West Notes: Kaepernick, Cardinals, Chargers

The Cardinals pulled out a gutsy 12-6 win over the Rams last night and Arizona coach Bruce Arians took some time to gloat after the game, as Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com writes. “Everybody wanted to talk all that stuff about how great their defense is. I think they saw a good defense tonight, it was in red and white,” Arians said before talking about his team’s 143 rushing yards. “We blocked them. I think they had been reading their press clippings way too much.” More out of the AFC and NFC West..

  • 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has regressed this season and Joel Corry of the National Football Post looks at how SF can bail out of his contract, if they so choose. Cutting bait after this season would essentially mean admitting a major mistake and giving Kaepernick a $12MM windfall, so that leaves only a trade or restructuring his contract. A trade probably wouldn’t bring a return comparable to the second-round pick used to select him, so Corry zeroes in on what a restructured deal might look like.
  • In the event that Drew Stanton is done for the season, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald (via Twitter) suggests that the Cardinals should look at any and all recently retired starting quarterbacks. From the view of the QBs, it’s a month long deal with one last shot at glory, so it could be a very enticing opportunity to some. Stanton hurt his knee last night after being sacked by Aaron Donald and the team is awaiting MRI results to find out the severity of the injury.
  • Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today Sports sat down with Chargers GM Tom Telesco for a wide ranging Q&A that included a discussion on Manti Te’o‘s development since being drafted in 2013. The linebacker came into the NFL as a household name for non-football reasons but has yet to make his presence felt due to injuries.
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