710ESPN Seattle audio: Four fresh notes

August, 28, 2012
8/28/12
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One new note per NFC West team while passing along audio from a weekly conversation with Dave Grosby, Bob Stelton and Dave Wyman at 710ESPN Seattle:
  • Rams ate some money: Jason Smith's trade from St. Louis to the New York Jets will not cost the fourth-year tackle in the wallet. The Rams will pay $1.55 million of Smith's already reduced $4 million salary. The Jets will pay the rest. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had the news.
  • 49ers OLB update: News that Parys Haralson and Eric Bakhtiari missed practice while Aldon Smith was recovering from a hip injury highlighted potential depth concerns at outside linebacker for San Francisco. In looking for ways to maximize roster spots, I wondered earlier in the week if the 49ers could save a spot at linebacker, keeping seven. The 49ers have kept eight linebackers on their Week 1 roster every year since 2006, but with Blake Costanzo gone, Tavares Gooden is the only elite special-teams player among the group. Haralson can play both both outside spots. The 49ers have options with their defensive front. Keeping three outside linebackers is still an option. Keeping a fourth could come at the expense of a superior special-teams player at another position, such as running back.
  • Lynch's back: Buzz over Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback situation has drowned out other issues, including Marshawn Lynch's continued back-related absence from practices. Re-signing Lynch was one of the team's key moves this offseason. Seattle built its offense around his powerful running. Lynch has missed two of three exhibition games. Cause for concern? I doubt it. Lynch has missed at least two preseason games in each of the past three summers. Looks like he's on schedule.
  • Cardinals' tackles: The 2012 second-round pick Arizona traded to Philadelphia in the Kevin Kolb deal wound up being the 51st overall choice. Arizona had no picks between Nos. 13 and 80. With the Cardinals hurting for tackle depth with Levi Brown on injured reserve, I revisited the draft to see which tackles went between the 51st and 80th choices. Kelechi Osemele (Baltimore), Mike Adams (Pittsburgh) and Donald Stephenson (Kansas City) fit into that window. None is a projected starter. Osemele was initially projected at guard, but he's a backup right tackle for the Ravens. It's looking like Cardinals fourth-rounder Bobby Massie will start at right tackle.

All for now. Enjoy your Tuesday night.

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