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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Around the NFC West: Would Warner walk?


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says we shouldn't assume Kurt Warner will continue playing. He believes Warner when the quarterback says he'll take a hard look at multiple considerations, including how the Cardinals put together their roster and coaching staff. Money will obviously be another key variable.

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind analyzes the Cardinals' situation at inside linebacker. He thinks Gerald Hayes will be a starter in 2009 and for seasons to come.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News suggests the Cardinals "might not have a choice" but to trade Anquan Boldin because agent Drew Rosenhaus "made it clear that Boldin wants out of Arizona." Boldin would appear to be the one without choices here. As Rosenhaus said, "You know, the bottom line is that it's going to be up to the Cardinals."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat thinks Shaun Hill can overcome his poor showings in practice because head coach Mike Singletary knows what Hill can do in games. I would like to hear more from Singletary about his thoughts on quarterbacks and how to manage them.

The Associated Press details 49ers pass rusher Roderick Green's arrest on four charges, including possession of marijuana. Green is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee details the 49ers' somewhat tenuous situation at receiver. The team isn't sure what Isaac Bruce has planned. He says the 49ers need speed at the position more than anything.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers details from Steve Spagnuolo's latest media session with reporters. Spagnuolo's influence on the defense might be less than I would have imagined. Coordinator Ken Flajole could be taking the lead. Spagnuolo: "I'm finding out quickly that there's a lot involved in being a head coach. To do it right, you've got to be in here all the time. So, it's certainly going to fall on Ken and his staff."

VanRam of Turf Show Times updates his mock draft database with a close look at which players the Rams might select with the second overall choices. Lots of offensive tackles.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times looks at which positions teams favor in the first round of the NFL draft. If the Seahawks select Michael Crabtree with the fourth overall choice, NFL teams will have selected seven receivers among the top five since 2000. Teams have taken 10 quarterbacks in the top five, eight offensive tackles and seven running backs. They have taken six receivers, six defensive ends, three tackles, two cornerbacks, two linebackers and one safety.