Around the NFC West: Porter's case

Steve Swenson of the Bakersfield Californian says Cardinals outside linebacker Joey Porter plans to fight his DUI arrest amid reports that the arresting officer has issues of his own. Swenson: "The officer who arrested Porter has a pending drunken driving case of his own, and the first man stopped by officers -- who Porter followed into a parking lot that led to his arrest -- got off scot-free." Porter's attorney is painting the officer as a "bad apple" while saying he expects his client to be exonerated.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals want Joey Porter to give their defense more toughness. Coach Ken Whisenhunt: "I keep going back to that Green Bay playoff game, and how a defense that gave up 10 points in the first half could allow 35 in the second half. And it always gets back to mental toughness. We need more of an edge behind us defensively as far as backing up the talk that we put out there, and I think Joey brings a lot of that to the field."

The Cardinals' Web site offers video of assistant coach Russ Grimm throwing out the first pitch at an Angels spring-training baseball game. Grimm's shoulder appeared to hold up OK.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch points out reasons the Rams could still draft someone other than quarterback Sam Bradford first overall. Miklasz: "Look, he checks out great. Bradford should be just fine. But the Rams can’t be sure -- no one can -- until Bradford actually takes a huge hit and gets slammed around in live, full-speed action. That’s still the X Factor in all of this. Devaney has to be a little anxious about the worst-case scenario: turn down an offer for Bradford, draft him No. 1 overall, and have the shoulder crumple as soon as the kid gets driven to the ground by some runaway blitzer. Is that fear enough to give the Rams a reason to reconsider?"

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says during a chat that he doesn't know why ESPN's Adam Schefter recently cast doubt on Shahid Khan's ownership bid. Thomas gives Khan a 65 percent chance of approval, noting that past issues with the IRS could come into play.

Also from Thomas: Victor Adeyanju's signing gives the Rams three defensive ends under contract.

Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat provides an updated breakdown of the Rams' free-agent activity this offseason.

Brian McIntyre of scout.com expects Memphis receiver Duke Calhoun to visit the Seahawks in another week or so. McIntyre: "Calhoun's 212 receptions and 2,981 receiving yards are school records, and his 19 career receiving touchdowns rank 3rd on the school's all-time list. Last season, Calhoun led the Tigers with 68 receptions for 923 yards and 5 touchdowns, and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after the season."

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times doesn't expect the Seahawks to pursue Darren Sharper. O'Neil: "I don't see Seattle looking to get older at safety. Sharper is -- rightfully -- looking for a significant payday, and that's what it would take for him to leave the Saints. If he's not going to get a big-budget deal, I don't see him leaving the Saints. I don't see Seattle seeing investing in an older safety." Agreed, but I could see the team re-signing Lawyer Milloy, who began his career in New England and played under Pete Carroll there.

Greg Johns of seattlepi.com says the Seahawks' special-teams coverage units haven't been very good in recent seasons. Perhaps Sean Morey can help change that.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune says the Seahawks might be better off drafting a big back late than investing an early choice for C.J. Spiller.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says offensive lineman Alex Boone is pushing for playing time with the 49ers. Barrows: "Boone said he began working out with former NFL player LeCharles Bentley in Cleveland a week after the season ended. He worked out six days a week and changed his routine. He took shorter breaks between repetitions. He added more cardio and essentially worked a lot harder. As a result, his body fat dropped from 25 percent at this time last year to about 19 percent today."

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says the 49ers are reportedly scheduled to meet with Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis.

Also from Maiocco: a quick look at free-agent happenings involving the 49ers this offseason.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News has written off David Carr after a couple of voluntary practices. Kawakami: "Carr throws spirals, but he was consistently throwing well behind the WRs on any ball longer than 15 yards. I mean, way behind the WRs. And he has a weird, shot-put motion that fans will probably not enjoy. If there’s a training camp competition -- if it’s CLOSE AT ALL between presumed No. 1 Alex Smith and Carr -- then the 49ers are in some trouble. Because Carr’s not the answer."