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2/20 Arizona Cardinals news: Arians on RBs, Alex Smith, salary cap

Some links to start off your Wednesday.


To start off the day, we find out that passing to running backs is not something Bruce Arians cares much about. We have more Alex Smith info or misinfo and some thoughts on running backs that the Cards could look at late in the draft.

As always, there is NFL news.


Word From the Birds Blog | Catches from the backfield
He wants someone who can run, of course. And block. Beyond that? Let’s just say that fantasy football players in points-per-reception leagues aren’t going to look at the Cardinals first.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Five myths about the 49ers, Alex Smith and the future
There are only two sentences you need to keep in mind as the Alex Smith Affair cranks up over the next four weeks: 1.) The 49ers want to trade Smith. 2.) Smith would rather be released and become a free agent. The rest is fluff designed to influence one of those outcomes.

NFL Draft: Cardinals' day three RB options
This week we'll take a look at three running backs that could hear their name called on day three -- all of whom could be options in Arizona.

The perfect NFL offseason for teams in the NFC West -
A look at what would equate to a very strong or perfect offseason for each team in the NFC West division.


The perfect offseason for every NFL team -
A division-by-division look at what the perfect moves in free agency and the draft would be for all 32 teams in the National Football League.

2013 NFL salary cap could be higher than expected, according to report -
Teams may have more money to spend on players for the 2013 NFL season than initially believed.

2013 NFL Combine: Prop bets for player drills -
Going through gambling withdrawal after the Super Bowl? Don't worry there are plenty of prop bets you can make on the 2013 NFL Combine.

RGIII premieres new Adidas commercial touting Week 1 return -
Robert Griffin III says he's all in for Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season ... kind of.

Players in need of a good NFL Combine showing -
Although the NFL Combine is just a small part of the equation for draft prospects, it can be an important one. A bad showing at the Combine may not drop players in the draft, they can at least solidify draft positioning or slightly boost it.

Broncos franchise tag: Ryan Clady says he doesn't plan on signing tender -
The Broncos are expected to use the franchise tag on Ryan Clady, but Clady said he doesn't plan on signing the tender.

Jake Long dodges questions about free agency -
Left tackle Jake Long deferred questions about his future with the Dolphins and free agency to his agent.

Jets release 4 players including Calvin Pace, Josh Baker -
The New York Jets made four significant roster moves Tuesday.

Da'Quan Bowers arrest: Buccaneers DL faces uncertain future -
After posting $10,000 bond, the future is uncertain for Buccanneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, who faces two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

NFL free agency 2013: Connor Barwin, Derek Cox may not hit market, but value hard to define -
These players may or may not actually hit free agency, but they all have questionable market value and they all could benefit from a change of scenery next season.

Tony Gonzalez rumors: Falcons TE could 'waver' on retirement -
The Falcons want the 37-year-old tight end back next season for one more Super Bowl run, and now he's close to doing just that.

Does Miami even want Sean Smith back next season? -
The young cornerback wants at least $8 million per season. The Dolphins, it seems, don't want him back for that price ... or any price.

Jerry Jones' bus is as luxurious as you expected -
The Dallas Cowboys owner travels in a bus, but this is no Greyhound.

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