49ers new HC Kyle Shanahan mentioned that they aren’t looking for a “short-term fix” at quarterback.
“When you make a decision on a quarterback, you don’t want that to just be a short-term fix,” Shanahan said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “You want to make a commitment to somebody. In order to do that, you better make sure you’re on the same page with everyone else and you put the time in, you talk to people who’ve been with these guys.”
Shanahan explained that finding the team’s next quarterback requires a lot of time to evaluate.
“In order to feel good about a quarterback, I need to spend a lot of time on them,” Shanahan said. “It’s not always the first time you watch them. You might come back the next day, see the same stuff and feel a little different. … It’s too important a decision to just make an impulsive move.”
- Mike Wells of ESPN could see the Colts pursuing Chargers impending free agent OLB Melvin Ingram if he reaches the open market.
- Wells mentions that the Chargers switching to a 4-3 defensive scheme could lead to Ingram testing the open market. Former Chargers DC John Pagano is the brother of Colts HC Chuck Pagano, so it wouldn’t be a surprising for the Colts to have a good read on him as a player.
- ESPN’s Mike DiRocco views the Jaguars drafting Alabama DL Jonathan Allen as a “best-case scenario” for the team if he is available to them at No. 4 overall.
- Although DiRocco thinks it is possible to find an elite running back during the mid-rounds of the draft, he cites Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell recent words that “you may just have to take” a back at No. 4 overall if their top-three targets are off the board.
- For what it’s worth, DiRocco would have no issues with Jacksonville selecting FSU RB Dalvin Cook or LSU RB Leonard Fournette at No. 4 overall.
- Jamison Hensley of ESPN does not view free agent WR Victor Cruz as a fit for the Ravens given his injury history and lack of production last year. However, Hensley writes that Cruz signing for the veteran minimum could be the only way Baltimore pursues him.
- Beyond that, Hensley considers wide receiver to be one of the team’s top priorities and expects them to pursue a free agent and some a prospect in this year’s draft.
- As for a possible free agent target, Hensley suggests Redskins impending free agent WR Pierre Garcon as someone to keep an eye on.
- Although Hensley thinks the Ravens would like to retain NT Brandon Williams and RT Rick Wagner, he could only see that happening if they have a reasonable asking price, considering that the Ravens typically avoid overspending on players.
- Hensley could see Williams demanding a contract similar to Giants DT Damon Harrison‘s $9 million annual salary with $24 million guaranteed. As for Wagner, the Ravens must determine if he is worth around $7 million per year.
- With Ryan Clady, Kelvin Beachum and Branden Albert (expected to be traded or released) all becoming available this week, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN takes a look at whether they could be options for the Seahawks, given the team’s need at tackle.
- Kapadia expects the Seahawks to take a similar approach to what they did last year and look for low-risk options on either a one- or two-year contract with limited guaranteed money.
- This means that they could pass on some of the bigger names in free agency and try to lower cost options.