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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks the Rams will show interest in free agents Leonard Weaver and Jason Brown. Both would upgrade the Rams. Brown would dramatically upgrade the situation at center. He also thinks the Rams like Eugene Monroe over Jason Smith among the offensive tackles in the draft. Thomas: "The Rams have so many serious needs on both sides of the ball, they could truly go in several directions with that first-round pick, really anywhere other than QB, RB, punter, kicker."
Niners scout Todd Brunner liked what Connecticut cornerback Darius Walker showed during the final day of the combine. He also liked what quarterback Pat White showed.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat thinks the 49ers might focus more on signing their own players to extensions as free agency approaches.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee thinks the 49ers might take Andre Smith at No. 10 if the massive tackle were available in that spot.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic thinks the Cardinals' stalemate with Anquan Boldin could "come to a head" before the draft in April. Somers: "Still, his influence in the locker room and on the practice field is hard to overestimate. If this soap opera ends with Boldin leaving the show, no one is going to feel good about it."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the team plans to stick with its basic defensive philosophy even after Clancy Pendergast's firing. That means a continuation of the hybrid looks.
Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind details which of the Cardinals' free agents should be re-signed. He thinks defensive end Antonio Smith will command something along the lines of a five-year, $27.5 million deal from the Cowboys, Broncos or Packers. That would probably push Calais Campbell into the lineup for the Cardinals.
Also from Hawkwind: the cases for and against meeting Kurt Warner's contract wishes.
The Associated Press quotes Warner's agent as saying the Cardinals' quarterback deserves to be paid among the top four or five passers in the game.
Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer thinks the Seahawks should draft a left tackle in the fourth overall spot even if they can't find anyone as good as Walter Jones.
Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts is soliciting questions for an interview with Seahawks center Steve Vallos.
Jay Adams of macon.com checks in with Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill, who isn't complaining about being a franchise player.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times interprets Hill's comments. He anticipates Hill showing up for camp and participating fully.