NFC West Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks

     

49ers

Right now, the 49ers have been thorough looking through all of their options with the No. 2 pick, including what a potential trade-down scenario could be if they get an offer they like.  

“We’re very, very happy with players who will be there at two,” owner Jed York said, via Matt Maiocco. “And we need to be prepared, if somebody offers a trade that is too good to pass up, we need to know what we’ll do if we move back and what would we not take.  You have to have that planned out beforehand because if you’re trying to figure all that stuff out, it’s OK in the second or third round, but when you’re the second pick in the draft, you can’t do that on the fly. It’s way, way too hard, so you need to get a sense of it.”

“I don’t expect to be drafting in the top two again, and if that’s the case, you have to add really, really talented players,” York continued. “Or you have to get a ton of capital in order to move back, so you can make up for maybe not getting that No. 2 guy in the draft, but you’re getting a lot in return if you’re going to give up that opportunity.”

Cardinals

  • Cardinals new HC Kliff Kingsbury says the team is still in the information gathering stage and does not know when it will make a decision on the No. 1 overall pick.  (Darren Urban)
  • When asked about the talk of QB Josh Rosen not fitting his offense was a misconception, Kingsbury responded: “No question” (Josh Weinfuss)
  • Kingsbury added he’s talked to Rosen, saying as a first-round pick there’s always a “ton of chatter” and you “have to have thick skin” as a quarterback in the NFL.  (Urban)
  • Kingsbury did call Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, “one of the best dual-threat players to ever play.”  (Weinfuss)
  • Kingsbury said the Cardinals want to make sure they’re “thorough” with the No. 1 pick, saying the pick could change the franchise whoever it is.  (Urban)
  • Kingsbury referred to Ohio State DE Nick Bosa and Alabama DT Quinnen Williams as “can’t-miss” prospects.  (Weinfuss)

Rams

Rams HC Sean McVay says the team has not had in-depth talks about an extension for QB Jared Goff.  

“Jared’s obviously extremely important to us,” McVay said via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “But those are things that, we know we want to get him done at some point. Whether it happens this year, next year, those are things we haven’t really gotten into in-depth about yet.”

  • According to Bob McGinn, LB Clay Matthews‘ deal with the Rams has $5.5 million total guaranteed, with a $3 million base salary and $500,000 roster bonus fully guaranteed in 2019.  
  • In 2020, Matthews has a guaranteed $2 million roster bonus with a $3.75 million base salary and $2 million in incentives. 
  • McVay says the Rams “feel pretty settled” with RBs Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown.  (Thiry)

Seahawks

  • Regarding contract talks with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, HC Pete Carroll said: “We’ve been in communication, sure. It’s very topical. We’re on it.”  (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll confirmed WR Doug Baldwin will have surgery for a sports hernia on April 4.  He did not provide a timetable for when Baldwin will be healthy again.  (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll mentioned that they are confident about signing DE Frank Clark to a long-term deal: “This time of year, in his situation, there’s all kinds of speculation. We’ll see what happens. Not worried about Frank at all.” (Condotta)
  • Carroll said of LB Bobby Wagner‘s future: “Bobby’s going to be a Seahawk.”
  • According to Carroll, the decision to re-sign LB K.J. Wrightmight have been the best thing we did to negotiate with Bobby.” (Bob Condotta)
  • Carroll added that their plan is to find ways to get Mychal Kendricks and Wright on the field at the same time along with Wagner. (John Boyle)
  • Carroll mentioned that TE Will Dissly is making good progress, but won’t be ready to get back on the field until training camp. (Bob Condotta)
  • Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise underwent abdominal surgery and has recovered well and will have a chance to fill Mike Davis‘ role from last year. 
  • Carroll told reporters that Shaquem Griffin will stay at weakside linebacker, but added they’d like to find ways to utilize his pass-rush ability more in 2019: “We need to uncover that.” (John Boyle)
  • Regarding the comments from DL Malik McDowell‘s agent saying he has been cleared to play by an independent doctor, Carroll said it was “surprising,” given that they couldn’t clear him medically to return to play. (Bob Condotta)
  • When asked about a potential return for WR Jermaine Kearse, Carrol said: “Jermaine was a good guy in our program. I know that he had a really good year 2 years ago and I know that he was not quite as productive this year but he’s always been a guy that we like.”  (Condotta)
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