Around the NFC West: General managers speak
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News provides a full transcript of KNBR's interview with 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan regarding Kurt Warner, Jay Cutler, Damon Huard, Matthew Stafford and Terrell Owens. McCloughan defends the team's pursuit of Kurt Warner as a win-win.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers are taking a look at Cardinals free-agent cornerback Eric Green. Barrows: "If the 49ers somehow landed Green, they would have one of the deepest cornerback corps of any team in the league. Nate Clements and Walt Harris are the starters."
Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind links to KTAR's interview with Cardinals general manager Rod Graves regarding Warner, Bryant McFadden, Drew Rosenhaus, Anquan Boldin, Edgerrin James and the draft. Graves on what helped the Warner deal get done following the quarterback's visit with the 49ers: "After the trip, we both recognized that we needed to get something done and that is when the negotiations really started." Next up for the Cardinals, according to Graves: Trying to sign Karlos Dansby to a long-term deal and opening talks with Adrian Wilson.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Warner's finger is not broken, although the quarterback is wearing a wrap on it.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times summarizes KJR's interview with Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill, who apologizes for his offseason arrest on a marijuana charge.
Also from KJR: An interview with Seahawks receiver Nate Burleson regarding T.J. Houshmandzadeh's recent signing. Burleson: "I would love to see him flourish in this offense. I would love to see him catch 60, 70, 80 balls because I know if he is out there attracting that much attention, other guys on the field are not going to be looked at as threats and we'll be able to do damage. I really don't care for numbers too much. I'm not a guy that wants to go out and say, 'Throw me 120 balls so I can be at the top of the league in catches.' I just want to go out there and make plays with the ball in my hands. You can give me 35 catches and I guarantee I'm going to go out and try to find the end zone at least 10 times."
D.Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says free-agent Rams center Brett Romberg is visiting the Falcons. Romberg's future in St. Louis took a hit when the Rams signed free-agent center Jason Brown to a long-term agreement. Right guard Richie Incognito could serve as the backup to Brown if necessary. Romberg and fellow 2008 Rams center Nick Leckey are unrestricted free agents.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams will show no interest in Terrell Owens.