NFC West Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks

     

49ers

  • According to the Athletic’s Matt Barrows, the 49ers could try to address some needs in the second wave of free agency, such as adding former Bears WR Taylor Gabriel
  • If San Francisco wanted to address safety, Barrows mentions Bears S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Panthers S Tre Boston as some options that could linger on the market. 
  • Barrows notes that 49ers DE Ronald Blair says he’s on track to return for training camp after a torn ACL in 2019. 
  • Barrows writes the 49ers plan to try and trade down from the No. 31 pick in the first round, perhaps to another team trying to secure a fifth-year option, and accumulate more picks. 
  • 49ers free agent WR Emmanuel Sanders refuted a report via his Twitter account that the team has offered him a contract and says that the two sides have yet to talk.

Rams

  • The Rams announced Monday that they’ve hired Justin Lovett as their new head strength coach. He spent the past three seasons as the director of football strength and conditioning for Purdue University.

Seahawks

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson usually is pretty bland in his public comments, which made it notable when he openly lobbied for a shift in offensive philosophy earlier this offseason. Wilson pointed to the Chiefs as an example and said there was no reason Seattle couldn’t be as effective if they added a few more weapons. However, Seahawks HC Pete Carroll doesn’t see the team’s run-first offensive philosophy as something that’s holding the team back. 

“I don’t think it puts any limits on the way (Wilson) likes to play,” Carroll said via SeattlePI. “We just got to do it at the right time. We’d like to run the ball in the fourth quarter when we’re killing people. We weren’t able to do that as much as we’d like to because the games were so close this year.”

Carroll pointed out that the team’s philosophy is intended to maximize Wilson’s quality opportunities to throw rather than the quantity. 

“The whole idea is to put it together to give him the best opportunities to strike you dead in the passing game,” Carroll said. “There’s nobody over the last handful of years better throwing the ball down the field than Russell and more effective than Russell. We just want to find more ways for him to take advantage of that.”

  • Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times says Seahawks DL Quinton Jefferson, DT Jarran Reed, OT George Fant and TE Luke Willson have a good chance to return in 2020. 
  • Condotta says Reed and Fant will probably test the market, but Seattle still has a good chance to bring both back. 
  • Condotta notes that anything above $21 million a year might be enough to price Seattle out of the bidding war for DE Jadeveon Clowney, though the Seahawks are more incentivized than in past years to win a bidding war. 
  • Condotta thinks Seahawks OT Germain Ifedi will find a stronger market elsewhere. 
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