NFL Notes: 49ers, Chargers, Seahawks



  • Matt Barrows of The Athletic writes that it is “uncertain” for the 49ers to bring back LB Malcolm Smith in 2019.
  • While Barrows does not believe 49ers LB Elijah Lee has done enough to earn a starting spot, he does expect Lee to compete for the starting weakside linebacker role next season.
  • As for the possibility of trading QB Nick Mullens, Barrows thinks the quarterback has more value to the 49ers as a backup than what they might get for him in return.
  • Barrows expects 49ers QBs coach Rich Scangarello to receive interest around the league as an offensive coordinator.
  • Barrows does not think teams will be interested in trading for 49ers DL Arik Armstead, who is under contract for $9 million in 2019.


  • Ian Rapoport reports that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently disapproved the Chargers signing DT Tyrone Holmes to their practice squad, due to his status in the AAF.
  • Rapoport adds that the AAF has released him, officially paving the way for him to sign with the Chargers.


  • Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that Seahawks HC Pete Carroll‘s extension through 2021 seems to be a strong indication that there won’t be an immediate sale of the franchise following the death of owner Paul Allen in October.
  • Condotta adds that the team is not currently for sale, considering that Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, is dealing with urgent matters relating to his estate.
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