NFC West Notes: 49ers, Cardinals, Seahawks


  • 49ers DT D.J. Jones says he is fully healed from a high-ankle sprain he suffered late last season. With the possibility of an increased role looming, Jones is in the mix to be a three-down player for San Francisco next season. (Matt Maiocco)
  • Jones also said he expects rookie DT Javon Kinlaw and the 49ers returning players to step up in the absence of defensive tackles DeForest Buckner and Sheldon Day who are now with Colts. (Maiocco)


  • Darren Urban of the official team website points out that, per, Cardinals S Budda Baker played 647 snaps at safety in 2019, 174 at outside linebacker, 155 as a slot corner, 39 at inside linebacker, 31 as an edge defender, and 22 at outside corner, which is they type of versatility many credit to first-round LB Isaiah Simmons.
  • Simmons played 303 snaps at cornerback, 218 at safety, 160 at outside linebacker and 121 at inside linebacker his final year of college. Arizona caused some waves when team officials said the plan was to start Simmons at just linebacker as a rookie. 


  • Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that despite the signing of RB Carlos Hyde, the Seahawks still intend on Chris Carson being one of their primary offensive weapons in 2020.
  • Condotta explains that one reason why Seattle didn’t want to pay too much for Devonta Freeman is because they are looking more for someone to complement Carso.
  • Brady Henderson reports that QB Geno Smith‘s contract with the Seahawks is for one-year, $1,187,500 including a $137,500 guaranteed signing bonus, and has a base salary of $1.05 million.
  • John Clayton mentions that if at any point the NFL should decide to re-instate WR Josh Gordon, the Seahawks would be interested in bringing him back into the fold.
  • Clayton adds that the Seahawks will most likely sign a veteran defensive tackle such as Damon Harrison or Marcell Dareus to serve as a powerful run stopper.

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