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3/9 Arizona Cardinals news: Free agency, Adrian Wilson reflections

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On the eve of the free agency "negotiation window," the Cardinals released Adrian Wilson. The result? Lots of things to be said. Almost everybody had something to say. They are all here!

There is more on Brian Hoyer, too, and a ton on free agency around the league.


Weak QB options have made commodity out of Brian Hoyer - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Pete Schrager thinks Hoyer will be starting for the Cardinals in 2013.

Wired: Adrian Wilson vs CHI
Listen in to S Adrian Wilson as he was wired for sound against the Chicago Bears.

Cardinals Release Adrian Wilson
Five-time Pro Bowler will be inducted into team Ring of Honor in the future

Word From the Birds Blog | Saying goodbye to A-Dub (for now)
The end really wasn’t a surprise, with the way things were going. From the time Steve Keim said to me back in February that "you have to put personal feelings aside, and you have to do what’s best for the organization" when it came to the roster, it was impossible not to think about Adrian Wilson first.

Don't be sad about Adrian Wilson; appreciate what he did for Cardinals
Sad about Adrian Wilson's release from the Arizona Cardinals? That's not the word I would use. Not even close.

End of an era
Adrian Wilson was a gatekeeper for the Arizona Cardinals, a man revered among his peers. He was a physical specimen, one of a kind, who played the game with a chip on his shoulder, desperately trying to win the respect of players, fans and coaches across the league.

Adrian Wilson ranks amongst top defensive Cardinals
The stats speak for themselves, as Wilson became one of the top defensive players in Cardinals history.

Adrian Wilson changed the Arizona Cardinals
Wilson believed he could change the perception of this organization, and he did. Not singlehandedly, he had plenty of help from future draft picks like Darnell Dockett, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby, Antrel Rolle and a few others. But Wilson was here first.

Release of Adrian Wilson shows Cardinals entering new territory
Rarely have they had a player as great as Adrian Wilson, and rarely have they had a player as great as Adrian Wilson stick around for more than a decade.

Javarris James Arrested | - The Sports Arrests Database
Arizona Cardinals running back Javarris James was arrested on Thursday (March 7, 2013) in Lee County, Florida.

Adrian Wilson an ex-Cardinal. That’s weird. | Insiders
Strong safety Adrian Wilson was released today after 12 years with the team. Here are some of my initial thoughts.

First Steven Jackson, now Adrian Wilson - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Patrick Willis, Adrian Wilson and Steven Jackson defined toughness, physical play and intimidation in the NFC West when the division was known for none of those things. It's only fitting Wilson and Jackson are leaving together.


Just how free is NFL free agency? -
The NFL might have the most unique system in place for free agency, allowing teams to maintain dominant control over their best players. Is this what free agency is supposed to be?

NFL news roundup: Several teams make secondary cuts on Friday -
The Jaguars, Cardinals, Chargers and Panthers all released veteran starters in their secondaries and cleared cap space.

WHEEL ROUTES: Roger Goodell is not the most powerful person in sports -
This week in Wheel Routes, Robert Wheel explains why Roger Goodell isn't the most powerful man in sports, addresses the Falcons stadium deal and the surprisingly profitable Panthers and more.

NFL free agent 3-day negotiating window opens this weekend -
The NFL are going a new route into free agency, opening the window early allowing teams to work with agents.

Lessons from the Carolina Panthers' leaked financial statements -
Despite Jerry Richardson's insistence otherwise, the Carolina Panthers are a very profitable business. What takeaways can we glean from the team's books?

San Diego Chargers Release SS Atari Bigby - Bolts From The Blue
The San Diego Chargers' starting Strong Safety in 2012 has been released by the team, leaving them with zero healthy candidates to play SS for the team in 2013.

NFL free agents: John Abraham to visit 49ers - Niners Nation
The 49ers are reportedly bringing John Abraham in for a visit. The former Falcons player would be looked at for a pass rusher role.

Kevin Huber Signs 5-Year Deal With Bengals - Cincy Jungle
The Bengals re-signed their punter, Kevin Huber, to a five-year deal.

Aaron Ross released by Jaguars, according to report - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars have released cornerback Aaron Ross, according to a report by Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union.

Victor Cruz likely to attract interest as a restricted free agent -
Victor Cruz could attract a lot of attention from NFL teams in the normally quiet restricted free agent market, according to reports.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers team needs: Pass defense will require an overhaul -
The Buccaneers ranked as the best team in the NFL against the run, despite finishing with the No. 29 total defense, thanks to a pass defense that was the league's worst.

Atlanta Falcons team needs: Replacing Tony Gonzalez is a priority -
The Atlanta Falcons don't have many holes to fill, but a couple of solid moves this offseason could put them one step closer to a Super Bowl.

Santonio Holmes contract: Jets still want WR to restructure deal, according to report -
The New York Jets want wide receiver Santonio Holmes to accept a pay cut that would free up some cap space for the team. Holmes is currently due $11 million in 2013.

SimCity review by Vikings punter Chris Kluwe: Slightly unfavorable -
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, famed internet aficionado and friend of SB Nation's Progressive Boink, is among those not having a great time with the new SimCity game, which released with a...

Middle Men: The NFL says goodbye to OL stalwarts Matt Birk, Jeff Saturday -
The NFL bids adieu to two of the greatest centers of a generation this offseason.

New Falcons stadium could change Atlanta sports, from Super Bowls to MLS -
There's more to a building than its primary tenant.

Arizona State Pro Day results: Brandon Magee improves NFL Draft stock -
Linebacker Brandon Magee was among those who impressed at Arizona State Pro Day on Friday. Safety Keelan Johnson and running back Cameron Marshall also boosted their respective NFL Draft stocks.

Missouri pro day 2013: Sheldon Richardson, Zaviar Gooden steal the show -
In all, 12 players worked out for scouts, but a few in particular garnered most of the attention.

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