Good morning (yes, it's still morning here on the West Coast). A few notes and thoughts from around the NFC West on the first Saturday in June:
How routine have rookie draft-choice signings become under the new labor agreement? So routine that I mistakenly thought the St. Louis Rams had already signed each of their picks. They are in the process of signing some of them, as Howard Balzer notes in a series of tweets. I keep a file with all the signings and must have checked the wrong team's column Friday. In any event, Seattle has all its picks signed. San Francisco has all but one signed. Arizona has all but two signed. It's a big upset if any of the 2012 draft choices remain without a contract before training camp.
Cool story from Matt Maiocco on the relationship involving 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and a former high school football player injured during an ATV accident. According to the story, Harbaugh met with Tyler Schilhabel at the 49ers' facility, mentioned the possibility of attending his graduation and then texted Schilhabel out of the blue two months later, asking if he was still invited. I've heard stories about Harbaugh having an uncanny ability to remember names and details regarding people he's met only briefly years earlier.
I hope to post audio at some point Saturday from a scheduled conversation with ESPN's John Clayton for his 710ESPN Seattle show.
What's this about the Cardinals possibly scheduling some camp practices with the Chiefs in Missouri? That would have made more sense, it seems, when former Cardinals assistant Todd Haley was coaching the Chiefs. Romeo Crennel is the head coach in Kansas City now. But with Arizona playing in Canton one week and Kansas City the next, such an arrangement could benefit the Cardinals as they seek to cut down on unnecessary travel. I'll be covering Rams camp and then heading to Canton for Hall of Fame festivities and the Cardinals' game against New Orleans.
Enjoy your Saturday. I'll be back a bit later in the day.