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Monday, March 9, 2009
Around the NFC West: Who makes QB?

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider suggests the receivers make Kurt Warner, not the other way around. He suggests the 49ers might have been better off not signing the three-time Super Bowl quarterback. Lynch: "In Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald's and Anquan Boldin's statistics weren't that much worse when Matt Leinart, Cade McCown or Jeff Blake throwing to them."

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says he's "a little surprised" the 49ers haven't sought an offensive tackle in free agency. Barrows: "Their lack of interest at the position basically tells me they are confident they can land a good one in the draft."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic quotes Bryant McFadden's agent as saying a broken forearm prevented the cornerback from commanding $8 million per season on a long-term deal. The Cardinals landed McFadden for two years and $10 million. Somers: "McFadden's first-year salary of $3.75 million is guaranteed, and he receives a $1 million roster bonus and $250,000 workout bonus. The $5 million salary for the second year is not guaranteed."

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald says the cornerback market is weak after the Cardinals signed McFadden, a player the Dolphins had pursued. Salguero: "Eric Green, who included the Dolphins among his free-agent visits that also saw him travel to Tennessee and San Francisco, is still available. Although the Dolphins didn't make Green a contract offer last week, he expected to begin fielding such offers this week and it would not surprise, considering Miami's situation at cornerback, that they make him an offer."

VanRam of Turf Show Times looks at possible landing spots for Rams receiver Torry Holt. Baltimore? Chicago? Atlanta? Dallas? Philadelphia?

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says he thinks the Rams are considering Alex Barron as a potential left tackle, but the team probably doesn't have long-range plans for him at any position. Also: "There are some at Rams Park who like Jason Smith better at this point, thinking that he's more physical than [Eugene] Monroe. There are some at Rams Park who like Eugene Monroe better at this point, thinking that he's more athletic. Monroe is probably more NFL ready. Smith is still new to the position. As for [B.J.] Raji, don't rule him out as a first-round pick for the Rams. It's not as if anyone in the building has told me the Rams are interested. But he's certainly a top 10 pick, and the Rams do need another body at DT."

William Tomisser of Seahawk Addicts links to Sam Farmer's Los Angeles Times story about how far the Seahawks went in courting free-agent receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. While free-agent visits are indeed planned in detail, the sea-plane ride that set apart this visit from some wasn't part of the itinerary, general manager Tim Ruskell said. According to Ruskell, the plane was available only by chance.