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There could be battle for Bulger brewing in NFC West

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One year on the sidelines and a number of desperate teams looking for quarterbacks could wind up making Marc Bulger a popular man when free agency eventually starts.

NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi writes that he expects the Cardinals to “go hard” after Bulger when he’s available.  That’s no surprise.   A bit more notable: Lombardi “would fully expect [the 49ers] to make a play for Bulger” when free agency starts.

Lombardi’s recent history with the 49ers guarantees that everything he writes about the team will be viewed through a certain lens.  If he expects the 49ers to go after Bulger, so do we.

Bulger has a few things going for him.  We know he’s been productive, and we don’t know how he will perform away from St. Louis.  He also makes sense as a short-term fix at quarterback for a team that drafts a rookie in April.

The biggest problem Bulger has to overcome: all his gametape from 2009.

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26 Responses to “There could be battle for Bulger brewing in NFC West”
  1. usher716 says: Mar 25, 2011 1:57 PM

    i think bulger makes perfect sense for the 49ers, they can tank this year with him and Harbaugh can draft Luck next year.

  2. scoopandslam says: Mar 25, 2011 1:58 PM

    Battle Of The Bulger, eh? Well if history is any indication, there will be quite a lot of bloodshed.

  3. realitypolice says: Mar 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    ……….and that tells you everything you need to know about the NFC West.

  4. skoobyfl says: Mar 25, 2011 1:59 PM

    If Bulger is a target of desire, I totally see that there is going to be 2 QB’s taken off the draft board in the first 3 picks.

  5. iced107 says: Mar 25, 2011 2:01 PM

    “The biggest problem Bulger has to overcome: all his gametape from 2009″

    Bulger’s biggest problem was the lack of an offensive line to protect him. As a Ram fan, after all the years I spent watching him – just give him a line and some receivers that he can actually work with, and he can still shred a defense.He looked pretty sharp with the Ravens’ 1’s this year in the pre-season.

    Fortunately, The niners and Cardinals do not have good offensive lines that can protect well.

  6. connie75 says: Mar 25, 2011 2:02 PM

    And you wonder why the nfc west is the worst division in football.

  7. 49ersforever says: Mar 25, 2011 2:11 PM

    I hope the Niners lose this particular battle. I really want to be rid of Alex Smith but not this bad.

  8. hobartbaker says: Mar 25, 2011 2:12 PM

    You hear the same refrain every year about this time, “Why not bring in The Old Bulger?”.

  9. suhnami says: Mar 25, 2011 2:13 PM

    usher716

    why do they need to bring in bulger to tank in 2011?? just keep alex smith at the helm

  10. wutthecrapman says: Mar 25, 2011 2:24 PM

    Since when did Mark Bulger because the all-stud pro QB that all teams desire??? He’s fragile, not mobile and past his prime.

  11. JSpicoli says: Mar 25, 2011 2:34 PM

    The niners should keep Alex Smith. Watching the 6 years old long train wreck is entertaining.

  12. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 25, 2011 2:34 PM

    This guy is another bum that i cant understand in the NFL.
    Him and Jake Delhomme need to be put on an island somewhere near Japan so the NFL stops wasting money on these clowns..
    Bulger is one of those QBs that i just love to see get popped by and LB

  13. scoopandslam says: Mar 25, 2011 2:41 PM

    Will Kurt Warner 2.0 for the Rams = Kurt Warner 2.0 for the Cardinals? I think you at least have to give him a shot with Fitz and co.

  14. stevo8drum says: Mar 25, 2011 2:47 PM

    as an eagles fan…. im smiling cause Kolbs stock is through the roof if Bulger is the hot FA qb. 1st and a 4th should get er done 49er fans.

  15. umrguy42 says: Mar 25, 2011 2:48 PM

    “The biggest problem Bulger has to overcome: all his gametape from 2009.”

    And 2008, and 2007…

    As a Rams fan, I both hope somebody else in the division picks him up, and pity them (Bulger < Warner, pretty sure there).

  16. vickadelphiaphreedom says: Mar 25, 2011 2:50 PM

    MARC Bulger??? Wow. I heard NFC teams are taking a hard look at Herschel Walker too.

  17. aj1988lions says: Mar 25, 2011 3:12 PM

    connie75 says:
    Mar 25, 2011 2:02 PM
    And you wonder why the nfc west is the worst division in football.

    ————–

    exactly and to this point if you disliked this think about it you have two teams in one division fighting over a guy who is clearly past his prime. The best team in the division was 9-7?
    I didn’t know hardcore Marc Bulger fans existed lol

  18. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 25, 2011 3:14 PM

    Say what you want about Bulger… but if my options for the 49ers, Cards, and Seahawks are.

    1.) Sign Bulger
    2.) Give in to the ridiculous trade demands the Eagles are asking for Kolb
    3.) Keep my fingers crossed that the Bengals trade Palmer
    4.) Use my first pick to reach on one QBs in this extremely poor draft class
    5.) Stick with who they currently have on their roster, which includes the likes of Whitehurst, A Smith, and Skelton/Hall

    I’ll take Bulger if those are my options.

  19. schmitty2 says: Mar 25, 2011 3:37 PM

    Even though Bulger played on some crappy Rams teams he is NOT a leader. Speaking as a true Ram’s fan I never saw him get upset or get in anyones face about missing a blocking assignment when he was getting pummeled. Is this really what a team wants?? oh wait..AZ and SF are in our division. Go sign him!!

  20. august1969 says: Mar 25, 2011 3:38 PM

    build an o-line. then you can look. geesh.

  21. thefiesty1 says: Mar 25, 2011 3:40 PM

    He’s been productive? What? I don’t think his record would be described as productive. Maybe mediocre. If that’s what SF and Arizona are looking for, by all means get after it.

  22. edgy says: Mar 25, 2011 4:36 PM

    iced107 says:

    Bulger’s biggest problem was the lack of an offensive line to protect him. As a Ram fan, after all the years I spent watching him

    ********************

    Might hold water if it wasn’t for one problem: a rookie by the name of Sam Bradford, who did better with a patchwork offensive line AND wide receivers that should have been playing the Arena League.

  23. stevo8drum says: Mar 25, 2011 4:44 PM

    only 9 thumbs down for my post about my eagles and Kevin Kolb? come on folks… you can do better than that.

  24. iced107 says: Mar 25, 2011 6:43 PM

    Might hold water if it wasn’t for one problem: a rookie by the name of Sam Bradford, who did better with a patchwork offensive line AND wide receivers that should have been playing the Arena League.

    ———————————————–

    It does and should hold water.The team that Bradford and Bulger had were completely different in some of most important positions,most notably LT and RG. Incognito and alex barron, both incredibly inconsistent, terrible pass blocking lineman,and also almost always fought each other for team leading penalties were gone. In fact, I believe incognito lead the league in penalties that year, or barron. It was one of the 2.

    Secondly, Who did the rams have at wide out for Bulger? Whoever decided to go through the revolving door..From Starting Donnie avery and tim Carter (yea,tim carter..mr.i drop a td wide open vs vikings) to whoever you wanted to add/trade for.

    Bulger didn’t stand a chance that year – I don’t think Bradford would either..

  25. bigtony300 says: Mar 25, 2011 7:10 PM

    Rumor has it that the Cardinals and 49ers are also in a battle for the services of Jeff George, Jerry Glanville, and Betty White….guess we just have to play the waiting game now.

  26. canjura says: Mar 25, 2011 7:12 PM

    edgy: Patchwork of an offensive line? Rams have a 2nd overall draft pick in Jason Smith at RT, a 2nd rounder in Roger Saffold at LT, highest paid center in the NFL (and a pretty good one too) with Jason Brown, Jacob Bell who they overpaid like 3 seasons ago at LG. That seems like a pretty stable O-Line. Only “stop-gap” the Rams have is Adam Goldberg/John Greco at RG. Unless you also want to include the soon to be cut Bell, but, he’s been a consistent piece of the line for 3 years. That doesn’t sound like a patchwork O-Line. Danario Alexander will be a stud in the league if he’s ever given a real chance to compete (and if he can stay healthy), Danny Amendola had a solid season, Bobby Gibson can become a solid #2 or 3 receiver. Did you even watch any of the games the Rams played? I seriously doubt it.

    BULGER had a patchwork of an offensive line, over 90 different starting offensive lines during his final 3 years on the team, can you even name one receiver left in the league from his WR core besides Donnie Avery (who was always hurt during Bulger’s final 3 years)? No cheating, no googling.

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