Around the NFC West: Dansby talks under way
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals general manager Rod Graves met with Karlos Dansby's agent. They agreed to meet again next week.
More from Somers: Graves and agent Kirk Wood sounded optimistic after their meeting. Wood said everyone is committed to getting a deal done in the near term.
Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind seeks answers from azcardinals.com editor Darren Urban during an interview. Asked to rank three possible scenarios for Edgerrin James in order of likelihood, Urban put them in this order: "1) Edge is cut after the draft, 2) Edge returns, 3) Edge is cut before the draft." He explains this way: "My percentage of Edge returning, and again, this is my guess and not because of any inside info, would be about 5 percent. If a running back isn't taken in the first two rounds of the draft, my percentage would grow maybe as high as 40 to 50 percent. I still find it doubtful Edge is here next season, but like any good bet-hedger, I will never say never."
Also from Urban: photos provided by world traveler Larry Fitzgerald.
More from Urban: Will one of the top college quarterbacks wind up in the NFC West? Check out that photo of Mark Sanchez. Makes him look pretty slim.
Eric Williams of Seahawks Insider summarizes Seattle radio station KJR's interview with new Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Bradley: "Our whole philosophy is we need to put guys in a position to where they can play fast. And I think we need to be an attacking defense. And sometimes I think people assume attacking means a heavy, blitzing package. And we're going to be doing that. But I think more so just getting our guys to play fast so they can be more aggressive, and that's just knowing what they do starting from each play." That could mean keying more on the quarterback to help players react to the football more effectively.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers sound increasingly amenable to drafting a quarterback in the first round. Maiocco: "I still don't believe the 49ers will take a quarterback in the first round of the draft. But my reasoning now is different than it was a couple weeks ago. Now, I don't think either Matthew Stafford or Sanchez will be available after the first nine picks in the draft. So the 49ers might not have to make that decision."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers plan to meet with Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji early next week. Everette Brown and Aaron Maybin are not scheduled to visit at this time. The team does plan to meet with Mark Sanchez, Andre Smith, Michael Oher and Michael Crabtree.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch lists draft prospects scheduled to visit the Rams: Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry and Virginia tackle Eugene Monroe are on the list. Teams drafting as early as the Rams need to cover their bases. Thomas lists the 16 known visitors and scheduled visitors.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Chris Draft is excited about returning to middle linbacker, a position that features his communication skills in getting teammates on the same page.
VanRam of Turf Show Times wonders if John Greco might still wind up in the starting lineup for the Rams even if the team drafted a left tackle early. Greco would have to beat out Alex Barron at right tackle, unless someone changed positions.
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com says Donnie Avery and Keenan Burton are preparing for increased roles with the Rams' offense. Avery has recovered from the hip problems that slowed him as a rookie in 2008. Burton says he misses the mentoring Torry Holt provided.