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2/8 Arizona Cardinals news: Birdgang trending up and the need for a speedy wide receiver

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Are the Arizona Cardinals on their way to building a Super Bowl contender? Also, how can they capitalize on Larry Fitzgerald's re-worked deal?


Trending up: Cardinals - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN
If their health allows them, the Cardinals will just get better in 2014. The offense finally clicked in the second half of the season, which enabled them to win seven of their final nine games. With an offseason of fully understanding Arians’ scheme, the Arizona will build on the foundation that became so sturdy during the final eight weeks.

How Arizona Can Capitalize on Cap Room from Larry Fitzgerald's Reworked Contract
From now until the start of the 2014 season, it’s clear that changes will be made to take full advantage of the team’s salary-cap situation. Some of the decisions that take place will be hard, but that’s the nature of the beast.

Could the Arizona Cardinals Be Building a Super Bowl Contender for 2014?
Even though they missed the playoffs, the Arizona Cardinals had to be considered one of the NFL's success stories in 2013. Now, after winning 10 games last year for only the second time since coming to the desert in 1988, the Cardinals have hit the ground running in the offseason.

Cardinals Blogs | The need for speed (receiver)
As the Cardinals head toward the draft — a week later, May 8-10 this year — there will be a lot of talk about what positions will be targeted. There will be discussion about offensive tackles, defensive linemen, pass rushers, tight ends and defensive backs. But one thing that can’t be dismissed is the quest for a speed receiver.


NFL Draft news roundup: Praise for Taylor Lewan -
Even after a sometimes up-and-down senior season, former Michigan offensive tackle could find himself picked high in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. ranks top ten plays of the year - Niners Nation
The folks over at got the offseason going with a rundown of the team's top 10 plays of 2013. It was a wild year with some crazy plays, but it should be no surprise what the top play was....

St. Louis Rams 2014 salary cap: Top heavy - Turf Show Times
How do the St. Louis Rams' biggest cap hits stack up against last season's playoff teams?

The Notebook: We should have known -
Defense wins championships, or at least for the Seattle Seahawks it did. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White digs into one of the most dominant Super Bowl performances ever to find out what went wrong for the Broncos.