West Rumors: 49ers, Seahawks, Chargers

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has a “real good chance” to participate — at least, on a limited basis — during San Francisco’s 2019 organized team activities in late May/early June of 2019, head coach Kyle Shanahan told Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in late September, so returning at the end of the May would give him roughly eight months of recovery. As Shanahan notes, quarterbacks like Garoppolo aren’t necessarily going to need the same amount of recovery time as a player at another position that needs to run and cut, so May seems like a realistic target date.

Here’s more from the NFL’s two West divisions:

  • Shanahan also told reporters that he hasn’t necessarily considered an extension for defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, but was quick to add that Buckner is someone the 49ers want on their roster “for a long time,” tweets Matt Barrows of The Athletic. Buckner will become eligible for a new deal when San Francisco’s season concludes, but there’s no rush, as he’ll be under contract through 2020 when the 49ers inevitably exercise his fifth-year option for 2020. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Buckner has become an under-the-radar superstar in his third NFL campaign, ranking fifth among interior defenders in tackles for loss and seventh in quarterback hits.
  • Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright could be available to play against the Chiefs on Sunday night, according to Brady Henderson on ESPN.com“The ramping up has worked out fine and he’s ready to go,” head coach Pete Carroll said. Wright underwent knee surgery in August and subsequently missed Seattle’s first seven games. He came back in Week 8 and managed to play in three straight contests, but struggled during that time. Now that he’s been given several more weeks to rest, Wright could be fully ready for the stretch run and the postseason.
  • While Wright is set to return to action in the near future, the same can’t be said for Chargers linebacker Kyzir White. Although White is eligible to come off injured reserve in time for the postseason, that course of action doesn’t appear likely, per Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com (Twitter link). A fourth-round rookie out of West Virginia, White had played extremely well in three NFL starts (especially in coverage) before going down with a knee injury. With both White and fellow ‘backer Denzel Perryman out for the year, Los Angeles has been deploying a single-LB defense, with only Jatavis Brown seeing more than 25% playtime over the past several weeks.
  • Raiders owner Mark Davis says he doesn’t regret trading edge defender Khalil Mack nor wide receiver Amari Cooper, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (video link). Oakland received a bevy of picks for Mack and a first-round selection for Cooper, and will now have three first-rounders in the 2019 draft. However, both the Bears (who acquired Mack) and the Cowboys (who received Cooper) are now headed for the postseason, meaning the value of their picks that were sent to the Raiders has decreased.
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  1. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    “However, both the Bears and the Cowboys are now headed for the postseason, meaning the value of their picks that were sent to the Raiders has decreased.”

    That’s okay. The Raiders own pick has increased because of all their sucking this year.

    • Thomas Bliss

      They make it seem like a first round pick isn’t important except for the top 5 or 10 picks. You can do a lot with 3 first round picks. You can used the other 2 to trade back into to the top 5 and have 2 top 5 picks like the Browns did last year or trade back and start stock pilling. Make a selection here or there as you go.

      • Steezy

        That would be awesome if someone in that building knew how to draft. And it doesn’t help if they luckily hit on a pick that they have to trade him away because they can’t afford to pay him. Gareon Conley is the best first round pick they have left on the roster and he’s been an average corner who can’t stay on the field. I thought gruden would be better but last years class is shaping up to be the worst they’ve had in a while.

      • TrollHunter

        You are 100% correct! It doesn’t matter what the actual pick is they have 3 in the FIRST ROUND!

        Can you imagine if they were able to turn those 3 picks into a dynamic once in a generation edge rusher and big play down the field target at WR?

        Hay….wait a second….

        • SuperSinker

          Ya I guess that’s the thing I don’t get. You’re trading dynamic players for picks to select a player that you hope is as good as them?

          • tharrie0820

            The difference is though players are up for contract extensions that they can’t afford because they’re overpaying a mediocre QB. draft picks are much cheaper

        • jamfed

          When your 1st round draft picks reach their prime, you don’t trade them away.

    • 24TheKid

      The kid they have know looks amazing, of course I’ve only seen him play the Seahawks. So, yeah I don’t think they would be much better Jimmy, but they have a lot of other injuries.

  2. Ironman_4life

    I think they they have a better qb with this Mullens kid. He seems like a poised veteran out there

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