Maiocco mentions that the 49ers have $66.8 million in available cap space right now and will be in a great position to offer Cousins a contract that Washington would have a tough time matching next year.
If the Redskins use the transition tag on Cousins next offseason, the 49ers could apply pressure to the Redskins by front-loading an offer sheet. Should Washington pass on matching an offer after using the transition tag on him, they wouldn’t receive any compensation in terms of future compensatory picks.
Maiocco adds that even if Cousins were to poorly in 2017, it likely wouldn’t deter the 49ers from pursuing him, due to his rapport with HC Kyle Shanahan.
According to Paskal, “it would be premature to say that any of the trio of linebacker jobs are spoken for at this point in the offseason.”
Even so, Paskal mentions that Bruce Irvin will no doubt be one of the three linebackers starting for Oakland this season, but the other two spots figure to be an open competition.
Raiders second-year OLB Tyrell Adams is about 20-pounds heavier than last year, per Paskal.
Paskal says that this will be a “crucial” preseason for undrafted LB Najee Harris and his chances of making the team.
Among those competing for the inside linebacker job in the coming weeks is LB Ben Heeney, who was placed on the injured reserve list last season due to an ankle injury.
Many have assumed the Raiders would bring in a free agent linebacker before the start of training camp. However, that hasn’t been the case. Here’s an updated list of the best available free agents in case you’re interested. (NFLTR)