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Bird Droppings: Arizona Cardinals get low number on J.J. Watt’s 2021 cap hit, looking at the defensive needs, and more

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Happy Monday one and all.

We are a week away from NFL Free Agency starting and the 2021 tampering period is almost here.

To help us get ready, we have plenty of news from around the web on your Arizona Cardinals to get you ready.

Let’s get to it.

Free Agent Primer 2021: Linebacker
Decisions await on Haason Reddick, Markus Golden and more

Cardinals Sorting Through Right Tackle Options
Josh Jones may not be front-runner to start at tackle in 2021

Zane Gonzalez Released Ahead Of Free Agency
Kicker had been set to enter open market on March 17

Free Agent Primer 2021: Tight End
Dan Arnold is poised to hit the open market

Free Agent Primer 2021: Defensive Line
With J.J. Watt aboard, how else will Cardinals handle position group?

Cards Work To Make J.J. Watt Cap Number Reasonable
As expected, team was careful with structure to make contract work in 2021

Frank Caliendo: How I Persuaded J.J. Watt To Join Cardinals
Comedian Frank Caliendo joins NFL Network's Jane Slater for an interview.

Big Red Rage - Joseph Outlines Plan For Watt
Ep. 497 - On Monday, the Cardinals surprised many in the NFL when they signed free agent defensive lineman J.J. Watt to a two-year contract. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph joined Paul Calvisi and Ron Wolfley to talk about his role in the recruitment p

Kliff Kingsbury aiming at continued evolution as Cardinals head coach
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is aiming for continued improvement from Year 2 to Year 3 as his team chases progression and a playoff berth.

Kliff Kingsbury: J.J. Watt's the type of player you don't want to let down
First-year Cardinal J.J. Watt may not have played a single snap yet in his new threads, but his aura is already being felt throughout the organization.

ESPN's Barnwell backs paying up for players like JJ Watt and Tom Brady
ESPN's Bill Barnwell threw major compliments at J.J. Watt and justified the Arizona Cardinals spending big money on the 31-year-old defensive lineman.

Cardinals' Vance Joseph excited to deploy J.J. Watt in roles he's thrived in
Excitement in the Valley skyrocketed when J.J. Watt announced he was signing with the Arizona Cardinals, especially for defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

CB Jaycee Horn goes to Cardinals in Todd McShay's 3.0 NFL mock draft
Another day, another new mock draft but still the same result: The Arizona Cardinals selecting a cornerback with their first-round pick.

J.J. Watt's contract for Cardinals only a $4.9 million salary cap hit in 2021
The Arizona Cardinals signed defensive end J.J. Watt to a two-year contract that could pay up to $31 million, including incentives.

Report: Cardinals to release K Zane Gonzalez ahead of his free agency
Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez will reportedly be released Friday, making him a free agency before his current contract officially ends on March 17.

NFL's owners about to get much more rich after broadcast deals
There are some very rich people about to get a whole lot richer. Probably within the next week, the NFL will come to agreements with new broadcast deals.

Cardinals have 'all the confidence in the world' in RB Chase Edmonds
If the Cardinals are forced to cut bait with RB Kenyan Drake this offseason, they feel that Chase Edmonds can carry the bulk of the work in the run game.

Vance Joseph: Quality over quantity when it comes to J.J. Watt's snaps
J.J. Watt has made a career out of being the guy with the biggest motor, but even high-profile athletes need to get pulled back from time to time.

J.J. Watt contract: 3 voiding years makes 2021 cap hit low for Cardinals
J.J. Watt's contract with the Arizona Cardinals will only count $4.9 million against the salary cap in 2021.

Arizona Cardinals offseason: Drawing up an ideal plan for offseason
Brock Holton goes through what players the Arizona Cardinals should re-sign, cut, add and draft in this important offseason.

Arizona Cardinals 2020 Player Grades: Defensive Line
A look at the 2020 performance of the Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman, grading them as well.

NFL draft: Zaven Collins has virtual meeting with Arizona Cardinals
The 2021 NFL draft prospect is expected to be a first-round selection.

Arizona Cardinals positional needs and review: Inside linebacker
We look back at the production from the 2020 seasons and go over the roster and needs for 2021.

Arizona Cardinals releasing K Zane Gonzalez but still might re-sign him
The soon-to-be free agent missed six kicks last season, including two potential game-winners and a game-tier.

NFL draft: Cardinals hold ‘long, productive meeting’ with OL prospect
The Cardinals met with Texas A&M offensive lineman Carson Green virtually and at the Senior Bowl.

Todd McShay mock draft: Arizona Cardinals get CB with 16th pick
Todd McShay has the Arizona Cardinals selecting South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn with the 16th pick of his mock draft.

Clemson RB Travis Etienne wants to be drafted by the Cardinals
Clemson RB Travis Etienne tells Brandon Marshall his dream scenario in the draft is to be selected by the Arizona Cardinals at No. 16 overall.