Around the NFC West: Waiting games continue
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Chip Scoggins of Access Vikings says T.J. Houshmandzadeh does not expect to make a decision before Monday, according to agent Kennard McGuire. Scoggins: "Houshmandzadeh is going to spend the night in the Twin Cities and consider contract offers from the Vikings, Bengals and Seahawks. Presumably there will be an announcement [Monday]."
John Morgan of Field Gulls contrasts what the Seahawks are getting in Colin Cole with what they might have gotten from Chris Canty. Morgan: "The difference between signing Canty and Colin Cole is the difference between overpaying a non-marquee player entering his prime and overpaying a replacement level player exiting it."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says he thinks the 49ers will draft an offensive tackle with the 10th overall choice, even as the team considers B.J. Raji and Ron Brace.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says 49ers officials are hoping Kurt Warner remains a free agent long enough to visit the team's headquarters in Santa Clara. Maiocco: "The 49ers are also expected to meet Monday with Redskins free-agent defensive end Demetric Evans. Warner and Evans are the only known free agents with whom the 49ers have scheduled upcoming visits."
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch suspects the Rams are shopping receiver Torry Holt and offensive tackle Orlando Pace, possibly for modest compensation. Thomas: "The club has been extremely tight-lipped on the futures of Holt and Pace. Then again, they've hardly said they fit into the team's plans in 2009. At the NFL Scouting Combine, coach Steve Spagnuolo said only that the Rams would do what's best for the team. On Friday, Devaney said he didn't know what would happen with Pace and Holt. Both are seven-time Pro Bowlers and veterans of two Super Bowls with the Rams."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic had nothing new to report after speaking with Warner's agent Sunday. Somers: "Bartelstein declined comment when I asked if Warner still planned to visit the 49ers on Monday." Here is what Bartelstein would say: "I really don't want to comment specificially on that trip or any other trip. I've told people I wouldn't."