NFC West Notes: Brooks, 49ers, Rams

The Seahawks aren’t in the driver’s seat of the NFC West as they anticipated, but coach Pete Carroll says that their record doesn’t dictate their effort on the field. “We’d still be playing these games as championship games,” Carroll said, according to Matt Maiocco of “That’s the way we look at it. If we were here and our record is different than it is, we’d be playing every one of these games like it’s the last game we get to play all year. That’s how we do it. And it doesn’t matter.” More from the NFC West, where the Cardinals are on top..

  • Ahmad Brooks’ cap figure of $9.65MM for 2015 makes him a prime candidate for a trade, or a drastic pay cut if he wants to stay with the 49ers, former agent Joel Corry told Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Niners can save $4MM in 2015 by releasing Brooks. Corry went on to say that he doesn’t expect SF to sign both Mike Iupati or Alex Boone – it’s either-or.
  • Another team was interested in signing tight end Justice Cunningham to its active roster, but the Rams liked him enough to beat them to the punch and promote him to the 53-man roster, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch (via Twitter).
  • Thomas (via Twitter) also notes that the Rams must create an additional roster spot later in the week when they activate defensive end Chris Long from the IR/DTR list.
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