Thursday, April 4, 2013
NFC West links: Asomugha has 'hunger'
By ESPN.com staff
Daryl Washington's four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy is going to hurt the linebacker's image and his wallet, writes Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Somers: "[Washington] will miss four of 17 checks this fall. So that’s $565,000 of his $2.4 million salary. The Cardinals also could seek to recoup a portion of Washington’s $2.5 million signing bonus."
The team signed former 49ers safety Curtis Taylor, reports Darren Urban.
Azcentral sports NFL insider Bob McManaman has a new mock draft and a new pick for the Cardinals at No. 7 overall: Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher.
St. Louis Rams
Baylor's Terrance Williams is scheduled to make a pre-draft visit to Rams Park Thursday, reports Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Williams is the fourth confirmed Rams visit by a wide receiver, joining California’s Keenan Allen, West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, and Tennessee’s Justin Hunter.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has the Rams selecting Tavon Austin with their first first-round pick in this month's draft, and in a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Kiper spoke about what Austin could bring to the Rams offense. Kiper: "I think Austin would be perfect because he fits that mold of being somebody who can come right in and play. This guy has played football forever. I saw him in high school at Dunbar here in Baltimore, he’s been unbelievable. The kid is a touchdown maker. He’s a scoreboard changer in a variety of ways. You can get him the ball in terms of the running game, you can get him the ball on reverses, wide receiver screens, get him in space, the return game. He is dynamic.”
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers made a bigger financial commitment this week to cornerback Carlos Rogers than to newly signed Nnamdi Asomugha, reports CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco. By being on the roster on April 1, $1.25 million of Rogers' scheduled $5.85 million pay for the 2013 season became fully guaranteed.
What kind of player are the 49ers getting in Asomugha, whom the 49ers are paying a base salary of $1.35 million, asks Kevin Lynch of SFGate.com. Lynch: "At that price, the 49ers are really getting Asomugha for an extended try out. If Asomugha is anywhere near the player he was in Oakland, the 49ers are getting a good player at a great price. He’s also the type of player who could excel in the 49ers’ defensive scheme, that relies heavily on man coverage."
Asomaugha is out to prove himself after two forgettable seasons in Philadelphia, writes Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times. "There's a drive, there's a hunger inside of me that says, 'I know what I can do and I'm going to get it done,'" Asomugha said. "So, regardless of what others are saying or how others are feeling, I'm just going to make it happen."
The Percy Harvin trade cost the Seahawks this year's first- and seventh-round picks as well as a third-rounder in 2014. That's a steep price, but it made more sense than trying to trade up in the first round, according to GM John Schneider. "We really looked at where we were with the 25th pick and just thought that for us to get a difference-maker like this we were going to have to move [up] at least five to 10 spots ... in order to acquire a player that may have a chance to be a Percy Harvin," Schneider said via Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com.
Harvin was among ESPN Insider Matt Bowen's top 5 impact acquisitions this offseason. Bowen: "Creative ability is what you get from the former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks took a big risk when they made the trade to acquire Harvin and rewarded him with a new contract that paid out $25.5 million guaranteed. That's big money for a slot receiver who isn't going to consistently align outside of the numbers. However, Harvin gives the Seahawks multiple options from a play-calling and formation perspective, along with the value he brings to the return game. He's an explosive player in the open field who can produce after the catch from a variety of alignments."