Around the NFC West: Cutler and the 49ers
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers' interest in Kurt Warner suggests the team would also have interest in Jay Cutler. If you were running the 49ers, would you part with the 10th overall choice in the draft for a player who has demonstrated the potential to become a franchise quarterback? For as much immaturity as Cutler has shown in his handling of recent events, he is a rare talent physically.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers have "very little" interest in Cutler.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers' interest in Torry Holt could be tempered by concerns about his knee problems. The knee was less of a problem heading into 2008, but the offense imploded and the team reduced Holt's opportunities.
Also from Barrows: The 49ers were short on safeties as their offseason program got going. He says cornerback Marcus Hudson could get work at safety. Reggie Smith is another candidate.
Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says farewell after 30 years covering the Seahawks. Clare is one of the all-time nice guys. Here's hoping the market values the institutional knowledge he brings to the beat. Anyone following the team is worse off for his departure in the wake of the P-I's closing.
Also from Farnsworth: Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu likes what he hears about the coaches' plans to become more aggressive on defense this season.
Michael Steffes and Mike Parker of Seahawk Addicts tip their caps to Farnsworth. Parker: "However journalism emerges out of this transition, people like Clare Farnsworth are just too damn good not to have a role in it somewhere. Here's to you, Clare, and here's to hoping we'll be reading your byline wherever the journey takes you."
John Morgan of Field Gulls explains why he likes the Seahawks' trade for Cory Redding. Morgan: "[Peterson] rates with Chad Brown for all-time great Seahawks strongside linebacker. Seattle didn't add talent by trading Peterson, but it is better able to maximize the talent it has and a better team because it did."
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams began their offseason program with nearly full participation. Coach Steve Spagnuolo excused running back Steven Jackson, who was tending to family matters in Las Vegas.
Also from Thomas: The Rams are expected to hold training camp closer to St. Louis instead of in Wisconsin, where they trained last summer.
More from Thomas: Spagnuolo hopes the offseason program can help the Rams build camaraderie and teamwork in addition to physical prowess.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com revisits the 2006 draft and says Matt Leinart has handled career disappointment better than Vince Young and Cutler. The Cardinals probably would have drafted Cutler if Leinart hadn't been available.
K.C. Joyner of the Fifth Down looks at Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Joyner brings evidence suggesting Fitzgerald is much more effective against better cornerbacks. Thanks to Urban for linking to this analysis.
Bucky Brooks of SI.com says he thinks Boldin might be a descending player. Brooks: "Boldin's average yards per catch dropped down to 11.7 in 2008, and his number of big plays has steadily declined during each of the past three seasons. His 10 receptions over 20 yards are a career low, and he finished the season with only three 100-yard games."