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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Around the NFC West: Rams' draft plans

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says he thinks Eugene Monroe could be the Rams' choice with the second overall pick in the draft. He also thinks the Rams have some interest in Seahawks free agent fullback Leonard Weaver, but the team might seek a more traditional blocking back. The Rams also had interest in Colin Cole, who signed with Seattle, and Ron Fields, who signed with Denver. Thomas: "The Rams definitely want to add a DT somewhere along the line."

Also from the Post-Dispatch: A discussion on Ron Bartell's worth.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals and quarterback Kurt Warner could disagree over whether first-year base salary counts as guaranteed money. Once deals are signed, agents sometimes trumpet first-year salaries as guaranteed money, hoping to impress other potential clients. Team executives tend to roll their eyes, knowing base salaries aren't guaranteed in most cases. The roles might be reversed here.

Also from Somers: Agent Mark Bartelstein lays out his case.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat questions whether the Cardinals will accept Warner's offer. Maiocco: "The 49ers offered more money than the two-year, $23 million counter-proposal Warner's agent, Mark Bartelstein, took back to the Cardinals. Bartelstein says the deal contains $12 million in guarantees."

Also from Maiocco: The 49ers beat the Cardinals' offer, according to sources.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers will appear to have been used if Warner re-signs with the Cardinals. Barrows: "So if the Cardinals accept this offer, how do the 49ers come out looking? Not good. They were effectively used to determine a market value for Warner, and according to Bartelstein, the new proposal is below that value."

Note: Plenty of Seahawks stuff elsewhere on the blog. I'm leaving Seahawks headquarters and will be driving home.