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Arizona Cardinals news 2/5: Drew Stanton and free agency, Fitz' tackle, Super Bowl weekend

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We are almost to the Super Bowl. Here are the stories to start your day.


Cardinals Blogs | Larry Fitzgerald and a little kid’s praise
I’ve mentioned before that Larry Fitzgerald likes to tackle for fun. With that in mind, I’m gonna just leave this here.

Top Five Plays Of 2015: Defense

Memorable individual performances by the Cardinals defenders

Drew Stanton may not play for Arizona Cardinals in 2016 - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

Backup quarterback Drew Stanton has been through free agency before and he's preparing for the worst-case scenario when it begins on March 9.

Looking at the Arizona Cardinals free agents: Receiver Jaron Brown - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

Jaron Brown is a good possession receiver down the depth chart, and he contributes on special teams, but the Cardinals could move on without him.

Cardinals punter Drew Butler remains patient as free agency approaches - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

Patience is the name of the game for Arizona punter Drew Butler, who realizes his future with the Cardinals is out of his hands.

Arizona Cardinals' Michael Bidwill: Pieces still needed

"We were 60 minutes away from being in this game. It’s a motivator for the offseason, and we’re going to be doing everything we can do … to get back to the Super Bowl. We know that with a couple more pieces, we’re right there."

Patrick Peterson: Cardinals can definitely "build on" a great 2015 season - NBCSPORTS1060.COM

"Being one of the oldest franchises in the league right now, it’s by far our best season that we had as an Arizona Cardinals organization," Peterson said. "Obviously, we fell short of our ultimate goal (Super Bowl title), but it’s definitely something for us to continue to build on, because every single year that (Cardinals head) coach (Bruce) Arians (has) been there, we continue to get better, and better, and better each and every year."

Larry Fitzgerald adorably tackles young fan at Phoenix Open

Larry Fitzgerald responded to a young fan's compliment by tackling him, and it was awesome.

David Johnson would get a ROY vote from Willie McGinist

Odds are David Johnson will not win the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, but that does not mean his first season was anything other than a success.

2015 was a record-setting season for Arizona Cardinals

Though their season ended a game sooner than hoped, the Arizona Cardinals put together a record-setting campaign in 2015.


What it's like to score a Super Bowl touchdown -

Six pros remember their big moment.

Peyton Manning hasn’t been as bad as you think -

Sure, the Broncos quarterback isn't playing as well as he did in 2013, but he's not getting enough credit for making some smart throws during Denver's playoff run. That could be the difference against the Panthers.

Mike Carey knows you think he sucks, but he has a process that ensures he doesn't -

Mike Carey, CBS' NFL officiating expert, is in sync with replay decisions 90 percent of the time. He uses a hotline between himself, the NFL and Mike Perreira, plus a keen knowledge of the rules, to get there.

Police report alleges Johnny Manziel told girlfriend 'Shut up or I'll kill us both' -

New details about the Jan. 30 incident have come to light.

Super Bowl 2016: Von Miller and the Broncos defensive line eyeing 'another chance at greatness' -

The Broncos defensive line just keeps doing the same thing it's been doing every week all season long. They're counting on that basic approach to bring home a Lombardi Trophy.

This Super Bowl 50 preview is so amazing it needs its own preview -

Narratives! Playbooks! Xs and Os! Prop bets! We've got it ALL!

The NFL will institute a Rooney Rule for women in executive positions -

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the news at the NFL Women's Summit.

No team is better at losing Super Bowls than the Broncos -

No team has been to the Super Bowl more than the Broncos, but no team has lost more Super Bowls either.