Around the NFC West: Heart over wallet

It's usually about the money. It's also about what the money represents.

Brandon Jacobs, touched when a 6-year-old gave him $3.36 from a piggy bank to keep him with the New York Giants, balked when the Giants offered 446,428 times as much.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says Jacobs, one of the San Francisco 49ers' new running backs, received the $3.36 offering well after signing with the San Francisco 49ers. Jacobs: "I got the letter a couple days ago and it meant a whole lot to me. That's a special thing and I wish every athlete could get that feeling. That definitely meant a lot for him to do that and put that concept together for one of his favorite players on one of his favorite teams. It meant a lot to me and gave me a lot of motivation. I want to do good and go out there and do the best I can for little Joe. After thinking about it since it happened, I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life. When I go back to Jersey, we are going to have some fun together."

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News says 49ers defensive end Justin Smith is hungry. Real hungry. Smith: "The window is small. ... In a couple years, we'll probably lose a lot of people. That's just the nature of the game. There's a sense of urgency in that aspect, just talking with a lot of guys. We've got to push and get this done sooner than later."

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle says injuries contributed to Frank Gore's diminished production following a streak of six consecutive 100-yard games.

Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says Pete Carroll and his former USC assistants had no idea what happened to former recruit Brian Banks. Carroll: "We really lost track of Brian and what happened until the story was brought about here just in recent days. When we first heard about the story, I thought it was remarkable circumstances and a guy up against all odds -- extraordinary, remarkable circumstances. But not until I talked to him on the telephone did I realize what kind of guy this guy is, and that he deserved a chance. Given other circumstances, he would have earned it in front of our eyes. But this is a guy that just deserved it. This is a great illustration for us of why people deserve a second chance."

Michael Ghelken of the San Diego Union-Tribune expects Banks to work out for the Chargers on Friday.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Banks, a linebacker, can run the 40-yard dash in less than 4.7 seconds.

Brock Huard of 710ESPN Seattle offers thoughts on Matt Flynn relative to Brandon Weedon.

Josh Kerns of mynorthwest.com links to an interview with Banks.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic offers thoughts on the Cardinals' recent organized team activities. He thought John Skelton missed some passes that should have been completed. Also from Somers: "WR Michael Floyd looks like he would be more effective at a little lighter weight. It's not unusual for rookies to be a bit heavy in their first camp, and Floyd is far from overweight. But my guess is that strength and conditioning coach John Lott would like Floyd to be a bit lighter than he is now. He's listed at 220 pounds. Floyd didn't look quick going through agility drills, but that's not his forte, either. It's getting downfield and using his size and strength against smaller defenders."

Also from Somers: The Cardinals dropped too many potential interceptions last season.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says confidence isn't a problem for Arizona's defense. Calais Campbell: "It’s knowing the defense can work, because of where we finished last year. When we are jelling and we do it right, the offense has no chance. They only make plays when we make mistakes and we haven’t made a lot of mistakes lately. Our confidence is high. I can’t wait to get in there that first game."

Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com offers Rams-related notes, including one about first-round choice Michael Brockers signing his rookie contract. Wagoner: "Brockers is the seventh member of the Rams’ 10-man draft class to sign on the dotted line as the Rams move closer to getting everyone under contract before the end of the offseason program next week. Brockers has been present and participating in the team’s Organized Team Activities and the rookie minicamp, working mostly with the first team alongside Kendall Langford on the inside."

Also from Wagoner: catching up with rookie cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who played with Jeff Fisher's son, Brandon, at Montana. Brandon is now an assistant secondary coach for St. Louis.

Tony Softli of 101ESPN St. Louis says the Rams' rookie class is adjusting to the NFL. Softli: "There are also many adjustments that come with moving to a new city and its surroundings, from finding grocery stores and restaurants to the closest movie theatre. Of the utmost importance, though, is learning the new playbook and terminology, focusing on the Rams’ way of doing business, meetings, lifting and running sessions."