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4/30 Arizona Cardinals news: Adam Snyder released, defending Tyrann Mathieu, Tim Tebow out of New York

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The Tyrann Mathieu saga continues with updates on his potential contract issues, analysis on Adam Snyder's release, plenty of new draft response, and news from around the league like Tim Tebow's release from the Jets. Find out which Arizona Cardinal made NFL Network's Top 100 list!


Cardinals Release Adam Snyder
The Cardinals made it plain they were going to plug first-round guard Jonathan Cooper into the starting lineup from the time he was chosen Thursday night.

On Adam Snyder's release from Cardinals - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' situation at guard changed when the team used the seventh and 116th choices in the 2013 NFL draft to address the position. Adam Snyder's release from the team Monday was one immediate consequence.

Accounting for Adam Snyder, Tyrann Mathieu contracts
As far as I can tell, Adam Snyder and Tyrann Mathieu have little in common except that their contracts present the Cardinals with some interesting accounting decisions.

Criticism of Arizona Cardinals Pick of Tyrann Mathieu Unfair - Raising Zona
Here I thought all the locals would love the pick. Guess I was wrong.

'Honey Badger' eager to pass the test(s) - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Arizona Cardinals' plan to require periodic drug tests for 2013 third-round choice Tyrann Mathieu is permissible under the collective bargaining agreement, which allows for "testing by agreement" under certain restrictions.

Word From the Birds Blog | No guarantees for Mathieu
Good information (and not altogether surprising) info from Peter King this morning about third-round pick Tyrann Mathieu. There has been much said about the risk the Cards have taken to draft him after his drug problems.

Mathieu's agent: Contract report 'ridiculous'
Agent calls report Cards won't give guaranteed money to draft pick Mathieu 'ridiculous.'

Washington Makes Top 100 List
Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is voted the 94th best player in the NFL according to his peers on the "Top 100 Players of 2013."

Post-draft West ranks: Revisiting RBs - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Matt Williamson, NFL scout for, is back with post-draft thoughts regarding the recently published NFC West positional rankings. With the four NFC West teams combining to draft six running backs, Matt and I will begin the discussion there.

Stepfan Taylor ready to get to work for the Cardinals
A fifth round pick by the Arizona Cardinals, running back Stepfan Taylor believes he can be on the field on first, second and third down.

Grading the Draft:

Arizona Cardinals 2013 NFL Draft Review - FOX23 News
New general manager Steve Keim altered his draft plan when the team acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Raiders.

Cardinals 2013 Draft: Best draft in the NFC West?
The Arizona Cardinals did a great job in the 2013 NFL draft. There are a few mild criticisms, but they addressed all of their needs. So let’s take a look at the Cardinals 2013 draft class, and find out what roles you’re getting out of these players.

Analysts grade Cardinals' draft highly
The Arizona Cardinals ended up being one of the teams making waves in the 2013 NFL Draft.

NFL Draft grades: All 32 teams in three and a half minutes - The Daily Win -
The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, and it would be foolish to give out grades so soon. But that's exactly what we've done!

2013 NFL Draft grades: Winners and losers from a long weekend -
The highs and lows and some of the in between from three days of drafting.

2013 NFL Draft grades: Finding an A+ for everyone -
Every NFL teams loves the draft class they just put together. But we all know there is going to be just as many bad draft classes as good ones. But is it possible for every team to have at least one A+ pick? It sure is.


Chris Clemons injury update: Seahawks DE uncertain for season opener -
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons is recovering from a torn ACL and may not be ready for the beginning of the season.

Tim Tebow released by Jets -
The New York Jets released Tim Tebow after drafting Geno Smith to battle Mark Sanchez for the team's starting quarterback spot.

NFL Draft 2013: Jarvis Jones faces uphill climb to start for Steelers -
Jarvis Jones will have to battle Jason Worilds for the starting job at right outside linebacker, and it won't be an easy task.

NFL Draft 2013: Andy Dalton says Bengals offense has no excuses -
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton says the team's offense has no excuses after adding more weapons in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Buffalo Bills acquire Jerry Hughes from Colts; trade Kelvin Sheppard - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo acquires a productive collegiate pass rusher that hasn't done much in three pro seasons, but is highly athletic.

Tony Romo will influence Cowboys' offensive planning in 2013 -
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will have a bigger say in what the Cowboys do on offense.

NFL free agent tracker: John Abraham 'likely' to sign with Patriots -
New England could be on the verge of adding a proven veteran to its defensive line.

2013 NFL Draft: Steelers scared by Eddie Lacy's toe injury -
Concerns over a toe problem caused the Pittsburgh Steelers to pass on Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, thought by many to be the best running back in the 2013 draft.