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Arizona Cardinals news 1/5: Exit interviews, optimism, the offseason begins

What did the coaches, team say as they cleaned up?

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals offseason officially began on Sunday. There were exit interviews, cleaning out lockers, a Bruce Arians presser and media access one last time.

Here is the Sunday coverage there was:

Cardinals:

On Larry Fitzgerald: "We'll Hope He's Back"
Contract likely to be addressed with veteran wide receiver

Memorable Season, But Big Decisions Await Cardinals
Futures of free agents, Fitzgerald among the potential change in 2015

Rehabbing QBs Set To Return In 2015
Notebook: Palmer on track with knee; Cromartie's future; Bowles set for interviews

Exit Interviews: Cardinals Reflect On 2014
Bruce Arians and players met the media one final time looking back on the season

Arizona Cardinals' Cardinals' season is over, but it was a great ride
It's never easy to admit that it's over, even when in truth, it was probably over for the Cardinals a month ago.

2015 Cardinals could look very different than 2014 version

Until Week 1 of the 2015 season, the Arizona Cardinals consists solely of head coach Bruce Arians. Between then and now, much could change about the Cardinals.

Three teams officially have asked to interview Todd Bowles - ESPN

Three teams have officially submitted the proper paperwork to request an interview with Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians said Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals lose WR Jaron Brown to scapula fracture - ESPN

Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown will miss the next four to six months as he recovers from fracturing his scapula, or shoulder blade, in Saturday’s 27-16 wild card loss to Carolina, Arizona coach Bruce Arians said.

Bruce Arians honors ESPN s Stuart Scott - ESPN

At the start of his season-ending news conference Sunday morning, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians took a moment to reflect on the passing of ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott.

Larry Fitzgerald not worrying about future with Arizona Cardinals - ESPN

If Larry Fitzgerald's 11-year run with the Arizona Cardinals ended Saturday night under a rainy fog in Charlotte, North Carolina, his final stat line will read: 3 catches on 8 targets for 31 yards and no touchdowns.

Drew Butler shocks Cardinals with worst game of career - Arizona Cardinals Blog - ESPN

Butler said he went through his typical warm-up and pregame routine and "felt pretty good about it." He then proceeded to kick nine punts for a career-low average of 34.8 yards per punt.

10 questions as the cardinals enter the offseason | FOX Sports

The futures of Larry Fitzgerald, Todd Bowles and Darnell Dockett are among the biggest questions facing the Cardinals this offseason.

Larry Fitzgerald: Taste of defeat all I can think about right now | ProFootballTalk

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's future with the Cardinals promises to be the subject of much speculation in the coming weeks and months, but Fitzgerald wasn't willing to fan the flames on Saturday night. Fitzgerald is set to count $23.

Bruce Arians doesn’t "buy into" injuries factoring into Cardinals loss | ProFootballTalk

The Cardinals finished Saturday's loss to the Panthers with 78 yards, a record low for an NFL team in a playoff game and one last illustration of how hamstrung they looked running an offense with Ryan Lindley at the controls. Arizona averaged 1.

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer on recovery: 'Everything's on schedule'

Sometimes lost amid the Arizona Cardinals' struggles at quarterback is that they actually have a very capable passer already on the roster in Carson Palmer.

Arizona Cardinals don't plan on asking 'What if?'

As the injuries continued to mount at a rather ludicrous speed, the members of the Arizona Cardinals wore brave faces and said all the right things.

Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu excited for 'first official offseason'

Tyrann Mathieu did not want his offseason to begin just yet.

NFL news:

Marvin Lewis says he plans to return with the Bengals next season - SBNation.com

Yet another playoff loss may have put Marvin Lewis' job with the Bengals in jeopardy.

New Falcons coach will have say at GM - SBNation.com

Thomas Dimitroff could still get fired if the new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons wants the team to go in a different direction.

Ndamukong Suh could return to Detroit next season, per report - SBNation.com

The Lions could still make a play for impending free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Doug Marrone disapproved of Sammy Watkins trade - SBNation.com

Doug Marrone reportedly stormed out of the Bills' draft room after the team traded up to select Sammy Watkins.

2015 NFL Draft order: Wild card games set picks 1-24 - SBNation.com

Four more picks in this year's draft are in place starting with the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 21.

The Panthers' playoff makeover - SBNation.com

The ugly duckling of the NFL playoffs used a stifling defense and hard-charging running game to get a Wild Card weekend win. Just how far deep into the postseason can the Panthers go?