NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Packers, Rams


Buccaneers GM Jason Licht admitted that they will have some tough decisions to make on their offensive line with J.R. Sweezy returning from a knee injury and Ali Marpet, Evan Smith and third-round pick Alex Cappa at guard.

J.R. is rehabbing right now, and we’re going to see how that goes,” Licht said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “He hasn’t been cleared. Hopefully he gets cleared by training camp and we will see how it goes then. You can’t have enough offensive linemen in my opinion, and right now, looks like we’re getting to the point where we have a few extra that we can make some decisions then, some tough decisions but some good decisions.”


Packers GM Brian Gutekunst says he wasn’t looking to trade down in round one until the opportunity to get a future first-round pick presented itself.

“Oh yeah,” Gutekunst said tells Albert Breer. “We were (picking) a lot higher than we have been in most of the recent past here. And I certainly wasn’t thinking much about moving back. But when the opportunity presented itself with the 1 and the 5, and feeling like we’d be able to get to the point where we could take the guy we were going to take anyway, it made sense.

Once (the top-tier players) were gone, then we had a handful of players with the value that we’d take at 14,” Gutekunst added. “And when we moved back, we knew if we wanted to get one of those players, we’d probably have to move back up. That’s what drove that decision. If we can get back into that area where there are these same kind of players, then we will.”


Rams GM Les Snead said Thursday that they’ve been in discussions with WR Brandin Cooks‘ agents about a potential extension.

“We’ve been in discussions with his agents and they’re well aware we want to get something done,” Snead said, via Pro Football Talk. “We do think he’s a perfect fit for us. We want to make sure that he’s around, and around for a long time. We also have some other contracts we need to deal with over the next month, two months.

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