Three of the four Rams‘ starting defensive backs are eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins is perhaps the most notable of the free-agents-to-be. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the team has had ongoing discussions with Jenkins’ agent since the spring, making a contract offer to the cornerback last week during St. Louis’ bye. Still, it sounds like Jenkins may want to test the market this winter.
“I’m not talking about the contract,” Jenkins said. “I ended that last week, when they gave me those numbers. It was something I didn’t want to hear. I ended it just like that. I’ll play it out. I’m gonna bet on myself.”
Let’s check in on a few other items from out of the NFL’s West divisions….
- The 49ers‘ loss to Seattle on Thursday night is the kind of game that “has to send people back to the drawing board,” according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, who has heard whispers that “something big” could happen in San Francisco. “I don’t know what it’s going to be. I don’t know what they’re talking about, but clearly the 49ers can’t go on this way,” Maiocco said, adding: “There are a lot of very upset people in the 49ers organization.”
- After the 49ers‘ latest loss, it’s becoming clear that the club is in a rebuilding year, writes Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News.
- Several St. Louis aldermen are introducing a bill at a Friday board meeting that would call for a public vote before allowing the city to spend approximately $150MM on a new stadium, says David Hunn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. According to Hunn, the mayor’s office has cautioned that such a bill could kill plans to build a new stadium for the Rams or another NFL team.
- In his look at the most important additions of the Broncos’ offseason, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post identifies safety Darian Stewart as “a big upgrade” over former starter Rahim Moore, and praises defensive coordinator Wade Phillips for turning Denver’s D from good to great.