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NFL Notes: 49ers, Jets, Packers, Raiders


Soon-to-be 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan mentioned that he really liked Jimmy Garoppolo coming out of college a few years ago.

“He was a very good thrower,” Shanahan said of Garoppolo, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Tough guy, kept his eyes down the field, could get rid of the ball fast. Really liked the person. Had a chance to go out to dinner with him and stuff. He played at Eastern Illinois, and it was a different type of offense where you can’t always evaluate with how quick they get rid of the ball. But I really thought he was a very intelligent, tough player with a good throwing motion.


  • Rich Cimini suspects that the Jets may have interest in Cowboys QB Tony Romo but he can’t see them getting anything done to bring him to New York.
  • Cimini mentions that if Romo signs with another team such as the Broncos, who are reportedly among the interested teams in Romo, it’s possible the Jets could have interest in Trevor Siemian.
  • The main issue with this idea is that the Broncos would have all of the leverage, as they control Siemian’s rights are a very reasonable cost — $628,000 (2017) and $728,000 (2018) — for the next two years. Beyond that, compensation could also be a sticking point, as Denver may want a decent draft pick in return for him.


Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy said he has no intention of urging GM Ted Thompson to be more active in free agency this offseason.

Ted and I talk all the time, and he knows that he has all the resources he needs,” Murphy said, via PackersNews.com. “But the way I manage and work with people, I would never tell Ted what to do. My philosophy is hire really good people, give them the resources they need and you support them. I think that’s worked well for us. And yeah, we haven’t been real active, but when we do go into free agency we usually get pretty good players.

It’s obviously Ted’s decision,” Murphy said, “but you can look across the league, there’s a lot of people that have tried to make big splashes in free agency and it ends up backfiring. I think the best thing that Ted has done is obviously the draft and develop but identifying our key core players and extending (their contracts).”


  • Despite the recent developments regarding the Raiders’ Las Vegas stadium deal, Falcons owner Arthur Blank told reporters on Friday that he doesn’t think Sheldon Adelson’s exit ends the possibility of the team relocating to Vegas. (Tom Pelissero)
  • Blank added that he gets the sense that the Raiders are happier making the move without Adelson.
  • Beyond that, Blank mentioned that owners weren’t going to approve gambling interests having equity in a team or an NFL stadium.

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