Around the NFC West: Warner watch
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Kurt Warner plans to start visiting other teams after failing to reach an agreement with the Cardinals. Also from Somers: "According to NFL sources, the Cardinals are ready to open talks with strong safety Adrian Wilson's agent about a contract extension. Wilson has one year left on his contract."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Warner's visit marks a "significant development, if for no other reason than it should move the needle in terms of negotiations with the Cardinals."
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle quotes newly signed 49ers receiver Brandon Jones as saying he can provide a deep threat. Crumpacker expects the 49ers to draft another receiver after the first round.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee downplays the 49ers' interest in Kurt Warner while reading between the lines in free agency. He thinks Chris Canty would be an ideal fit for the 49ers' defense even if it meant relegating Kentwan Balmer to a backup role again.
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers are willing to find out whether Warner is bluffing. Agent Mark Bartelstein says Warner doesn't use other people.
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says Jason Brown is already talking about getting to work as a new leader on the Rams' offensive line. Wagoner: "The Ravens viewed Brown's switch back to center as a means to lower his value on the free agent market. While the dollars going to guards has been steadily on the rise in recent years, Brown believes he helped re-establish the market for centers with the help of his agents."
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes the Rams' new center on the relationship between linemen and the quarterback. Brown: "You have to have the faith in your offensive line to where you say, 'Hey, I know these guys are going to give me the seconds that I need in order to get this ball off.' You know what? We have to bring that back (in St. Louis)."
Jim Flynn and Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report say Bucs receiver Michael Clayton could have earned more money from the Seahawks, according to a radio report.
Mike Parker of Seahawk Addicts thinks the Chiefs' trade for Matt Cassel could put them in the market to draft receiver Michael Crabtree, perhaps affecting the Seahawks' draft plans. The Chiefs also need to address their defense, however, and Aaron Curry could be their man.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News says former Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard was looking for a fresh start. Bernard: "I was looking for a fresh start. Last year was really rough. It was so frustrating. I thought a change of scenery would be good. I'm really, really excited to be coming to the Giants. I wanted to go to a team that has had a lot of success and has a really good defense. That's what the Giants have. It feels good to be part of a great organization. They're a good football team."
Doug Farrar of Field Gulls quotes John Morgan of Field Gulls as saying Bernard's performance dropped off in 2008 for reasons largely beyond the defensive tackle's control. Morgan: "Defensive tackles who can rush the passer, hold the point and tackle opposing backs are rare and valuable. Red Bryant has a lot to live up to."
Mike Klis of the Denver Post says the Broncos' deal with Cardinals free-agent running back J.J. Arrington might fall through.