1 Expect the 49ers to make a strong push for seventh-year Ravens outside line-backer Adalius Thomas, one of this year's prize free agents. San Francisco has $38 million in salary-cap room and a big hole to fill at pass-rushing linebacker; Thomas (right) had 11 sacks in 2006, his first All-Pro season. Niners coach Mike Nolan, the Ravens' defensive coordinator from '01 to '04, loves Thomas as a player and a locker room leader.
2 Talk about the devaluation of the Pro Bowl: This year 103 players can call themselves Pro Bowlers—the 86 originally voted in; 15 injury replacements; and two others, Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and Jets wideout Laveranues Coles, chosen as subs but notified too late to make flights to Honolulu for the game. With one out of 17 players able to call themselves Pro Bowlers, the tag just doesn't mean as much as it should.
3 Terrell Owens, due a $3 million bonus if he's on the Cowboys' roster in June, is no lock to get it. New coach Wade Phillips said last week that Owens is "part of the Dallas Cowboys family," but owner Jerry Jones has the final call, and he says he hasn't made a decision on the wideout yet.