Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Around the NFC West: Porter watch
By Mike Sando
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals appear to be a good fit for Joey Porter, although nothing is imminent. Urban: "The combination of a) the right type of defense, b) an opening at his position, c) a city near his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif. and d) a coaching staff with which he is comfortable just seems to smart for the two sides not to eventually come together. And until there is another team that brings him in for a visit, I’m not sure of Porter’s options anyway."
Also from Urban: a photo showing Derek Anderson and Paris Lenon visiting Cardinals headquarters. Anderson and Charlie Whitehurst remain options at quarterback. Matt Leinart and the retiring Kurt Warner are the only quarterbacks on the Cardinals' roster. Warner will presumably wind up on the reserve/retired list at some point.
Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News passes along a transcript from David Carr's first media interview since signing with the 49ers. Carr on getting a chance to compete for the starting job: "Specifically, those words haven’t been said, but they have said that competition is what they love around here. It makes you feel better. One of Singletary’s things is, 'Iron sharpens iron.' The thing that I wanted to hear, from all those guys, was I'll have a chance to be on the field if I play the way I know I can play and they said, 'Yes.' Once I get on the field, I feel confident that we are going to play well."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says 49ers coach Mike Singletary will not attend a workout for Pacman Jones, contrary to some reports. Barrows: "In fact, the 49ers are holding their premiere fundraising event, the Celebrity Winter & Wine Fest, at Lake Tahoe this weekend, and Singletary will attend that."
Also from Barrows: Carr hasn't run the digit system since playing for Jeff Tedford at Fresno State.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Shaun Hill takes pride in the 49ers' 10-6 record when he started. Hill: "Yeah, no question. I feel like every time I was on the field, everybody around me really stepped up and played well. And we were able to put together a pretty decent record. I had a lot of fun doing it. It's just unfortunate that it wasn't enough. Like I said, I'm excited to get a fresh start."
Also from Maiocco: audio from an alarming interview with Carr (alarming as in, a car alarm was going off in the background).
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says the Seahawks began their offseason program with meetings Monday. Coach Pete Carroll is already looking forward to practices down the line.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Seahawks safety Deon Grant knew about his impending release for a few days. Grant: "I don't have anything bad to say about them. They gave me the opportunity to come and continue my career."
Also from O'Neil: The Seahawks have scheduled a visit with running back Quinton Ganther after watching Mike Bell leave without a contract.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Democrat says the Rams could target former Panthers linebacker Na'il Diggs to replace Lenon after Lenon signed with the Cardinals. Diggs played for Rams defensive coordinator Ken Flajole in Carolina. Thomas: "Diggs came to Carolina as a weakside linebacker from Green Bay in '06, only to switch to the strongside spot a couple of years ago to make room for Thomas Davis on the weak side. Diggs is considered a solid veteran who's good against the run."
Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says Marc Bulger was at Rams headquarters for the start of the offseason program despite expectations that his salary and other issues could make him vulnerable to release. A year ago, the Rams asked Orlando Pace and Torry Holt to stay away from offseason workouts, a prelude to their release.
Also from Balzer: Receiver Danny Amendola was the largest earner among Rams players tapping into the bonus pool for players exceeding expectations for playing time. Balzer also lists league leaders, including Dashon Goldson and Josh Morgan from the Rams and David Hawthorne from the Seahawks.