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Around the NFC West: 49ers GM likes chances

4/18/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Niners general manager Scot McCloughan, communicating via his mailbag, says the team uses its own value chart for trading draft choices. McCloughan: "We most definitely use the trade chart every year. Is everyone's the same? I'd say 75 percent of the teams in the league have the same one, but ours is different. We value picks in certain rounds differently than a lot of teams. That's because of the past success in the draft that we've had and what rounds and picks they were. We definitely use it and it's a tool that needs to be used. I'm glad we do use it. From year-to-year the chart stays the same for us. Unless the trend in the league changes, it might change every three to four years, but for us right now it has stayed the same."

More from McCloughan via the mailbag: He says the 49ers have enough talent to win the division. McCloughan: "We need to have an offense in place, a system in place, an identity in place that we know that works and our players understand this is who we are. That's our plan with Jimmy Raye. That's our plan going forward. This team is talented enough to win the division. That's where it all starts. With the coaching, with the personnel, with the draft and free agency, we try to get better. That's our plan. We believe we're going to win the division this year and make the playoffs. If we want to do that, the consistency on offense has to be there."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat calls Parys Haralson's new contract a "significant move for the future of the organization." Haralson's deal includes a $4.85 million roster bonus this year and $200,000 roster bonuses in each of the subsequent four years of the deal.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee thinks the 49ers might follow the Steelers' lead in waiting past the first round to draft outside linebackers -- unless Brian Orakpo remains available when the 49ers pick with the 10th overall choice.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch expects the Rams to stick with Marc Bulger at quarterback, in part because it's the most practical option. Said offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur after a recent minicamp: "What Marc showed me and us was that he's a good decision-maker, he's a very accurate passer, and he gets the ball out on time. Those are all things that are primary to being a good quarterback." Thomas also quoted a Rams insider as saying USC's Mark Sanchez "took over the room" when meeting with team brass.

Also from Thomas: Richie Incognito and Victor Adeyanju aren't going anywhere. Both restricted free agents will be back in 2009.

VanRam of Turf Show Times thinks my initial prediction for the Rams' record -- 6-10 -- sounds optimistic.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com thinks the Eagles' move for Jason Peters "basically eliminates" Philadelphia from considering a trade for Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin. I would tend to agree, unless the Eagles think they're a veteran receiver away from a championship.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals should trade Boldin to avoid potential distractions if the receiver and his agent decide to cause problems. That hasn't been Boldin's style to this point, at least during the season.

Gregg Bell of the Associated Press emphasized what Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell said about the team's quarterback situation during a meeting with reporters Friday. Ruskell said he thought Matt Hasselbeck remained in the prime of his career.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times quotes Ruskell as saying other teams haven't been trying to acquire the fourth overall choice in the draft. Ruskell: "The other thing that's driving that -- at least this year -- is the consensus that there's really no franchise players in this draft. There's not that pick-three or pick-six elite, and I think that's driven a little bit by the fact that you've got a lot of underclassmen that you're guessing what they could get to. Their talent said they could get there, but they just didn't get enough time in college to develop."