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Arizona Cardinals news 2/18: Madden ratings, no franchise tag

Cardinals and NFL stories to start the day.

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Here are the stories you might have missed. They should give you a good start to the day.

Cardinals:

Cardinals Blogs | Jefferson gets his wish – a better Madden rating
Tony Jefferson likes his video games, and he likes his Madden. He has long paid attention to the rating the EA product has given Jefferson in its game — his Twitter bio actually reads, in full, "Just trying to raise my Overall rating on Madden".

No Franchise Tag For Cardinals

Ability to sign core players long-term important in roster flexibility

Eric Murray enters NFL combine with experience as island corner

Minnesota cornerback Eric Murray compares his game to the Jets' Antonio Cromartie and believes he can thrive in man-to-man coverage in the NFL.

Tyrann Mathieu's "pushing" to get back to 100 with Cardinals - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

"It was tough man, I tell you," Mathieu said. "I put so much into last offseason, and trying to have my best season, and hoping to finish the season healthy, and I wasn’t able to do that, which really was a disappointment for me, not to mention not being out there to help my team. It really was a bad combination."

Cardinals S Tony Jefferson excited about Madden upgrade

Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson will be able to sleep well tonight, as Wednesday he achieved one of his goals.

NFL:

John Elway needs to keep making the right moves for the Broncos - SBNation.com

John Elway's guidance has been nearly flawless for the Broncos in recent years. But now things are getting more complicated.

The Ravens have the right pieces to bounce back from disappointing 2015 season - SBNation.com

The Ravens were done in by a sea of key injuries in 2015, but they should be able to rebound next season.

When someone gets a tattoo of a catch he made over you, just don't say anything about it - SBNation.com

When someone gets a tattoo of a touchdown he scored on you, just don't say anything about it.