NFC West: Ron Fields
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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.
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Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says former NFL linebacker Winston Moss is first up in the Rams' coaching search. Moss is assistant head coach in Green Bay.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch explains why Jim Haslett could still emerge as the Rams' choice. The Rams might not be in position to land a higher-profile coach.
Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams packed their belongings and headed home. Some are unlikely to return.
Also from Coats: Kenneth Darby might have done enough to be the Rams' kick returner next season.
Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Haslett expressed no regrets about his tenure as the Rams' interim coach.
Also from Korte: Rams safety Oshiomogho Atogwe laments the inevitable roster changes that await each offseason.
More from Korte: Rams tight ends Joe Klopfenstein and Anthony Becht need surgeries.
John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Mike Singletary expects to make a decision on offensive coordinator Mike Martz by Wednesday.
Also from Crumpacker: Takeo Spikes, scheduled to become a free agent in March, says he wants to return.
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle thinks 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill has earned the starting job.
Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider looks at 49ers players without contracts for the 2009 season, from Bryant Johnson to Ron Fields.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers emerged from this season with hope after winning four of their final five games. Spikes lamented a road loss to Arizona that severely damaged the 49ers' playoff chances.
Chrissy Mauck of 49ers.com says Frank Gore and other players are lamenting their 2-6 start, which prevented them from making a playoff run. Gore singled out defeats to the Eagles, Seahawks and Cardinals as particularly costly.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic explains why the Falcons and Cardinals should be familiar with one another. Strong ties between Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and Falcons assistant Mike Mularkey led to sharing of plays.
Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals and Edgerrin James need one another, an unexpected twist after Whisenhunt benched James earlier in the season.
Bob Young of the Arizona Republic digs up the Cardinals' past missteps in order to bury them once and for all heading into the team's playoff game.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says receiver Anquan Boldin is definitely playing against the Falcons. Also, the Cardinals had about 8,000 unsold tickets as of Monday.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com checks in with fans who waited overnight to win free tickets to the Cardinals' first home playoff game since 1947.
Also from Urban: Cardinals players will have to study the Falcons carefully because Atlanta is a new team this season.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune quotes Whisenhunt on playoff intensity. The coach compares the playoffs to a Monday night game times 10.
Also from Tulumello: The Cardinals have sold out every home game for three seasons, but tickets remain available as the blackout deadline approaches.
Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks have begun the transition from Mike Holmgren to Jim Mora. I would expect the change to become official in the next couple weeks.
Also from Farnsworth: Seattle lagged in several statistical categories this season.
Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks expect Mora's high-energy approach to distinguish the coach-in-waiting.
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune quotes Julian Peterson on the difference between Holmgren and Mora. Peterson: "Jim's a little fiery, a little younger and moves from sideline to sideline a little faster than Coach [Holmgren]. But other than that, it's still going to be getting back to work and guys getting ready to play."
Also from Williams: A look at the choices facing Seattle this offseason.
John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune says it's time to bid farewell to Holmgren, no questions asked.