NFC West News and Rumors

  • 49ers want to “cause confusion” on defense this season

    49ers want to “cause confusion” on defense this season

    profootballtalk.com Updated 12 hours ago
    Among the many changes to the 49ers this offseason is the decision to hand the reins of the defense to coordinator Eric Mangini after they parted ways with Vic Fangio. Fangio has been followed out the door by linebacker Patrick Willis, defensive end Jus…
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  • Army vet Daniel Rodriguez trying to make most of chance with Ra…

    Army vet Daniel Rodriguez trying to make most of chance with Rams

    profootballtalk.com 13 hours ago
    Memorial Day weekend has its fair share of gatherings around the grill, swimming in sunny weather and other fun, but none of that should get in the way of remembering that the holiday honors those who have given their lives in service to the country aro…
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  • Tyrann Mathieu finally feels “free” after dealing with injuries

    Tyrann Mathieu finally feels “free” after dealing with injuries

    profootballtalk.com May 23 (yesterday)
    Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu had to overcome a lot just to stick in the NFL. But once he got there, stuff kept happening which kept him from doing what he does best. But after a series of injuries that limited him, he’s finally well and ready to get …
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  • 49ers hope this is the year Lawrence Okoye shows he can play

    49ers hope this is the year Lawrence Okoye shows he can play

    profootballtalk.com May 22 (2 days ago)
    The 49ers took a chance two years ago when they signed Lawrence Okoye, a British discus thrower who had never so much as put on a pair of shoulder pads. After spending 2013 on injured reserve and 2014 on the practice squad, this is the year the 49ers ho…
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  • Twenty-four years ago Friday, the NFL moved to add two teams

    Twenty-four years ago Friday, the NFL moved to add two teams

    profootballtalk.com May 22 (2 days ago)
    The 1980s saw the NFC dominate the NFL, winning eight of 10 Super Bowls. The 49ers were the team of the decade, capturing four championships. Teams were prone to make music videos. Coaches were known to wear wonderful sweaters. However, one thing we did…
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  • New 49ers running back says Colin Kaepernick owes him a thumb

    New 49ers running back says Colin Kaepernick owes him a thumb

    profootballtalk.com May 22 (2 days ago)
    After working with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Kurt Warner said he was impressed with the touch he was able to put on passes. He might want to run that by 49ers running back Mike Davis, who said on Twitter that Kaepernick “owe me a new thumb” af…
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  • Frank Gore, Andre Johnson make “pretty seamless” transition to …

    Frank Gore, Andre Johnson make “pretty seamless” transition to Indy

    profootballtalk.com May 22 (3 days ago)
    It has been a long time since running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Andre Johnson have had to get used to playing for a new team. Gore was with the 49ers for 10 years before signing with the Colts as a free agent this year and Johnson spent a dozen …
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  • Montreal Alouettes sign Michael Sam

    Montreal Alouettes sign Michael Sam

    profootballtalk.com May 22 (3 days ago)
    Michael Sam is bound for the Canadian Football League. Sam, the former Rams and Cowboys defensive end, has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes, the club announced Friday. “With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organ…
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  • Incorrect report emerges that NFL will announce Rams return to …

    Incorrect report emerges that NFL will announce Rams return to L.A. in August

    profootballtalk.com May 21 (3 days ago)
    A day after the latest flurry of developments regarding the NFL’s inevitable return to Los Angeles, Glen Walker of KTLA took it to the next level. Walker reported Thursday that the NFL will announce in August that the Rams will return to Los Angeles. In…
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  • Arizona Cardinals rank 167th in ESPN salary survey

    Arizona Cardinals rank 167th in ESPN salary survey

    ESPN.com May 21 (3 days ago)
    Arizona Cardinals rank 167th in ESPN salary survey
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  • Roger Goodell pleased with St. Louis stadium progress

    Roger Goodell pleased with St. Louis stadium progress

    ESPN.com May 21 (3 days ago)
    Roger Goodell pleased with St. Louis stadium progress
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  • Carson Palmer intently focused on what time he has left in foot…

    Carson Palmer intently focused on what time he has left in football

    ESPN.com May 21 (3 days ago)
    Carson Palmer intently focused on what time he has left in football
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  • Raiders moving into Levi’s Stadium was a non-starter

    Raiders moving into Levi’s Stadium was a non-starter

    profootballtalk.com May 21 (4 days ago)
    Raiders owner Mark Davis is perfectly willing to share. But not with the 49ers. While the Raiders are looking at a joint facility in Carson with the Chargers as a possibility if there’s no deal to stay in Oakland, Davis nixed the idea of bunking with hi…
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  • Buccaneers send their rookies to finishing school

    Buccaneers send their rookies to finishing school

    profootballtalk.com May 21 (4 days ago)
    NFL teams always give their rookies a crash course in football at their first minicamp, Some, like the Rams, give them some financial tips before they hand them a bonus check. But the Buccaneers want to make sure their draft class knows which fork to us…
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  • PFT Live: Chargers talk with Kevin Acee, PFT Planet calls and t…

    PFT Live: Chargers talk with Kevin Acee, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com May 20 (5 days ago)
    The Raiders and Chargers continued their push for a stadium in Carson, California this week by naming former 49ers executive Carmen Policy to lead the effort and closing a land deal with the city for 157 acres to use toward construction. On Wednesday’s …
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  • NFL Nation TV catches up with Hall of Famer Jim Kelly

    NFL Nation TV catches up with Hall of Famer Jim Kelly

    ESPN.com May 20 (5 days ago)
    NFL Nation TV catches up with Hall of Famer Jim Kelly
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  • Rams hire former NFL QB Jeff Garcia as offensive assistant

    Rams hire former NFL QB Jeff Garcia as offensive assistant

    profootballtalk.com May 20 (5 days ago)
    The Rams interviewed a pair of former NFL quarterbacks for their vacant quarterbacks coach job this offseason, before choosing Chris Weinke over Jeff Garcia. But they found a spot for Garcia anyway. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch…
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  • Carson Palmer pushing for more work at Cardinals OTAs

    Carson Palmer pushing for more work at Cardinals OTAs

    profootballtalk.com ESPN.com May 20 (5 days ago)
    The Cardinals kicked off their organized team activities on Tuesday and that gave quarterback Carson Palmer a chance to do some on-field team drills for the first time since tearing his ACL last season. Palmer took 12 snaps during the 7-on-7 portion of …
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  • Mark Davis: “No interest” in taking Raiders to St. Louis

    Mark Davis: “No interest” in taking Raiders to St. Louis

    profootballtalk.com May 20 (5 days ago)
    One scenario that has been floated as teams jockey for position in the race for Los Angeles has been for the Raiders to move to St. Louis to replace the Rams so Stan Kroenke can take his franchise to Inglewood, Calif. But Raiders owner Mark Davis shut d…
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  • Raiders, Chargers close land deal in Carson

    Raiders, Chargers close land deal in Carson

    profootballtalk.com May 19 (5 days ago)
    The Raiders and Chargers have retained former 49ers executive Carmen Policy to lead their effort to get a stadium built in Carson, California that would give both teams a home and footprint in the Los Angeles Area, but Raiders owner Mark Davis said Tues…
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  • PFT Live: Dolphins talk with Armando Salguero, 49ers talk with …

    PFT Live: Dolphins talk with Armando Salguero, 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco

    profootballtalk.com May 19 (6 days ago)
    There were a pair of big developments in the NFL on Monday and we’ll be catching up on the fallout from both of them during Tuesday’s edition of PFT Live. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill agreed to a contract extension with the Dolphins that should keep him i…
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  • Timeline, progress among relocation topics at owners meetings

    Timeline, progress among relocation topics at owners meetings

    ESPN.com May 19 (6 days ago)
    Timeline, progress among relocation topics at owners meetings
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  • NFL VP Eric Grubman praises St. Louis stadium efforts

    NFL VP Eric Grubman praises St. Louis stadium efforts

    ESPN.com May 19 (6 days ago)
    NFL VP Eric Grubman praises St. Louis stadium efforts
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  • 49ers sign Mylan Hicks, Justin Renfrow after tryouts

    49ers sign Mylan Hicks, Justin Renfrow after tryouts

    profootballtalk.com May 19 (6 days ago)
    The San Francisco 49ers signed a pair of players after participating in tryouts during the team’s rookie mini-camp last weekend. The 49ers announced the signings of cornerback Mylan Hicks and tackle Justin Renfrow on Monday. Hicks is an undrafted free a…
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  • Video - Most appealing NFL players 03:32

    Most appealing NFL players

    May 23
    Mark Schlereth guesses who the top five most likable NFL players are, based on a survey from the DBI index of appeal, and is surprised by the No. 1 answer.
  • Video - Smart move for Michael Sam to sign with CFL? 01:34

    Smart move for Michael Sam to sign with CFL?

    May 22
    ESPN NFL Insider Ashley Fox discusses Michael Sam's two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes.
  • Video - Clayton's Quiz: Best QB to run two-point conversions? 00:53

    Clayton's Quiz: Best QB to run two-point conversions?

    May 21
    Clayton's Quiz provides a weekly challenge to your NFL knowledge. Which quarterback may grow in value because of the new push for two-point conversions? Is it Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brady, or Cam Newton?
  • Video - Bush looking forward to 'fresh start' with 49ers 01:48

    Bush looking forward to 'fresh start' with 49ers

    May 21
    ESPN 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez discusses running back Reggie Bush's desire to contribute in San Francisco, which was evident when he fielded punts during OTAs -- something he hasn't done in a game since 2011.

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  • J.J. Watt's bruise continues storied tradition of athletes playing through…

    May 21
    The photo of J.J. Watt's bruise is nasty, but imagine playing with torn knee ligaments or a tooth stuck in your arm. Jeffri Chadiha recounts some memorable moments of athletes ignoring injuries.
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    May 20
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  • Don’t Grow Attached to the NFL’s New PAT Rule

    May 20
    When the time came at the league meetings in San Francisco to discuss changing the extra point, there wasn’t much debate. Insiders say the discussion lasted less than a half hour. In the end the owners were ready for a change in the way the NFL treats t…
  • Fixing the Most Boring Play in All of Sports

    May 19
    In 1912, eight years before the birth of the professional football association now known as the National Football League, the system of scoring that would serve the pro game was adopted. The touchdown was changed from five to six points, a two-point saf…