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5-11-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - Campbell Deal Done

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Time for todays links, and we now have the best news of the offseason with the Cards finally reaching a long term deal with Calais Campbell.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Campbell, Cards Agree To 5-Year Contract
Team locks up defensive end after using franchise tag

Cardinals Ready For Rookies
New players arrive for a new kind of minicamp

Arizona Cardinals, Calais Campbell agree on 5-year contract
The Cardinals have reached an agreement on a five-year contract with defensive end Calais Campbell, the fourth significant "core" player they have re-signed over the last three years. The others are Adrian Wilson, Darnell Dockett and Larry Fitzgerald.

Patrick Peterson pegged as 'breakout star' in 2012 -
Patrick Peterson may have been a Pro Bowler as a rookie in 2011, but that has not stopped a prominent NFL writer to pick him as a breakout candidate for 2012. In fact, if's Pete Prisco is right, Peterson, who is an impact player in the return game, will become the cover corner the team needs.

Cards' deal with Calais Campbell refreshing - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals won seven of their final nine games last season. They scored a significant victory Thursday by reaching agreement on a five-year deal with defensive end Calais Campbell. Re-signing Campbell became the team's top offseason priority after Arizona's unsuccessful run at free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning.

Word From the Birds Blog | Campbell gets his contract
As promised, Calais Campbell has a new long-term contract. The news just came down that the franchise tagged defensive end and the Cardinals have agreed on a new five-year contract, locking up Campbell through 2016 and making sure one of the anchors of the defense stayed put. Not that Campbell wasn’t going to be around in 2012 anyway, but this puts to rest the teeth-gnashing that Campbell could turn into Karlos Dansby the sequel. Campbell is now in place with a defensive line that saw good rookie progress in nose tackle David Carter, some hope in the play of nose tackle Dan Williams before he was hurt, and veteran Darnell Dockett.

Word From the Birds Blog | The rookies don’t have to sign yet
There has been a lot of news nationally of late of draft picks signing quickly across the league. Understandably, the question arises whether the Cards will do something soon. But the reality is this: There is no reason, at this point, for rookies to sign. And given the new collective bargaining agreement, it’s not going to matter.

Arizona Sports News:

Coyotes to open series vs. Los Angeles Kings Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Coyotes have announced that their Western Conference finals best-of-seven series against the Los Angeles Kings will start Sunday in Glendale.

NFL News:

Minnesota Senate Approves Vikings Stadium Bill, Deal All But Done -
Barring some unforeseen circumstance, the Minnesota Vikings will have a new stadium in Minneapolis. The state Senate approved a final version of the Vikings stadium bill on Thursday afternoon by a 36-30 vote, as reported by Patrick Kessler of WCCO and others on the scene. Senate approval completes the bill's contentious journey through the state legislature. Gov. Dayton and the Minneapolis City Council still have to approve the bill, but those steps are considered formalities at this point.

NFL Players Aren't Dying As Quickly As Everyone Else -
A study of player mortality rates and the impact of cardiovascular disease among retired NFL players prompted positive steps toward improving the long-term health of players. Will an upcoming study of neurological diseases do the same?

Da'Quan Bowers Suffers Torn Achilles Tendon; Surgery Coming Friday -
Bucs defensive end Da'Quan Bowers tore his Achilles tendon during the Bucs offseason program.

Browns' Phil Taylor Injured; MRI Coming -
Defensive tackle Phil Taylor of the Cleveland Browns reportedly suffered an injury during training on Thursday. Taylor may have received an MRI for a chest injury.

Point Spreads For The 2012 NFL Season Are Out - From Our Editors -
Lines on the first 16 weeks of the 2012 NFL season have been released by Cantor Gaming and after reading through the lines on all the games you can tell the oddsmakers believe in the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers, who are both favored by double digits in multiple games throughout the season.

Tim Tebow Renames Dog In Shameless Attempt To Pander To Jets Fans - From Our Editors -
Tim Tebow is no stranger to raising eyebrows, making headlines and spurring furious debate, both on and off the field.

Darrius Heyward-Bey Charged With DUI -
Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was charged with drunk driving for an incident that took place in April.