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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals and Tyrann Mathieu contract situation, the Kirk Cousins fallout and more

News and notes from around the web on the Arizona Cardinals.

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Happy Sunday one and all. I hope your Saturday was a good one and if you are in the valley I hope you were able to enjoy the cool, rainy weather from yesterday.

Tomorrow starts the NFL’s legal tampering period, but there is even more in the news outside of free agency.

Let’s get your week started off the right way with some news from around the web on the Arizona Cardinals.

Amid Noise, Tyrann Mathieu Ponders Future
Cardinals safety knows contract is a hot topic

ESPN predicts impact Kirk Cousins could have on the Arizona Cardinals
With the NFL's new year inching closer, the rumors surrounding free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Arizona Cardinals continue to swirl.

Former Cardinals tight end Chris Gedney dies at 47
Former Arizona Cardinals tight end Chris Gedney passed away at the age of 47, Syracuse University announced Friday.

Former Chicago Bears tight end Chris Gedney dies at 47
Former Bears tight end Chris Gedney has died at 47. Prior to his NFL career, Gedney was an All-American at Syracuse.

Destination an important factor for free agent Frostee Rucker - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
At age 34, defensive tackle Frostee Rucker says his approach to free agency is different as he decides if he wants to continue his career.

David Johnson wants Kirk Cousins to sign with Cardinals | Cards Wire
He is the latest Cardinals star to try and recruit the 29-year-old soon-to-be free agent to sign with Arizona.

This stat shows why Cardinals must overhaul WR corps | Cards Wire
Ths stat underscores why they need to remake their receiver room in the offseason.

Cardinals trade up for QB Sam Darnold in new mock draft | Cards Wire
They move up seven spots and give up next year's first-round pick to land their quarterback of the future.

Releasing Jared Veldheer might not ultimately be a money-saving move | Cards Wire
Even with a big cap number, releasing him won't necessarily make sense for the Cardinals, either for money or football reasons.

Cardinals reportedly made offer to Bills for QB Tyrod Taylor | Cards Wire
They and the Broncos reportedly made offers, but were "easily trumped" by the third-round pick the Browns gave up to acquire the 28-year-old quarterback.

Cardinals suggested as possible landing spot for AJ McCarron | Cards Wire
With the Browns acquiring Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland is out of the picture for the Cincinnati QB.