NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks


  • The Athletic’s Matt Barrows mentions if the 49ers go after anyone before the trade deadline, it should be an edge rusher, and he mentions Washington DE Ryan Kerrigan as one of the best candidates. 
  • Barrows expects 49ers CB Jason Verrett to stay in the starting lineup when Richard Sherman returns, pushing Emmanuel Moseley to nickel or the top backup spot for all three starting positions. 
  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano note 49ers DC Robert Saleh and offensive assistants Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur could get interview interest as head coaching candidates this offseason. 
  • 49ers’ LT Trent Williams is dealing with an ankle sprain, according to HC Kyle Shanahan. Williams is being further evaluated and is also having additional images taken of his ankle. (Nick Wagoner)
  • Shanahan also added that the team will not have starting C Weston Richburg back, as he will be recovering from offseason shoulder surgery until at least Week 12. (Matt Maiocco)
  • As for RB Tevin Coleman, Shanahan referred to him as a “long shot” to return this week, but is hopeful that RB Jeff Wilson is able to return to practice from a calf injury on Wednesday. (Matt Barrows)


  • The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue writes the only position the Rams could consider making a trade to address a need would be inside linebacker, as they have players coming back from injury at other weak spots on the roster. 
  • However, she notes the Rams already elected to go cheap at the position and bank on Micah Kiser as the primary starter, so she’s doubtful they’ll change course and make a move. 
  • As for players other teams could be interested in, Rodrigue notes the Rams indicated back during the preseason that they had no intentions of trading TE Gerald Everett despite drafting someone at his position and Everett being in the final year of his deal. 
  • Rodrigue notes the Rams could part with WR Josh Reynolds if another team offered a third or fourth-round pick but the general belief is no other team would offer more than a late-rounder for Reynolds who’s also in the last year of his deal. 
  • Rams’ HC Sean McVay spoke about the play of inside linebackers Kiser and Kenny Young: “They played tough, but it was clear they were having trouble when stretched wide. Some key areas where favorable down and distance tackles were missed are particularly an area that needs to get cleaned up immediately.” (Rodrigue)


  • ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano list Seahawks executives Scott Fitterer, Trent Kirchner and Alonzo Highsmith as potential GM candidates this offseason. 
  • Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer is also expected to draw interest as a head coaching candidate this offseason. 
  • Seahawks’ HC Pete Carroll mentioned that they’re trying DB D.J. Reed at several positions to see where he fits in with the defense as he returns from injury. (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Carroll also provided a discouraging injury update on S Lano Hill, saying he’s “got some issues with his back that haven’t really turned in the right direction.” (John Boyle)
  • While Hill and S Jamal Adams remain out with injuries, defensive backs Ryan Neal and Damarious Randall will continue to fill in, with Carroll mentioning that he is excited to see more from Randall: “He’s been around us now enough.” (Crabtree)
  • When Adams returns, Neal has proven himself enough that Carroll believes he will continue to play: “He’s played well enough to play with the starters. Yeah, so we’re really pleased about that. That only makes us stronger.” (Crabtree)
  • Carroll was noncommittal about Adams’ status, saying the team would take the week and make the best long term decision for Adams: “We’ve got to get through the week and see what happens. It’s a long season and we’d love to have him back as soon as we can get him, but we want him back when he’s right and back for the long haul.” (Brady Henderson)
  • Carroll wants to see how veteran DT Damon Harrison performs in practice this week before they figure out where he fits in with Seattle’s defense. (Crabtree)
  • Rookie DE Darrell Taylor is still injured but Carroll is unwilling to rule out the possibility that he returns this season, saying he has “made great progress.” (Bob Condotta)

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