NFC West Notes: Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks

     

Cardinals

  • Per Darren Urban of the team website, Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury confirmed the team would like to bring back RB Kenyan Drake: “We’d like to have him back. We’ll see where it goes.”
  • Kingsbury added he feels good about the depth in the receiver class through the fourth round. (Urban)
  • Cardinals GM Steve Keim said the team still values RB David Johnson: “David’s a guy that, because of his work ethic, because of his ability to create mismatches in the passing game, he’s a guy that we still value.” (Josh Weinfuss)
  • Keim added the team would like to sign CB Patrick Peterson to an extension: “We’d like him to retire a Cardinal.” (Weinfuss)
  • Kingsbury confirmed the Cardinals met with Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb, Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy, and Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III, and that all three were options in the first round: “I’m always looking for a fast outside guy but we’re gonna do what’s best for our organization but those three guys are definitely in play.” (Josh Weinfuss)

49ers

  • Per the Athletic’s Matt Barrows, 49ers GM John Lynch said the franchise tag was still on the table for DL Arik Armstead but no final decision has been made. 
  • Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline says as long as the contract isn’t too exorbitant, it’s likely 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders re-signs in San Francisco.
  • According to Lynch, the 49ers are committed to QB Jimmy Garoppolo: “He hasn’t come close to hitting his ceiling.” (Eric Branch)
  • Lynch revealed 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon was medically cleared near the end of the season and the team plans to discuss bringing him back on a restructured deal in 2020. (Barrows)
  • Lynch noted “all indications” are that OT Joe Staley will return in 2020. (Barrows)
  • Lynch mentioned 2019 third-round WR Jalen Hurd has not been medically cleared yet from the back injury that caused him to miss his entire rookie season. However, that should happen in April. (Barrows)
  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan gave assistant coach Mike LaFleur the option to join his brother, Matt LaFleur, on the Packers’ coaching staff. However, the three decided it was best for Mike to stay and he signed an extension with San Francisco. (Tom Silverstein)
  • LSU WR Justin Jefferson had an informal meeting with the 49ers at the Combine. (Matt Barrows)
  • TCU WR Jalen Reagor said he met with the 49ers at the Combine. (Cam Inman)

Seahawks

  • Per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, Seahawks GM John Schneider anticipates TE Will Dissly will be ready for Week 1 after his Achilles injury. 
  • However, Schneider said there’s no timetable for Seahawks RB Rashaad Penny, who had a severe knee injury late in 2019. 
  • Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said there was a chance Penny could start the season on the PUP list. (Curtis Crabtree)
  • Seahawks RB Chris Carson is also expected to be ready for the start of the season. He’s coming off a fractured hip. (John Boyle)
  • Schneider told reporters Seattle would “love to have” DE Jadeveon Clowney back but didn’t have any other specifics. (Bob Condotta)
  • He feels confident the Seahawks made their best pitch to Clowney over the course of the season: “He loved the culture, he loves the coaching staff, loves the chefs, loves our equipment guys. He’s a really fun guy. He was a blast to be around and I hope we can continue that.” (Brady Henderson)
  • Seattle will meet with Clowney’s agent at the Combine. (Condotta)
  • Seahawks DT Jarran Reed is another player Schneider says he would love to have back for 2020. (Boyle)
  • However, it appears unlikely the Seahawks will use the franchise tag to keep Reed, as Schneider said they don’t anticipate using either tag this year. Clowney has a provision in his contract preventing Seattle from tagging him. (Condotta)
  • Clowney underwent core muscle surgery to repair an injury he played through in 2019, which went well per Schneider. (Condotta)
  • Schneider mentions the Seahawks would like to re-sign TE Luke Willson. (Condotta)
  • Carroll mentioned Seahawks OL Jamarco Jones underwent shoulder surgery but is expected to be fine for the season. (Condotta)
  • Washington TE Hunter Bryant said he ended up on the same flight to the Combine as Seahawks GM John Schneider and chatted briefly. (Bob Condotta)

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