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Niners hosting safety Craig Dahl

Niners hosting safety Craig Dahl

profootballtalk.com Updated Mar 15, 2013
The 49ers need a replacement for safety Dashon Goldson.  They’ve shifted from higher-profile candidates like Charles Woodson and Louis Delmas to lesser-known Craig Dahl. Per Howard Balzer, via the San Francisco Chronicle, the 49ers have brought in Dahl
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  • Aldon Smith had labrum surgery

    Aldon Smith had labrum surgery

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith had surgery on a torn labrum in his shoulder earlier in the offseason, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday. The 23-year-old Smith recorded an NFC-high 19.5 sacks last season, but none after Dec. 9 - a six-g
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  • Updated: UFA snapshot into Friday evening

    Updated: UFA snapshot into Friday evening

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    St. Louis Rams receiver Brandon Gibson became the 13th unrestricted free agent from the NFC West to reach a contract agreement since the signing period opened Tuesday. The Miami Dolphins announced what was thought to be a three-year agreement with Gibso…
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  • Patriots sign Adrian Wilson

    Patriots sign Adrian Wilson

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    Adrian Wilson, the 12-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowler whose time with the Cardinals came to an end last week, is heading to New England. Wilson signed a three-year deal with the Patriots, Mike Jurecki of XTRA Sports 910 reports. Wilson said this w…
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  • Antoine Cason and Cards' approach to FA

    Antoine Cason and Cards' approach to FA

    The Arizona Cardinals keep adding lower-priced veterans on short-term contracts as they transition toward a future under new coach Bruce Arians. Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and cornerback Antoine Cason were the latest additions Friday. They joined Ra…
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  • Former first-rounder visits the Panthers

    Former first-rounder visits the Panthers

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    When you have little to no salary cap room, you have to be creative. And desperate. So the Panthers brought former first-round pick Chris Williams for a visit Friday, according to Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange. A former first-round pick, Williams …
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  • Seahawks releasing Ben Obomanu

    Seahawks releasing Ben Obomanu

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    The Seahawks are releasing wide receiver Ben Obomanu. On his verified Twitter account Friday, Obomanu seemed to indicate he would be moving on, and he confirmed to PFT’s Curtis Crabtree that his time with Seattle was coming to an end. Per Crabtree, the
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  • Shaughnessy bolsters Cards' line rotation

    Shaughnessy bolsters Cards' line rotation

    The Arizona Cardinals' contract agreement with Oakland Raiders unrestricted free agent Matt Shaughnessy adds quality depth to the team's line rotation, presumably behind Calais Campbell in particular. Shaughnessy, 26, played about two-thirds of the defe…
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  • Lions bring back Louis Delmas

    Lions bring back Louis Delmas

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    Some thought that the addition of safety Glover Quin would slam the door on the Lions bringing back safety Louis Delmas. And yet he’s back anyway. The veteran signed a two-year, $9.465 million contract, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Delm
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  • A few thoughts on post-Kolb QB picture

    A few thoughts on post-Kolb QB picture

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    Drew Stanton is the leader in the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback clubhouse following Kevin Kolb's release Friday. That could change as the offseason progresses. The team could draft a quarterback or acquire another veteran. Until then, here are a couple…
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  • Cardinals lose big on Kolb trade

    Cardinals lose big on Kolb trade

    In late July 2011, the Cardinals traded for quarterback Kevin Kolb.  Now, less than 20 months and more than $20 million later, Kolb is gone. So are the folks who traded for him. Coach Ken Whisenhunt and G.M. Rod Graves realized the magnitude of the risk…
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  • Jake Long plans to leave St. Louis without a deal

    Jake Long plans to leave St. Louis without a deal

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    On Thursday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher was optimistic a deal could get done with free agent offensive tackle Jake Long. On Friday, Long’s visit to St. Louis appears to be coming to an end, without a deal. Long is scheduled to leave town without a deal this
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  • Cardinals, 49ers looking for special boost

    Cardinals, 49ers looking for special boost

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    Select 49ers Special Teams Averages The San Francisco 49ers hope the linebacker they signed from the Cincinnati Bengals can positively impact their special teams. Dan Skuta led the Bengals in special-teams tackles. The 49ers suffered a drop in special-t…
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  • Asomugha, Woodson in “serious discussions” with 49ers

    Asomugha, Woodson in “serious discussions” with 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    When it comes to employees of NFL Network potentially defaming alleged whistleblowers, the powers-that-be remind them that they are analysts, not reporters. But when analysts have personal relationships that positions them to be reporters on matters tha…
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  • Around the NFC West: 49ers-Seahawks tiffs

    Around the NFC West: 49ers-Seahawks tiffs

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    A week ago, no one could have reasonably expected the Seattle Seahawks to add receiver Percy Harvin, edge pass-rusher Cliff Avril and defensive end Michael Bennett during a four-day period spanning the start of NFL free agency. Around the NFC West: Marc…
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  • Seahawks succeed in addressing pass rush in free agency

    Seahawks succeed in addressing pass rush in free agency

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    Shortly after officially announcing the signing of defensive end Cliff Avril Thursday afternoon, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider discussed what the team was hoping to accomplish in free agency and if they still planned to be active in th…
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  • Rams re-sign pair of defensive linemen

    Rams re-sign pair of defensive linemen

    profootballtalk.com Mar 15, 2013
    While contract discussions continue between the St. Louis Rams and free agent tackle Jake Long, general manager Kevin Demoff managed to complete a couple deals to hold on to a pair of their own. According to Howard Balzer, the Rams have re-signed defens…
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  • 49ers sign Dan Skuta

    49ers sign Dan Skuta

    The 49ers have added to their special-teams coverage units and linebacker depth, signing Bengals free agent Dan Skuta to a two-year contract. The club announced the move early Friday morning. Skuta, who turns 27 in April, recorded 26 tackles (15 solo) o…
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  • A tease for Rams fans on Jake Long front

    A tease for Rams fans on Jake Long front

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    St. Louis Rams executive Kevin Demoff has provided photographic evidence of contract negotiations with agents for Miami Dolphins unrestricted free agent tackle Jake Long. Rams Left Tackles Since 2008 I'll take that as a sign negotiations are heading tow…
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  • Video - Can Seattle Seahawks overtake San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West? 01:33

    Can Seattle Seahawks overtake San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West?

    Mar 15
    Heath Evans and Willie McGinest debate which NFC West team has the upper hand going into the 2013 season.
  • Video - On the Clock: Rams 07:18

    On the Clock: Rams

    Mar 15
    The St. Louis Rams need help on their offensive line and at wide receiver. The 'Path to the Draft' experts debate who St. Louis will draft with two first-round picks.
  • Video - On the Clock: St. Louis Rams 07:18

    On the Clock: St. Louis Rams

    Mar 15
    The St. Louis Rams need help on their offensive line and at wide receiver. The "Path to the Draft" experts debate who St. Louis will draft with two first-round picks.
  • Video - Cardinals Release Kolb 01:50

    Cardinals Release Kolb

    Mar 15
    John Clayton has the latest on Kevin Kolb being released by the Arizona Cardinals and what the Cardinals may do in the first round of the NFL draft.

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