NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks


  • NFL Media’s Bucky Brooks doesn’t think the 49ers should grant RB Raheem Mostert‘s demand for a raise or trade the back unless they get a great deal. 
  • Brooks points out 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan‘s system is designed to make running backs look good and Mostert’s success doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a special back. 
  • ESPN’s Nick Wagoner lists 49ers WR Dante Pettis as a veteran player in danger of being cut this preseason. 
  • The Athletic’s Ben Standig notes the 49ers have free-agent WR Jarius Wright on their emergency list. 


  • The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue and Rich Hammond point out the Rams plan to use CB Jalen Ramsey more as a safety and nickel defender in 2020, specifically in man coverage on some of the top tight ends in the division like the 49ers’ George Kittle and the Seahawks’ Greg Olsen.
  • Hammond notes the Rams were happy with how CB Troy Hill responded with increased confidence by moving into a starting role last season and he should be a starter outside.
  • If Ramsey moves around, Rams CB Darious Williams is the other leading candidate to start outside, per Hammond. Third-round rookie DB Terrell Burgess could get his first look at nickel corner, per Rodrigue. 
  • Hammond points out the Rams haven’t been “safety first” as far as prioritizing the safety position. There’s been a revolving door at the position and either Burgess or sixth-round S Jordan Fuller could take over for S John Johnson if the Rams let him walk after his deal expires in 2020. 
  • ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry says all of the Rams veteran players are all but guaranteed to make the final roster. 


In an agent survey by the Athletic’s Ben Standig, Seahawks GM John Schneider received some recognition as one of the best general managers in the NFL.

“Just think he’s really ahead of the curve in terms of player evaluation,” one agent said. “They rarely seem to have salary-cap problems. He’s very proactive with his roster. I don’t see him as reactionary. They don’t seem to ever be in a situation where they’re sort of scrambling with their hair on fire, trying to patch a situation that they weren’t prepared for.”

Agents also pegged Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner as a skilled talent evaluator and future general manager

“He’s John Schneider’s right-hand man,” one said. “He isn’t a politician like a lot of guys are. But I think he’s one of the better evaluators in the NFL. And he’s no-nonsense. He’s there at 5 in the morning, leaves at 10 at night every day. He works his ass off. He’s done as much to help John build that roster and keep that roster consistently good year in and year out as anybody in the league. And I know he doesn’t get the pub as some other guys even in that organization or across the league. He’s not going to politic and unfortunately, in this league, you got to politic and that’s not really in his DNA to go sell himself.”

  • Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Scott Fitterer and Nolan Teasley also received recognition as among the NFL’s best evaluators of talent. 
  • ESPN’s Brady Henderson lists Seahawks S Bradley McDougald as a veteran player in danger of being cut this preseason. 

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