A city and its quarterback go hand-in-hand, down the aisle, for better or worse. There is nothing casual about the relationship.
We do, Carson Palmer.
Even if you’re twice divorced (from the Bengals and Raiders), even if your reputation is questionable in some places (you’ve been called a diva and a quitter), we know perceptions are often cheap imitations of the truth.
We saw just how washed up Kurt Warner was when he took us to the Super Bowl in 2009.
“I’m sure there are a lot of guys who are misperceived, or however you want to say it,” Palmer said. “I’m definitely one of those guys.”
In what way?
“In every way,” he said.
Dan Bickley,Arizona Republic
Less than a month after he was released by the Cardinals in March, safety Kerry Rhodes was invited in to interview with the Bengals, who did not sign him to a contract.
Since then, he has told a couple of media outlets, including an Alabama television station during a visit earlier this month, that “I have four teams putting in their bid for me to come to their team.”
Other than that, crickets.
Rhodes told WVTM-TV, the NBC affiliate in Birmingham, on July 10 that his free agency was “moving at a snail’s pace” but that he wasn’t finding it to be stressful.
“You have a chance to go where you want to go and to a team that needs you the most,” he said.
Well, training camps have opened and Rhodes is still on the free-agent market, despite a pretty solid season for the Cardinals in 2012 when he made 67 tackles, forced a fumble and intercepted four passes. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the No. 4 safety in the league last season.
Bob Young, Arizona Republic
Football season is here. Change is everywhere. Fortunately for the Cardinals, someone remembered to pack the masking tape.
That’s how the two newest members of the team – pass-rush specialist John Abraham and offensive lineman Eric Winston – discovered their lockers inside the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Their names were scribbled on strips of tape.
“All this competition is going to be great for everybody,” Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein said. “Not that we’ve been complacent in the past, but I think this is going to be the hardest offensive line to make since I’ve been here.”
Winston gives the team a proven right tackle. Abraham gives the Cardinals an elite pass rusher, something the franchise hasn’t had in nearly a decade. The acquisition of two established players on the eve of Training Camp 2013 caps off a tremendous debut off-season for Cardinals general manager Steve Keim.
Dan Bickley, Arizona Republic.