NFC Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks


The 49ers were widely thought to be one of the leading contenders to trade for WR Julio Jones given HC Kyle Shanahan knew him well from his time as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator. But Shanahan said giving up more future draft capital after burning most of their powder on the move up for Trey Lance would have made their jobs a lot harder in the future, even if Jones is a heck of a player. 

“Everyone knows we don’t have a first-round pick,” Shanahan said via’s David Bonilla. “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, which you never can for sure count on? Then you end up going into a draft, and you’ve got to get six new spots, but all you have is a third- and a fifth-round pick. It’s kind of tough to build your team that way and to consistently do it. But he’s a hell of a player. He’s going to definitely help Tennessee. And everyone knows how special he is, but you’ve got to think about the short-term and the long-term, and that’s why those things are so risky for everybody.”


New Rams’ WR DeSean Jackson shared his thoughts on the team’s receivers and referred to them as “definitely a scary group” for opposing defenses.

He also says that it shouldn’t be too difficult for the team’s receivers to gel with a great quarterback like Matthew Stafford.

“You continue to be great and just throw the ball, and I’m going to continue to be great and just run past everybody and use my speed,” Jackson said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “I think that’s the good niche about us, we’re just going to be dialed in and just continuously just learn the plays — and once the season starts, we’ll be in rare . . . form.”


Seahawks’ P Michael Dickson was waiting for Seattle to offer him a contract extension prior to the new season and was overjoyed to receive one.

“I was hoping (for an extension this summer),” Dickson said, via Curtis Crabtree. “And then when they reached out, the agents did most of the work. I tried to stay out of it because I’m sure that whole process can get pretty stressful but I trusted the team and the process and my agents and was really lucky to have everything work together and get me here for a few more years.”

Dickson believes that his stats in 2020 showed improvement over those in 2019 and adds that he hit all of his personal goals last season.

“My year last year, stats-wise, definitely better last year,” Dickson said. “I had some goals written down and, if you include the playoff game, I hit all of my standards of goals that I wanted to hit stats-wise. It was a more sustainable year the way I approached it. I really want to carry that into this year. I’ve been carrying it through the offseason.”

Dickson says that he is excited to spend another four or five years with the Seahawks.

“Yeah, I’m pumped,” Dickson said. “That was the dream. … I really wanted to get to the Seahawks and then they drafted me and that was a dream come true and to know that I can spend another 4-5 years here is just the best thing that could have happened to me, for sure.”

  • Seahawks LB Jordyn Brooks said he doesn’t feel any pressure in taking over LB K.J. Wright‘s role but feels the veteran “set the bar high” in Seattle: “But it’s definitely shoes to fill. K.J. had an outstanding career here. He set the bar high for sure.” (Brady Henderson)

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