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On Wilson, Wells and camp

Posted by Darren Urban on July 25, 2012 – 7:57 am

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.)

Anyway …

– 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.


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8 Responses to “On Wilson, Wells and camp”

  1. By SteveG on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    HERE WE GO!

  2. By beardinals on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    If nothing else, the media attention is greater than it has been in the past. Next step is winning some games to remain relevant.

  3. By Dynosoar on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    I’m thrilled to see this. I’m old and have patience to last the offseason, but I’ve worn my Cardinals jerseys many times over the last few weeks.

    My 2012 – 2013 dream season, 1st game vs. New Orleans, the last game IN New Orleans.

    Here we go.

    (By the way, I haven’t seen Dark Knight Rises, but the only way I can see to improve the film would’ve been including Cowboys stadium with the Steelers. Yeah, that would’ve worked for me.)

    Go Cards!

  4. By Scott H on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    OMG, how good is Adrian Wilson??? As a fan of this team, I must say it has truly been an honor to have individuals as remarkable – in regard to talent AND character – as Adrian Wilson, Larry Fitzgerald, Kurt Warner, Bertarnd Berry and a few others wearing the uniform I route for. Holy cow…where / when do you ever hear a pro athelete making statements anything like the ones Wilson has made in response to this??? It’s un-heard of. To say that pro sports could use a lot more people like Adrian Wilson would be an understatement of epic proportions. But since that is not the world we live in, let’s just be glad to say he is, ALWAYS has been, and ALWAYS will be an Arizona Cardinal.

    Adrian, my sincerest thanks for all you do for US, the fans.

  5. By CoolDaddy79 on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    I think there is something is wrong with the video player on this website. i can watch other videos on other websites, but not this one.

  6. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    CoolDaddy —

    RE: Video player

    It is working fine for me and for those around me.

  7. By wecomewego on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    Darren- Any news on the Nike alternate jersey?

  8. By Darren Urban on Jul 25, 2012 | Reply

    wecome —

    RE: Alternate

    Not yet.

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