NFC West Notes: 49ers, Jason Verrett, Cardinals, Patrick Peterson

     

Jason Verrett

49ers CB Jason Verrett mentioned during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he considered retiring from the NFL after suffering an Achilles tear while working his way back from an ACL tear. 

When it happened, I definitely had thoughts in my mind of retiring for sure, just because I worked so hard coming back from the devastating knee injury that I experienced, got back to full strength, was out there in OTAs and trained well to get ready for training camp and that season,” Verrett said. “Man, it was just a freak situation that happened. It definitely was devastating, hard to deal with. I was like in a dark place for a few months, just from rehabbing and sitting on the couch and stuff like that. I definitely did contemplate giving up on it.”

Verrett did, however, say that his Achilles is “doing good.” and he’ll “for sure be ready for the season.”

“I like where they have me right now progressing,” Verrett said. “I’ll for sure be ready for the season. I would probably say my turning point was around like six, seven months. I kind of started feeling the strength getting back into my calf. But it’s a day-to-day thing that’s ongoing.

49ers

49ers RB Matt Breida says the team plans on using Jerick McKinnon, Tevin Coleman, and himself “a lot” next season. 

“They’ve talked to us about it. They’ve said, ‘Hey, we’re going to use all you guys,’” Breida said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “… All three of us are going to be used a lot. I don’t want to give away any secrets, but we’re all going to be used in the offense.”

Breida believes he had a good season in 2018 but thinks he can still improve. 

I know what I did last year,” Breida said. “Everyone thinks I did a good job, but I know I can do better.

Cardinals

  • Multiple sources tell John Gambadoro of 98.7 Arizona Sports that Patrick Peterson was upset that the Cardinals could not rework his contract with his suspension for a performance-enhancing drug violation pending. 
  • According to Gambadoro, Peterson was not asking to be traded and was instead hoping to rework his contract and save $2 million or more in the process. 
  • However, Gambadoro does not believe Arizona could have altered his deal, as the NFL would likely have disapproved this kind of move. 

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