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Karen Crouse of The New York Times says former Rams defensive end Anthony Hargrove has found sobriety and personal redemption with the Saints. Hargrove's mother died when he was 9 and Hargrove eventually turned to drugs, attempting suicide by overdose while with the Rams. Hargrove: "When I was homeless and living in shelters, to me that was the best part of my life. Because when I was with my mother, even though we were getting kicked out of shelters and living on the streets, you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t in a loving situation. My mom lit up my world."
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Dave Checketts' potential Rams ownership group isn't trying to lowball Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriquez.
Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times checks in with recently retired Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner for a primer on what Bears quarterback Jay Cutler should expect from new Chicago offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Warner was much different as a quarterback. Warner: ''It was so much about anticipation. 'When I've watched Jay -- not that it's a bad thing -- but he looks like a guy who relies more on his physical gifts, and he watches things develop and buys some time. 'I wonder how that's going to mix. I'm not saying he can't anticipate, but I just haven't seen that when I've watched him. He may throw some things later than I would, because of his arm strength and his ability to move.''
The Denver Post says former Rams and Broncos defensive back Billy Jenkins has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. Jenkins played for the Rams' 1999 Super Bowl team.
Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic expects Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett to provide good entertainment value while working as a Super Bowl correspondent with the Ravens' Ray Rice and the Redskins' Chris Cooley. Boivin: "Their work will be presented on a variety of social networking platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and the new OCNN site (motorola.com/ocnn)."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic sizes up the Cardinals' tight ends on his way to the Super Bowl. Somers: "Ben Patrick remains the team's best all-around tight end, but the team needs to get a full season out of him in 2010. He's been hampered by injuries and a suspension. Patrick is developing but he needs a breakout season. The same could be said of Stephen Spach, who played last year after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery. It's often said that athletes need a full year to recover, and that appears to be true in Spach's case. He made great progress in just being able to play in 2009, and should be that much better in 2010, provided he doesn't have a setback."
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat expects the 49ers to receive one compensatory draft choice. Maiocco: "That would give the 49ers nine picks in the draft. The 49ers have their own selection in each of the seven rounds of the draft, in addition to the Panthers' pick in the first round. Compensatory picks cannot be traded. The NFL typically announces the compensatory selections in mid- to late-March." The announcement comes during the league's annual spring meetings.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looks at college players the 49ers might consider drafting in the first couple rounds. On Iowa tackle Bryan Bulaga: "Mike Singletary desperately wants to beef up his offensive line, which wasn't able to deliver his vision for offense in 2009. Bulaga is big, agile and improved markedly as he recovered from a thyroid issue this past season. Like Joe Staley, he'd be able to player either left or right tackle."
Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says the 49ers might benefit from adding another coverage safety, the better to match up with some of the speed receivers who burned the team in 2009.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Dashon Goldson's decision to switch agents suggests the 49ers safety wants to upgrade his contract in a big way.
Brian McIntyre of scout.com sizes up the Seahawks' situation at running back. The team has done a poor job managing that position. McIntyre: "Seattle's current group of running backs are a prime example of former general manager Tim Ruskell’s flawed approach to roster building. Instead of drafting young, hungry ball-carriers, Ruskell ignored them on draft day (Forsett, a seventh-round pick in 2008, was the only running back Ruskell drafted), bought high on Shaun Alexander ($15.1M guaranteed after his MVP season), and when that didn’t work, threw more free agent dollars at Jones, T.J. Duckett, and Edgerrin James. Despite a shortage of offensive play-makers, Ruskell’s coup de grace may have been allowing Leonard Weaver to leave via free agency."
John Morgan of Field Gulls says Darryl Tapp deserves to start at defensive end for the Seahawks as the team looks to upgrade its pass rush. New coach Pete Carroll did sound intrigued by Tapp after breaking down video from last season.