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Friday, June 5, 2009
Around the NFC West: Seahawks recall Tillman

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Scott Fontaine of the Tacoma News Tribune followed the Seahawks through an Army obstacle course at North Fort Lewis. Fontaine: "Another member of the 595th, Sgt. Jeremy Bugher, normally yells at soldiers as they navigate the course. On Thursday, he stood near the edge of a scaling wall and shouted at players to pick up the pace. He conceded that a fresh-out-of-basic-training private likely would receive harsher treatment."

Gregg Bell of the Associated Press says some Seahawks reflected on Pat Tillman's sacrifice while meeting with Army personnel. T.J. Houshmandzadeh called it "unbelievable." Bell: "Houshmandzadeh spent his morning with combat medics carrying fictitiously wounded colleagues under 2-foot high barbed wire amid simulated gun fire. After lunch in unit mess hall, Houshmandzadeh was trying to weave his body over and under a series of horizontal logs to the top of the A-frame and back down."

John Morgan of Field Gulls continues his evaluation of Seahawks rookie Aaron Curry. Morgan: "Curry is fast. Curry is rare fast for a linebacker, but the thing that pops for Curry, the thing that makes him special among the special is power. Pure, athletic power. They say you can't teach speed, but truth is you can't teach power either."

Hugo Kugiya of the Seattle Times previews the Craig Terrill Band's performance at the Triple Door in Seattle. Terrill, 28, has seven sacks in five seasons with the Seahawks.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says re-signing Patrick Willis would make sense next after the 49ers extended Joe Staley's contract. Staley: "They came to me early in the offseason. I really want to stay here. I believe in what we got going here. I believe in the coaching staff and the franchise. I'm really excited to get this deal done. Hopefully, we can move forward and get some other guys signed."

David Fucillo of Niners Nation wonders what's in store for 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Staley expects to remain at left tackle. Maiocco: "I've had meetings with coaches and the indication is I'm the left tackle here, and that's what I'm going to be. That's my position. Everybody else can compete for other spots on the line."

Also from Maiocco: Expect the 49ers' Nate Clements to miss additional practice time while recovering from pneumonia.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee considers the 49ers' options with quarterback Nate Davis, a fifth-round choice. To review: NFL teams drafted 19 quarterbacks in the fifth round from the 2000 through 2008 drafts. Eighteen earned opening-day spots on 53-man rosters as rookies. The Steelers' Omar Jacobs was an exception in 2006, the year Ben Roethlisberger opened on the bench following a motorcycle accident.

Bill McClellan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch questions whether Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom is sincere in saying he wants to keep the team in St. Louis.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Rams defensive tackle Adam Carriker, who hopes to bounce back from injuries to realize his first-round potential.

Also from Coats: Rams rookie receiver Brooks Foster is trying to land a spot in the rotation.

More from Coats: Center Jason Brown warns against counting out the Rams.

VanRam of Turf Show Times explains differences in the Rams' defensive scheme this year. VanRam: "The fundamental change we're going to see is the role of the defensive front. Rather than moving side-to-side or relying on a few set plays and reacting to the offense, the system being implemented by Spags and [defensive coordinator Ken] Flajole calls for players in the front to move forward and attack."

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com checks in with the Rams' secondary. A simple glance at what the Rams did in this offseason is all it takes to know that they have made the secondary one of their first priorities. Wagoner: "Consider for a moment that in this most recent free agent market, the Rams placed the franchise tag on safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, forked over $28 million to keep cornerback Ron Bartell and inked safety James Butler to a lucrative four-year contract."

Bob Young of the Arizona Republic quotes the Cardinals' Karlos Dansby as saying he's happy for newly re-signed teammate Adrian Wilson. General manager Rod Graves says the Cardinals will evaluate Anquan Boldin's situation after resolving Dansby's situation.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals now have three players with 2009 cap figures of $10 million or more. Dansby isn't far behind. Somers: "I don't know exactly where the Cardinals stand under the cap now. Before Wilson signed, they were about $6.2 million under and the difference between his old cap number and the new one is about $4.7 million. So that would leave them about $1.5 million under. Clearly, they are going to have to make adjustments going forward."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Wilson wasn't too concerned about missing Game 1 of the NBA Finals under the circumstances. Wilson's new deal also provided an opportunity to reflect. Wilson: "Every line sweep, every stroke of the pen when you sign your name, you think of the players that have been here and left, or the opportun
ities you left on the field, some of the bad games you have been in, Sun Devil Stadium, whatever you can name, I've thought about it. It's been a long time, and I think I've witnessed more than a lot of players have just from the standpoint of building a team."