Around the NFC West: Goodbye to Holt

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hails Torry Holt's professionalism after the Rams released the former Pro Bowl receiver. Holt often worked harder and more diligently than less established players.

The National Football Post says the Rams and Titans talked about a trade involving Holt, but the receiver wasn't interested in the suggested contract adjustment.

Jeff Gordon of stltoday.com, in addressing Torry Holt's release from the Rams, says there's no room for sentimentality in the NFL.

Also from Gordon: The Rams' recent moves suggest the team is getting back to the basics of blocking and tackling.

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch considers it "strange" that the Rams haven't re-signed versatile backup offensive lineman Adam Goldberg, who visited the Browns.

Turf Show Times' Tackle Box thinks the Rams need upgrades at cornerback even after re-signing Ron Bartell. Getting more from Tye Hill would certainly help.

Niners general manager Scot McCloughan says drafting a quarterback 10th overall "sure is" an option for the 49ers even with Alex Smith still on the roster. Not that a GM would want to publicly rule out any options in the draft.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says the 49ers might be more of a passing team than Mike Singletary's image suggests. I expect this to become a theme for the 49ers and the Seahawks at various points this offseason. Everyone assumes new Seattle coordinator Greg Knapp is going to run most of the time, but that will not always be true. Both teams want balance.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat breaks down the 49ers' scouting department while noting that the team relied on its area scout -- not McCloughan -- to monitor Andre Smith's recent workout.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee ponders a mock draft featuring Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers as the 49ers' potential choice at No. 10.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com checks in with Jason Wright during the former Browns running back's visit to Cardinals headquarters. Wright would help on special teams in addition to providing depth at the position. Urban: "Again, if it happens, it's not a sexy signing. But sometimes the best signings are the ones no one notices."

Also from Urban: Tight end Stephen Spach says he expects to return from knee surgery at some point during training camp.

Revenge of the Birds' Hawkwind says Browns fans weren't always high on Wright.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks wanted to re-sign Floyd Womack, but probably as a backup. Womack went to the Browns instead. The Browns' line coach, George Warhop, was with Mike Nolan in San Francisco, so he might be familiar with Womack from playing against the Seahawks.

Also from Farnsworth: He confirms reports that Julian Peterson refused a pay cut and could become a salary-cap casualty.

John Morgan of Field Gulls compares Matt Hasselbeck's numbers to Jon Kitna's numbers over the 2005 through 2008 seasons. They are similar.

Chris Sullivan of Seahawk Addicts says he wouldn't see much value in the Seahawks swinging a trade for Lions defensive lineman Cory Redding. I don't think teams can have enough starting-caliber defensive linemen.