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2/25 Arizona Cardinals news: More Combine, Matt Barkley, Alex Smith pending trade

A roundup of Cardinals and NFL news to start your day.


Sunday started out with some news saying that the Cardinals were all but set on drafting Matt Barkley with the seventh pick in the draft. We have some commentary about Bruce Arians and how he calls plays. The Cards will be looking at the safety position too this offseason.

Check out the stories of the day to kick things off.


Word From the Birds Blog | Sunday at the combine and Barkley chatter
Let’s get past the idea of whether Barkley could actually be the pick there for a moment (although I don’t see it happening, not that high. Maybe the second round, but GM Steve Keim wants a difference-maker at 7 and I don’t see how Barkley is going to grade higher than all but six or seven of these guys available in the draft.)

Bruce Arians Returns To Indy
Scouting combine gives Cardinals coach the chance to visit scene of 2012 work

Arians as a play-caller: "He goes for the throat." | Insiders
Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson worked closely with Bruce Arians last year, especially after Arians became interim coach. Grigson came away impressed.

Safety is not first for Arizona Cardinals but it’s high on their list | Insiders
Believe it or not, the Cardinals have other concerns this off-season than just finding, or developing, a quarterback. Addressing the safety position is one of them.

Could Cardinals take a guard with the seventh pick? | Insiders
"If you think he is a Pro Bowl guard, how high is too high?" Keim said. "If you’re convinced that player is a Pro Bowl talent and an elite type player, you take him and don’t look back. People say that’s too high to take a guard or take a tight end. But I don’t subscribe to that theory."


2013 NFL Combine: Margus Hunt learned football from video games -
Former SMU defensive end Margus Hunt said he learned much of what he originally knew about football from playing the Madden video games.

Alex Smith trade rumors: 49ers QB reportedly on the move -
Alex Smith is reportedly on his way out of San Francisco, but his destination is unknown. The Jaguars have denied they are the potential destination.

2013 NFL combine results: Tavon Austin runs unofficial 4.25 40-yard dash -
Tavon Austin showed he is NFL material with a blazing quick 4.25 time in the 40-yard dash.

2013 NFL Combine: Every safety is the best safety -
After several safeties in the 2013 draft class addressed the media at the NFL Combine, one thing is clear: they're all the best safeties.

2013 NFL Combine: Tyrann Mathieu's new best friend is 'honesty' not Honey Badger -
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tyrann Mathieu took a drug test at 4 a.m. today.

Browns CEO says Brandon Weeden will be given 'best chance to succeed' -
The Cleveland Browns say that quarterback Brandon Weeden will be given the "best chance to succeed" in 2013.

NFL Free Agency: Buffalo will not offer tender to WR David Nelson, according to report -
The Buffalo Bills will not offer a $1.3 million tender to wide receiver David Nelson, according to a report. Nelson tore his ACL in Game 1 last season, missing the entire year.

NFL free agency 2013: Mike Wallace to Dolphins rumor gaining steam -
Mike Wallace, one of the top free agents this offseason, is reportedly high on the list of possible acquisitions by the Miami Dolphins and head coach Joe Philbin.

NFL free agency 2013: Shonn Greene drawing interest from Broncos, Falcons -
According to reports out of the Combine, Jets running back Shonn Greene is drawing interest from the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. The 27-year-old Greene is coming off an underwhelming 1,063 yard season.

2013 NFL Combine: Bjoern Werner's journey intrigues NFL teams -
Former Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner has one of the more interesting paths to the NFL.

Jerry Jones losing patience with coach Jason Garrett -
Like most Cowboys fans, Jerry Jones has been disappointed with the last several seasons. Unlike most, he has control of the team, and he says that there isn't much patience left with head coach Jason Garrett.

2013 NFL Combine results: Nine wide receivers break unofficial 4.4 40-yard dash -
Nine wide receivers ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds, an unusually high mark. That includes Tavon Austin and Marquise Goodwin, who each finished a hundredth of a second over the combine record of 4.24.

2013 NFL Combine results: Geno Smith runs fastest 40 among quarterbacks -
Geno Smith bested all quarterbacks with his 4.56 in the 40-yard dash - a great result considering his reputation as a pocket passer.

2013 NFL Combine results: Tavon Austin, Marquise Goodwin blaze top times in 40-yard dash -
While Tavon Austin and Marquise Goodwin each finished with unofficial times of 4.25 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the time means much more for the draft stock of Austin.

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