--Cardinals employees will take a week's furlough in May in the event of a lockout. Most coaches are due to take paycuts of 30 percent or so. Employees have been informed of the cutbacks, which are less severe than some of those made by other organizations.
--The Cardinals likely will track Denver quarterback Kyle Orton this offseason, in case the Broncos are open to trading him. That's not a given since Broncos coach John Fox has named Orton his starter. Can a starter also be on the trade block? "I think it'd be pretty hard to be both," Fox said.
--Coach Ken Whisenhunt knows 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh a little. Harbaugh played for the Ravens when Whisenhunt was an assistant coach there. Whisenhunt remembers Harbaugh as "having a lot of energy."
Ken Whisenhunt talks at the NFL Combine
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"Well, if you look at Matt Ryan or Sam Bradford or some of those guys, if you feel strongly about a player like that, then certainly you can take a guy at 5, because they can have an impact," he said. "It all comes down to where your needs are as a team and how players fit that need. There are a lot of different scenarios we are looking at this year because of the needs we have trying to get back to the type of team we had been. I wouldn't rule anything out."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I know he'll do a good job but it is something I think I've done well for a number of years and I enjoy doing it. So I am torn between doing what I know I should as far as letting other guys do it and what I want to do, which is call the plays. The best way to say it is to be determined." - Head coach Ken Whisenhunt, on letting offensive coordinator Mike Miller call plays in 2011.
The Cardinals didn't use the franchise or transition tags in the two-week period in February that ended Feb. 24.
That doesn't mean they shouldn't target some players for re-signing. Center Lyle Sendlein, guard Deuce Lutui and receiver Steve Breaston have all proven to be reliable starters. And the Cardinals don't have much depth at any of those positions.