Around the NFC West: Backup QB options

March, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams could pursue Gus Frerotte to rejoin the team as Marc Bulger's backup. The Vikings were 8-3 last season when Frerotte started, but the quarterback tossed more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (12). Aging backups are nothing new in the division now that Damon Huard has replaced former Ram Jamie Martin in San Francisco. I expect the Seahawks and 49ers to strongly consider drafting quarterbacks in the first few rounds.

VanRam of Turf Show Times sizes up the Rams' offensive line. For example: "[Jacob] Bell's play and loss of bulk left more than a few fans questioning the move, but getting some stability in the middle and a solid off-season of workouts and bulking up should put minds at ease over Bell's presence on the line. To the right of Jason Brown, the situation is still pretty fluid. The Rams tendered an offer to last year's starter, Richie [Incognito], but he didn't finish the season on a high note in terms of his attitude. However, it's not unreasonable to think that the new regime can't fix that."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat prepares for the WCC basketball tournament in Las Vegas by flushing 49ers-related facts from his brain. Highlights: Manny Lawson and Vernon Davis are signed through the 2010 season, contrary to previous reports; Isaac Sopoaga is likely moving back to nose tackle while the newly signed Demetric Evans battles Kentwan Balmer for the starting job at left end; and the team might be counting on Lawson to help the pass rush.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the 49ers have no interest in signing Terrell Owens, contrary to prevailing wisdom.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation revisits Owens' big catch for the 49ers against the Packers in the playoffs following the 1998 season. I remember the game well. I was standing on the sideline about even with the 49ers' offense when Steve Young made that clutch throw and Owens made the grap (thanks in part to the hit he took, which pinned the ball to his body, according to some). I was covering the Seahawks at the time and interested in that game because I knew Mike Holmgren would become a candidate to coach the Seahawks if Green Bay lost.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals should release Edgerrin James now that the running back is taking shots at the organization. Boivin: "His darts have turned into arrows, and this organization is all about exorcizing the bad karma that for so long defined the Cardinals." General manager Rod Graves:"I would certainly rather not see negative comments from any of our players about not wanting to be here."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com addresses rumblings about Anquan Boldin possibly seeking a new agent. The longer a player struggles to get his way in a heated contract dispute, the more vulnerable the agent becomes to other agents. It's a brutal business that way.

John Morgan of Field Gulls takes a closer look at Seahawks cornerback Josh Wilson. He generally likes what he sees: "Wilson will add a little muscle weight and lose a little speed, but from a tools standpoint, the next few years probably represent Wilson's peak. The most improvement will come from skills growth. That's tricky to project. Ball hawk corners can go poof in an instant. The interceptions disappear and suddenly their cover skills are exposed. It's encouraging that three of Wilson's four picks came on good coverage, because being in the right place at the right time on a tipped or errant pass is not repeatable."

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