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Arizona Cardinals news 3/9: Colledge to be cut, Mendenhall retiring

Your morning Cardinals and NFL roundup.

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

There was some news late Saturday with the information that the Cardinals were cutting ties with Daryn Colledge and that Rashard Mendenhall is retiring. How's that for a quiet weekend?

Cardinals:

Free Agent Primer: Cornerbacks
Position-by-position look for Cardinals shows there's never enough cover guys

Cardinals Blogs | Report: Mendenhall telling teams he’s retired

It felt apparent a couple of weeks ago, when running back Rashard Mendenhall cryptically wrote on his Huffington Post blog about wading through dark waters,

Signing Carlson worth the risk to Cards - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Arizona has been here before. The Cardinals drafted Ryan Swope last season out of Texas A&M despite knowing he had a history of concussions.

2013 Roster in Review: Running backs - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

It was during Mendenhall's injury that Cardinals' fans warmed to the idea of having Ellington as their primary back -- a move that's likely to happen in 2014 along with Taylor filling the secondary role.

Darnell Dockett does some Twitter tampering with Branden Albert | ProFootballTalk

Dockett just posted a message on Twitter welcoming his "new teammate" Branden Albert.

Cardinals to cut Daryn Colledge, hope to sign Albert or Saffold | ProFootballTalk

According to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic, the Cardinals’ No. 1 target is free agent left tackle Branden Albert.

Fox Sports NFL insider: 'Player's coach' Arians makes Arizona Cardinals a prime destination ArizonaSports.com
"He just connects with players," Glazer added. "So when you sit in a room with him, he's going to sell you. And same with (general manager) Steve Keim: You come in there and, you know what, these guys have completely changed the way this franchise is.

NFL:

Jaguars agree to 4-year deal with Red Bryant, according to report - Big Cat Country

Bryant will likely rotate with Tyson Alualu and Abry Jones at the 5-technique position on the Jaguars defensive line.

NFL Draft 2014: Jeff Scott hopes to follow in Dexter McCluster's shoes - SBNation.com

Size and durability concerns may keep the playmaking Ole Miss running back from hearing his name called on draft day, but the Miami native says he's more than capable of competing at the next level.

NFL roundup: Darren Sproles, Lance Moore released; Eugene Monroe negotiations and more - SBNation.com

The New Orleans Saints released running back Darren Sproles and wide receiver Lance Moore, Eugene Monroe seems likely to hit the open market and more from Friday in the NFL.

Packers re-sign CB Sam Shields to 4-year deal - SBNation.com

One of the top free agent cornerbacks is off the market. Sam Shields chose to stay with his current team, inking a four-year deal with the Packers.