Cardinals Will Pay Kevin Kolb's Bonus; QB Expected To Stay In Arizona

The Cardinals will pay Kevin Kolb his bonus, which means he'll be sticking around in Arizona.

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Kevin Kolb Will Receive Bonus From Arizona Cardinals, According To Report

The Arizona Cardinals are not expected to land free agent QB Peyton Manning, which means they'll be sticking with QB Kevin Kolb, who was signed to a six-year, $65 million deal last season. Kolb had a $7 million option bonus due on Friday that was expected to be picked up if the team didn't land Manning.

According to ESPN's Suzy Kolber, the Cardinals will in fact pick up Kolb's option, which means he'll be staying with the Cardinals. But they'll also be restructuring his contract, according to the report. No word on exactly what that restructuring is, or what the new contract will look like.

Kolb was a bit of a disappointment last season playing in only nine games and completing just 57 percent of his passes. You can say the Cardinals paid Kolb too much money last season when Kolb had very little experience as a starting quarterback but $10 million per year is just the cost of acquiring a starting quarterback outside the draft.

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Cardinals Free Agency 2012: Peyton Manning Seems To Be Top Priority For Arizona

It's might safe to say that the Kevin Kolb experiment has officially failed and is coming to an end for the Arizona Cardinals. Free agency opens soon and it seems that the Cardinals are one of three teams most likely to land future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. If that's the case, Kolb will be out on the street looking for a new job immediately.

If the Cardinals don't land Manning, there's still a chance that they may want to dump Kolb as they owe him a $7 million roster bonus on March 17 if he's still on the team. One way to convince Manning that the team means business is to sign good free agent offensive linemen to make sure that the quarterback doesn't get sacked 54 times like they did in 2011. Carl Nicks and Ben Grubbs could be options at guard and at tackle, Jared Gaither and Demetrius Bell could shore up the line.

Also, if the team does sign Manning, they may go after Reggie Wayne as well. Wayne and Manning know each other very well and Wayne would be a good No. 2 receiver to play opposite of Larry Fitzgerald. The free agency picture of the Cards is a little murky because it's currently unclear as to what will happen with Manning. However, once he signs, be it with Arizona or another team, the Cardinals will make a few moves to put themselves in a better position in 2012.

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Levi Brown Expected To Be A Cap Casualty For Cardinals

Peyton Manning isn't the only player being discussed in the Arizona Cardinals front office. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cardinals are expected to release left tackle Levi Brown, who as the fifth pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

It was previously reported that if the two sides can't agree to a contract restructure that Brown would likely be releasedso this shouldn't be a big surprise. Brown is due a $6 million roster bonus and the Cards are expected to release him before that hits. Brown's release could clear over $14 million in much-needed salary cap space, especially if Manning is in the Cards plans.

Brown will become one of the best offensive tackles on the market in a weak class. This could be a blessing for him because he'll draw some interest on the free agent market.

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Calais Campbell Hit With Franchise Tag By Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals officially placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end Calais Campbell on Friday. The organization beat the March 5 deadline for applying the tag and had previously stated their desire to keep Campbell on the team for 2012. The non-exclusive tag means other NFL teams can still sign the 25-year old, but the Cardinals would have the chance to match any offer and would receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if Campbell left.


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General manager Rod Gaves told Darren Urban of the Cardinals official website that the goal is still to reach a long-term deal:

"We've made no secret of the high regard in which we hold Calais," general manager Rod Graves said. "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 next step is for Campbell to sign the tender offer. If he chooses to do so, his 2012 salary will become fully guaranteed as is expected to be worth approximately $10.6 million. He and the team still have until July 16 to reach a long-term deal. Campbell is coming off a career-high eight sacks and 10 passes defended in 2011.

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Calais Campbell's Franchise Tag From Cardinals Coming Soon

Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent as of March 13, but the team is expected to slap the franchise tag on him if they cannot reach a long-term extension. The deadline for teams to use the franchise tag is March 5, and while there is nothing official regarding Campbell as of Friday afternoon, Darren Urban at the official Cardinals blog reported several weeks ago that general manager Rod Graves said the talented defensive end will be back with the team in 2012.


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The 25-year old Campbell is coming off a career-high eight sacks and 10 passes defended in 2011, and will cost the team $10.6 million in 2012 if he receives the franchise tag. He has spent his entire career in Arizona after being selected in the second round (No. 50 overall) by the franchise in the 2008 NFL draft.

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Cardinals GM: Calais Campbell Won't Get Away In Free Agency

The Arizona Cardinals had an uneven season in 2011, one that showed flashes of brilliance and futility in nearly equal measure. They will hope to field a stronger team in 2012 while retaining their best components from last season. One of those key elements is impending free agent defensive end Calais Campbell.

Darren Urban at the official Cardinals blog reports that Arizona general manager Rod Graves on Thursday said Campbell will not be leaving the team. Although he did not mention it specifically, it seems as though the team is preparing to use the franchise tag on the DE.

Calais will be with us, rest assured. We will continue to focus on getting a long term deal in place and it's a process. But he will be an Arizona Cardinals player this year and we are hoping certainly to extend that to a long-term deal. Conversations are continuing with his agent.

Campbell was the standout for the Cardinals on defense last year. The team would benefit from applying the franchise tag to him, if that's what it will take to work out a long-term deal.

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Cardinals Free Agents 2012: Cardinals Hope To Sign Calais Campbell Before Free Agency Begins

Despite acquiring quarterback Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles after the lockout ended, and signing him to a $60 million contract, rumors continue to swirl that the Arizona Cardinals will pounce on quarterback Peyton Manning once the Indianapolis Colts decide to release him. Part of the reason the Cardinals are believed to be interested in Manning is that the rest of the roster, particularly on defense, is playoff-caliber, and a future Hall of Fame quarterback put them back on top in the NFC West.

One of the key cogs on defense has been Calais Campbell, a 6-foot-8, 300-pound defensive end who has 180 tackles and 21 quarterback sacks in 46 starts over the last three seasons. The two sides have been talking contract throughout the season, but have yet to reach a deal. The Cardinals may have no choice but to franchise Campbell, which is projected to be worth nearly $11 million in 2012.

Here's a full list of the Cardinals' free agents, courtesy of Mac's Football Blog.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (7)

QB Richard Bartel
QB Max Hall
RB Alfonso Smith
WR Stephen Williams
DE Ronald Talley
LB Brandon Williams
CB A.J. Jefferson

Restricted Free Agents (4)

RB LaRod Stephens-Howling
LB Reginald Walker
CB Gregory Toler
S Rashad Johnson

Unrestricted Free Agents (16)

RB Chester Taylor
WR Early Doucet
OL Brandon Keith
OL D'Anthony Batiste
OL Deuce Lutui
OL Floyd Womack
DE Calais Campbell
DE Vonnie Holliday
LB Clark Haggans
LB Joey Porter
CB Richard Marshall
S Hamza Abdullah
S Sean Considine
K Jay Feely
P Dave Zastudil
LS Mike Leach

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