NFC West Links: Cards, Harbaugh, 49ers

Let’s round up a few Thursday notes from around the NFC West….

  • Following Jake Ballard‘s retirement and the release of linebacker Ernie Sims, the Cardinals have opened up a pair of roster spots. However, the team doesn’t appear to be in any rush to make sure the roster’s back up to 90 players, tweets Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “We got too many (players) now,” head coach Bruce Arians joked.
  • Outside of actually agreeing to an extension, tabling talks until after the season was the best thing Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers could have done, writes Dan Pompei of Sports on Earth. As Pompei observes, there was no rush to get something done now, since the San Francisco head coach remains under contract through 2015, and both sides should have a better understanding of Harbaugh’s value after this season.
  • Praising the 49ers for having so many solid contracts to choose from, Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap identifies offensive tackle Anthony Davis as the player with the most team-friendly deal of the bunch. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Fitzgerald wasn’t a fan of the club’s new agreement with Anquan Boldin, which includes a voidable year to make it work under the cap.
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