NFC West Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Rams



  • According to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, the 49ers are targeting October 31 against the Cardinals as a return date for OT Joe Staley from a broken leg. 
  • Wagoner adds there’s an outside chance Staley could return for next week’s game against the Panthers. 



  • Per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Rams COO Kevin Demoff said the trade for CB Jalen Ramsey wasn’t just about keeping Los Angeles’ Super Bowl window open this season but also for the long-term good of the team: “It’s a long-term move for one of the best players in the game.”
  • Demoff added he didn’t think it was a desperate move by the Rams, who have lost three straight games, adding they would have kept CB Marcus Peters otherwise: “If we were trying to save our season, then wouldn’t we have kept Marcus Peters? If this was panic or desperation, we would’ve kept both.”
  • Demoff mentioned there’s no edge the Rams have figured out after the Ramsey trade continued a trend of sending first-round picks for proven players: “We haven’t figured out something that other people haven’t, we’re just more aggressive and willing to do it than others. And then we’re willing to move around in the draft and replenish draft capital. … Time will tell whether we’re better off drafting more assets, but we are not where we were when we did the RGIII trade. It’s harder to develop guys with the new CBA. And first-rounders are good players, but the hit rate is 50 percent.”
  • Rams CB Troy Hill first sold his #32 jersey to S Eric Weddle for $32,000 earlier this year, then sold his #20 jersey to Ramsey for $20,000 after the trade. 
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