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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Around the NFC West: Holt counting days


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says receiver Torry Holt has asked the Rams for his release. Thomas: "Holt, 32, is due a roster bonus of $1.25 million March 17, so it's highly unlikely he will be a Ram beyond then. But the Rams could still try to trade him until then, meaning any potential trade partner wouldn't have to compete for his services, as would be the case if he were released."

Bob Young of the Arizona Republic counts three ways Kurt Warner's re-signing helps the Cardinals. He also offers advice on Edgerrin James, Karlos Dansby and Anquan Boldin.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Warner knew early in his trip to San Francisco that Arizona was the best place for him. Somers: "Warner planned to spend a few weeks after the season considering retirement. But two days after the Pro Bowl, he was thinking of football again." Warner: "I told my wife, 'Sorry, honey, it's not time.' I think two years is good. I think I can play at a high level, I think I can help this team continue to build, take the next step over the next couple years, leave them in a good position after that." 

Also from Somers: The Cardinals have about $22 million in salary-cap space remaining after re-signing Warner. They can gain another $5 million by releasing James.

More from Somers: Patriots free-agent nose tackle Mike Wright visited the Cardinals.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says Warner's pledge to set aside money to re-sign Boldin never materialized. No surprise there.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune finds no fault in the Cardinals or Warner for their prolonged negotiations. Meanwhile, Warner's family remains focused on convincing the quarterback to let them have a puppy.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says it's surprising more teams haven't pushed for visits with free-agent fullback Leonard Weaver.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune quotes Bears general manager Jerry Angelo as suggesting the Seahawks overpaid for T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Something for Houshmandzadeh to keep in mind when the Bears visit Qwest Field in 2009.

John Morgan of Field Gulls expresses doubts about new Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole after continuing to watch him with Green Bay last season. Morgan: "Cole wasn't signed to dance with single blockers. He was signed to stand up to the double team and keep blockers out of the second level. I see no evidence that he will."

Also from Morgan: He likes what Jermaine Phillips would offer the Seattle defense.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Terrell Owens would be a horrible fit for the 49ers at this point. Agreed. Barrows: "Yes, they need a No. 1 receiver and yes, Mike Singletary certainly has the guts and the gravitas to stand up to a prima donna. But that's far outweighed by the 49ers relatively youthful locker room, its inexperience at quarterback and its new devotion to the running game. Owens complained mightily that he didn't get the ball enough in the Cowboys' wide-open offense. How would he react in a run-first offense?"

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat confirms a Sporting News report that the 49ers have given safety Mark Roman permission to seek a trade. As expected, the 49ers have penciled in Dashon Goldson as the starter for 2009.