We're waiting like everybody else for the Seattle Seahawks to announce whether or not they will franchise Leroy Hill before today's 1 p.m. deadline (4 p.m. here on the East Coast).
Obviously this is a tough decision for the organization to make, which is probably one of the reasons they are using all of the time allotted to come to a conclusion.
Neither Seattle general manager Tim Ruskell or head coach Jim Mora are slated to speak to reporters this morning. And because of the new setup here at Lucas Oil Stadium, it will be hard to mingle with coaches and executives as they leave and enter the building. But at some point today we will get a report on the status of Hill.
In today's story I took a look at some of the options Seattle has in deciding to keep Hill in the fold or move on and let someone else fill the position.
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald does the same thing here. Johnson says the Seahawks also have dead money tied up in former players Darrell Jackson, Grant Winstrom and Jamie Sharper that could influence whether the team has enough money to franchise Hill.
TNT reporter Craig Hill takes a looks at the Tiger Mountain trail Seattle head coach Jim Mora hikes up every Friday.
San Francisco 49ers
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle says quarterback Alex Smith is at a crossroads in his career, similar to New York Yankees ball player Alex Rodriguez.
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News says don't count Smith out of the San Francisco quarterback derby.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says the Niners do not plan on making any big splashes in free agency.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic discusses the team's strategy at the combine. It includes talking to agents for Kurt Warner and Karlos Dansby as they continue negotiations with those two players.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com writes that even though the Cardinals have made several coaching changes, the chemistry with head coach Ken Whisenhunt at the helm should remain the same.
St. Louis Rams
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams will use their franchise tag on free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.
More Thomas: Rams General Manager Bill Devaney readies for his first draft as the guy in control of personnel moves for St. Louis.