Around the NFC West: Frerotte deal on hold

April, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' expected agreement with Gus Frerotte fell through after the veteran quarterback expressed concerns about St. Louis possibly drafting a quarterback. The sides agreed to pick up discussions after the draft.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Alex Barron regarding Barron's move to left tackle. The quotes from Barron do not make him sound enthusiastic about the move, which could be temporary if the Rams draft a left tackle early. Also, each of the Rams' players attended the first minicamp practice of the Steve Spagnuolo era.

More from Coats and his colleagues: Thoughts on what the Rams will get from this first camp under Spagnuolo.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat details the Rams' media access policy for Spagnuolo's first minicamp. Future camps could be more accessible.

Niners general manager Scot McCloughan, writing in his mailbag, says he expects Patrick Willis to blitz more in the future, but not at the expense of what he does best. McCloughan: "His value sideline-to-sideline is so important to us that we keep him in coverage a lot of time on a running back, because there's a lot of check-downs nowadays with these offenses and we need a guy who can really cover some ground. It also frees our safety up so he can stay deep."

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says the 49ers will be "far better off" with Shaun Hill than Jay Cutler. Lynch: "Cutler's a sniveling prima donna with a big arm and a bigger attitude. One NFL expert I talked with called Cutler a 'thug' and said the Broncos would much rather have troubled wide receiver Brandon Marshall in their locker room than Cutler." Other than that ...

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers' interest in Cutler was passing. They might have considered him if more aggressive teams had stumbled in their attempts to land him. That was Barrows' take before the Broncos traded Cutler to Chicago.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Dan Kreider's signing in Arizona means the Cardinals will be less likely to re-sign Terrelle Smith.

Also from Somers: About 55 of the 68 players on the Cardinals' roster have attended voluntary conditioning workouts. The number will rise once Kreider reports and once other players, including Larry Fitzgerald, return next week. Anquan Boldin, Darnell Dockett and Adrian Wilson have not shown. All want new contracts. Meanwhile, Karlos Dansby's agent was expected to arrive for contract talks.

More from Somers: He isn't reading much into the latest comments from Boldin.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says there's no way Smith will return now that Kreider is under contract. Urban: "Kreider, 5-foot-11 and 255 pounds, will have the edge to win such a job with the Cardinals. Both [Justin] Green and [Tim] Castille excel on special teams, but neither is proven as an offensive cog."

Also from Urban: He'll miss Smith, whose personal story about his ailing mother warmed hearts heading into the Super Bowl.

And this from Urban: A behind-the-scenes look at the Cardinals' trip to USC for the Trojans' pro day.

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind looks at the last 10 players drafted 31st overall. The Cardinals hold that pick this year. Good luck finding a dominant pass rusher.

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says former Seahawks center Robbie Tobeck will co-host a radio show in Seattle each Saturday beginning April 11.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times displays an image showing one of the new green jerseys available through the Seahawks' pro shop. Did I mention it's green?

John Morgan of Field Gulls looks at USC players other than Mark Sanchez who could be attracting the Seahawks' attention.

Michael Steffes of Seahawk Addicts wonders if the Broncos might want to trade into the top five choices after the Cutler trade. How might that affect the Seahawks? I'd be surprised if the Broncos made that type of move. They have too many needs and two picks arguably more attractive than if they were in the top five.

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