49ers GM John Lynch said in a video posted on his Twitter account that the upcoming draft is “absolutely huge for us.”
“This draft is absolutely huge for us, so there’s no excuses, no explanations,” Lynch said, via Cam Inman of the Mercury News. “We’ve got to get our work done, albeit from home. We’ve been killing the Zoom meetings. I should have bought stock in Zoom.”
Regarding the Rams parting ways with several players, executive Kevin Demoff said their front office expected all along to make a lot of changes this offseason.
“Each year, your players change, your team changes and we knew walking into this season there would be tough choices,” Demoff said, via Lindsey Thiry of ESPN. “It’s going to be a different-looking team than the one that left the field in 2019, but I think everybody knew that was going to be the case.”
Demoff was clear that the Rams will need their younger players to step up in 2020.
“If you look at our team, we drafted a lot of young players who, ultimately, in a salary-cap era when you have stars who have paid, are going to have to step up,” Demoff said.
Demoff added that he is confident Rams GM Les Snead and HC Sean McVay “be aggressive” in filling team-needs through “trades and other avenues” ahead of the 2020 season.
“It’s always interesting how we are only a few days into the new league year and people think this is the team that you are going to field come September,” Demoff said. “Not only do we have the draft and the rest of the offseason, I think Les and Sean have always proven they’ll be aggressive fillings holes through trades and other avenues, and this is just the start of what the 2020 Rams will look like.”
- Aaron Wilson reports that OT Brandon Shell‘s contract with the Seahawks is a two-year, $9 million deal that includes $5.1 million guaranteed with a $4 million signing bonus with up to a $400,000 roster bonus.