NFC Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Rams, Seahawks

     

Cardinals

Getting successful players on rookie contracts is pivotal to team building in the NFL, especially when you land a star quarterback on a cheap deal. The Cardinals are attempting to take advantage of that window now with QB Kyler Murray and GM Steve Keim has loaded up on veteran players in an effort to build the support around Murray that it takes to contend for a Super Bowl. 

“To me you can either sit back and watch it happen or you can be aggressive and take the bull by the horns,” Keim said via Darren Urban of the team’s website. “We had the opportunity, particularly with Kyler on his rookie contract, to make some moves and be aggressive. I’m excited about the players we have added, and also the people we’ve added.”

  • The NFLPA released its calculations for the performance-based pay benefit that was eliminated in 2020 but will still be paid by teams. Each team split $8.5 million between its players and payments are deferred to 2024. 
  • The top Cardinals player was OT Kelvin Beachum ($604,185). 
  • Iowa State RB Kene Nwangwu, a standout special teams player, has met virtually with the Cardinals. (Justin Melo)

49ers

  • SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano mentions that while the Broncos, 49ers and Washington were believed to have expressed interest in QB Sam Darnold this offseason, it’s unclear if those talks ever progressed past the preliminary stage. 
  • The NFLPA released its calculations for the performance-based pay benefit that was eliminated in 2020 but will still be paid by teams. Each team split $8.5 million between its players and payments are deferred to 2024. 
  • The top 49ers player was OL Daniel Brunskill ($522,349).
  • For whatever it’s worth, Alabama HC Nick Saban said the 49ers didn’t talk to him about QB Mac Jones at his pro day: “[Kyle Shanahan] didn’t ask me a thing. I stood right next to him. I said hi to him. John Lynch too. They didn’t ask me a thing. Maybe they thought they weren’t allowed to.” (Andrew Perloff)

Rams

  • The NFLPA released its calculations for the performance-based pay benefit that was eliminated in 2020 but will still be paid by teams. Each team split $8.5 million between its players and payments are deferred to 2024. 
  • The top Rams player was G Austin Corbett ($572,736).

Seahawks

  • The NFLPA released its calculations for the performance-based pay benefit that was eliminated in 2020 but will still be paid by teams. Each team split $8.5 million between its players and payments are deferred to 2024. 
  • The top Seahawks player was G Damien Lewis ($443,905).

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