NFC Notes: 49ers, Packers, Vikings

     

49ers

49ers OT Mike McGlinchey has become a mainstay on the right side of San Francisco’s offensive line since being drafted in the first round in 2017, and that’s apparently where the team wants to keep him. San Francisco was exploring different options to replace LT Joe Staley and ended up settling on a trade for LT Trent Williams. In the past, teams would want to eventually shift high draft picks over to the left side as it was seen as a premium position. Now, both tackle spots are seen and paid as equally important, which is why McGlinchey is content staying where he is. 

“I’m very comfortable being a right tackle,” McGlinchey said via NBC Sports’ Scott Bair. “I have no problems continuing my career if that’s the way they want it, at right tackle the entire time. It’s something I’m getting very good at. It’s something that doesn’t matter anymore. I can’t think of a reason why I would need to make the switch other than outside world hype on left tackles still a little higher than right tackles. The NFL doesn’t view it that way, with guys like Lane Johnson and Trent Brown and the contracts they got, and the left tackles that are coming in and out. It’s not a stigma to be a right tackle anymore, so I’m OK either way.”

Packers

Per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, former Packers QB Brett Favre told Rich Eisen he talked to QB Aaron Rodgers about the team drafting Jordan Love in the first round.

“I’m not going to talk about all that we talked. He was, let’s just say surprised, they went that direction,” Favre said. 

Favre says he expects Rodgers to eventually play for another team. 

“I think he’ll play somewhere else,” Favre said of Rodgers. 

When asked about Rodgers finishing up his career in Green Bay, Favre mentioned that he doesn’t see it happening now that they’ve drafted Jordan Love. 

“My gut tells me no,” Favre said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t know this for certain, but I guarantee you, it’s got the wheels turning in Aaron’s mind. If that’s the case, then that means there’s a chip on his shoulder towards the organization that otherwise was not there. All he needs is a reason other than this reason to expedite that.”

While Favre is optimistic about the Packers remaining in contention, he believes the Packers’ decision to trade up and select Love in round one “burned a bridge.”

“Green Bay’s not going anywhere without Aaron Rodgers in the next few years,” Favre said. “If he plays like we expect him to play, they’ve got a shot with or without a first-round receiver. So I would do all I could to not burn that bridge, and I don’t think they did that. I think they burned a bridge that’s going to be hard to overcome. At some point, I think it will rear its ugly head.”

Vikings

Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey became the first running back from a loaded 2017 class to sign a contract extension this offseason. Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is another player from that class who’s up for a new deal and with the draft in the books, Vikings GM Rick Spielman acknowledged a new deal for Cook is on their to-do list. 

“We’ve always had history in the past of once we got through the draft, a lot of the extensions we’ve done, our philosophy has always been (that) hopefully we’re drafting well enough that we reward our own players,” Spielman said via ESPN’s Courtney Cronin. “Dalvin Cook’s a critical part of our offense and not only is he a great football player, but he’s a great human being off the field on how he represents our organization, out in the community. We’ll see where that goes. I’m sure we’ll be talking to his representatives here down the road as we get closer. A lot of our stuff has gotten done before we’ve headed into training camp. But we’ll see how everything progresses.”

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