Friday, April 9, 2010
Around the NFC West: Bulger's options
By Mike Sando
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals have not shown interest in former Rams quarterback Marc Bulger, and the team isn't likely to pursue him after signing Derek Anderson. Somers: "Bulger made some sense to team officials a few weeks ago, but he was still with the Rams then. The Cardinals couldn't afford to gamble at the position by waiting for Bulger's situation to play out, so they signed Anderson. It's early but they seemed pleased so far with Anderson. They love his arm strength and think his accuracy can be improved by fixing his mechanics." Signing Bulger could make sense for the long term, but it might unnecessarily muddy the current situation.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says fullback Jason Wright is working a 9-to-5 internship for free at Arizona State University as part of a program providing scholarships for athletes. Wright: "It's made me realize the real world is not as green as you think it is. This football gig is a pretty good gig. It’s been a good eye opener. It helps to make life post-football not be such a big mystery. ... Unless you are making Larry [Fitzgerald] or Kurt [Warner] money, you don’t make enough money where you can just sit on it and collect interest the rest of your life."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch had this to say about Colt McCoy's private workout with the Rams: "Under the watchful eye of head coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney, McCoy consistently hit his target squarely in the hands, showcasing the touch that made him one of the most accurate quarterbacks in college football history. After delivering a deep sideline pass that dropped right into the receiver's hands, McCoy yelled, 'C'mon baby! Now that's what I'm talking about!' McCoy's enthusiasm and energy kept the workout loose and relaxed."
Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says Rams part-owner Stan Kroenke must declare his intentions by Monday regarding the ownership bid by Shahid Khan. Balzer: "A story published Friday in The Independent, a newspaper in London, claimed Kroenke could be selling his 40 percent in the Rams so he would be better positioned for a takeover of the Arsenal soccer club. Kroenke bought 9.9 percent of the team three years ago, and he has added shares since then. According to The Independent, he purchased seven shares two weeks ago, 'to take him within single figures of reaching the 30 percent mark that requires him to launch a takeover bid.' ... However, sources close to the Rams’ situation believe Kroenke’s interest in Arsenal is not 'relevant' to what he decides to do with his Rams’ shares."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee lists the 10 players he considers most likely to become 49ers through the draft. Rutgers' Anthony Davis tops the list. Barrows: "The 49ers need an offensive tackle, and Davis is the best tackle likely to be available. Earlier this week, Mel Kiper, Jr. compared the criticisms surrounding Davis to those Michael Oher experienced last year. Remember, the 49ers would have drafted Oher had Michael Crabtree not slipped to them at No. 10. The biggest impediment to Davis becoming a 49er? It might be the Raiders, who have the 8th pick."
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat wonders whether Mike Singletary's affinity for Tim Tebow could lead the 49ers to draft the quarterback in the second round. Also from Maiocco: "If the 49ers were to select [Joe] Haden, it would make Nate Clements and his $6 million salary expendable. I'd think the starters would be Haden and Shawntae Spencer, with Tarell Brown as the nickelback."
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News thinks the Raiders and 49ers could have serious interest in Jimmy Clausen if the Notre Dame quarterback is available to them in the first round. Kawakami: "First off, he’s from Notre Dame, a school as ingrained in the York family as Hogwarts is for that Potter guy. Secondly, Scot McCloughan was the one true Alex Smith backer in the front office, and he’s gone. Jed York, Mike Singletary and acting GM Trent Baalke have sworn devotion to Smith in recent weeks, but that sounds like typical 49ers’ over-praise and over-commitment on an issue on which there is legitimate question. Also, Smith is signed only through this year and Carr is signed for two years, so we know that the 49ers don’t have their long-term QB situation quite figured out."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com sizes up tackle prospects that could interest Seattle.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times isn't reading too much into Walter Jones' re-emergence on Twitter. The veteran left tackle hasn't participated in the offseason program to this point, which may or may not mean anything. If Jones were serious about returning from multiple knee surgeries, wouldn't he be doing everything possible to rehabilitate the knee, including spending time at team headquarters under supervision of the training staff? Possibly not, but I'm skeptical about his ability to return at a high level.
Brian McIntyre' of Mac's Football Blog lists salary increases for Seattle's Kelly Jennings and Brandon Mebane, plus several other NFC West players, according to NFLPA records.
John Morgan of Field Gulls provides positional overviews for the Seahawks at defensive end, plus standup end, linebacker and defensive tackle.