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3-7-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Manning Free'd

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Peyton Manning will be released today. I have nothing else to say because you guys stopped reading and started jumping around and cheering after that.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cardinals expected to show interest in Peyton Manning
The Cardinals are expected to show interest in Manning, who will reportedly will be released by the Colts on Wednesday, but it would benefit them if things moved quickly.

NFC West and chasing Peyton Manning - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Arizona Cardinals: The team has until March 17 to decide whether to pay a $7 million bonus to Kevin Kolb or allow him to reach free agency. John Skelton is under contract and will compete for the starting job if Kolb returns. Manning would be available to sign with any team once the Colts release him, even though free agency does not begin until March 13. The window between Manning's release and March 17 gives the Cardinals time to explore their options. They can offer Manning an indoor stadium, natural grass, arguably the NFL's best receiver in Larry Fitzgerald and an improving defense. Arizona won seven of its final eight games last season to finish 8-8. Manning would have to like his chances at improving upon that mark. Concerns about the Cardinals' offensive line have some merit, but Manning doesn't need much time. He gets rid of the ball quickly. The Colts never had great lines. As a bonus, Arizona hired Manning's former position coach, Frank Reich, to coach receivers. And if Manning needed assurances about the organization or coaching staff, he could always get a scouting report from Kurt Warner, who flourished in Arizona.

For Leach, It's About The Visits
Long snapper and wife quietly support the kids

Arizona Cardinals face big decisions with veteran players
Solid core of players over 30 aided Cardinals blogs - Kent Somers - Darnell Dockett explains his tweet
Defensive end Darnell Dockett weighs in on a lot of subjects via twitter, so it's not a surprise he has an opinion about the Cardinals pursuing Peyton Manning. blogs - Kent Somers - Making a pitch for Peyton
Peyton Manning, perhaps the greatest commercial spokesman of our time, is about to be on the other end of sales pitches.

Manning to AZ? Dockett says 'yes' -
The Peyton Manning to (fill in the blank) rumors have been out there for quite some time. But Tuesday, they got kicked into high gear when news broke that the Indianapolis Colts would indeed cut the four-time MVP instead of paying his astronomical $28 million roster bonus. Manning missed the 2011 season after undergoing four neck surgeries.

Arizona Sports News:

Phoenix Coyotes can't get on track against the Columbus Blue Jackets
A bad start and a disputed goal added up to more hardship for the sinking Coyotes. Jack Johnson scored his first goal for Columbus, Steve Mason made 38 saves and the Blue Jackets beat the Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak in more than a year.

Scouting ASU, Arizona NFL prospects
Neither Arizona State nor Arizona had the kind of football seasons they envisioned, but that doesn't mean either is lacking in NFL prospects. Nine players from in-state schools - six from ASU, three from Arizona - attended the recent NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Here's a run-down of what they did there, if anything, impressions they might have left and what the next couple months might have in store for them.

NFL News:

Colts Will Release Peyton Manning, According To Report -
Peyton Manning and the Colts will officially go separate ways, according to a report from ESPN. The two sides are expected to officially announce the decision at a press conference on Wednesday.

Manning will become a free agent the minute he is released | ProFootballTalk
Plenty of you have asked for an explanation of Peyton Manning’s status once, as expected, the Colts release him on Wednesday. It’s simple. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent. Although free agency officially opens next Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET, that applies only to players whose contracts expire then, like Colts receiver Reggie Wayne.

Scandalgate! The Saints 'Bounty' System: The Crisis That's Got Nothing To Do With Anything -
The NFL confirmed last week the New Orleans Saints bounty program, and with scandal in the air, the league is awash in a sea of soul-searching about the ethics in New Orleans. But why ignore the heart of the story?

Randy Moss Visiting New Orleans Saints For A Workout -
It was just last month that free agent Randy Moss, who announced his retirement last season, said that he wanted to come back into the league. Now, he has his first workout. Jay Glazer of reports Moss is working out with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

Randy Moss 'Lit It Up' At Saints Workout -
The New Orleans Saints hosted free agent Randy Moss for a workout on Tuesday and according to a report from Jay Glazer of, things went very well. Moss "lit it up", according to those in attendance, and he looked like the "old Randy".