Cardinals RB Chris Johnson’s life was saved by fluke timing

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Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson signed a contract extension with $30 million guaranteed in 2011 when he was with the Tennessee Titans. Whether you have 30 million dollars or 30 cents, it doesn’t matter one iota when a gun is fired directly at you. You have to read this frightening tale of how the smallest details in life and their coincidental timing can be a matter of life and death.

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How Brian Urlacher’s Departure Impacts the Chicago Bears

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“Lip service.”

Those are the exact words Brian Urlacher used to describe the Bears’ efforts to resign him.

Granted, the lack of cap space and Urlacher’s recent rash of injuries put Phil Emery in an awkward situation in terms of how to operate in contract negotiations.

But this disgraceful divorce from the 13-year face of the franchise will impact the Bears in this coming season as well as down the road.

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Chicago Bears Free Agency Analysis and Predictions

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Well, that escalated quickly.

GM Phil Emery followed up his amazing opening act last season with an equally impressive performance in the first few hours of this year’s free agency period.

About 60 minutes after the opening bell, former Giants tight end Martellus Bennett was watching the ink dry on his new four-year deal with the Bears. The terms of Bennett’s contract have not yet been disclosed.

A few hours later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter confirmed that former Saints Pro Bowl left tackle Jermon Bushrod would be joining Bennett in the Windy City on a five-year, $36 million deal, making him the highest paid offensive lineman in team history. [Read more…]

Green Bay Packers look to give the Cardinals their fifth straight loss

Winners of three straight, the Green Bay Packers welcome in the Arizona Cardinals who appear on the opposite side of the spectrum with four straight losses.

The Cardinals (4-4) are the first team since the 2002 Oakland Raiders to start the year 4-0 and lose their next four games. Green Bay has a chance to make sure the birds from the desert don’t follow the same path as that Raiders team went on to finish the year 11-5 and win the Super Bowl behind MVP-quarterback Rich Gannon.

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Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd joins Arizona Cardinals at #13

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He’s passed up Golden Tate, Jeff Samardzjia and Tim Brown to claim all the major receiving records in Notre Dame history. And now Michael Floyd is a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

Floyd becomes the first WR taken by the Cardinals in the first round since the team selected Larry Fitzgerald with the third overall pick in 2004. He is the first Notre Dame player drafted by the Cardinals in the first round since the team selected QB George Izo with the second overall pick in 1960.

Taken 13th overall, Floyd becomes the highest draft pick out of Notre Dame since 1994, when the San Francisco 49ers drafted DT Bryant Young with the seventh overall selection.

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NFL Mock Draft second round: 4-4-12

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The free agency period for the NFL has pretty much passed. And it’s had a consequence on our mock draft of course. Here’s a complete run down of who went were again. Following bountygate, Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow, the biggest news story is Sarah Jones, the Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleader captain and high school teach who could face up to five years in prison for having sex with her student.

Go here for the first round of this mock draft

We also had last year’s overall #1 most accurate NBA mock draft. check out the current one here

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: 4-4-12

NFL Mock Draft second round: 3-13-12

Peyton Manning’s final answer: Denver Broncos

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The official word is in. CBSSports.com‘s Mike Freeman confirms that Manning’s pick is Denver and that a contract “is a formality” at this point.

The Denver Broncos previously claimed they were 95% certain they had Peyton Manning locked down. They were the #1 seed in the Manning Final Four, and they played like it, as they cut down the nets today.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: 3-13-12

NFL Mock Draft second round: 3-6-12

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Welcome to the second round. For the first round of this mock draft go here.

The combine has come and gone, the male version of a swimsuit calendar shoot. But don’t get too high or too low about this stuff. Like my friend Bill Smith says, “beware the workout warrior.” The site of the past Super Bowl, Indianapolis hosted the 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Combine. Let’s take a look at who moved up the draft boards and who fell after the workouts.

We also had last year’s overall #1 most accurate NBA mock draft. check out the current one here

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: 3-6-12