Red roundup: Former Ute Eric Weddle coveted NFL free agent

Published: Thursday, March 3 2011 12:23 p.m. MST

San Diego Chargers' Antoine Cason (20) celebrates with teammate and former University of Utah star Eric Weddle after Cason intercepted and returned a fourth-quarter Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass for a touchdown during an NFL football game Sunday in Tampa, Fla. The Chargers won the game 41-24.

Chris O'Meara, Associated Press

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—Utah alum Eric Weddle tops The Sporting News' list of National Football League free agents at safety. The ranking notes that the San Diego Chargers want him back for many reason including his tackling ability and his development into a big playmaker. There's also a prediction that at age 26, he hasn't played his best football yet.

— The San Francisco Chronicle reports the former Utah quarterback Alex Smith has been tendered an offer by the San Francisco 49ers. The offer, however, is only valid if the league agrees to a new collective-bargaining agreement.

— Ex-Ute Brandon Burton drew praise from SI.com's Tony Pauline for his showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. Pauline projects Burton as a top-100 choice.

— An Orlando Sentinel blogs focuses on the 31 arrests at Florida under Urban Meyer, citing the SI/CBS News investigation.

— And finally, a ray of optimism from former Utah coach Rick Majerus. In the midst of a losing season at St. Louis, he's found a silver lining.

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