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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Around the NFC West: St. Pierre's opportunity


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bill Kipouras of the Salem News says the Cardinals worked out parameters for a deal with Brian St. Pierre between periods of a hockey game. St. Pierre: "I got a raise and [coach Ken Whisenhunt] said he'd let me compete with Matt Leinart for the No. 2 job. I trust the coach. I've enjoyed him, and my wife, [Jocelyn], and I both love Arizona. It's the best decision we could have made."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic does not expect the Cardinals to release Edgerrin James before the team lines up potential replacements.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams are optimistic about adding James Butler in a soft market for safeties. Beyond that, pickings are slim. Thomas: "In theory, the market calms down after the first week or so of free agency, meaning players can be signed at more reasonable prices. Trouble is, many of the free agents who appeared to be on the Rams' radar have signed elsewhere."

Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says Kurt Warner and Manny Ramirez are using San Francisco's pro sports teams. Knapp: "Even though the current administrations have vowed to take a new path, both of them de-emphasizing the long ball, they would be willing to appear to waive those considerations if the right player could sweep their fans off their feet."

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind feels better about Warner returning to the Cardinals after the latest developments: "Bottom line, my confidence in Warner's return to the Cardinals was starting to wane, but it's clear that he wants to stay and the Cardinals won the stare-down. He's drastically lowered his asking price and it's time to get this done. Are you ready to get Warner's name on the dotted line? Sound like a fair deal?"

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer sets the scene from Seahawks headquarters as the team introduces T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Farnsworth: "Sitting in the front row was Houshmandzadeh's wife, Kaci, and their daughters -- Karrington, 8, and Kennedi, 6, who could give the Obama girls a run with their stylish matching outfits and poise under pressure."

Also from Farnsworth: Matt Hasselbeck, Patrick Kerney and Walter Jones are faring well in their rehabilitations, according to Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell.

Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says signing Houshmandzadeh was a natural reaction to the Seahawks' problems at receiver last season.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times says Houshmandzadeh can finally emerge from Chad Johnson's shadow after all those years in Cincinnati.