Friday, March 30, 2012
Around the NFC West: Building takes time
By Mike Sando
Rebuilding a franchise takes longer than the first few weeks of free agency.
The St. Louis Rams provide a good case in point. They've been aggressive in free agency and even more aggressive in leveraging the second overall draft choice into additional picks.
But with rights to only 55 players and zero depth at some positions, notably linebacker, the process is only beginning.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says new Rams general manager Les Snead understands the challenge. Snead acknowledges the linebacker situation and jokes about needing to play lots of dime defense under the current circumstances. But he also says there's plenty of time before the season. Rams owner Stan Kroenke: "I think Les fits our model, just like Jeff (Fisher) fit our model. Once we had a strong head coach in place, then we started looking for a certain type of individual (at general manager). We felt really good about Les, and so far Les has done a great job. He brings a lot of energy, a lot of intelligence and considerable background to the job."
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passes along comments from Carlos Rogers regarding the 49ers' offseason to this point. Rogers: "I was happy, just to get more weapons on the offensive side, receivers, and get depth at that position. ... I wasn't happy about losing Josh (Morgan), I thought he was a pretty good receiver and then he got hurt. But just to add those guys -- guys that just got off a Super Bowl team and we faced twice last year . . . adding some more help for (Michael) Crabtree and getting Ted (Ginn) back. Getting Moss back -- I just hope we get half of his ability. And just his name is a threat out there. That's a guy you're not going to single-cover."
Also from Maiocco: a look at the 49ers' offseason to date.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee gives the 49ers high marks.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle says 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh joked about his own status when asked about Moss' workout with the team.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times thinks the Seahawks' new logo, to be unveiled Tuesday, will feature a gray stripe. O'Neil: "A Seahawks logo featuring what appeared to be a gray lower stripe behind the bird's head appeared on two recent segments on the NFL's television network. It was reminiscent of the silver stripe that was part of the franchise's original logo. That logo was changed in 2002 when the franchise changed uniforms. That's when the Seahawks went from silver helmets to blue, and the logo was altered to include two blue stripes behind the bird's head. This year, the Seahawks are one of two teams expected to change their logos. The Carolina Panthers were the other, and they have already released the image of their new logo."
Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune thinks Ryan Tannehill would be a "perfect" fit for the Seahawks' offensive scheme. Williams: "Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were at he school’s indoor facility in College Station, Texas along with representatives from 21 other teams to watch Tannehill throw for the first time since suffering a broken foot during a workout in January. It’s an interesting development considering the Seahawks just locked up Flynn to a three-year, $26 million deal as the team’s potential franchise quarterback of the future." Noted: Tarvaris Jackson is entering the final year of his contract. The team has high hopes for Flynn, but does not yet know whether he'll become the answer at quarterback. While Flynn's deal can max out at $26 million, the base value is closer to $6.6 million per year.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals paid a $7 million signing bonus to Levi Brown as part of the tackle's new contract. Somers: "At mid-season, the Cardinals were undecided about re-signing Brown. The fifth overall pick in 2007, he had not played up to expectations. But that changed in the second half of last season. Always a solid run blocker, Brown's pass protection improved. The Cardinals were faced with a shallow of pool of talent in free agency, and they decided it didn't make sense for them to let Brown go. Brown never wanted to leave, so the two sides came to agreement on a five-year deal." Noted: The Cardinals paid $12 million in signing bonuses to Brown and Adam Snyder this offseason. That exceeds what I would have expected a team to play for those players.
Also from Somers: a look at contracts for Jay Feely and Mike Leach.