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2/19 Arizona Cardinals news: Pre-free agency, the franchise tag and a chat with the big guys

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Joe Robbins

We are coming back from the holiday weekend and the first order of business is the franchise tag. Then there are the team's own free agents. We find out that there might not be much action until the league year starts on March 12. And we are getting ready for the Combine.

Here are today's links.


Word From the Birds Blog | Ask questions of the decision-makers
With the Scouting combine this week in Indianapolis, will be hosting a series of live video chats with key Cardinals decision-makers when it comes to the team and the draft, including general manager Steve Keim, vice president of player personnel Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians, among others. Specific times are still being hammered out, but they will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More details to come.

Word From the Birds Blog | Waiting game for Cards’ own free agents
Could the Cardinals get a deal or two done before free agency? Maybe. But general manager Steve Keim didn’t sound like anyone should be holding their breath, either.

Coaching Plan Years In The Making
Arians has been mapping out head coaching idea since 1981


Jim Brown, football's greatest actor -
Let's celebrate the legendary running back's 77th birthday with a look back at his underrated acting career.

NFL Debrief: Franchise tags, Indianapolis vacations and getting through the offseason -
The NFL offseason is here, and it's probably your favorite time of year, despite protestations otherwise.

NFL news roundup: Franchise tag season begins, Darrelle Revis upset and Christian Ponder wants Percy Harvin back -
The NFL offseason continues to roll on and even though the NFL Draft and free agency are still weeks away, there is still plenty going on around the league.

Tanking for right to draft Jadeveon Clowney needs a catchy name -
"Suck for Luck" was so 2012.

Da'Quan Bowers arrested on gun charge - Bucs Nation
Da'Quan Bowers has been arrested on a gun charge. Find out the details and the possibly hefty punishment here, as well as what this means for the Buccaneers.

2013 NFL Mock Draft: Combine performances could push players up -
It's the week of the NFL Combine, so we're deep in the heart of draft season.

NFL Combine 2013: Denard Robinson needs to 'catch everything' at Combine -
Michigan Wolverines quarterback-turned-wide-receiver Denard Robinson needs to show off his hands at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in order to improve his draft stock.

Joe Flacco contract: Ravens meeting with QB's agent -
The Baltimore Ravens will meet with Joe Flacco's agent, Joe Linta, in Indianapolis this week, as the two sides attempt to reach an agreement on a long-term contract.

NFL Combine 2013: Eddie Lacy will not work out -
Eddie Lacy has suffered a "small tear in some tissue around his hamstring" and will not be taking part in the NFL Scouting Combine, according to Adam Schefter.

NFL Draft 2013: Mike Mayock says offensive linemen deserve consideration for top pick -
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network suggests that four separate offensive linemen are all worthy of the first overall pick held by the Kansas City Chiefs come draft day.

Darrelle Revis Upset About Trade Rumors - Gang Green Nation
The star cornerback is less than thrilled with how the team has handled the trade rumors.

NFL franchise tag primer: Which players will likely be affected? -
Last year a record 21 teams used the franchise tag. Which players will get tagged this year?

NFL combine 2013: Explaining player drills -
What are all those future NFL players doing in their underwear? The NFL Combine drills explained.

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