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



  • According to Matt Miller of B/R, many league sources expect the 49ers to attempt to trade back from No. 31 overall.
  • As for their No. 13 overall pick, Miller says wide receiver and cornerback are two positions to watch.
  • Matt Barrows of The Athletic notes that despite having TE George Kittle, the 49ers are still in search of a depth tight end to add to their roster for the upcoming season.


  • While many believe offensive tackle makes the most sense for the Cardinals in round one, Matt Miller mentions that team insiders believe Arizona has their eyes for Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown.


Rams LT Andrew Whitworth will return for a fifteenth NFL season after mulling his offseason options of retirement or a return to the Rams. He spoke about his decision to return on a video call with local media Thursday. 

“I mean, amazing (to be back),” Whitworth said, via Stu Jackson of “That was the goal all along – if I wanted to return and play, I wanted to stay here and play. Once I decided for sure and got the OK from family and everybody else that we were going to play football again, there was no other place I wanted to be than here.”

Whitworth says that he wants to help the players around him flourish and have great careers in the league, including his offensive line group.

“To me, that’s something I think my entire career has been built around – really trying to support guys, be there for guys and make a difference in my room, and hopefully help those guys have great careers,” Whitworth said.

  • Matt Miller of B/R says sources expect the Rams to draft a running back early with offensive tackle being a potential priority in round two.


  • John Clayton notes that Jadeveon Clowney has apparently dropped his yearly demand to around $17 million. Clayton notes that while Seattle still has a chance to re-sign him, both the Jets and Titans are talking to Clowney about making him the third highest-paid outside linebacker in a 3-4.
  • Ian Rapoport says that while Clowney has indeed been meeting with the Jets and Titans, he may be willing to wait to sign until he gets the deal that he believes is right for him.
  • A team source tells Matt Miller of B/R that edge rusher is the biggest priority for the Seahawks in this year’s draft.
  • Miller says there’s also some buzz about Seattle adding a cornerback.
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