Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals need to resolve their quarterback situation in a positive way if they expect to re-sign Larry Fitzgerald. Somers: "In 2008, Fitzgerald signed a five-year contract that voided to four provided Fitzgerald met minimal performance standards. He's done that, meaning his contract, which averages $10 million a year, will expire after the 2011 season. To avoid reaching that point, the Cardinals are expected to discuss a new contract with Fitzgerald no later than this spring, although a lockout could change the timeline." Fitzgerald had the Cardinals in a tough spot when he signed his current deal. That will be the case again.
Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic checks in with former Cardinals coach Joe Bugel, who lives in the Phoenix area and recently participated in Russ Grimm's Hall of Fame induction.
Also from McManaman: a conversation with Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein, who has this to say about what he enjoys during the offseason: "If my body's feeling all right, I like to play some golf. But a lot of times, my hands, my back and my head hurts. The wife and I sometimes go out to see a movie. But I don't do a whole lot; I guess that's the point. I'm kind of mindless at times."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says playing well is the best kind of "leadership" during the NFL season.
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says Russell Okung made his first NFL start without many practice reps. Okung's second NFL start will be tougher, most likely, because Julius Peppers will be lining up against him.
Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks' latest trade, for Marshawn Lynch, shows the front office never rests and isn't content waiting until next season. Kelley: "They've turned the locker room at VMAC into a pigskin version of Ellis Island, with new players coming in almost daily from all over the NFL. The turnover has been unprecedented. To that point, on Tuesday, they pulled the deal of the season. They got something the Seahawks have been seeking since forever."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Seattle is one of four teams without a 1,000-yard rusher in any of the last four seasons. Buffalo has had three during that time (Lynch twice, Fred Jackson once).
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams see no reason they cannot contend within the NFC West. Guard Adam Goldberg, speaking immediately following the team's 20-3 victory Sunday: "I am ready for next Sunday. This winning's addictive and you want to get to the next one."
Also from Thomas: a chat transcript noting that Larry Grant has played OK for the Rams lately.
More from Thomas: The Rams brought in cornerback Quincy Butler for a tryout. Kevin Dockery is injured.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers an appreciation for Steven Jackson. Miklasz: "He's become a tremendous leader under head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Jax has been a positive influence in his vocal leadership, and in his actions. Though last year's 1-15 record -- and a back injury -- probably had Jackson screaming inside, he never wavered from his commitment to be a forward-thinking Ram who could see daylight ahead. Jackson trained very hard. He's taken care of himself. He's put in extra time. Tuesday morning, on a day off, Jackson was at Rams Park, studying video of Sunday's opponent, Detroit."
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says 49ers president Jed York has incentive to give Mike Singletary every chance for success given that York's first major move in the role was to hire the former linebacker as head coach. The 49ers aren't really in position to hand the job to anyone else during the season. Greg Manusky could take over, but giving him the top job would weaken the 49ers at defensive coordinator.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee details a few moves the 49ers made around the fringes of their roster. The Raiders signed Bruce Davis off the 49ers' practice squad.
David White of the San Francisco Chronicle passes along this quote from Singletary: "It's not like we're puzzled over here, throwing our hands up, saying, 'What the heck do we need to do win?' It's on the wall, it's on the film. We can see it."
Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle says Nate Clements answered reporters' questions about his fateful interception return for the first time. Clements: "It was instinct; it was happening fast. I caught the ball, and I didn't see anybody but the quarterback, and I had three blockers."