NFC Notes: Rams, Saints, Seahawks

     

Rams

  • Ian Rapoport reports that Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein is working through a foot sprain suffered at halftime of the NFC Championship against New Orleans. 
  • Zuerlein tells Rapoport that he could be “good to go” in a few days: “Hopefully, a few more days of treatment and it’ll be good to go.
  • Regarding the injury, Zuerlein said it occurred at halftime last week, but he was able to play through it: “It hurt, but not enough to stop me from playing.”

Saints

  • Larry Holder of The Athletic believes the Saints’ biggest need this offseason is to add an offensive playmaker, given that their “lack of consistent weapons” became “glaringly apparent” as the season progressed.
  • Regarding their need at tight end, Holder mentions that Benjamin Watson is set to retire and struggled last season, Josh Hill is not suited for the No. 1 role, and Dan Arnold was “too inconsistent.
  • Although Saints RB Mark Ingram has expressed a strong desire to re-sign with New Orleans, Holder does not think the Saints would “break the bank” for him, considering they have limited cap space. 
  • Holder writes that a priority this offseason should be cutting Brees’ cap number down from $33 million.
  • Holder does not believe restricted free agents WR Tommylee Lewis, CB Ken Crawley, RB Daniel Lasco, and WR Josh Huff are worth tendering. 
  • Holder lists G Andrus Peat, DE Alex Okafor, S Kurt Coleman, and WR Cameron Meredith as potential release candidates this offseason.  
  • Holder suggests S Tyrann Mathieu, Falcons DT Grady Jarrett and Eagles WR Golden Tate as free agents who could make sense for New Orleans.

Seahawks

  • Bob Condotta expects Seattle to continue looking for help at kicker this offseason.
  • Seahawks K Sebastian Janikowski, 40, is an upcoming unrestricted free agent and while the team has Sam Ficken signed to a 2019 futures contract, Condotta thinks the team could bring in another free agent such as Robbie Gould
  • Seattle hopes to try and re-sign both upcoming of their free-agent-to-be guards, D.J. Fluker and J.R. Sweezy
  • The Athletic’s Michael Dugar doesn’t expect the Seahawks to bring back LB Barkevious Mingo or WR Jaron Brown for the 2019 season. 
  • Dugar notes that Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner plans to represent himself in contract extension negotiations this offseason and will likely ask to be paid as one of the best middle linebackers in the league. 
  • As for Seahawks LB K.J. Wright, Dugar does not expect Seattle to offer him much more than the veteran minimum because of his struggles with knee injuries the past two seasons. 

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