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4-10-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Offseason Work Schedule

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Time for todays links, with a look at when the Cardinals will be meeting up for all their offseason work, and a little side business one of the Offensive Linemen is involved in.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Word From the Birds Blog | A midweek minicamp and other offseason dates
The new collective bargaining agreement changed the offseason, and that has been crystallized now that the Cards have officially announced their offseason dates. The strength and conditioning part of the offseason, which would have been well underway in the past, doesn’t begin (as has been mentioned many times) until Monday, April 16. Veterans no longer can be asked to work weekends in the offseason, so the minicamp that used to kick off the summer on-field work the weekend after the draft instead will now be the final work of the offseason. Those dates are June 12-14, a Tuesday-through-Thursday (and that takes some getting used to.)

Cardinals' Daryn Colledge formed wine company with ex-Packers teammates
Evenings filled with food, wine and friends tend to produce ideas that seem great at the time, but often are as appealing the next day as dirty plates left in the sink. Occasionally, though, an idea survives the night, as perky and shiny in the morning as the minute it was born. Such was the case for three former Green Bay Packers offensive linemen, who decided that making their own wine would be as almost as much fun as drinking it. From that, Three Fat Guys wine was created, "a flavorful collaboration of life, love and laughs -- just like us," according to the label. "We're not in it to retire or get rich," Daryn Colledge said. "We're in it to enjoy it." So far, so good. blogs - Kent Somers - Off-season schedule announced
The Cardinals announced their off-season schedule today, exactly one week before all the fun starts. The off-season strength and conditioning program starts April 16.

Flight Plan: Film Session with OC Mike Miller
Offensive Coordinator Mike Miller takes Paul Calvisi through a film session to illustrate some key plays from the 2011 season and more.

Arizona Sports News:

Markieff Morris, Suns blast Timberwolves on road
The Suns could have looked at Monday night's 114-90 rout of Minnesota as an absolute must-win with only one more losing team on the docket for the remaining nine games. But they are far removed from the class of the NBA. The Suns are not that 12-19 team any longer. They are the 18-8 team that routed a reeling team Monday night at Target Center and the one that will have to keep playing at that level for the rest of this four-game trip that will go through Memphis, Houston and San Antonio. blogs - Doug Haller on ASU football - DouglasHaller - Osweiler's Gruden Camp appearance airs today
Brock Osweiler's appearance on Gruden's QB Camp is scheduled to run at 2:30 p.m. today on ESPNU. The popular segment gives former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden a chance to sit down with the top quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL draft and discuss the position. "It was great," Osweiler said. "Coach Gruden's a really fun guy. He taught me a lot. I had my notebook out the whole time, jotting down notes. It was a great experience and I was very fortunate to be able to do that." Osweiler, who left Arizona State after his junior season, said he spent about four or five hours in Gruden's office. "Just sitting there and talking ball with Coach, and they'll cut it up into a half hour and we'll see what we get out of it."

NFL News:

Looking back at Gregg Williams' bounty system
It's hard to argue with the punishments after Williams' system, audio went public

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Ryan Tannehill Drops Out Of Top 10 -
With less than three weeks until the draft, here is the latest look at how things might unfold on April 26, including Ryan Tannehill falling out of the top 10.

Saints Punishment: Suspensions Upheld, Fines Could Be Reduced -
Last week the NFL heard appeals from members of the New Orleans Saints including head coach Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt. The appeals weren't expected to be successful considering NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is the one who initially filed the discipline and the one who heard the appeals. According to an NFL statement, Goodell will not reduce the suspensions for those involved. For Payton, that's one full season. Loomis received eight games and Vitt received six games. The Saints organization was docked two second round picks and fined $500,000.

Saints will still have a significant draft-pick penalty in 2013 | ProFootballTalk
The announcement regarding the outcome of the appeals of the penalties imposed by Commissioner Roger Goodell for the Saints’ three-year bounty system states that Goodell will "consider whether there are factors that would support modifying the forfeiture of the team’s 2013 second-round draft choice." So what does that mean? As we understand it, the Saints will still have a significant draft-pick penalty in 2013, to go along with the loss of a second-round pick in 2012.

Matt Forte Not Expected At Start Of Chicago Bears Offseason Program -
The Chicago Bears knew that a key component of their 2012 offense would have to involve retaining star running back Matt Forte. Attempts at working out a long-term contract stalled well before the free agent deadline, so the Bears opted to affix their franchise tag to Forte. Unfortunately, Forte has shown little interest at this point in signing his franchise tag tender, either.

T.O. still wants another shot at the NFL | ProFootballTalk
When we last checked in on former NFL receiver Terrell Owens, he was getting tossed over the boards in the second game of his IFL career with the Allen Wranglers. Four total games into his second career in a third-tier league (he skipped two of the team’s road games, presumably because the home teams didn’t offer him enough money to show up), Owens still wants back into the NFL.

On Marcus Trufant's return to Seahawks - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The newest Seattle Seahawk is also the team's longest-tenured one. And the oldest one. Marcus Trufant, released in a salary-related move earlier this offseason, is returning on a one-year contract, the team announced. The move should be popular with fans and a relief to Trufant, who grew up in nearby Tacoma, spent nine seasons with the team and wasn't looking to relocate.