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"The lack of pain and suffering in this game angers me"  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Time for some links, and today we have some stuff on even more revelations that Gregg Williams is an awful human being, along with the official announcement of the James Sanders signing..

Arizona Cardinals News:

Cards Snare More Secondary Help
Veteran safety Sanders joins Gay as free-agent additions

Word From the Birds Blog | Notes and thoughts before the weekend
A holiday weekend means Friday off, but before we reach the end of Thursday, I figured to touch on a few quick subjects:

Arizona Cardinals sign safety James Sanders
The Cardinals added depth to their secondary Thursday, announcing they had agreed to terms with safety James Sanders, a seven-year veteran.

Chat wrap: Tough questions on Williams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The_Jagaroth from Arizona asks about mock drafts suggesting the Cardinals could trade down from the 13th overall pick, select Cordy Glenn and recoup a second-round choice along the way.

Cardinals Underground - Offseason Report
Paul Calvisi, Ron Wolfley and Darren Urban talk about possibilities on the offensive line, QB's, Free Agency and more on Cardinals Underground!

Arizona Sports News:

Coyotes clinch postseason berth after Stars loss
The Coyotes will play in their third consecutive Stanley Cup playoffs after the Stars lost 2-0 to the Predators on Thursday night. The Stars sit at 89 points with one game remaining. Phoenix is tied atop the Pacific Division at 93 points with the Kings, who play the Sharks tonight in Los Angeles, with two games remaining. The Kings hold the tiebreaker based on head-to-head matchups. The Coyotes will play against either the Canucks or Blues if they fail to win the Pacific. If they do win the Pacific, they earn home-ice advantage with the No. 3 seed and would play either the Red Wings (currently 5th place with 101 points) or Blackhawks (6th place, 99).

NFL News:

Before final game, Gregg Williams urged Saints to injure 49ers | ProFootballTalk
Before his final game as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, Gregg Williams stepped before his players and urged them to physically hurt players on the 49ers.

NFL Preseason Schedule 2012: Games To Watch, Even If It's Just Preseason -
The NFL released the 2012 preseason schedule on Wednesday and, while it's still just the preseason, there are several notable games to watch.

AUDIO: Gregg Williams Encourages Injuries, Insinuates Payment In Bounty Scandal -
As the NFL offices are set to hear the appeal of New Orleans Saints coaches and players, audio has surfaced of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams giving a speech for the Saints playoff matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The audio was captured by documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who directed "Run Ricky Run" for ESPN, as Pamphilon is filming a documentary on former Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS. Pamphilon passed along the audio to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports and also uploaded some of the audio recording to YouTube.

Gregg Williams Audio Makes Saints Bounty Scandal Even Worse -
Filmmaker Sean Pamphilon is working on a documentary about former Saint Steve Gleason, who has ALS. Part of the filmmaking process apparently included plenty of access to the Saints, including a speech from Williams on the night before the January 2012 playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. In that speech, Williams encouraged injury on multiple 49ers players, including QB Alex Smith. He didn't just encourage injury -- he explained precisely what the Saints defense should do to injure those 49ers players -- "Every single one of you, before you get off the pile, affect the head ... continue to touch and affect the head," Williams said of Smith -- and insinuated a cash payment for doing so.

Statement On Gregg Williams Audio And Decision To Release It -
So why exactly did Gregg Williams openly talk about injuring 49ers players while he was being recorded? Because he didn't think the audio would ever get out.

Saints' Sean Payton, Joe Vitt Appeal Their Case To NFL In Bounty Scandal -
While most of the NFL media is talking about Gregg Williams and the audio tape of his speech to the Saints defense the night before the playoff game against the 49ers last January, several members of the Saints and their coaching staff met with the NFL to appeal the suspensions handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Lardarius Webb, Ravens Agree To 6-Year Contract, According To Report -
CB Lardarius Webb and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to a six-year contract, according to a report.

Kyle Williams' dad: 'Closer to criminal act' - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Listening to Gregg Williams implore New Orleans Saints players to target various San Francisco 49ers has triggered varied reactions. Randy Cross, retired 49ers offensive lineman and current analyst for Sirius radio, brushed off Williams' speech as so much pregame bluster. "So the NFL Media Nanny State gets all up in arms about a FB coach espousing violent behavior," Cross tweeted. "You people are clueless about the game." Ken Williams, father of 49ers receiver Kyle Williams, took a different stance after hearing Gregg Williams tell Saints players to target Kyle Williams' concussion.

Michael Irvin "almost threw up" when he heard Gregg Williams | ProFootballTalk
Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin was sickened when he listened to the audio of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging his players to hurt players on the 49ers.

49ers’ Whitner thinks Williams’ actions were "really disgusting" | ProFootballTalk
Count 49ers safety Donte Whitner among the NFL players who aren’t buying the "everybody does it" defense for Gregg Williams.

Saints, Gleason expected Sean Pamphilon to keep recordings private | ProFootballTalk
In the hours since documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon released audio of former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging his players to injure players on the 49ers, one question has been asked over and over: What on earth was Williams thinking making those statements while a documentary filmmaker was recording it?

Williams audio likely dooms Saints appeals | ProFootballTalk
The disturbing, graphic comments from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, which were made before the team’s division-round playoff loss to the 49ers, necessarily will become part of the soundtrack of the history of the NFL. But there are more immediate implications that need to be addressed.

Reinstatement suddenly becomes a tougher task for Gregg Williams | ProFootballTalk
The league may have been aware of audio from Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, taken from comments made the night before the Saints faced the 49ers in the 2011 divisional playoffs. But the public wasn’t. And now that the public is, the chances of Williams ever coaching again in the NFL have surely plummeted.

Jerome Simpson Sentenced To 15 Days In Jail, 3 Years Probation For Drug Related Charges -
Cincinnati Bengals free agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson was sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years probation on Thursday, according to the The sentence was for drug-related charges, which was a plea bargained charge from his September 2011 arrest for marijuana trafficking.

(15 days? Thats it? If any of us got caught doing the same thing he did we would be locked up way longer than that)