NFC West Notes: 49ers, Rams, Seahawks, Doug Baldwin

     

49ers

  • Multiple league sources tell Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports that the 49ers will not be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this year. 
  • For what it’s worth, Peter King mentioned earlier in the day that the Raiders are “far and away” the most attractive team for the series because of HC Jon Gruden and WR Antonio Brown
  • Maiocco adds that the Lions have also been “strong candidates” for the show.

Rams 

According to ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, the Rams traded up to draft DT Greg Gaines to fill the starting nose tackle spot vacated by Ndamukong Suh.

“What Greg was able to do at Washington and then when you see the production he had at the Senior Bowl, that really is what we felt really strongly about,” HC Sean McVay said. “I think some of the things we talked about — how we get better specific to our scheme, but then also defensively in terms of playing the run a little bit better. I think that will be a key factor of being really stout inside and we feel like Greg will provide that.”

“He’s going to get a chance to compete,” McVay continued. “He is a guy that we identified that we feel like really will do a great job as a nose guard in our base package.”

Doug Baldwin

According to former Stanford and Seahawks teammate Richard Sherman, the only reason Doug Baldwin went undrafted is then-Stanford HC Jim Harbaugh didn’t like him. 

“Harbaugh didn’t have a great relationship with Doug or me, he talked bad about me through the draft process,” Sherman told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “Even though Doug was our No. 1 receiver his junior year, he made Doug spent the whole time on scout team. He just didn’t like Doug. And the only reason Doug played his senior year was because all of our receivers, all the way down to the walk-ons, got hurt and he didn’t have a choice. If Doug got to play, and had a normal career like anyone else, he probably would’ve been a second-day pick. … I knew if he got a fair shot to thrive, he’d take advantage of it.”

Seahawks

  • According to Joel Corry, DE Ezekiel Ansah‘s deal with the Seahawks includes a $3.5 million signing bonus, $2.5 million in guaranteed base salary and an additional $1.5 million each in per-game 53-man and active roster bonuses. 
  • Ansah will count $7.875 million against the Seahawks’ salary cap in 2019, per Corry.

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