Around the NFC West: Warner talks near
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Kurt Warner's agent expects to open negotiations with the Cardinals this week.
Also from Somers: Darnell Dockett expresses surprise at Clancy Pendergast's firing.
Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind assesses Pendergast's tenure as the Cardinals' defensive coordinator. Hawkwind: "The ultimate black mark on his resume could be that after lowering the points allowed per game in 2004 to 20.1, his defenses gave up more points every year of his tenure."
Scott Allen of Raising Zona evaluates the Cardinals' quarterbacks for 2008. He suspects Warner was about three good games from winning MVP honors.
John Morgan of Field Gulls breaks down Ray Willis' up-and-down performance on the Seahawks' offensive line.
Also from Morgan: a look at free-agent offensive lineman Adrian Jones and how he might fit into what the Seahawks have planned offensively. Morgan: "Jones fits the [Alex] Gibbs school of zone blocking. He's athletic, quick, has good feet, but is a bit thin, doesn't overpower and though not a freeway against the bull rush, doesn't get much push himself. He's also fairly new at playing offensive line and entering an age where his athleticism and size could reach equilibrium. Most importantly though, he's essentially free."
William Tomisser of Seahawk Addicts considers Michael Crabtree's potential availability to Seattle based on what might happen earlier in the first round.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams' stadium upgrades will cost $30 million. The Edwards Jones Dome will get new scoreboards and video boards. Thomas: "The project includes renovations to the Rams Club in the north end zone and creation of a Premium Club in the south end zone. As part of the scoreboard renovations, fans in the Rams Club and Premium Club will be able to view the field from those areas, and it will allow some daylight in the bowl area."
VanRam of Turf Show Times asks whether the Rams should give Alex Barron another chance.
The 49ers' Web site ranks the team's best special-teams plays from 2008. Kicker Joe Nedney: "Manny Lawson's blocked field goal, recovered by Nate Clements for a touchdown against the New York Giants was the best play of the year. Manny's leap over the field goal team was unbelievable. It was the best play all year."
Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News ranks the 49ers' special teams sixth in the NFL and best in the NFC West. By his measure, the Cardinals had the worst special teams in the division.
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