Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Wells to Wilson: Thoughts as Cards report
By Mike Sando
A few quick thoughts on early developments now that the Arizona Cardinals have gathered for training camp at Northern Arizona University:
- Beanie Wells on PUP list: The Cardinals' starting running back will open camp on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from knee surgery. The team can activate Wells once he passes a physical examination. Arizona expects Wells on the practice field relatively soon, but the timetable has appeared vague since Wells underwent knee surgery in January. The team was merely playing it safe by holding him out of organized team activites, Wells' agent explained in May. Coach Ken Whisenhunt made similar comments at the time while suggesting the goal was to have Wells ready for training camp. Wells obviously isn't ready for the start of camp. His situation bears close monitoring, but it's too soon for panic. If the Cardinals had been worried, they presumably would have done more to protect themselves at the position this offseason. Right?
- Wilson's priorities: It's refreshing to hear Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson placing his legacy with the Cardinals over his pride while accepting a pay cut. Wilson has earned tens of millions of dollars over the course of his career. He'll earn a few more million this season. That's less than the $6.5 million he was scheduled to earn under the deal he signed in 2009, but it feels right when a top player spends his entire career with the same organization, particularly when the player and his team grow together as Wilson and the Cardinals have since 2001. Wilson has an appreciation for the history of the game. He knows and respects Cardinals Hall of Famer Larry Wilson, who spent his entire 13-year career with the organization. The fans win if Adrian Wilson, now signed through 2015 instead of 2013, finishes his career with the team.
Gotta run. Looks like the St. Louis Rams finally have a contract agreement with second-round choice Janoris Jenkins, Jim Thomas reports.