NFC Notes: Eagles, 49ers, Rams

     

Eagles

  • According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, the Eagles plan to target Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson as a free agent this offseason. 
  • McLane points out the Eagles hosted Robinson for a pre-draft visit before the Chiefs ultimately took him in the fourth round in 2016.
  • The Eagles had an interest in Chiefs QBs coach Mike Kafka for their offensive coordinator vacancy, but didn’t request an interview because they had learned HC Andy Reid would block the move. (McLane)

49ers

Chiefs DE Frank Clark took one of the first of what will surely be many shots at 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. Garoppolo faced questions about his quality this year, as at times during the regular season and postseason he was almost a spectator to a brilliant San Francisco offense. Though he outplayed his Kansas City counterpart Patrick Mahomes for portions of the Super Bowl, he ultimately didn’t make the plays the 49ers needed to hold on for a win — most notably an overthrow on third-and-10 that would have set San Francisco up to potentially take the lead with less than two minutes left. 

“You paying the guy $140 million, $130 million, whatever he’s getting paid, man,” Clark said via NBC Sports’ Brian Witt. “He’s gotta throw the ball. Obviously he didn’t do that. They threw for about 200 yards on checkdowns; that ain’t enough to win a game against us.”

  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer mentions former Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard as a logical replacement for the 49ers if current secondary coach Joe Woods leaves for Cleveland. 
  • Richard is experienced in the type of defense San Francisco runs and could take over at defensive coordinator if Robert Saleh gets a head coaching job next year. 
  • 49ers OT Joe Staley said he’ll need more work for a thumb laceration he suffered during the Super Bowl. (Matt Barrows)

Rams

  • ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry writes Rams DT Michael Brockers is the most likely of Los Angeles’ prominent defensive free agents to sign elsewhere this offseason. 
  • Thiry adds the Rams will likely need to choose between re-signing LB Cory Littleton and DE Dante Fowler. Both have said they would like to stay with the Rams, but Littleton has admitted his top priority is signing the biggest deal possible. 
  • According to Thiry, Rams OL Austin Blythe will test the open market to see what he can find after starting the majority of the past two seasons. 
  • Los Angeles could re-sign 38-year-old LT Andrew Whitworth, who has slipped somewhat but remains a better option than anyone else on the roster. 
  • Thiry expects backup QB Blake Bortles to try and find a situation where he can compete for playing time in 2020. 
  • Rams K Greg Zuerlein is also set to become an unrestricted free agent, per Thiry.
  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer says the Rams likely won’t be able to turn to former C John Sullivan for help bolstering their offensive line this offseason. Breer ran into Sullivan who told him he’s down to 235 pounds. 

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