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Friday, May 14, 2010
Around the NFC West: 49ers and Atogwe

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says during a chat that he'll be surprised if the 49ers pursue Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe. Maiocco: "The 49ers have Michael Lewis and Dashon Goldson. They invested a second-round pick in Taylor Mays, and they've invested draft picks in recent seasons in Reggie Smith and Curtis Taylor. If they hadn't drafted Mays, I would've thought they might kick the tires on Atogwe." I also see little room for Atogwe in the secondary given that the 49ers presumably expect Goldson and Mays to be the starters for the long term, even if Mays doesn't win a starting job right away. The big question with Atogwe is to what degree his injury situation and a depressed market will affect his ability to command starting money on a long-term deal even if he hits the market in June.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is taking a laid-back approach to getting a new contract.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says guard Deuce Lutui has no leverage against the Cardinals in seeking a long-term deal, particularly after the team signed Alan Faneca. Somers: "Lutui is expected to sign within the next month. He doesn't have much choice, since he can no longer receive offers from other teams. If he doesn't sign the $1.759 million tender by June 15, the Cardinals can replace it with one worth about $588,000, a 10 percent raise over last year's salary."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Bryan Robinson's approach with rookie Dan Williams shows how the Cardinals want their veterans to mentor promising young players. Robinson to Williams: "If I am playing a lot more than you this year it means you’re aren’t doing your job. You need to play a lot. They drafted you to be that guy, and I am going to help you get there."

Also from Urban: He thought Lutui would have signed by now.

Brian McIntyre of Mac's Sports Blog says Seahawks center Chris Spencer has signed his one-year tender as a restricted free agent. Spencer participated in the Seahawks' post-draft camp anyway, a wise move for him because Spencer probably must prove himself to the new coaching staff before earning a longer-term deal. Spencer has not lived up to his first-round billing, but he hasn't been a bad player, either. Durability concerns were an issue in past offseasons. It'll be important for Spencer to stay on the field through training camp and play at a high level during the regular season. He's bigger than the typical interior lineman in an Alex Gibbs system, but he's also athletic.