide receiver. Per ESPN, the Jaguars signed WR Laurent Robinson to a five-year deal that's worth up to $32.5 million. That includes $14 million guaranteed.

Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars Agree To 2-Year Deal, According To Report -
The Chad Henne sweepstakes is over, according to a report on Wednesday evening.

DeSean Jackson, Eagles Agree To 5-Year Contract -
The Philadelphia Eagles placed the franchise tag on DeSean Jackson earlier this year but they can remove that now. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Eagles signed Jackson to a new five-year deal. ESPN has it worth $51 million while NFL Network has it at $48 million.

Brees says Saints don’t have a "locker room full of hit men" | ProFootballTalk
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has previously defended himself as knowing nothing about the team’s system of bounties. Now Brees is also offering a defense of his teammates.

Reggie Wayne says his return to Colts shouldn’t have been a surprise | ProFootballTalk
Many were surprised by the decision of receiver Reggie Wayne to sign a new three-year deal with the Colts, the team with which Wayne spent 11 prior seasons. Wayne doesn’t get it.

Panthers retain Derek Anderson on one-year deal | ProFootballTalk
Derek Anderson’s history with Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski is keeping him in the NFL. Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports that Carolina has re-signed the big-armed passer to a one-year contract.