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5-15-12: Arizona Cardinals Bird Droppings - New UDFAs Signed

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Time for todays links, which mainly focus on the players who weren't signed as UDFAs but were invited to the Rookie Minicamp that were signed to contracts with the team yesterday.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Arizona Cardinals sign Eddie Elder, Javarris James, Larry Parker, Rickey Schmitt
The Arizona Cardinals have signed free agent safety Eddie Elder, running back Javarris James, cornerback Larry Parker and kicker/punter Rickey Schmitt. All four players participated in the Cardinals rookie minicamp this past weekend on a tryout.

2012 NFC West offseason glance: Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
A look at the Arizona Cardinals' offseason to this point ...

Word From the Birds Blog | James among four tryout players signed
The Cardinals brought in 16 players for tryouts this past rookie minicamp weekend. They decided to keep around four of them, including running back Javarris James. The other three were kicker/punter Ricky Schmitt, safety Eddie Elder and cornerback Larry Parker.

Word From the Birds Blog | In between workouts, some charity golf
After a year’s hiatus player-wise — because of the lockout — the Cardinals’ veterans were back out at the annual Cards’ charity golf event in the spring, over at Wild Horse Pass. It was toasty as the temperatures heated up, but it seemed like everyone was having fun. There are serious golfers, like coach Ken Whisenhunt and kicker Jay Feely, some middle-of-the-road guys who all seemed to hit good shots when the cameras were around (at least, that’s what they were telling us) and other guys who you should be careful to be around when they are taking a shot (Um, Beanie, about that swing …)

Cardinals sign four, including former ASU defensive back -
The Arizona Cardinals just completed their rookies-only minicamp, and apparently liked what they saw out of some of the players who were invited on a tryout basis. The team announced Monday it had signed safety Eddie Elder, running back Javarris James, cornerback Larry Parker and kicker/punter Ricky Schmitt. Elder should be familiar to Valley fans, as the 5-foot-10, 185-pound player played his last two seasons for Arizona State, where he tallied 130 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defensed, one sack and one forced fumble.

Golf With a Purpose
The Arizona Cardinals conducted their annual golf classic benefitting Cardinals Charities.

Arizona Sports News:

Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks fall to Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw outpitched Ian Kennedy after exchanging brushback pitches with his fellow ace, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night without injured star Matt Kemp.

Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash wins Magic Johnson Award
Steve Nash's on-court performance is not the only thing that remained at an elite level this season. Nash won his first Magic Johnson Award for combining excellence on the court with cooperation with the media and fans. The annual Professional Basketball Writers Association award has gone to Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, Brandon Roy and Nash's Suns co-captain, Grant Hill, in recent years.

Phoenix Coyotes looking in mirror entering Game 2 against Los Angeles Kings
"Sometimes the tactical and so-called system stuff and all the stuff that's talked about all the time by a lot of people is way overrated, way overrated," coach Dave Tippett said. "It comes down to the work ethic, desire, desperation of your team and the honesty in which you do it and the consistency in which you do it." This was Tippett's message before Game 4 of the Coyotes' Round 2 series against the Nashville Predators. After a 4-2 loss Sunday in Game 1 to the Kings, the perspective perhaps carries more significance. The Coyotes felt they were outwilled during their first appearance in the Western Conference finals.

Former Sun Devil Omar Bolden brings positive outlook to Broncos minicamp
Denver Broncos rookie Omar Bolden considers himself a budding cornerback and CEO. To think, an injury on the field led him to become an inspirational entrepreneur off it. Bolden tore the ACL in his left knee during spring practice at Arizona State in 2011. There went another season. Usually such an affable and upbeat person, Bolden slipped into a funk over the prospect of sitting out again. Soon, those feelings turned into a vision as he hit on an idea: What can he do to brighten someone's day?

NFL News:

Initial thoughts on Rams' stadium proposal - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Key considerations after looking through the St. Louis Rams' wish list for an upgraded stadium:

Can A Group Of Fans Help Bring The NFL Back To Los Angeles? -
Football fans in Southern California have never forgotten the 49 years they spent with the Rams. Can a new Los Angeles football stadium and an organized group of fans bring them back?

To ‘Dad,’ from Chad: Ochocinco’s letter to Roger Goodell | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
With current and former NFL players lining up on either side of the debate about player health and safety, you may have been wondering, "What the heck does Chad Ochocinco think about all of this?" Fear not, intrepid readers -- because Chad has the OCNN Network and a corresponding website, he's laid it all out for us in a very heartfelt letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Jason Peters needs second Achilles surgery after fall | ProFootballTalk
Jason Peters' offseason has gone from bad to worse. Derrick Gunn of reports that Peters, the Eagles left tackle who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon on March 27, has now re-injured the Achilles in an accident at his home, six weeks after he had surgery to repair the tendon.

Brady plans to play until he’s told not to | ProFootballTalk
A decade ago, Brett Favre launched an eight-year odyssey by musing to Peter King of Sports Illustrated about possible retirement. When it comes to the eventual retirement of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, there will be no public angst or conflicting reports or mixed signals or unretirements. Brady tells Peter King of Sports Illustrated that the future Hall of Famer will play for as long as he can.

McNabb dropping weight in comeback attempt | ProFootballTalk
Free agent quarterback Donovan McNabb’s physical fitness was an issue in Washington during the 2010 season, and with Minnesota in 2011. Shortly after the Vikings waived him last December, Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reported that McNabb "was out of shape when he showed up" to Minnesota, and "fell even more out of shape once he got benched." After two years of lackluster work ethic, McNabb is now taking fitness seriously as he attempts to return to the NFL.

Jay Cutler: I signed up to play football, I understand the risks | ProFootballTalk
Jay Cutler doesn’t sound like a man who plans to sue the NFL when he retires. Cutler, the Bears quarterback who reportedly had three concussions at Vanderbilt, one with the Broncos and one with the Bears, says concussions are a concern, but they’re a concern that he decided he could accept when he decided to play football.

Mike Mularkey: Blaine Gabbert is our starter, we feel good about him | ProFootballTalk
It would be easy for Mike Mularkey, as a new head coach inheriting a returning starter at quarterback who looked lousy last year, to be skeptical of his quarterback’s ability to lead the team. But in Jacksonville, where Blaine Gabbert is returning as the starter in a new offense, Mularkey insists he’s confident in what he has.