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Arizona Cardinals news 3/2: Mario Williams, long snapping, franchise tags

Cardinals and NFL news to start the day.

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Free Agency Primer 2016: Quarterback
Backup quarterback a question mark with Drew Stanton's contract set to expire

Cardinals Blogs | Mario Williams and those one-year deals
One-year deal guys don’t necessarily wait all the way until training camp, like Eric Winston or Chris Johnson or Jermaine Gresham. But if they sign earlier than that — Karlos Dansby, Antonio Cromartie — they wait out the market for a while to be absolutely sure they cannot get some significant cash. The Cards do have the ability these days to attract players because of the team and the destination. But money usually talks first, and short-term deals sometimes sound like Knight-for-Olajuwon.

Adversity shaped David Johnson since his childhood - ESPN Video

Cardinals RB David Johnson to share some of his personal struggles growing up with five siblings and a single mother, including bouncing around different places to live and collecting cans to pay for food.

GM Steve Keim not convinced roster has answer for long snapper - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN

Mike Leach's retirement paves the way for an open spot as a long snapper on the Cardinals. The potential options may take the team to free agency.

Analyst: Cardinals may struggle to find pass rusher in Draft

There's little doubt the Arizona Cardinals would be pleased to find a pass rusher with their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.


Von Miller, Kirk Cousins headline $134 million day at the NFL franchise tag deadline -

Ten players received some version of the franchise or transition tag before Tuesday's deadline.

Adrift on the S.S. Gronk, where nothing bad can ever happen -

Partying is only fun in Gronk's world. Bad things don't happen ... except for introspection.

Winners and losers from the 2016 NFL Combine -

Indiana offensive tackle Jason Spriggs is among a group of players who boosted their draft stock in Indianapolis. But who is trending downward after a week of workouts?

Sam Bradford agrees to 2-year, $36 million contract with Eagles -

Bradford returns to Philadelphia on a two-year deal worth $36 million.

Joey Bosa might be a great pro, but he's no J.J. Watt. Nobody is. -

They're both strong, white "twitchy" defensive ends, but the comparisons should end there.

Peyton Manning reportedly wants to keep playing -

The question is: does any team want him?

Mario Williams released by Bills after a bumpy season under Rex Ryan -

Williams and Bills coach Rex Ryan were never able to get on the same page.

Marshawn Lynch is sliding on staircase ramps in Egypt like he's a stuntman -


Rams will place the franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson -

The cornerback had a breakout campaign in 2015 with a career-high seven interceptions and 17 passes defended.

Mason Crosby signs 4-year extension with Packers, removing him from a thin kicker market -

Crosby won't hit the open market, much to the chagrin of teams looking to solidify their special teams.

Chiefs place the franchise tag on Eric Berry -

Berry has been one of the best safeties in the league even after a battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.