Around the NFC West: Cards cut off at pass?

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times says the Bucs prevented quarterbacks coach Greg Olson from pursuing the Cardinals' job as offensive coordinator. Biggs, via a source: "Olson, who is under contract to the Bucs through 2009 and was originally hired by ousted coach Jon Gruden, had an opportunity to go to Arizona and fill the vacancy created by [Todd] Haley's departure for Kansas City." The Bucs are known for blocking such interviews.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic puts into perspective the Cardinals' negotiations with Kurt Warner. An agent foresaw the current stalemate months ago.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the Cardinals' inability to re-sign Warner to this point is all about the money, as usual.

Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe analyzes Jason Licht's departure from the Cardinals' front office to take a job with the Patriots. Reiss: "The Patriots did not have a director of pro personnel last season. Brian Smith served as a pro scout, and Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli and director of player personnel Nick Caserio presumably had their hand in pro scouting as well."

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind sizes up the Cardinals' tight ends. He expects the team to hold a roster spot for Stephen Spach even if the tight end rehabs his knee injury into the regular season. I think that probably depends upon what moves the team makes this offseason. The Cardinals will almost certainly try to upgrade the position.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat provides a rundown of the 49ers' players scheduled to become free agents. The 49ers appear unconcerned about losing former Cardinals receiver Bryant Johnson.

David Fucillo of Niners Nation makes a few predictions heading into free agency. He hopes the team pursues Igor Olshansky for the defensive line.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer does not expect the Seahawks to pursue former Seattle receivers Joey Galloway and D.J. Hackett now that both have been released.

John Morgan of Field Gulls renews his pleas to unseat Brian Russell as the Seahawks' free safety, calling him easily one of the worst in the league. The Seahawks obviously think he's better than that.

VanRam of Turf Show Times says the Rams' decision to release Drew Bennett probably has no bearing on Torry Holt's situation. I would agree. VanRam: "All reports indicate that Holt is unwilling to restructure his contract, a must if the Rams are going to hang onto him. On top of that, Holt hasn't been real excited about the prospects of remaining in St. Louis, and, understandably, doesn't want his career to wind down with a team in the rebuilding process."