I’ll have more in a story in a bit, but the biggest news coming from today’s media meet-up by coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves is that the Cards definitely want tackle Levi Brown back, and they want him back long-term. There is a lot that has to happen first, since Levi has a $16.9 million salary cap number and must have a new contract first — and he may choose to be cut and test the open market — but the acknowledgment they want him back is significant (if not somewhat expected, to be honest, as much as many fans were hoping otherwise.)
By all accounts, Brown played better over the last seven or eight games of the season. The Cards are hoping he turned a corner. Make no mistake, they have a value in mind for Brown and that’s what they are going to want to pay him. If he can get more elsewhere, then he’ll probably have to take it there. But Brown said he wants to come back, and the Cards want him back.
Graves also said it is a “priority” to re-sign cornerback Richard Marshall and that talks are ongoing with defensive end Calais Campbell and “I believe we will have a resolution at some point.”
As for the quarterbacks, Graves didn’t say anything new than what has been said before, that, based on the information today — which, reading between the lines is that Peyton Manning hasn’t been cut yet — the Cards have Kevin Kolb and John Skelton and that the team believes in their QBs. Things can always change, which is exactly what you’d expect them to say right now. No reason to say otherwise. As Graves said on a Sirius radio interview, “I don’t answer the phone before it rings.”
Tags: Calais Campbell, free agency, John Skelton, Ken Whisenhunt, Kevin Kolb, Levi Brown, Peyton Manning, Richard Marshall, Rod Graves
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