Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says issues surrounding quarterbacks cloud the draft for the Rams and the rest of the NFL. Burwell: "The NFL rumor mill in Indy was working overtime concerning what the Rams will or should do. There is a school of thought out there that if (Sam) Bradford doesn't test out medically, or if they believe he is injury prone, or if they don't like what they see on his pro day March 25, the Rams will explore trading for a veteran quarterback. According to more than one well-informed source, the Rams have had intense internal conversations with the Philadelphia Eagles about a trade for Pro Bowler Donovan McNabb." The Rams denied they had had any discussions with the Eagles.
Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says prospective Rams owner Shahid Khan was surprised by a report suggesting the NFL had concerns about his bid. Balzer: "It is believed that should he be approved, Khan would be making one of the largest personal cash purchases in the history of sports."
Doug Franz of KTAR.com says an interview with Matt Leinart made him think the Cardinals might fare better than expected in 2010. Franz: "Leinart's comments grabbed me in a way few radio conversations do. I was amazed by his confidence. It's easy to say a Heisman trophy winner and 1st round pick should have plenty of confidence. It's much harder to keep that confidence after the way his professional career has gone. I wouldn't be impressed if his confidence was based on his college success. ... His confidence seemed based on the work he's done as a Cardinal to prepare for this moment."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com links to a video tribute honoring retired Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.
Greg Johns of seattlepi.com wonders whether Jason Pierre-Paul could be a good fit for the Seahawks in the draft, noting that Rob Rang of nfldraftscout.com has penciled in Pierre-Paul to Seattle at No. 14. One question to consider is whether the Seahawks have neglected drafting offense for too long. The talent around Matt Hasselbeck has withered away in recent seasons.
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune looked at the Seahawks' priorities in finding a running back during a recent chat. Williams: "I think Ryan Mathews running as fast as he did was surprising. Along with [Toby] Gerhart running 4.53. Those guys moved up the board based on their performance. There's a lot of big backs who can move in this year's draft. And I think Carroll wants to be physical in the running game, so I could see them taking a big back." Pete Carroll did say recently he wants a "physical presence" in the run game.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says recently tendered restricted free agent Ahmad Brooks could compete with Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson for a starting job, according to Mike Singletary. I think Brooks seems at his best focusing on his role as a situational pass-rusher. It's unclear whether Brooks would remain effective in an expanded role.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers hold no negotiating rights to Marcus Hudson after declining to make him an offer as a restricted free agent. Making an RFA offer to Hudson would have set his price at $1.176 million, too steep for a player on the fringes of the roster.
Also from Maiocco: He compares the 49ers' Aubrayo Franklin to the other nose tackles named franchise players this offseason. Maiocco: "The 49ers have set aside $7.003 million to pay Franklin's one-year franchise salary for 2010. As the 49ers appropriate their funds for player compensation, they must determine where they're going to spend their money. After all, as has been noted, the club has several players nearing the ends of their contract who will likely command hefty salaries, such as Patrick Willis, Vernon Davis, Dashon Goldson and, perhaps, Alex Smith."