Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks should not acquire Brandon Marshall from the Broncos. Boling: "Aside from being a distracting malcontent with the Denver Broncos, Marshall’s history of arrests includes disorderly conduct, drunken driving, and, most alarmingly, a number of incidents of alleged domestic violence … with two different women. I don’t care how talented this guy is, or how badly the Seahawks need a receiver, or how many of the charges against him have been dropped, this much involvement with domestic-violence charges should be an absolute non-negotiable deal-breaker from the start." I'm guessing the Seahawks' division opponents also hope Seattle doesn't add Marshall, albeit for reasons limited only to on-field production.
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says Seattle traded more than a backup quarterback when dealing Seneca Wallace to the Browns. Farnsworth: "A gifted athlete, Wallace also was used sparingly last season as a situational runner, receiver and passer in a version of the Wildcat offense that was dubbed the SeneCat. He completed 78 of 120 passes for 700 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions; had 16 carries for 2 yards; and caught two passes for 29 yards."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times recalls Wallace's finest moment in Seattle. O'Neil: "As a Seahawk, Wallace will best be remembered for the 28-yard pass he caught at Qwest Field early in the NFC Championship Game four years ago. As a Brown, Wallace will have the chance to be part of a rebuilding process under (Mike) Holmgren, the coach who oversaw his development with the Seahawks."
Also from O'Neil: a partial list of NFL trades involving restricted and franchise free agents, including the one that sent Joey Galloway to the Cowboys for draft choices that became Shaun Alexander and Koren Robinson.
Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says the Seahawks could go in any number of directions at quarterback after trading Wallace. Johns: "It surely increases the likelihood of the team drafting a quarterback at some point this April. The Seahawks have lined up an individual workout with Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, but they'll have numerous options there or could pursue a veteran backup in free agency. Chad Pennington just re-signed with Miami, so the list of potentially available veterans include the likes of Kyle Boller, Rex Grossman, Jon Kitna and Chris Redman."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Kerry Rhodes is looking forward to a fresh start with the Cardinals. Meanwhile, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt downplayed concerns about the talent drain in Arizona so far this offseason. Whisenhunt: "This off-season or this free-agency period started just this past week. We still have five months ahead of us before we ever take the field in Flagstaff (for training camp). There are a lot of things that can happen between now and then. I think it's tough to make judgments this early on the preseason."
Also from Somers: Cardinals secondary coach Donnie Henderson shares the thoughts he had when the Jets drafted Rhodes. Henderson: "I can remember him being on the board, and I thought at one time he had the potential to be a first or second-round draft pick. We were excited to get him (in the fourth round). He started as a rookie in our scheme, either at the free or the strong. They were interchangeable at that time. We utilized him in different positions, brought him off the corner a lot blitzing, let him cover the tight end a lot, the third receiver sometimes, the back."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com passes along reports suggesting the Cardinals could visit with Rex Hadnot, Nick Eason and Wade Smith, plus Joey Porter and Larry Foote.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams signed defensive tackle Fred Robbins while two of their free-agent defensive ends, Leonard Little and James Hall, planned to visit the Saints. Thomas: "Little arrives in New Orleans on Wednesday and departs Thursday morning. Hall arrives Thursday, so he and Little may just miss each other in Louisiana. The Saints released defensive end Charles Grant, so they have at least one opening on their line. Joe Vitt, the Saints' linebackers coach and assistant head coach, knows Little well from spending the 2004 and '05 seasons on Mike Martz's staff in St. Louis."
Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says Robbins' connections with Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo played a significant role in the veteran defensive tackle's decision to sign with St. Louis. Robbins: "Throughout my career I played both nose tackle and three-technique. I played both the left side and right side and I think that’s the different options I can bring to the table. That’s what helped us when he was with us in New York. We had guys that could play multiple positions."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Shaun Hill's agent took the high road when asked about the 49ers' decision to sign David Carr. Barrows: "The truth is that Hill isn't holding any cards. He's under contract at a modest figure -- $1.5 million -- and the 49ers are under no obligation to release him. What likely will happen is that the 49ers will see if Hill has any trade value before letting him get to the open market. The 49ers have not said what they plan to do with Hill, perhaps because they have not officially signed David Carr yet. He's only agreed to terms on a two-year deal."
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says Hill plans to attend the 49ers' offseason conditioning program when it begins next week.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says the 49ers' pursuit of David Carr shows the team wasn't satisfied with its situation at quarterback.
Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle wasn't impressed when the 49ers added Carr. Ratto: "After a day of seemingly meaningless jousting, the 49ers and Carr agreed to a deal Sunday that dooms Shaun Hill but in no other way makes San Francisco materially better. Now that he's signed, Carr becomes nothing more than the new Hill, only Alex Smith is an easier hurdle to clear than Eli Manning was for Carr last year." I think perceptions would be significantly different if, all else being equal, Hill were once a No. 1 overall draft choice and Carr had entered the league as an undrafted free agent. Carr's failures are defined by expectations for him and not so much by how he has actually played.