What we learned: Cardinals extend Super Bowl window

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Late last season, Bruce Arians became the latest legend to have his NFL career memorialized with an episode of "A Football Life." Future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald seems like a mortal lock to join him in receiving that honor in the not-so-distant future.

Will Carson Palmer have a chance to make it a trio of Arizona stars to earn that coveted NFL Network distinction?

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The Cardinals increased those odds Friday, extending their Super Bowl window through 2017 by adding another year to the contracts of Palmer and Fitzgerald.

Over the past decade, the organization has pulled off an incredible transition from NFL laughingstock to a picture of stability prepared to enter each season with an "All or Nothing" approach.

Five years after his premature "retirement" with the Bengals, Palmer is enjoying an unlikely career renaissance fueled by a symbiotic relationship with Fitzgerald.

That dynamic desert duo now has an extra year to deliver the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy.

Here's what else we learned from Friday's action in training camps around the league:

1. While the Cardinals' team leaders were signing new deals, the Jets' most decorated offensive and defensive stars were engaging in fisticuffs. Brandon Marshall took a swing at All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis after the two spent the bulk of practice jawing at each other. Worse than the swing, Marshall reportedly needled Revis about his inability to contain Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins last season.

Coach Todd Bowles downplayed the incident, chalking it up to normal training camp tempers: "I love it. It's football. We're not here judging a beauty pageant. You want some players that's chippy."

2. Is the Buffalo Bills' 2016 draft class snakebitten? After watching first-round pass rusher Shaq Lawson undergo shoulder surgery, second-round linebacker Reggie Ragland went down with a non-contact knee injury in Friday's practice. The Bills are unsure of the extent of the injury, but coach Rex Ryan acknowledged that he's "very concerned," per WKBW's Joe Buscaglia.

3. The gem of the Browns' draft haul, on the other hand, is living up to expectations. Alleged Steve Smith clone Corey Coleman is turning heads through a week of training camp, highlighted by Friday's performance that featured catches of 35, 53 and 41 yards, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

4. Although Eagles first-round pick Carson Wentz has compiled an astonishing 12:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in early-camp drills, reviews of his performance have been mixed. As expected, Sam Bradford has been the most accurate and consistent quarterback at the team's NovaCare Complex.

5. While Bradford is locked in as the starter in Philadelphia, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly has no idea which quarterback will be under center for the 49ers' preseason opener. In fact, Kelly revealed Friday that the coaching staff hasn't even discussed whether it will be Blaine Gabbert or Colin Kaepernick starting the first preseason game.

6. Blessed with the game's premier quarterback, Packers coach Mike McCarthy learned a valuable lesson last season. He's never giving up play-calling duties again.

7. Keep an eye on the Seahawks' retooled offensive line. Despite signing a two-year, $6 million contract in March, right tackle J'Marcus Webb was relegated to second- and third-team duties on Friday while undrafted former basketball player George Fant -- who has never played a game at offensive line in his life -- was sprinkled in with the first team.

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8. Tony Romo's release was once timed at 0.26, quicker than gold standard Dan Marino's 0.30 release. DeMarco Murray shared a backfield with Romo for four years in Dallas. Appearing on Friday's edition of Inside Training Camp Live, Murray hailed Marcus Mariota's release as "by far the fastest" he's seen. If that checks out, Mariota's lightning-flash trigger might just be the quickest in NFL history.

9. Although 2015 sensation Dion Lewis has yet to practice in Patriots camp, he's expected to avoid the PUP list to open the regular season. Rebounding from an ACL tear, Lewis feels ready to practice right now, per the Boston Herald.

10. Eagles running back Ryan Mathews practiced for the first time this summer after missing the opening week of camp with an ankle injury.

11. Long-time Packers fullback John Kuhn is reportedly signing with the Saints.

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