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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Around the NFC West: Advice for 49ers


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Nancy Gay of the San Francisco Chronicle lays out priorities for Mike Singletary and the 49ers. They include drafting a right tackle at No. 10, drafting a pass rusher thereafter and signing Amani Toomer to replace Isaac Bruce.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says the 49ers can thank Kwame Harris, among others, for helping them land compensatory draft choices in the fifth and seventh rounds. Leading sacker Parys Haralson was a fifth-round pick.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein came out a big winner through the NFL's performance-based pay pool, nearly doubling his 2008 salary. I'll take a closer look at these figures for each NFC West team at some point here.

Also from Somers: Might the Cardinals be candidates for the "Hard Knocks" show on HBO? Just what Arizona needs, more drama.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says pass rusher Bertrand Berry will receive $1 million base salary for the 2009 season, same as he earned in 2008.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch checks in with Jets coach Rex Ryan to find out how close the Rams came to hiring the former Ravens assistant. Ryan said he had a "really nice" interview with Rams general manager Billy Devaney, but he never got the feeling Rams ownership had a serious interest. The Jets left little doubt. Ryan: "I felt [Jets owner] Woody Johnson chose me as well, and that was important to me."

VanRam of Turf Show Times thinks the Rams might be best off drafting Aaron Curry with the second overall choice, then finding help for their offensive line later.

Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders takes a closer look at Curry through a two-part interview. Second part is here.

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune checks in with former Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver, who still has plenty to say. Weaver: "I felt like if they wanted me to come back to the organization, they would have put me in contact with someone involved in the offense, or somebody who's looking and saying, 'Hey, we maybe would want to use this guy in this offense.' But nobody did, so I kind of felt like, 'OK, at least I know where I stand in terms of what direction they want to go.'" The reality is that Weaver is a fullback and NFL teams don't value fullbacks the way they value other positions.

Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts takes a look at defensive back Sean Smith as a potential Seahawks draft choice.

Ed Thompson of Scout.com says the Seahawks apparently have interest in defensive back Don Carey, who plans to visit team headquarters April 14-15.