West Notes: Thomas, 49ers, Moore, Raiders

No matter how much money you have, nobody likes getting hit with a speeding ticket. On his way to a press conference to announce his lucrative new four-year extension with the Seahawks that will make him the highest paid safety in football, Thomas nearly got nabbed for doing 30 mph in a 25 mph zone. While he could have used his celebrity status to skirt the situation, he opted not to, writes the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta. “I didn’t try to bulldog him and say ‘My name is Earl Thomas,’ because then he’d be like, ‘Man, this dude is cocky,’ and give me a ticket,’’ Thomas said. “But he let me off. That’s the moral of the story.” Here’s more out of the AFC and NFC West..

  • Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee looks at pass rushers that might fit the 49ers in the upcoming draft. San Francisco hopes that Aldon Smith will be with the club for the long haul, but in the short-term, there’s no way of knowing where he’ll stand. General manager Trent Baalke on Friday said that the team was ready to count on Corey Lemonier, who is expected to improve upon a promising rookie campaign, as well as veteran Dan Skuta, but that doesn’t mean the Niners won’t look into reinforcements in the draft.
  • Defensive end Zach Moore of Division II Concordia University is picking up late interest, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network (on Twitter). Moore has had nine visits and 14 workouts in total and checked in with the Cardinals, Chargers, and Raiders last week. Moore has the opportunity to be the first player drafted out of the small school in Minnesota.
  • Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com looks at middle linebackers that the Raiders may consider in the upcoming draft.
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