Around the NFC West: Banks' tour done?

June, 21, 2012
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Brian Banks' NFC West tour has apparently run its course for now.

The free-agent linebacker, exonerated following his wrongful imprisonment on a rape charge, did not sign with San Francisco after completing a three-day tryout with the 49ers. The same was true after Banks worked out for the Seattle Seahawks, also over three days.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says that's no surprise. Barrows: "Banks is working his way back in football shape and will resume training in Orange County. He's now had workouts with the 49ers, Seahawks, Chargers and Chiefs. Other teams have shown interest, but with most coaches and general managers on vacation, Banks does not have any workouts lined up in the near future. Neither Jim Harbaugh nor Trent Baalke, for example, were on hand this week for Banks' 49ers tryout."

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com says 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh (on a mission trip to Peru) and general manager Trent Baalke (recently in Minnesota to complete a marathon) were not in attendance for Brian Banks' recent three-day workout. Maiocco: "Brad Seely, assistant head coach/special teams coordinator, is running the practices this week. And director of player personnel Tom Gamble is evaluating the workouts in place of Baalke."

Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle offers thoughts on how the 49ers' quarterbacks performed this offseason.

Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat lists players the 49ers have acquired since Baalke became the 49ers' general manager. Cohn: "Baalke’s acquisitions on defense and special teams have been brilliant. But how’s he doing on offense? He’s doing OK, but not as well. None of his additions to the offense has earned a trip to a Pro Bowl, and I wouldn’t rank any of them in the top-15 players on the team."

Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune thinks the Seahawks have a good shot at fielding a top-10 defense in 2012. Boling: "Four key players were in their first season as starters: Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, K.J. Wright and Richard Sherman. And Alan Branch was in his first season with the team. All those players are returning with a full off-season to further settle into their roles. Browner, particularly, struggled to find a balance between coverage that was physical and coverage that drew flags. We may assume that will be less a problem."

Brady Henderson of 710ESPN Seattle says Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice has put on 11 pounds of muscle in an effort to improve his durability, according to Rice. Rice: "I feel like that's the right thing to do as well so I can take the pounds, the hits across the middle and things like that, whatever I have to do for this team."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says it's unclear whether Clark Haggans will face punishment from the NFL after serving a jail sentence for extreme DUI. Somers: "If the NFL does punish Haggans, the severity of the penalty depends upon Haggans' status in the NFL's substance-abuse program. According to a story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Haggans had a DUI in 2004. It's not known if Haggans is in the league program. That's seven years between known incidents, and players can emerge from the program in a much shorter period, provided they comply with standards."

Note: Looks like the St. Louis Rams have the morning off from Around the NFC West.

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