GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 11: Defensive end Calais Campbell #93 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after a fourth down turnover against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 21-19. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Cardinals Draft Class: Could Bobby Massie Be The Biggest Steal?

Dane Brugler and the good people over at CBS's NFLDraftScout.com have put together a series of analyses that look a little deeper at each teams' draft picks and which players might have a big impact in 2012. Many would say obvious impact player for Arizona would likely be receiver Michael Floyd, who, when paired with Larry Fitzgerald could cause havoc for opposing defenses. Brugler, however, looks elsewhere, identifying Bobby Massie, an offensive tackle out of University of Mississippi.

Per Brugler:

A highly decorated prep prospect, the 6-6, 316-pound Massie started each of his three seasons at Mississippi. Every one of his starts came at right tackle, where the Cardinals currently have a gaping hole. Arizona had featured Brandon Keith at this spot in the past. Keith is talented but struggled with durability and is currently a street free agent. Veteran Jeremy Bridges and journeyman D'Anthony Batiste are other potential options at the position but sources close to the team suggest that the team will give Massie every opportunity to win the starting job.

To get a starting right tackle in year one with a fourth round pick could be what teams may consider 'value'. Integral in the run game, essential in pass protection, and keeping Kevin Kolb or John Skelton upright comes before either of those signal callers can throw a pass to Fitzgerald or Floyd.

Brugler continues:

Based purely on talent, Massie could prove a steal for the Cardinals. The former Rebel ranked No. 34 on my Big Board and boasts as much physical talent as any of the offensive linemen drafted in the two rounds before his name was called at No. 112 overall. League sources tell me the reason why Massie fell to this point in the draft had nothing to do with his play on the field. Massie showed little in terms of technical improvement over his career with the Rebels, raising plenty of questions about his work ethic and dependability.

Characterized as a potential candidate to slip into the late first round in the weeks preceding the draft, Massie will likely enter his rookie season with a huge chip on his shoulder.

The Cardinals are taking a risk on Massie, who fell because of character concerns, but if they can get him to keep his head on straight, he could be one of the more underrated pickups in the Draft, league wide.

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Beanie Wells "Coming Along" In Offseason Knee Rehab

Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com reported today that Cardinals' running back Beanie Wells isn't out of the woods yet when it comes to complete recovery from his offseason knee surgery. There was indication that things were "coming along," but the Cardinals' leading rusher from 2011 is still not ready to take the field.

Per Urban:

"I'm rehabbing, just trying to get back," Wells said. He said he doesn't know his timetable for his return to the field. Wells has been at the facility, and on days where the veterans have gone out as an offense to work on passing routes, Wells has joined them outside even though he can't take part. His ability to take part in organized team activities and/or minicamp is to be announced. "I am hopeful, but it's offseason stuff," Wells said. "Being ready for training camp is the most important thing."

The Cardinals will likely ease Wells back in to avoid causing more issues with a knee that bothered him most of the year in 2011.

Also rehabbing and looking to take the field for Arizona is backfield mate Ryan Williams, who tore his patella tendon and missed all of last season. The team still has some time to get both Wells and Williams healthy before camps start in a few months.

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Arizona Cardinals Host Voluntary OTA's Next 3 Weeks

The Arizona Cardinals continue to get their offseason in order as the team announced on Friday that they will hold voluntary Organized Team Activities over the next three weeks. Practices will be held next Tuesday through Thursday (May 22-24); Tuesday through Thursday (May 29-31); and Monday through Thursday (June 4-7).

Below is the full schedule for next week's practices, along with availability dates for coach Whisenhunt after each practice:

Tuesday, May 22: Practice from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt available after practice.

Wednesday, May 23: Practice from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM.

Thursday, May 24: Practice from 10:15-11:45 AM, Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt available after practice.

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Arizona Cardinals Quarterbacks Kevin Kolb, John Skelton In Even Heat For Starting Job

The Arizona Cardinals will enter the summer months with an unenviable situation: uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position. Despite handing Kevin Kolb the big bucks after coming over from the Eagles two years ago, Kolb has failed to consistently produce on the field due to injuries and poor decision making. John Skelton played a good majority of the second half of the 2011 season in Arizona, although he struggled to avoid turnovers more times than not.

According to head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the battle between Kolb and Skelton is 'as even as a competition can be.' Pro Football Talk has the latest on the situation:

Whisenhunt told Jim Rome on Rome that he doesn't know who his starting quarterback will be, and he's as eager as anyone to see one of his quarterbacks establish himself as the starter.

"That's the question that's going to be answered through the workouts this spring and in training camp this summer," Whisenhunt said. "They've both been working hard at it. It's been good to get out on the field and actually work on techniques and fundamentals with these guys. At times last year they both showed they can do good things. But consistency at that position is something we've got to improve on. So hopefully the competition between both of them will sharpen up one of them enough that he'll be a good starter for us."

Coach Whisenhunt also made mention that it would appear on the outside that Kolb would be the favorite due to his past performances and lofty contract, but that he wanted to go into camp with an open mind. You get the feeling that he and the coaching staff truly want to let the best man win this competition in the coming months.

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Cardinals Sign Tackle Nate Potter To Four-Year Contract

The Arizona Cardinals remain busy this offseason after the news that the team has signed Boise State tackle Nate Potter, the team's seventh-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, to a four-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Potter (6-5, 295) was a first-team All-America accolades and one of only two players to be unanimously selected All-Mountain West Conference first-team last year after starting all 13 games at left tackle for the Broncos.

Potter finished his collegiate career by starting in 34 consecutive games, helping the Broncos offensive line give up the fewest sacks in the nation in 2011, only eight sacks on 477 pass plays. The Boise State offense also finished ninth nationally in total offense (481.2 ypg) and fifth in scoring (44.2 ppg) last season.

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Arizona Cardinals Sign Landon Cohen

The Arizona Cardinals continue to sign more free agents. The newest one for Arizona is Landon Cohen. Here's more info about Cohen from the Cardinals press release.

Cohen (6-3, 300) has played 25 career games, starting five games and compiling 31 tackles, 21 of them solos. He played one game with the New England Patriots in 2011, managing to put up one tackle after playing in two games with the Patriots in 2010 (one of them in a starting role).

Cohen was drafted by Detroit as a seventh round selection (216th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University Ohio. Cohen spent his first two seasons with the Detroit Lions (2009-09) and appeared in 20 games with four starts. He then played in two games with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010 before he ended up joining New England.

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Arizona Cardinals Sign Bobby Massie, Senio Kelemete, Justin Bethel, Ryan Lindley

The Arizona Cardinals signed four more players today. Here's a look at each individual.

Offensive lineman Bobby Massie (6-6, 316) was a two-time All-SEC selection at Ole Miss, managing 239 knockdown blocks and 29 TD-resulting blocks, while never allowing a QB sack while playing with the starters. Massie played in all 37 games in three seasons with the Rebels, starting the final 29 at RT, helping lead the way for huge individual performances (14 100-yard games, two 200-yard games).

Offensive lineman Senio Kelemete (6-3, 300) was a two-time team captain, earning All-Pac-12 honors as a senior at Washington. He started 41 of 46 games played with the Huskies, including the last 26 games at left tackle protecting the blind side. He managed 258 knockdowns and 35 TD-resulting blocks in his UW career.

Safety Justin Bethel (6-0, 200) started 43 of 44 games at Presbyterian and was selected three times to All-Big South. He won the Big South defensive player of the year award in his senior campaign set a Big South and school record with nine blocked kicks during his collegiate career.

Quarterback Ryan Lindley (6-3, 232) set school and Mountain West Conference records for pass completions (961), pass attempts (1,732), passing yards (12,690), starts (49), total plays (1,822) and total offensive yards (12,415) as a four year starter for the Aztecs. He ranks second in MWC history with 90 total touchdown throws.

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Arizona Cardinals Sign Eddie Elder, Javarris James, Larry Parker, Ricky Schmitt

The Arizona Cardinals signed four players today. Here's a little bit of tidbits on each of them.

Safety Eddie Elder measures at 5-10, 185 and played in 25 games (starting 20 of them) in two seasons at ASU, totalling 130 tackles, three INTs, seven passes defensed, one sack, and one forced fumble. He was named Defensive Player of the Year for California junior college at the College of San Mateo (CA).

Running back Javarris James measures at 6-0, 215, and spent the 2010 season with the Indianapolis Colts after coming into the league as a rookie free agent out of Miami. He played in 10 games with the Colts and punched it in the end zone six times while totaling 112 yards on 46 carries and adding nine catches for 63 yards. He did not play football in 2011 in the NFL after being released by the Colts in September.

Cornerback Larry Parker measures at 5-11, 176 and spent two years at San Diego State and led the Aztecs with seven interceptions last season.

Kicker/punter Ricky Schmitt measures at 6-2, 217 and has only attempted a few kicks in the league with the 49ers. He's spent much of his time in the league on practice squads on Pittsburgh and Oakland.

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Calais Campbell Discusses Contract And Future With Xtra Sports 910

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is a happy man. He signed his five-year, $55 million extension on Thursday, he's 25 years old, and he's ready to be a major cog on a rising defense and a team that won seven of their last nine games last season.

Campbell spoke with Dan Bickley and Mike Jurecki on Xtra Sports 910 in Phoenix recently to talk about what's going on with him and the team.

About the negotiation process: "It's been a long process. And it was a hard-fought process but it was a great process. The Cardinals organization definitely did a great job and I'm just so happy to be a Cardinal for a long time to come."

His expectations for the defense in 2012: "I think we can be great. ...I think that we can be a top-five defense in every category. That's our goal and that's what we want to be. Towards the end of last year we started having that confidence that we could beat anybody - anybody we get on the field with we can beat them. And when you have that confidence and you got out there and you play 16 games, you're gonna win a lot of games."

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Calais Campbell Signs Five-Year, $55 Million Dollar Deal With Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals locked up a key member of their defense on Thursday, signing defensive end Calais Campbell to a five-year extension. While team policy is to keep financial numbers private, contract details were bound to leak out eventually. According to a tweet from Jason LaCanfora, the new deal is worth $55 million dollars over the course of the next five years.

Everyone figured Campbell was set to be rewarded handsomely for his great work both on and off the field, and these numbers match what most had figured once the contract extension was announced. You've got to pay your star players if a team hopes to keep them around and happy, and the Cardinals clearly feel that Campbell is a player worth building around for years to come.

For comparisons sake, Darnell Dockett received a contract worth up to $48.5 million back in 2010, with $30 million of that guaranteed.

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Arizona Cardinals Sign Calais Campbell To Five-Year Contract Extension

The Arizona Cardinals made a big move on Thursday following what has been a pretty slow offseason, announcing a five-year contract extension with standout defensive end Calais Campbell. The details of the contract were not released through the team per policy, although they will likely leak or be made available in the near future. Given Campbell's production both on and off the field, you can bet the deal will likely be a big one financially speaking.

Campbell (6-8, 300) is coming off his best professional season in 2011 where he started all 16 games and set career highs with 73 tackles (51 solos), a team- leading eight sacks, two forced fumbles, 11 passes defensed, one fumble recovery and his first interception. He also recorded a career-high with three blocked field goals helping the Cardinals record an NFL-best five FG blocks last season. Campbell was originally drafted in the second round (50th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Not only did Campbell excel with the Cardinals last season, but he also did plenty outside of football to benefit those living around him. He was the recipient of the 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which was given for his outstanding work in the Phoenix community.

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Arizona Cardinals Restructure Stewart Bradley's Contract

The Arizona Cardinals and linebacker Stewart Bradley agreed to restructure his contract for the 2012 season, cutting his base salary from $5 million to $2.5 million. The $2.5 million lost can be recouped through incentives during the season, according to this report from AZ Central.

There was a decent chance that Bradley would be cut if he refused to take the pay cut, especially after he served as a backup for most of 2011. He and Paris Lenon will battle for the starting ILB job in the coming months.

Stewart, who is now 28 years old after being drafted out of Nebraska in 2006, recorded 31 tackles in 16 games last season. He signed a five-year deal in the summer of 2011, and the 2012 season will undoubtably be a make-or-break year as far as his future with the Cardinals goes.

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Cardinals Free Agency 2012: Cardinals Sign Seven Players

The Arizona Cardinals have stayed busy today, announcing the signings of seven free agents.

Safety Rashad Johnson, running back Larod Stephens-Howling, and cornerback Greg Toler were restricted free agents who all signed their one-year qualifying offers.

Quarterback Richard Bartel, running back Alfonso Smith, defensive end Ronald Talley and linebacker Brandon Williams - all of whom were exclusive rights players - signed their contracts for the 2012 season.

As a starter this past season, Toler drastically improved his production from his rookie year, recording 90 of his career 101 tackles with two interceptions, including one ran back for a touchdown.

Stephens-Howling made an impact when he had the chance last season and has steadily improved his production since joining the team in 2009. He rushed for 167 yards on 43 carries but his main impact came in the receiving game where he caught 13 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns this past season.

Johnson is the top backup at safety.

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NFL Free Agents 2012: Gregg Rosenthal 'Guesses' Cardinals Are Interested In Vince Young

Do the Arizona Cardinals really need help at quarterback? One person who thinks they do in NFL Netowrk's Gregg Rosenthal, who spent his Friday morning trying to guess when Vince Young could possibly land for the 2012-13 season.

Rosenthal notes that Young feels he is good enough to be a starter in the NFL still, but obviously would need a landing spot. Claims of having possible suitors have Rosenthal scratching his head as to just what team could possibly be vying for his services.

Far from an exact science, Rosenthal suggests that Arizona could be one of his possible options, noting that he'd be a good fit with the Cardinals because have a "throw it against the wall and see what sticks" idea of finding a quarterback.

There may be many ways the Cardinals can continue to improve this offseason. I don't think Arizona envisions signing Vince Young as making an upgrade.

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NFL Free Agents: Dave Zastudil Re-Signs With Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals and punter Dave Zastudil reached an agreement on Wednesday, keeping the 10-year veteran in the desert for the 2012 season

Zastudil puntied 87 times in 2011 for a career-high 3,929 yards (45.2 yard avg., 37.5 net avg.) in 15 games for Arizona last season. Zastudil was one of th best at downind punts inside the 20 yard line with 21 of his 24 total on the season those coming in the final 11 games. He joined the Cardinals last August as a free agent after playing with the Cleveland Browns the five previous seasons.

He originally entered the NFL with Baltimore as a fourth round pick (112th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft out of Ohio. Zastudil spent his first four years with the Ravens before signing with the Browns in 2006. Zastudil has played in 128 carrer games and punted 668 times for 28,754 yards (43.0 yard avg.) with 203 punts landing inside the opponent's 20-yard line.

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NFL Free Agency 2012: Demetress Bell Joins Eagles, Cardinals Must Look Elsewhere

According to multiple reports including one from USA Today's Robert Klemko, The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent OT Demetress Bell to a one year deal, leaving the Arizona Cardinals to look elsewhere to help shore up their O-line next season.

"Demetress is a guy we've followed since he joined the league," general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement from the Eagles. "He's a big, athletic left tackle and he has quite a few games of experience under his belt with Buffalo. He'll excel with our style of play on the offensive line."

Bell, the seventh-round pick of the Buffalo Bills back in 2008, has started 30 games in his career but missed 10 of them last last season with a shoulder injury. And with the free agent market starting to dwindle down a bit, Arizona may have to use the draft as their top resource to improve the offensive line.

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Arizona Cardinals Reportedly Host Free Agent Safety James Sanders

The Arizona Cardinals have made it a theme this offseason to try and target under-the-radar players who may not grab the national headlines, even though they could even up paying dividend greatly for seasons to come. There are not a ton of areas this team needs to improve upon, but the secondary is one of the exceptions. Who did the Cardinals most recently target as a potential free agent?

According to this report from Scout.com, safety James Sanders visited Arizona on Tuesday.

Sanders, 28, played for the Atlanta Falcons last season after breaking into the league with the New England Patriots. While not a star by any means, he has posted respectable numbers throughout his career and has done a nice job avoiding injuries up until this point.

No news came of any potential offers to the free agent safety, although it appears there is mutual interest for both sides.

Our great Cardinals blog, Revenge Of The Birds, discussed what Sanders would mean to the team:

The Cardinals are obviously looking for a little bit more depth at safety. Currently they have starters Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes under contract and Rashad Johnson has been extended his restricted free agent tender. Sean Considine, who played part of 2011 in Arizona has since signed with the Baltimore Ravens and Hamza Abdullah has not yet been re-signed.

If Sanders is signed, that does not necessarily mean the departure of Abdullah, who is an outstanding special teams player. Sanders has played very little on special teams.

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NFL Preseason Schedules Expected To Be Released Wednesday

The NFL is king of knowing how to keep fans paying attention. They play one game a week. Then the playoffs start. Then the NFL Combine. The free agency. The NFL Draft is later this month.

On Tuesday, there were uniform announcements that, strangely enough, had people paying attention.

Next up on the attention list is the expected announcement of the full preseason schedule.

We already know that the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints will kick off the preseason schedule with the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. That will be played as an additional game to those team's schedule on August 5.

Now, we all know that the preseason games are played largely by reserves and eventual unemployed football players, but nonetheless, it is football. We have to pay attention.

Cardinals fans, like fans around the country will be excited to find out who their teams will be facing in meaningless football games.

You're excited, admit it.

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2012 Cardinals Offseason: Nike Uniforms Reveiled

There was a lot of excitement surrounding the Nike launch of the new NFL jerseys for this season. But the Arizona Cardinals didn't see that much change - if anything.

When the Cardinals hit the field this season, you'll still be able to recognize that good ol' Larry Fitzgerald no. 11 with no problem as the Cardinals were one of the teams that didn't see too much change in their jerseys.

Part of the reason could be that the Cardinals have one of the more updated styles of jerseys in the league and didn't really need too much altering anyway. They did, however, get new gloves developed and they are quite stylish and different. They should definitely pop for Fitzgerald as he snatches passes out of the air.

But if you were looking for major changes in the Cardinals jerseys this season, you will be disappointed in the outcome.

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Cardinals Free Agency: Early Doucet, William Gay, Jay Feely Contract Details

The Arizona Cardinals have made three crucial free agent signings this offseason. Time to fill you in on each and every one of these three. Kent Somers files this report.

Here's some profiles on each of the Cardinals.

Early Doucet has compiled 111 catches for 1284 yards and seven touchdowns in four years. Doucet caught 54 passes for 689 yards and five touchdowns last season and is an integral part of the Cardinals receiving game.

William Gay is coming off of five successful seasons with the Pittsburgh Steleers, where Gay put up 61 tackles, 13 pass deflections, and two interceptions last year. Gay has put up 247 tackles, 43 pass deflections, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles in his career.

Jay Feely has bounced around the league and has spent his last two seasons with the Cardinals, hitting 43 of his 51 field goals in Arizona. Feely has knocked in 274 field goals in his NFL career.

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ESPN Free Agency Grades: Cardinals Receive a D

Matt WIlliamson over at Scouts Inc. has been been grading all of the NFL teams' offseason moves, and unfortunately didn't have many good things to say about the Arizona Cardinals this year.

They made some key additions, but they also had some key losses, and Williamson feels they could have done more this year in free agency. Nevertheless, the'll have a strong opportunity to make it up in this year's draft.

Here is Williamson's analysis below:

Key additions: DE Calais Campbell (franchised), CB William Gay, WR Early Doucet (re-sign), TLevi Brown (re-sign), C Adam Snyder (re-sign)
Key losses: CB Richard Marshall, G Rex Hadnot

Analysis: The Cardinals lost very little in free agency -- unless you count Peyton Manning among those losses. They also didn't add a lot and were strapped with financial issues, which really curtailed their ability to spend in free agency. Campbell needed to be franchised and is now a cornerstone player in this organization. Gay and Doucet will have starter/depth value, but the Cardinals' offensive line still looks like one of the worst in all of football. It would be surprising if Arizona wasn't proactive in drafting offensive linemen this draft.

Grade: D

If they can figure out some of their 'financial issues' they might have been able to do more this offseason, but will have to move forward with the pieces they have and try what they can before the season starts.

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2012 Arizona Cardinals Offseason: OG Daryn Colledge Restructures Deal

The Arizona Cardinals continue to stay busy this offseason. Left guard Daryn Colledge recently restructured his contract which gives the Cardinals $2.3 million more in cap space, according to Mac's Football Blog.

Colledge's previous contract was signed as recently as last August for five years, $27.5 million. His cap number would have been $5.5 million this upcoming season with a base salary of $3.8 million. But now Colledge will receive $700,000 in base salary while the other $3.1 million he's owed will be turned into a signing bonus to be prorated over the duration of his contract.

The restructure lowered Colledge's cap number to $3.175 million for 2012, clearing $2.325 million in cap space. In doing so, Colledge's cap numbers will increase by $775,000 in the final three seasons of the contract, going from $6.5 million to $7.275 million.

Colledge has started 92 of his 96 career games in the NFL since being drafted in the second round out of Boise State by the Green Bay Packers in 2006. He started all 16 games for the Cardinals in his first season with the team last year.

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NFL Free Agents 2012: Arizona Cardinals Re-sign LS Mike Leach To 3-Yr Deal

So far this offseason, the theme for the theme for the Arizona Cardinals has been small moves in free agency. They made their pitch for the biggest fish in Peyton Manning, but after that it has been bringing guys back and signing new, but unflashy players.

The latest move is that long snapper Mike Leach is coming back to the Cardinals in 2012 and has a long-term deal. Jay Feely hinted at it, Kent Somers comfirmed it and, more importantly, Leach's wife Julie gave even more confirmation on the agreement.

Feely, a kicker, was re-signed as well over the weekend to a two-year deal.

Leach was the long snapper on the Cards for the past three years and has been in the league since 2000.

His signing leaves the punter position as the only key special teams position left to address.

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NFL Free Agents: William Gay Returns To Cardinals, In Discussions With Vonnie Holiday According To Report

According to multiple sources including the horses mouth itself the Arizona Cardinals and free agent cornerback William Gay have agreed on a deal to bring him to the desert next season, while are in talks with defensive lineman Vonnie Holiday as well.

Gay started 15 games for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, likely being brought in to be a replacement for Richard Marshall in the nickel. With Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson owning the starting spots, he could also see some time at safety. It also reconnects Gay with Ray Horton, the Cards defensive coordinator who worked with Gay in Pittsburgh.

As for Holiday, his veteran presence will be felt at any team he lands with, but could prove to be some help if he does indeed return to Arizona next season.

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Cardinals Free Agency 2012: Arizona Re-Signs Jay Feely, D'Anthony Batiste

The Arizona Cardinals continue to prepare for the 2012 season by making some necessary and important decisions with some of their free agents. On Friday, the Cardinals announced that they will be bringing back two of their players for the coming season.

Arizona agreed to terms on a two-year contract with kicker Jay Feely and signed special teams player and offensive lineman D'Anthony Batiste to a one-year contract.

Feely, in particular, is a key contributor that the Cardinals needed to bring back. He has never missed a PAT in two seasons with the team and has converted 81% of field goal attempts. On a team that was starved for offense in 2011, his contributions were much-noticed last year.

Batiste has also been with the Cardinals since 2010, but has only appeared in four games over that time, serving mostly in a reserve capacity.

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NFL Free Agents 2012: Veteran Safety Sean Considine Signs With Ravens

According to Jason La Caonfora on Twitter, the Baltimore Ravens have signed veteran safety Sean Considine, who played with the Cardinals last season.

Per Jason La Canfora on Twitter:

The seven year veteran has recorded 253 career tackles, 2.5 sacks, four interceptions and five forced fumbles with the Eagles, Jaguars, Panthers and Cardinals. John Harbaugh and the Ravens likely brought him in to help out in the the special teams department, where he has recorded 93 special teams tackles over his career.

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2012 NFL Free Agents: Jay Feely In Discussions With Arizona, Has Interest In Other Teams, According To Report

According to multiple reports free agent kicker Jay Feely is in discussions with the Arizona Cardinals, but remains to have interest in other clubs around the league, possibly setting up an exit from the desert if the money lines up.

Per Alex Marvez on Twitter:

An 11 year veteran of the NFL, Feely has been with the Cardinals for the two past seasons, though his field goal percentage was way down from his 2010 mark of around 88 percent, down to 78 percent in 2011. He is still one of the best in the business and would make a lot of sense to try and keep him.

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2012 NFL Free Agents: Jarrett Bush Returns To Green Bay

The Arizona Cardinals were really looking to upgrade their defensive backs by getting a player who could play multiple positions and provide more depth. Jarrett Bush seemed to be one of the targets the Cardinals were most focused on landing. Bush has been mostly been a backup in Green Bay, putting up 3 interceptions, 22 pass deflections, 1.5 sacks, and 130 total tackles over his past six seasons. He might have gotten more playing time if he'd signed up with Ariozna.

However, it appears that Bush is heading back to the place that landed him a Super Bowl championship. Aaron Wilson of Scout filed this report on the Bush signing by Green Bay.

Veteran free agent defensive back Jarrett Bush has agreed to a three-year contract to stay with the Green Bay Packers after visiting the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Jets, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Arizona is going to have to look elsewhere if they want a solid defensive back.

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Cardinals Sign Early Doucet to New Contract

The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed WR Early Doucet to a two-year deal that looks to make sure Kevin Kolb or John Skelton, whoever it may be working under center in 2012, has some weapons to throw to.

Doucet (6-0, 212) returns to the team after finishing out his rookie contract in 2011; he was a third-round selection (81st overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft out of LSU by the Cards and will look to spend a few more seasons in the desert. Doucet is coming off a career-year in 2011, where he caught 54 passes for 689 yards and five touchdowns. He played in all 16 of the Cardinals games and made six official starts.

In his career, the St. Martinville, LA native has appeared in 42 regular season games with 11 starts and in the regular season, has 111 receptions for 1,284 yards (11.6 yard avg.) and seven touchdowns.

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2012 NFL Free Agency: DBs Jarrett Bush And William Gay To Visit Cardinals Today

Green Bay Packers free agent defensive back Jarrett Bush will visit the Arizona Cardinals today, according to profootballscout.com.

Bush has already visited with the New York Jets and will also visit the Dallas Cowboys. The Packers are still in the running to retain his services as well.

Bush, 27, has 130 career tackles, three interceptions and one forced fumble.

Also visiting the Cardinals today is Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back William Gay. Gay has been a productive member of the Steelers' nickel and dime packages since entering the league in 2007. After starting only four games in 2010, Gay started 15 last season.

He has recorded 247 tackles, three interceptions, three sacks and three forced fumbles in his five seasons in the league.

Gay brings championship experience as well as he has two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers.

Both Gay and Bush would add depth and experience to the Cardinals defensive backfield.

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Peyton Manning Chooses Denver Broncos, According To Reports

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the Peyton Manning sweepstakes are over and the Denver Broncos have been declared the victor.

Manning's agent, Tom Condon, has been instructed to negotiate the details of a contract that would officially end a free-agency process that began with Manning's release from the Indianapolis Colts on March 7.'

According to the ESPN report, Manning also called to inform the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans to inform them of the decision. Manning could sign for five-years, $95 million.

So, where does that leave the Cardinals?

It leaves them in the same place they were already. Once Kevin Kolb received his $7 million dollar roster bonus, it effectively knocked the Cardinals out of the running for Manning. Looks like it's Kolb, once again, for the Cardinals and for Cards fans, let's hope that the second go-around is better than the first.

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Cardinals Reportedly Release Guard Rex Hadnot

The Arizona Cardinals and their 2011 starting right guard Rex Hadnot wil likely be released by the team according to SB Nation’s Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds.

Hadnot is in the final year of his three-year, $ 9 million contract with Arizona, and has not been reported from the team that he has officially been released yet.

The eighth year veteran out of Houston would be getting quite the hefty price tag to play as Snyder’s second fiddle, so his release makes some sense economically speaking.

If released, it could leave the door open for Duece Lutui to make his return to the Arizona Cardinals as well.

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Cardinals Free Agency 2012: Arizona Releases WR Chansi Stuckey

The Arizona Cardinals are dealing with free agency and a million other moving pieces while trying to solidify their team for next year. In addition to their stake in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, there's also the 2012 NFL Draft approaching and, of course, the payroll to worry about. On Friday, the team made a roster move that largely flew under the radar.

Jason La Canfora reported that the Cardinals released wide receiver Chansi Stuckey on Friday. It appears the move was largely made to avoid a salary cap issue. Had the Cardinals retained Stuckey, he would have been owed $1.75 million for 2012, which would have resulted in a $2.275 million cap hit. 2011 was Stuckey's only season with the Redbirds.

In five NFL seasons, Stuckey has 106 receptions for 1,062 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

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Kevin Kolb Receives $7 Million Roster Bonus, Restructured Contract From Cardinals, According to ESPN

As the Peyton Manning frenzy looking less and less likely in Arizona, ESPN's resident NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals will indeed give quarterback Kevin Kolb his $7 million bonus this afternoon, all but squashing Manning's chances as a Cardinal altogether.

Per Adam Schefter on Twitter: (Suzy Kolber reporting)

Not only that, Kolb is getting a new restructured deal from the team as well, according to Chris Mortensen (and Kolber), likely trying to help them get under the cap.

Arizona couldn't take the risk of letting him leave just to watch Peyton land somewhere else. Having a second year under his belt with a full offseason and training camp should help him out immensely for the 2012 season to build more continuity with his offense. Now he'll need to figure out a way to stay on the field.

Kolb finished his 2011-12 season with 1995 passing yards and nine touchdowns in only nine games for Arizona last season due to injury. He also had eight interceptions and seven fumbles.

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Arizona Cardinals Reportedly To Re-Sign OT Levi Brown

The Arizona Cardinals have apparently made another move on the free agent front, and it is another move on the offensive line. The team is set to announce the re-signing of former first-round pick Levi Brown, per Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

Tweeted Somers:

Brown was released earlier in the week to comply with salary cap rules. In the final year of his rookie contract, he was set to have a cap number of almost $17 million.

He was the number five pick in the 2007 draft and has been seen by Cardinals fans largely as a disappointment, especially since he was moved to left tackle in 2010. He played better in the second half of 2011 and the team wanted to bring him back.

With Brown in the fold, it is unknown yet whether he will be playing left or right tackle this season. That will depend on what happens during the rest of free agency and in the draft in April.

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NFL Free Agents: Cardinals Lose Richard Marshall To Miami Dolphins

As the Arizona Cardinals began their free agency period off well with the signing of offensive lineman Adam Snyder from the rival 49ers Wednesday, they also lost a key part of their defense as cornerback Richard Marshall signed a three-year, $16 million dollar offer from the Miami Dolphins as they continue to add to their defense in South Beach.

On the same day the retained pro-bowl DT Paul Soliani, Marshall joins the team he claimed 'wouldn't let him go' with signing a deal:

Per Richard Marshall on Twitter:

Marshall's departure leaves the Card's secondary in need of some help now the sixth year player out of Fresno State, completed 78 tackles in the 2011-12 season including three interceptions in his sole year as a Cardinal. He spent his first five seasons as a Carolina Panther before that.

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NFL Free Agents 2012: Adam Snyder Signs With Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have a lot to figure out this offseason, particularly if they want to land Peyton Manning. Probably most importantly, they need to figure out their offensive line issues. Manning is not likely going to want to head to Arizona if the offensive line doesn't improve from where it was last season, when the poor pass protection ended up knocking about Cardinals players.

So Arizona has looked to Adam Snyder is their latest signing. Darren Urban of Cardschatter has this report.

Snyder was drafted in 2005 by the San Francisco 49ers, and he signed the contract extension in 2009 to finish things up in 2011. He was the starting right guard for the Niners last season on a solid offensive line unit. Could he help upgrade Arizona along their offensive line and make Manning consider Arizona more strongly?

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NFL Free Agency: Cardinals Host Trio Of Offensive Lineman Wednesday

It's been all quiet on the free agent front for the Arizona Cardinals thus far, but the team is hoping to make a big splash this season in the offensive lineman market, possibly starting Wednesday when they will host a trio of them at their headquarters to possibly make a deal to improve their line.

According to Darren Urban of the Cardinals blog Tennessee Titans guard Jake Scott, tackle Demetrius Bell of the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers tackle/guard Adam Snyder will all be stopping by at some point Wednesday to hear some deals from the Cardinals.

All of these are talented fellows but stealing a guy like Snyder from a divisional rival would be huge, bringing the knowledge and insight of a team they'll play twice a year to Ken Whisenhunt's squad.

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NFL Free Agency: Arizona Cardinals Have Interest In Pair Of Receivers

The free agency period has been a quiet one thus far for the Arizona Cardinals, but it has been learned that the team has interest in two wide receivers. Among the target goals for this offseason, the Cards want to improve the offensive line, get help for Larry Fitzgerald at receiver and add depth at positions on defense.

The two receivers that right now have the Cardinals' attention are Laurent Robinson, who played last season with the Dallas Cowboys and Chaz Schillens, who last played for the Oakland Raiders.

Robinson had the best season of his career in 2011. He started only four games, but hauled in 54 receptions for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns. He filled in very nicely for Miles Austin when he was injured.

Schillens is a local player, who went to Highland High School. He caught 23 passes in 2011 for 271 yards and two scores.

Schillens was at the Cardinals facility on Tuesday and also has visits planned with the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets.

Robinson is also drawing attention from the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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NFL Free Agency: Arizona Cardinals To Look At G Jake Scott

As free agency has begun, one goal that the Arizona Cardinals have is to improve their offensive line. They made one move to the roster by releasing Levi Brown, but that was to get under the salary cap. They also are looking at a player to add to the line in free agency, but not at tackle.

Veteran Jake Scott, a right guard who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans. He is turning 31 this year and has played 121 games in his career. If the Cardinals were to sign him, he would likely start in place of Rex Hadnot.

According to Pro Football Focus, he was rated a net 11.8 in pass blocking and a net 0.4 in run blocking. In 16 games last season, he was a net negative only four times. He allowed two sacks, a hit and 11 pressures.

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As Expected, Levi Brown Released By Arizona Cardinals

The NFL free agency period has begun and the Arizona Cardinals started off with one move, one that should be seen as no surprise. To comply with salary cap rules, the team released offensive tackle Levi Brown, the team's first-round pick in 2007. The move saves the team $14.5 million in cap space.

Before the move, they were $13.7 million over the cap, so the one move takes care of that.

Brown, in his five seasons with the team, started 75 games. The team is still very much interested in bringing him back. Per Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers, "Brown and Cardinals never came close in negotiations but the plan is to continue to talk."

Brown is expected to have interest from the rest of the league, as he could be the best tackle available.

Arizona would like to re-sign him. Depending on what happens in free agency and in the NFL Draft, if he were to return, he could either start on the right or left side of the line.

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NFL Free Agency: Source Says RB Michael Bush To Work Out For Arizona Cardinals

The beginning of free agency has commenced for the NFL, and rumors already have begun to swirl. The Arizona Cardinals have not made any moves other than to release tackle Levi Brown. However, a source reveals that the Cardinals are going to work out a player that perhaps will surprise fans.

This source indicates that running back Michael Bush, formerly of the Oakland Raiders, is headed to Arizona to have a workout with the Cardinals.

Bush had been the backup running back to Darren McFadden, but got plenty of playing time last season when McFadden was out with injuries. He rushed for 977 yards, averaging 3.8 YPC and caught 37 passes. He scored eight TDs, seven on the ground.

Whether the Cardinals are interested in signing Bush is another question. It is intriguing that he would be a target of the Cardinals. They seem pretty set at running back, although there are some questions. Beanie Wells had a career year, but has had offseason knee surgery. Ryan Williams, the team's second round pick from a year ago, missed the entire season with a knee injury. LaRod Stephens-Howling is a restricted free agent, but the Cardinals have offered a second-round tender, so he is unlikely to go anywhere. The fourth back on the roster, Alfonso Smith, is liked by the coaching staff and contributes on special teams.

Could Michael Bush be in the mix this season for the Cardinals? We will see.

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Arizona Cardinals Expected To Release Levi Brown, According To Report

The Arizona Cardinals are trying hard to get after Peyton Manning. However, they probably need to get better pass protection if they plan on keeping their quarterbacks upright.

Offensive tackle Levi Brown is probably not good enough to be protecting Manning or any quarterback, and definitely isn't the guy you want to rely on in the long-term. Adam Schefter of ESPN filed this report.

The contract restructuring was probably the main issue, as the Cardinals probably weren't willing to put that much money into him. This could be a good thing for Brown, because with the lack of strong offensive tackles in free agency, he could fetch a strong deal from a team in need. Brown has had his issues in pass protection though and has only played well in spurts, so it makes sense for the Cardinals to let him go.

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Cardinals Tender LaRod Stephens Howling, Greg Toler, Rashad Johnson

The Arizona Cardinals tendered three of restricted free agents of Friday, consisting of Larod Stephens Howling, Greg Toler, and Rashad Johnson.

Howling was extended a second-round tender after being a seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft, proving his worth to be bumped up to the next tender level. Greg Toler and Rashad Johnson were tendered at their original draft status, while the Cards did not tender linebacker and special teamer Reggie Walker as some speculated.

All three can still seek free-agent deals from other team. Howling's tender is around $1.9 million while the other two are expected to be worth about $1.2 million, and would mean the Cardinals would receive a fourth-round and third-round draft pick as compensation if they were picked up by another squad and the Cards didn't match the offer sheet.

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Cardinals Free Agency 2012: Levi Brown Likely To Test Open Market

It doesn't look like Levi Brown will be returning to the Arizona Cardinals.

According to a tweet by Jason LaCanfora, Brown and the Cardinals haven't made much progress on a reworked contract, which would allow Brown to test the open market.

He should have plenty of suitors as Brown would arguably be the best left tackle on the market. With so many offensive lines in the league looking for upgrades, he could become a huge name in free agency.

Brown has started every game since 2008 for the Cardinals and moved from right tackle to left tackle this past season. In 2009, he was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate.

Brown could also impact the top of the draft with teams like the St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs possibly looking at an offensive lineman, they could look to a proven commodity like Brown instead which would allow them to fill another need.

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Calais Campbell Receives Franchise Tag From Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals announced on Friday that they have placed their "non-exclusive" franchise tag on defensive end Calais Campbell, ensuring he will remain in the desert for at least one more season.

Under the current terms of the "non-exclusive" franchise tag, Campbell will receive a one-year contract at 120% of his 2012 salary or the average of the five highest paid NFL players at his position in 2012; which ever is the larger sum.

The deadline for franchise tagging is Monday, March 5 at 2:00 PM Arizona time, but the team can continue to negotiate a long-term deal with Campbell until July 16. Any offer sheets from other clubs can be matched by the Cardinals, or they receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.

"We've made no secret of the high regard in which we hold Calais," said Cardinals General Manager Rod Graves. "To be clear, reaching a long-term deal that will keep Calais with the Cardinals for years to come remains our primary objective. This move today allows us the opportunity to continue working with Calais and his agent toward that goal and that's exactly what we will do."

The 6'8" 300 lbs. Campbell is entering his fifth season in the league out of Miami, finishing his 2011 campaign with 72 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles.

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Restricted Free Agent LaRod Stephens-Howling Likely To Get 1st Round Tender

The Arizona Cardinals have some key players they would like to have return in 2012 that are not currently under contract once the new league year begins this month. We know about Calais Campbell, but there is one little guy that the team is going to make sure sticks around at least another year. That would be 5-7 running back and kick returner LaRod Stephens-Howling.

Stephens-Howling, or "Hyphen" as many fans know him by, had two of the team's biggest plays of the season. His overtime TD reception won the game against the Dallas Cowboys and he also scored a 73-yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

His effectiveness in the return game was hampered by new rules, but he is a crucial part of the Cardinals' game planning.

It is such that XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki tweeted this after being asked about him:

This means that the Cards will pay him around $2 million dollars in 2012, but that other teams can make him offers. If the Cards want to retain him, they match the terms of the contract within a week and keep him. If they decide not to retain him, instead they get a first-round draft pick as compensation.

The tender will essentially make it so no team will want to make an offer. At the same time, though, it is indicative perhaps of the plans the team has for him in 2012.

Whatever those plans are, we all can expect to see the Hyphen back in Cardinal red. And that is definitely a positive thing.

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Arizona Cardinals Free Agents: Levi Brown May Be The Best Option On OL

Levi Brown is not technically a free agent. He is still under contract for one more season. However, with a salary cap number of nearly $17 million, he will be unless the Arizona Cardinals can restructure his contract to a more manageable number.

Brown has been the whipping boy of Cardinals fans for quite some time now. However, he might be returning, based on what XTRA Sports' Mike Jurecki is hearing:

That tweet might just make fans sick. However, the problem is that teams don't really ever let good offensive tackles go. So you end up with below average to average guys on the market, unless it is someone unproven who turns out to be a stud.

In addition to Brown's possible return, he might be the left tackle again. It would depend on what happens with the the draft in April.

For example, Jurecki speculates that if Arizona drafted Iowa OT Riley Reiff (who is currently grading out fairly well at the combine), Brown would play LT while Reiff would anchor the right side of the line.

Is this idea for Arizona? Maybe not, but if Brown can replicate his play in the second half of the 2011 season, it won't be too bad.

It comes down to whether or not the two sides can get a deal done, but as odd as it sounds, Levi Brown is a Cardinals priority this offseason.

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Rod Graves, Ken Whisenhunt Discuss Futures Of Kevin Kolb, Levi Brown, Calais Campbell In Arizona

AZCentral.com's Kent Somers was on hand for the Arizona Cardinals press conference with head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves on Thursday as both men spoke about the Cardinals' current situation with a quarterback, and talks with key free agents Levi Brown and Calais Campbell.

Whisenhunt noted that Kevin Kolb remains the team's starting QB but will have certainly have competition. Both Whisenhunt and Graves maintained that they are open to "opportunities to get better," which could come in the from of Peyton Manning. Graves believes Arizona can win the trio quarterbacks they already have in Kolb, John Skelton and Rich Bartel.

Somers feels that If Peyton Manning is cut, the Cardinals will definitely be interested, but a lot of things have to 'come together' for Manning come to Arizona. The team will pay Kolb his $7 million roster bonus by the St. Patrick's Day due date as Manning's health status will not be fully developed by then, and the team needs a signal caller.

As for Levi Brown, talks are on-going, though Graves noted that Brown has expressed an interest to return to Arizona, and the Cards would certainly like him back. Graves described talks with Calais Campbell as "fruitful," though nothing has come of them yet.

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Arizona Cardinals Free Agency: Kicking Game Could Change Drastically

As the free agency period approaches in the next couple of weeks, the Arizona Cardinals have been working on their number priority in re-signing defensive end Calais Campbell. However, there is another priority the team needs to consider, even if it means changing personnel.

The kicking game could change completely, as kicker Jay Feely, punter Dave Zastudil and long snapper Mike Leach are all free agents.

Feely did not start the season well, but finished strong. He hit 19-24 field goal attempts and all 33 of his extra point attempts. He did, though cost the team at least one game this season because of missed kicks he typically would make.

He is now 35 and does not have elite range. He can place the ball well on kickoffs but does not have the leg to consistently put it in the endzone. In 71 kicks, he only had 21 touchbacks.

Zastudil was not spectacular but showed to be more versatile than the previous punter Ben Graham. He averaged 45.2 yards per punt, 24 punts downed inside the 20 and 37.5 net yards per kick.

Leach's job is less heralded. No one notices him unless a bad snap happens. He has been on the team for three years. The team could look for someone who would cost a little less, but they would be risking the consistently.

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Arizona Cardinals Free Agents 2012: Calais Campbell Likely To Receive Franchise Tag

Monday will mark the first day that NFL teams can apply the franchise tag on players. Free agency will begin on March 13, so the Arizona Cardinals will need to decide whether they will use the franchise tag on one of their impending free agents by March 5.

Gregg Rosenthal at NBC Sports posted a rundown of which players are likely to get tagged by teams in short order. He considers Calais Campbell to be the No. 2 "No-Brainer" to be given the franchise tag of all NFL players. Here's what he has to say about the Cardinals defensive end:

Campbell picked up Ray Horton's 3-4 defense faster than his celebrated (and effective) teammate Darnell Dockett. Campbell is only 25-years-old and will be difficult to sign long term. His representation knows his value.

It seemed likely from the outset that Campbell is a player of immense value who is all too aware of that fact. The Cardinals will almost certainly apply the tag to keep Campbell where he is for the time being.

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2012 NFL Free Agency: OT Levi Brown Could Have Lots Of Suitors This Offseason

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post talked a bit about the Arizona Cardinals offseason in his weekly Sunday Bltiz post, speaking about the team's chances of hanging on to offensive tackle Levi Brown, even though the fifth year player is still under contract with Arizona:

Levi Brown is not out of contract, but chances are he will be on the open market. And chances are he will have a number of interested suitors. In fact, Brown could be the best offensive tackle on the market. The fifth pick of the 2007 draft had been a disappointment earlier in his career, but he played pretty well for the Cardinals in 2011 and is drawing interest from other teams who are anticipating Brown shaking free.

The Cardinals owe Brown a $6 million bonus on March 13, and his salary for 2012, the last year of his rookie deal, is $14.5 million. So far, the Cardinals have not attempted to restructure or extend Brown's contract.

Brown has been a solid piece of the Cards O-line for a while now, but if the numbers don't add up they simply don't add up, and may have to let Brown go to seek greener pastures. Perhaps a contract restructuring is waiting in the wings, but it hasn't surfaced yet. Should be interesting to see how this pans out moving forward.

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2012 NFL Free Agency: Could The Cardinals Acquire Robert Mathis

The Arizona Cardinals racked up 42 sacks in 2012, which tied them for the seventh-most in the league with the Cowboys and the 49ers, but the pressure they applied to opposing quarterbacks didn't really transfer into a top-notch pass defense. They finished the regular season with the 17th-ranked pass defense, which will need to improve if they want to be competitive in the NFC West.

One way to improve a team's pass defense is to apply even more pressure to the quarterback. CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco thinks that the Cardinals could achieve that goal by signing Indianapolis Colts free agent defensive end Robert Mathis and converting him to an outside pass-rushing linebacker.

The Cardinals need to find somebody who can rush the passer from the outside linebacker position. Mathis has been a down end, but he could easily make the transition to rush linebacker with his speed.

Mathis is coming off a 9.5 sack season and is set to hit the free agency market on March 13. The Colts will likely want to keep the combination of Dwight Freeney and Mathis together, but they may not be able to work a long-term deal for Mathis and using the franchise tag on him could cost too much. There will be a lot of teams that could benefit from the addition of Mathis and the Cardinals are one of them.

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Arizona Cardinals Free Agency 2012: Calais Campbell Will Be An Arizona Cardinal

With the NFL free agency period set to begin at the start of March, the Arizona Cardinals have been in contract discussions with their most important free agent -- defensive end Calais Campbell. While there has been nothing to say whether or not talks are moving in the right direction or not, Cardinals general manager Rod Graves offered some words of confidence while on the radio with Arizona Sports 620.

Graves said this on the Doug and Wolf show:

"Calais will be with us, rest assured. With that, we'll try to continue to focus on trying to get a long-term deal in place, but it will be a process that we're undergoing. He will be an Arizona Cardinal player this year and we're hoping certainly to extend that into a long-term deal."

Based on what that says, it sounds like that the team is planning on using the franchise tag, but will try to continue to work out a long-term deal before the deadline to do so passes.

Talks between Larry Fitzgerald and the team last year had the same sort of feel -- there was nothing of progress and then suddenly there was a long-term deal.

Hopefully the same pattern is followed.

At least Cardinals fans can find comfort in the fact that Campbell will be around for at least one more year.

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Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals Free Agency 2012: The Number 1 Priority

For the Arizona Cardinals, when it comes to thinking about the free agency period that will get underway in about month, they have a few goals. The first and second of those goals should be to re-sign defensive end Calais Campbell. He is set to become a free agent in March and Arizona wants to lock him up to a long-term deal.

Talks began some time ago, but there has been no word of the direction of those talks and if they are making progress.

Luckily the Cardinals can at least keep him for one more season, as they can and will use the franchise tag designation to keep him here. That will cost the team around $10 million dollars in real money and against the salary cap.

Ideally, they get a deal done that keeps him here for many years and limits the cap number so that the team can actually acquire players to improve the team.

Campbell was the defense's most disruptive player. From the defensive end position, he logged 72 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, ten deflected passes and three blocked field goals.

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Arizona Cardinals 2012 Free Agency: Calais Campbell To Get Paid, Kicking Game In Flux

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