Will Breaston be back in Arizona?

Due to the NFL's lockout status, wideout Steve Breaston is one of many potential free agents whose future is unclear.

--WR Steve Breaston is waiting to see if he'll become a free agent or not, but he's not anxious about it. He's taking a big-picture view, knowing that team employees who make a lot less money are more affected by a lockout. His fate, he said, is in the hands of the "suits and ties" now.

--K Jay Feely, the team's player representative, has been involved in CBA negotiations. He was optimistic that a deal could be reached in the final week of mediation. "I was hopeful I could be the voice of reason and look for logical, reasonable answers," he said.

Feely said he understands the owners' view about the current economic model being unsustainable, but like other players, he wants proof. "Without knowing any of the true financials, it was impossible for us to give back such a large portion of money."

--S Matt Ware remains optimistic a deal will get done. "I'm very optimistic there won't be a work stoppage. Hopefully, something gets worked out and we'll be back as soon as possible."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You would like for them to get it resolved, not just for players or owners, but for the sport alone and the fans. There are a lot of people who really enjoy watching football." - Wide receiver Steve Breaston.

TEAM NEEDS

1. Outside linebacker: Last year's starters, Joey Porter and Clark Haggans, will both be 34 when the season starts. The Cardinals have failed to replenish the position and need an impact pass rusher. Von Miller makes a lot of sense.

2. Guard: Left guard Alan Faneca is considering retirement, and right guard Deuce Lutui is not under contract for 2011. The Cardinals are hopeful both will return, but there are no guarantees. The backups, Jeremy Bridges and Rex Hadnot, are solid veterans, but the club has few young players at the position.

3. Inside linebacker: The club needs a physical linebacker in the 3-4. Gerald Hayes likely will be released, and Paris Lenon and Daryl Washington are on the small side. The Cardinals' runs defense was suspect last season, partly because their linebackers could not hold up physically.


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