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Saturday, February 21, 2009
Around the NFC West: Boldin issues deadline

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Anquan Boldin's willingness to accept a long-term offer from the Cardinals is contingent on receiving an offer by Tuesday. That was the word from Boldin during an interview with XTRA-910 radio host Mike Jurecki in Phoenix. Boldin would appear to be in no position to make such demands. He has two years remaining on his deal and Larry Fitzgerald remains the Cardinals' best receiver.

Also from Somers: more honors for Cardinals strength and conditioning coach John Lott.

More from Somers: Kurt Warner expects to play in 2009. Warner via text message: "I am leaning in that direction. Not sure I have made a definitive decision yet." Warner's agent keeps saying there's little doubt.

And this from Somers: a look at the Cardinals' unsettled situation at running back.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks' potential interest in Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree remains one of the biggest questions heading into the 2009 draft.  O'Neil: "No position is more desperately needed in Seattle than a game-changing wide receiver, but no position has been more unpredictable in the draft's first round. The Detroit Lions drafted four different receivers in the top 10 from 2003 to 2007. Only one of those four is still with the Lions, and two are out of the league entirely."

Adam Schefter of NFL.com says Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill rejected a six-year, $36 million offer from the team. 

John Morgan of Field Gulls explains why Everette Brown could make an intriguing option for Seattle with the fourth overall choice.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo offered little insight into the team's plans for Orlando Pace and Torry Holt. Meanwhile, Oshiomogho Atogwe's agent is expected to meet with the Rams on Saturday.

Also from Thomas: a look at what Spagnuolo enjoys about the combine. When players are bench pressing, Spagnuolo watches those not participating in the drills. He wants to see their level of engagement to get an idea about whether they are team players. 

Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers' Mike Singletary wants to create a family atmosphere, with Singletary as the father figure.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat looks at the 49ers' desire to add a running back to help Frank Gore. The new back would ideally get 10 to 15 carries per game, general manager Scot McCloughan said.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wonders whether 49ers quarterback Alex Smith might have drawn interest from Tampa Bay if Jon Gruden had remained the Bucs' coach.