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Around the NFC West: Productive holdout

Good morning, NFC West.

Three items around the division caught my attention over the weekend. We take a quick run through them to kick off a new week:

Around the NFC West: June 10, 2013

  • Rookie negotiations: Draft choices around the NFL are cashing bonus checks after signing their rookie contracts. Not so in St. Louis, where the Rams are the ones holding out. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the story. Basically, the Rams want to better educate their rookies about life in the NFL before lining their pockets. Makes perfect sense.

  • 49ers' blueprint: Former agent Joel Corry explains why he thinks the 49ers are set up for long-term success. On the down side, he thinks the labor agreement is preventing the 49ers from striking contract agreements with Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick. I've generally thought of the rules as benefiting teams by pushing potential contract disputes into the future. Corry points to the 49ers' record of reaching contract agreements ahead of schedule. Corry: "The 49ers have been hampered more so than any team by the current collective bargaining agreements change in the rules relating to renegotiating rookie contracts."

  • What Mangini represents: Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle sees Eric Mangini's recent hiring by the 49ers as part of a pattern for coach Jim Harbaugh. Kroichick: "For all his swagger and self-assuredness, for all his success as a quarterback and coach, Harbaugh still goes out of his way to seek guidance. As much as anything else ... this is why the 49ers have a great chance to remain an elite team for years to come. Harbaugh once sought out a small-college and high-school coach to learn about the fly sweep. During his time at Stanford, he sent offensive coordinator Greg Roman to Reno to find out more about the Pistol offense from Chris Ault, then the coach at Nevada. And now Mangini."