Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers remain in the market for a tight end after Anthony Becht returned to the Cardinals. Maiocco: "The 49ers carried just two tight ends last season. Whenever they needed an extra tight end as a blocker for short-yardage situations, they called upon a backup lineman to fill that role."
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee passes along a chat transcript from Becht's visit to 49ers headquarters. Becht on the 49ers: "They're improving. They're an aggressive team. Obviously Coach [Mike] Singletary brings that attitude and it translates well for their players on the field. And they're definitely up and coming and taking the proper steps to getting their team where it needs to be. I think that they're going to have success and coach Singletary will do a good job for them."
Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts offers a trade idea that would bring Brandon Marshall to Seattle. Sullivan: "Check out the trade value chart generally used by the NFL. Let's value Marshall as the No. 16 pick -- that assumes that the 'average' NFL team signs him to an offer sheet and the Broncos take that compensation. That is worth 1,000 points of draft value. The Seahawks' No. pick is worth 1,600, Broncos' No. 11 is worth 1,250; we just made up 350 points. Then we trade the 14th pick for the second-round Broncos pick, a net gain to the Broncos of 650 points. Add those up and we get ... whoa, 1,000 points exactly. ... In this scenario, we give up 0 draft picks and take the 11th, 40th and 45th picks in the 2010 NFL draft." The question remains whether Seattle would give up the equivalent of a first-round choice.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times offers highlights from Pete Carroll's recent talk to Seattle-area business leaders. O'Neil: "He complimented the caliber of the linebackers and praised Matt Hasselbeck's experience, but he also cited the need for playmakers." Carroll: "We need to bring in some firepower, players who will be scoring touchdowns."
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Cardinals safety Matt Ware has not yet reached agreement with the team, according to Ware's agent.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com downplays Ken Whisenhunt's recent comments about bringing in competition for quarterback Matt Leinart. Urban: "Leinart needs to prove himself, yes. He’s not going to be able to be terrible and keep the job. But does anyone doubt he goes into the offseason as the No. 1 regardless of whom the Cards sign? He’s been in the offense since 2007 and anyone else -- say, Derek Anderson -- would be brand new."
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo and general manager Billy Devaney spent Tuesday at Oklahoma's pro day. "Great, as expected," Spagnuolo texted in reference to Gerald McCoy's workout. More from Thomas: "On the free agency front, tight end Daniel Fells made a trip to New England on Monday and the Patriots are trying to sign him. There were reports Tuesday morning that the Patriots were close to signing Fells, but the Rams made a strong push later in the day and got back in the picture. In fact, one league source told the Post-Dispatch that Fells was now leaning toward returning to St. Louis and could have a decision today."
Also from Thomas: a chat transcript promoting the idea that the Rams appear more likely to draft a quarterback first overall after signing "bridge quarterback" A.J. Feeley and veteran defensive tackle Fred Robbins. Also from Thomas: "Low tender on Oshiomogho Atogwe, no tender on Daniel Fells, not having either James Hall or Leonard Little (one of them) wrapped up before they start making trips. I was really hoping the Rams would jump out on Chester Taylor or Aaron Kampman. It's fine to say you can do better than the players you have. But eventually you've got to replace them with somebody better. The Rams have done a great job so far since Spags came aboard and Devaney was promoted to GM of running off veterans, but they haven't really replaced many of them."