Around the NFC West: Ex-Seahawks available
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks are unlikely to bring back cornerback Ken Lucas, released by the Panthers.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks "have to at least consider" adding Jurevicius to their roster. The Seahawks can never have enough depth at receiver after what happened last season, but T.J. Houshmandzadeh and John Carlson give the offense two strong options in the red zone.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at the zone-blocking concepts Seattle plans to adopt under new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. Williams: "The key to zone blocking is to stretch the defense horizontally, creating vertical seams at the point of attack which allow the running back to quickly get to the second and third level of the defense. That's why it's important to have a one-cut guy at running back who sees the hole and runs downfield quickly instead of hesitating at the line of scrimmage. Both Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett fit that description."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says former Browns personnel evaluator T.J. McCreight joined former Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist in interviewing for a job with the Cardinals. The team does not expect to make a hire immediately. Urban also expects the Cardinals to sign former Broncos snapper Mike Leach. Urban also counts 59 players on the Cardinals' roster, one more than I've got on my downloadable roster. Hmmm.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says newly signed Rams safety James Butler thinks new teammate Tye Hill can realize his potential beginning in 2009. Butler and Hill are friends and business partners. Also, Butler says Rams defensive backs Oshiomogho Atogwe and Ron Bartell repeatedly hit his cell phone with text messages designed to convince the former Giants safety to sign with St. Louis.
Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com develops the Butler-Hill storyline. Gordon: "If Butler can get Hill on the upward path, this signing will be like a two-for-one special. Not only will the Rams get a new safety to replace Corey Chavous, they will get a new-and-improved cornerback as well."
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat thinks the 49ers will draft a quarterback, but not with the 10th overall choice. Also, the 49ers aren't showing interest in Orlando Pace at this point, and they likely will not show interest in Torry Holt if the Rams release the veteran receiver. Finally, Alex Smith's new contract does not include $4 million per season in addition to his salaries. That money was owed to him as part of his previous deal.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee revisits Urban Meyer's 2005 comments about Smith. Meyer: "I think he is the best football player that I have ever been around. He is one of those guys if you take his intangibles and put him at any position you will probably get the best player at that particular position. His greatest qualities are competitiveness, intelligence and work ethic. Then on top of that, he is very talented too. I am ecstatic that he was the first player picked and I'm excited that he is in San Francisco."