Around the NFC West: No Boldin deadline
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin did not give the team a deadline to make a contract offer. Boldin had told XTRA-910's Mike Jurecki he would accept offers through Tuesday, but his agent was not taking that tack with management. Issuing such a deadline would have made little sense from a strategic standpoint.
Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind looks at the Cardinals' situation at offensive tackle. Mike Gandy is coming off another strong season. Levi Brown improved, but he's still not playing at a level to match his draft status.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chroncile says the 49ers expect to have more salary-cap room than all but five or six teams when free agency opens. Crumpacker: "Even in a bad economy, the 49ers will have money to spend when the free-agency signing period begins at 9:01 p.m. PDT Thursday." I would differentiate between cap room and cash to spend. Having the former doesn't necessarily mean the team has the latter.
David Fucillo of Niners Nation wonders which running back the 49ers will add to their backfield as a complement to Frank Gore.
John Morgan of Field Gulls isn't sure where the Seahawks will find a defensive tackle to start alongside Brandon Mebane. He comes back to free agent Jovan Haye. Morgan: "Shaun Cody should be very cheap, but his struggles are real and one wonders if he's really more valuable than a no-name toiling on another team's practice squad. ... Haye is a very good one-gap tackle that could function as a situational end, but isn't stout against run and presents many of the same problems as [Craig] Terrill. Chris Canty is mega-expensive (or thinks he should be) and better suited for a 3-4. Haye or Cody makes the most sense. Either could start and neither buries [Red] Bryant if he breaks out."
Also from Morgan: Receiver Ronald Curry could make sense for Seattle in free agency.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wasn't sure if the post-combine outlook became more or less clear for the Rams with the second overall choice in the draft. But he does know this: "The Rams won't be drafting Andre Smith, the aggressive but immature offensive tackle from Alabama. Never mind the questions about his work habits or weight control; those weren't the big issues surrounding Smith in Indy. Smith never really answered questions about why he got suspended from the Sugar Bowl. Then he played it coy about whether he was working out at the combine or not. It's one thing to say such things to the media; Smith apparently did the same to NFL teams, including the Rams."
VanRam of Turf Show Times takes a look at the Rams heading into free agency.