It’s a beautiful morning for training camp, with the Cards’ first practice this afternoon. No, I don’t know if it will rain.
(Well, I’m guessing, knowing this place, it will rain, I just don’t know when and whether it will push us inside the Walkup Skydome. The dome is back open to the public.)
– I was surprised like many when I first heard Adrian Wilson was going to get an extension, a little less so when the details emerged. I’ll say this: Knowing Adrian as I have, which is the length of his NFL career, he’s one of the few guys that I think would have taken what is essentially a pay cut so well. One of the things I like about Wilson is that he has never hid the fact that a) he is honest about leaving a legacy and b) he has been consistent about wanting to be a Cardinal for life. Obviously, the Cards knew that when they approached him, and that was to their advantage. When Wilson got his last extension, back in 2009, he had wanted to get re-upped sooner, but he stayed patient, knowing the team was holding off until he was down to one year left in his deal, and it paid off.
I don’t know how long Wilson will play for the Cards, whether he really has a chance to get all the way to 2015. The NFL is a year-to-year business, especially for players who will turn 33 during the season. Teams and players differ about when the end should come 99 percent of the time. But given the circumstances, I am keeping my fingers crossed that Wilson doesn’t end up a Brian Dawkins or John Lynch, that the last game he plays in the NFL is as a Card.
– Wilson made it clear that one of the reasons he was willing to make a move was to set a precedent and send a message about young players like Patrick Peterson and Daryl Washington. I think it’s a two-way message. To the players, it’s about investing in their current team, and a willingness to be a career Card (which is impressive, although players rarely have the Wilson mindset when it comes to that.) But I also think Wilson will make it clear to the team that, hey, I’m cool if you need some money back, as long as you put it toward other important players to keep them around.
– I get so many questions about Beanie Wells and his health and whether the Cards will sign another veteran running back. Again, I don’t see it happening right now and judging by how coach Ken Whisenhunt addressed Beanie’s PUP placement yesterday, I don’t get any sense of urgency in that regard. What else can I say about Beanie except we’ll see how it plays out. Personally, yes, I would have said — had you asked me when the news of his surgery first happened — I expected him back by now. But as long as he (and Ryan Williams, for that matter) is ready to roll by the regular-season opener, then the rest probably doesn’t matter.
– If you’re looking for some pictures of the Cards reporting to Flagstaff yesterday, click here.
– Because the Cards are one of the first teams to get started in training camp, I’m expecting an influx of national media early on. Doesn’t hurt that there’s a quarterback battle. Here we go.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Beanie Wells, Daryl Washington, Patrick Peterson, training camp
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