The Duke’s Picks – NFL Week 10

13 11 2011

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CINCINNATI BENGALS +4 Pittsburgh Steelers

Denver Broncos +3.5 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Buffalo Bills +5.5 DALLAS COWBOYS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS +3.5 Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans +3.5 CAROLINA PANTHERS

ATLANTA FALCONS even New Orleans Saints

CLEVELAND BROWNS -2.5 St. Louis Rams

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -12 Arizona Cardinals

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS +7.5 Baltimore Ravens

Detroit Lions +3 CHICAGO BEARS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers -3 NY Giants

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NEW YORK JETS even New England Patriots





Stewart Bradley Joins Arizona Cardinals

29 07 2011

by Joel Thurman on sbnation.com

It wasn’t a good year to be an unrestricted free agent on the Philadelphia Eagles because they didn’t re-sign any of their own free agents. That meant LB Stewart Bradley was on the open market looking for his next job.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that job will come in Arizona with the Cardinals. Bradley agreed to terms on a deal with the Cardinals though the length and amount on the contract is unclear.

He can’t officially sign his deal until 6:00 p.m. (ET) Friday night and can’t practice until Aug. 4.

Bradley was the Eagles 2007 third round pick and developed into a solid reserve his first couple of season. In 2009, he suffered an injury that ended his season early but he came in 2010 to start 12 games for the Eagles.

He has a strong shot at earning a starting job in Arizona but it won’t be easy with the shortened offseason caused by the lockout. He now has about five weeks to prepare to start for the Cardinals come Week 1.





Kevin Kolb Finally Dealt To Cardinals

28 07 2011

from FoxSports

Arguably the lockout’s biggest hostage finally found what he was looking for all along: a starting quarterback job.

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to trade backup QB Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick, NFL.com reported Thursday.

In addition to dealing away their one-time Pro Bowl CB Cromartie and a coveted draft pick, the Cardinals extended Kolb’s current contract for five more years and $63 million ($21 million guaranteed).

The move comes as little surprise as Kolb, who lost his starting job to Michael Vick last season, had regularly stated his desire to play for a team that would allow him to start. Read the rest of this entry »





Significant Progress In Kolb Trade to Cardinals

28 07 2011

By Reuben FrankKevin Kolb
CSNPhilly.com

The Eagles and Cards have made “significant progress” toward reaching an agreement that would send Kevin Kolb to the Cards and Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and additional compensation in the form of a draft pick to the Eagles, according to a league source familiar with negotiations.

The source said that as of Wednesday evening, the deal was not done. Read the rest of this entry »





Arizona Cardinals: Kyle Orton plan B to Philadelphia Eagle’s Kevin Kolb

6 05 2011

by 3TV Sports / Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX – It’s time to play guess who’ll be the Cardinals quarterback next season and according to a source they have a new contestant.

The Channel 3 sports department has learned that the Cardinals have had preliminary contact with the Broncos about the availability of Kyle Orton.

A source tells 3TV’s Tim Ring, the discussions would not be categorized as serious but the Broncos believe the Cardinals have an interest in Orton as a “Plan B” if they can’t work out a deal for Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Orton has thrown 71 touchdown passes in a five-year career in Denver and Chicago.

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Rosenhaus Disputes Andy Reid’s Comments

14 05 2009

by Michael DeLuca

Just a couple of days ago we discussed Andy Reid’s 610 WIP interview in which he discussed the Eagles’ interest in acquiring Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquin Boldin. The main point that Reid made was that the Cardinals were asking for too much (1st, 3rd, 5th round picks) for a guy you would then have to pay $10 million a season. Today, Boldin’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, disputed that Boldin was seeking a contract in the $10 million per year range. Said Rosenhaus, “Reports that Anquan Boldin is seeking a contract worth $10 million per yr are inaccurate. We recently made a proposal to the Cards for less.”

The $10 million number that originally came out was because Boldin believed he deserved a contract similar to teammate Larry Fitzgerald who signed a blockbuster four-year, $40 million contract in March of 2008. Boldin, though an elite receiver, is no Larry Fitzgerald. In the end, Boldin’s open market value would probably be around $8.5 million per year. He may have to accept less in order to get out of his current contract.

The most interesting part of the Reid interview, in my opinion, is that Reid asserted that the Cardinals seemed to never really want to trade Boldin. Reid appeared to be under the impression that the Cardinals had a ridiculous asking price because they had no intention of trading the disgruntled wideout.





The Duke’s Picks – Conference Championships

18 01 2009

mcnabb-709810by Michael DeLuca

Teams in bold are predictions with the spread, teams in CAPS are home teams.

Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 ARIZONA CARDINALS – I went through a large part of the year touting the Arizona Cardinals defense, claiming them to be the most underrated unit in the league.  It’s a very difficult point to argue, since their high octane pass offense, ranked #2 in the league in pass attempts, takes little time off the clock and leaves them on the field for such a large portion of the game.  In such a scenario, one must look beyond the yards against totals, where Arizona ranked 22nd against the pass and 16th against the rush during the 08′ regular season.  When you take a look at the team on a per play basis, you’ll notice that only 10 team’s had a better defense against the run when it comes to yards per carry, where opponents averaged 4.0.  Led by Karlos Dansby and his 119 tackles (95 solo), this unit can defend the run with the best of them.  Their pass defense, on the other hand Read the rest of this entry »