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

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Happy Thursday one and all, the Arizona Cardinals are in the midst of rebuilding their brand and in that comes changes.

Those changes have started, so let’s get to the news from around the web on the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals Release Tyrann Mathieu
Safety is let go after sides can't find common ground on new contract

Free Agency Opens For NFL, Cardinals
Cardinals haven't officially completed any signings, but reports indicate that'll change

Cardinals Blogs
Safety and life after Tyrann Mathieu

Arizona Cardinals' Mike McCoy doesn't have a 'type' at quarterback - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Cardinals offensive coordinator Mike McCoy doesn't favor any particular type of quarterback, which opened more options in their free-agent pursuit.

Arizona's Justin Bethel enters free agency on a quest for playing time - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
Already established as a coverage ace on special teams, the defensive back hopes to find a team willing to expand his role on defense.

Tyrann Mathieu declines pay cut, cut by Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have released Tyrann Mathieu after the safety declined to take a pay cut. The team announced the move Wednesday.

Tyrann Mathieu's breakup with Arizona Cardinals came down to money - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
When the safety rebuffed the Cardinals on a pay cut and the sides couldn't restructure his deal, it set the stage for Wednesday's release.

Arizona Cardinals' 2018 free agency: Backup ILB Josh Bynes returns - Arizona Cardinals Blog- ESPN
After showing he fit with Arizona's defense in his first season with the Cardinals, a re-signed Josh Bynes might be in for more snaps in 2018.

Winners, losers and biggest questions from 2018 NFL free agency Day 1
The Cardinals let Tyrann Mathieu walk and are reportedly bringing Mike Glennon in to back up Sam Bradford, raising the question: What's going on in Arizona? Here are some winners (and losers) from the second wave.

Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle rips Cardinals' signing of Sam Bradford
Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle has a hot take when it comes to the Arizona Cardinals' reported signing of quarterback Sam Bradford.

Report: Cardinals expected to lose OLB Kareem Martin to Giants
Free agent OLB Kareem Martin is expected to leave the Cardinals and sign with the New York Giants, where he would join former Arizona DC James Bettcher.

Cardinals release Tyrann Mathieu after he refused pay cut
Tyrann Mathieu refused to take a pay cut, and the Arizona Cardinals released the defensive back, the team said Wednesday.

Tyrann Mathieu's release isn't going over well with Cardinals fans
No matter how you analyze Tyrann Mathieu's career or his 2017 season, there's no doubting this: He was an Arizona Cardinals fan favorite.

Report: Arizona Cardinals expected to re-sign Josh Bynes
The Arizona Cardinals are expected to re-sign linebacker Josh Bynes on Wednesday, according to a report.

Cardinals free agent WR John Brown agrees to deal with Ravens
Arizona Cardinals unrestricted free agent John Brown has agreed to contract terms with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Wednesday.

Report: Arizona Cardinals to sign former Bengals OT Andre Smith
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith will sign a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Report: Cardinals signing QB Mike Glennon following release from Bears
The Arizona Cardinals are signing quarterback Mike Glennon, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Sam Bradford must be a bridge to the Cardinals' future
One camp terms the Arizona Cardinals' expected signing of Sam Bradford as a gross over-payment to an injury-prone underachiever.

End of an era, Tyrann Mathieu's career arc with the Cardinals
Tyrann Mathieu joined the Cardinals in 2013, here is a timeline of some of the Honey Badger's top accomplishments with the Arizona Cardinals.

Report: Giants free agent OL Justin Pugh visiting Cardinals Thursday
The Cardinals have a need to improve its offensive line, and they are reportedly bringing in one of the bigger names on the market for a visit.

5 reasons for Cardinals fans to be optimistic about Sam Bradford signing | Cards Wire
There are lots of reasons to like the reported move.

John Wetzel earns more than $400K in performance bonus | Cards Wire
He is rewarded for his playing time in 2017.

3 free agents Cardinals can still sign | Cards Wire
Free agency is not over yet, so expect Arizona to start filling some holes over the next few days. . .

Cardinals reportedly sign offensive lineman Andre Smith to two-year deal | Cards Wire
The signing could signal the end of Jared Veldheer's stay in Arizona.

Report: Cardinals to visit with OL Justin Pugh | Cards Wire
The former first-round pick has played both guard and tackle, but missed 13 games the last two seasons.