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March 1, 2009
Cardinals not blinking

I spoke with Kurt Warner's agent a couple of minutes ago, and he said that nothing has changed between the Cardinals and his client since news broke yesterday that Warner had scheduled a Monday visit with the 49ers. Which probably means that the Cardinals think Warner's bluffing and that it will soon be time for Warner to lay his - ahem -- cards on the table. Agent Mark Bartelstein has never mentioned the 49ers specifically, at least not to me. But he insists that he is in discussions about Warner with more than one team. "We're going to visit some people and we're just going to leave it at that," Bartelstein said. "I've told the teams that I wouldn't mention them by name."

Cross Chris Canty off your free-agent want list. The big - 6-7 - defensive lineman will sign a six-year, $42 million deal with the Giants, who are trying to keep pace with the free-spending Redskins. The 49ers, meanwhile, will host Redskins free agent DE-DT Demetric Evans tomorrow. They also have shown interest in Broncos free agent DT-DE Kenny Peterson.

The 49ers will need to add a third tight end at some point, but it is not currently a free-agent priority. The players they are considering include Billy Bajema, Cowboys free agent Tony Curtis and Browns free agent Darnell Dinkins.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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