When asked about why the organization wasn’t more aggressive in acquiring Julio Jones from the Falcons, 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan pointed out that they have many players to one-year deals and that they didn’t have the adequate draft capital to deal after trading 2022 first- and third-round picks to select QB Trey Lance.
“We’ve got lots of guys on one-year contracts, things like that,” Shanahan said, via Matt Barrows of The Athletic. “Everyone knows we don’t have a first-round pick. But what happens when you don’t have a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick and you lose a number of guys in free agency?”
Shanahan intimated that they want to hold onto their remaining 2022 draft picks in order to assure they’re capable of competing “every single year.”
“We think about (having success) this year a ton, but we don’t plan on retiring,” Shanahan said. “We would like to be able to compete every single year. You’ve got to make sure all the big decisions you make don’t hurt you for the years coming up.”
Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds believes he can be a multi-faceted weapon in the NFL and says his ability “outside the backfield” is what can help distinguish himself as a playmaker.
“One thing I’m always trying to strive is my ability outside the backfield,” Edmunds said via CardsWire. “I feel like that’s something where I can distinguish myself as a different type of a playmaker, just around the NFL especially as a running back.”
Edmunds added that his receiving abilities can give the Cardinals another dimension to their offense and force defenses to have to account for him out of the backfield.
“I feel like when you can really account outside the backfield receiving, it adds another dimension to your team and to your ability as a player and what you offer the team.”
Seahawks S Jamal Adams‘ absence from minicamp wasn’t related to his contract, but that looms over the organization given Adams’ history of discontent with how negotiations progressed — or didn’t — when he was with the Jets. Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said there’s no cause for concern, though, and Seattle plans to sign Adams to the long-term deal he’s been seeking.
“It’s been ongoing and it’s been amicable throughout,” Carroll said via ESPN’s Brady Henderson. “We recognize that he’s a fantastic football player and … it’s a big contract process. But I know he knows he’s been treated with a lot of respect and he’s been very respectful towards the club as well. They’ve been good talks. It just hasn’t been able to get settled at this point, but it’s coming. We expect him for [training] camp, and everything should be fine.”
- Henderson talked to former agent and CBS Sports analyst Joel Corry, who notes that while Adams may push to hit the $20 million mark as a transcendent defender, he thinks the $18 million Seattle signed LB Bobby Wagner to a couple of seasons ago is the ceiling.
- Corry notes that would still represent a sizable jump from the $15.25 million that currently paces the safety market. He adds if Adams waits for the Chiefs to sign S Tyrann Mathieu to an extension, that could raise the bar he’ll end up clearing even more.
- As far as timing for a new deal, Henderson points out the Seahawks have traditionally gotten these kinds of deals done during training camp.