Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Around the NFC West: Catching up to do
By Mike Sando
Percy Harvin and Anquan Boldin dominated our coverage Monday after trades sent them to the NFC West.
I'll use this space to tie up loose ends around the division.
- Arizona Cardinals: The team appears ready to remake itself at running back. Beanie Wells was cut. LaRod Stephens-Howling is not expected to return. Reggie Bush is a potential target in free agency. Ryan Williams remains part of the mix at the position. On defense, the Cardinals reached agreement with safety Rashad Johnson on a three-year deal. A deal with Johnson appeared likely after Arizona released Adrian Wilson. The Cardinals are also reportedly interested in Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith, but they'll have competition.
- St. Louis Rams: Quintin Mikell's release could explain why the team decided to tender an offer to fellow safety Darian Stewart in a move Jim Thomas reported for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Rams also re-signed defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo, who played nearly one-third of the defensive snaps last season. Monday was otherwise pretty quiet for the Rams.
- San Francisco 49ers: The team actually got younger with the 32-year-old Boldin, at least in relation to Randy Moss, who is 36 and not expected back. The 49ers announced nose tackle Ian Williams' signing to a two-year extension through 2015. It's looking like fellow defensive linemen Ricky Jean-Francois and Isaac Sopoaga will hit the market when free agency begins Tuesday. So will safety Dashon Goldson. Smith, the cornerback on Arizona's radar, has been linked to San Francisco as well. How much will the 49ers be in position to spend after carving out $6 million for Boldin? Alex Smith's departure from the roster via trade will help.
- Seattle Seahawks: The move to land Harvin will reverberate all year given his potential impact and what the Seahawks gave up for him. Seattle still needs pass-rush help. John Abraham visited recently. Cullen Jenkins visited before reaching agreement with the New York Giants. It's unclear how aggressive the Seahawks will be in seeking help for their defensive line after reaching agreement with Harvin on a lucrative extension. I wonder if Glenn Dorsey would fit on a short-term deal.
I'm sure I've missed a potential move or two, but that's OK. We've got all day -- and into the night, most likely.