Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling And let’s make no mistake about this. If Fitz leaves and plays elsewhere it does nothing to tarnish his reputation in Arizona. He is and he always will be one of the greatest Cardinals players and one of the greatest athletes to ever play in Arizona. He is a future Ring of Honor member and a future Cardinals Hall of Famer. I mean, let’s be honest. It sucked that Steve Nash went to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he will go in the Suns Ring of Honor and always be remembered for his two MVP awards and that 7-seconds-or-less offense. Aeneas Williams and Larry Centers, both legendary Cardinals players, both finished their careers with other organizations. Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Eric Dickerson, Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas and Tony Dorsett are just a few of the greatest players in NFL history that finished their careers playing for someone other than where they became legendary. Fitz is still good. But he is a glorified tight end in this offense. He is a slot receiver. They don’t run fade routes to him. They don’t go downfield to him. That job is now Michael Floyd and John Brown’s. He is a third option at best and his numbers show that. He is not a 1,000-yard receiver anymore, at least not in this offense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Again, he is still good. He can help the Cardinals win games. And for 11 years he has been paid like one of the best players in the game. Now, it’s time for him to play for the pay he is worth. And if he doesn’t want to do that then you simply say “thank you” for all you have done and we will see you in a few years when we hang a banner with your name on it from the University of Phoenix Stadium rafters.center_img 0 Comments   Share   No one, not even Larry Fitzgerald himself knows for sure if Saturday’s game against the Carolina Panthers will be his final game in an Arizona Cardinals uniform. Only time will tell.Arizona general manager Steve Keim has said all the right things about wanting Fitzgerald to return for a 12th season in Arizona. Keim has talked about wanting Fitz to retire as a Cardinal. He has mentioned having his 2015 salary and cap number already budgeted. But Keim has never guaranteed he would come back only saying it is his intent to have him back. Top Stories The face of the franchise is scheduled to count an astonishing $23.6 million dollars against the salary cap next season. That’s a lot of money and Arizona could probably do a few things if they either cut Fitz or get him to take a massive pay cut. By cutting him before June 1, Arizona could save $9.2 million dollars on the cap and get his contract, which runs through 2018, off their books. A trade is possible but probably a longshot, although a team trading for Fitzgerald would likely rip up the current contract and give him a new deal.Look I know its not the popular decision here but I have no problem with Arizona cutting Larry if he doesn’t want to play for what his true value is and that’s probably around $8 million dollars per year on a short-term deal. Anquan Boldin, the former Cardinals wideout, signed a 2-year $12 million dollar deal with the 49ers and although he’s two years older, he has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and is more productive than his former teammate. I know, I know. How could anyone want to see Fitz playing in another uniform. He has meant so much to this organization and this community. I get it. I do. But, it’s a business and it makes NO business sense to keep the franchise’s all-time receiving leader at the money he is scheduled to make. last_img read more

Poland arrests Chinese businessman on spying charges

first_imgLondon best pest control The move is the latest setback for Huawei, which saw the arrest of the daughter of the firm’s founder in Canada and US efforts to blacklist the company internationally over security concerns.The Chinese foreign ministry told AFP it was “highly concerned” by the arrest.Huawei said in a terse statement that it was “aware of the situation” and “looking into it.”The Polish announcement comes weeks after Canada arrested Huawei vice president Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of violating Iran sanctions.AllegationsHuawei, which was founded by a former Chinese army engineer, is also facing increased scrutiny over its alleged links to Chinese intelligence services.Countries like the United States, Australia and Japan have blocked Huawei from building their next-generation, super-fast 5G internet networks.In December, a Czech cybersecurity agency warned against using the software and hardware of Huawei and fellow Chinese company ZTE, saying they posed a threat to state security.A Polish man “known in the IT sector” was also arrested for alleged espionage along with the Chinese citizen “who is a businessman working for an important telecommunications firm,” said Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland’s special services, quoted by the PAP news agency.The investigation “had been going on for a while, and had been handled with great care.”EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic refused to “speculate” when asked on Friday if there were any concerns about Chinese retaliation.“We are aware of the reports, and we will be indeed in touch with the Polish authorities for further information,” she told reporters.Cybersecurity expertThe men were arrested on Tuesday and are suspected of having “worked for Chinese services and to the detriment of Poland,” said Polish special services spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn.According to local media, the Chinese businessman is believed to be a director of the Polish branch of Huawei.Zaryn identified him as Weijing W and the Polish suspect as Piotr D.He said their apartments and workplaces were searched, adding that the Polish suspect had worked “for several state institutions.”Polish media identified Piotr D as a former agent for Poland’s ABW counter-intelligence service and current cybersecurity consultant for the Polish branch of French mobile phone provider Orange.Orange Polska spokesman Wojciech Jabczynski told AFP that “ABW officials carried out items belonging to one of our employees on Tuesday.”“We have no information as to whether this is at all related to his work duties.”Security risk The arrest comes just over a month after Canada detained Meng on a US extradition request, a move that infuriated China, which warned Canada of “serious consequences.”Chinese authorities then detained two Canadians – a former diplomat and a business consultant – on suspicion of endangering national security.Britain’s largest mobile provider BT said last month it would remove Huawei equipment from its cellular network after the foreign intelligence service called the company a security risk.Australia and New Zealand have also enacted similar bans, leaving Canada the only country in the “Five Eyes” intelligence network not to take steps against the Chinese firm.Last month, a senior EU official warned that the bloc should be “worried” about Huawei and other Chinese firms.“They have to cooperate with their intelligence services. And this is about mandatory backdoors,” European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip told reporters.He said he has long opposed such backdoors where the firm may use chips to obtain secrets from customers.“It’s not a good sign when companies have to open their systems for some kind of secret services,” he said.Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. Her arrest sparked a surge of patriotism in China with companies encouraging staff to buy Huawei smartphones.Huawei in December said it expects to see a 21 percent rise in revenue for 2018 despite what it called “unfair treatment” around the world.Last year the company also said it had signed memorandums of understanding for 5G equipment with 45 operators in Asia, Europe and North America.Source: AFP A Chinese businessman and a Pole have been arrested on suspicion of espionage in Poland. Local media identified the Chinese man as a Huawei director.center_img An armed officer of the Polish secret service checks a car entering the government headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, July 7, 2005. (File photo) (AP)Poland said on Friday it had arrested a Chinese telecoms executive suspected of spying for China, with local media identifying him as a Huawei director.last_img read more