NFC West Rumors: Cousins, 49ers, Seahawks

Prior to the Patriots sending Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for merely a second-round pick, rumblings of a Kyle ShanahanKirk Cousins reunion occurred. Shanahan admitted Cousins was in the 49ers’ pre-Garoppolo plans. Although Garoppolo just quarterbacked the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV, the prospect of the 49ers jettisoning Garoppolo and signing Cousins in 2021 has popped up on some radars around the league, Albert Breer of SI.com notes. Cousins’ fully guaranteed Vikings contract expires at season’s end, and Garoppolo’s 49ers-friendly deal contains no more guaranteed money.

Cousins played under Shanahan with the Redskins from 2012-13, though Robert Griffin III was Washington’s starter for most of that span. Cousins will turn 32 this year, and the cap-strapped Vikings are expected to explore an extension for their third-year starter soon. If no deal gets done by Week 1, the throwback Cousins-to-San Francisco plotline may gain steam.

Here is the latest from the NFC West, moving first to the defensive side of the 49ers’ depth chart:

  • DeForest Buckner‘s fifth-year option price will drop from $14.36MM to $12.38MM, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). This reflects Buckner’s place as a defensive tackle, and not an end, in the 49ers’ 4-3 scheme. The 49ers hope to finalize a Buckner extension this offseason, and this adjustment figures to play into the talks. The Pro Bowl inside defender is entering a contract year.
  • Linked to being less than eager to wade into deep salary waters to retain Jadeveon Clowney, the Seahawks may be concerned with the free agent-to-be’s injury history. That could well be the reason the Seahawks are not prepared to pay Clowney north of $20MM AAV, John Clayton of 710 AM Seattle notes. A few other Clowney suitors have emerged — including the Giants, Colts and Titans — and Clayton expects the 2019 trade acquisition to leave Seattle soon.
  • Not only is Clowney a free agent, but so are D-linemen Jarran Reed, Quinton Jefferson and Ziggy Ansah. The Seahawks would like to re-sign Jefferson, but Clayton adds that the defensive tackle has generated steady interest on the market. Jefferson has 6.5 sacks over the past two seasons and, thanks to plus run defense, graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 27 interior defender in 2019.
  • The 49ers will be in the market for receiver help, but Matt Barrows of The Athletic notes (subscription required) the cap space-starved franchise’s likely goal will be for a modest Emmanuel Sanders market to entice him to re-sign. Shanahan and John Lynch may be waiting to see what teams offer the soon-to-be 33-year-old wideout, with Sanders revealing this week he and the 49ers had not engaged in an extension talks this offseason.
  • Despite the 49ers using Tevin Coleman as their RB2 in Super Bowl LIV, Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida remain low-cost options and may have better routes back to the 2020 roster. In addition to Jerick McKinnon needing to redo his lucrative deal to stay on the team, Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News writes Coleman might have to do the same. It would be interesting to see Shanahan cut bait on Coleman, whom he’s now coached for two teams. Coleman is set to make $4.55MM in base salary in the final year of his deal.
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9 comments on “NFC West Rumors: Cousins, 49ers, Seahawks

  1. nentwigs

    Cousins has not been a “winner” for the Vikings. Perhaps Shanahan can get out of him what Minnesota and Washington could not. If you want him THAT BAD, start talking and make a deal to get him for the 20-21 season.

    • sleepyfloyd

      Dumbass maybe cousins has not had the defense the Niners has this past season around him. You’re in that misinformed fan section that thinks one player alone is enough to win a chip.

      • B-Minus21

        If only there were a way to talk about sports without name calling…

        • Bdd1967

          There’s always one that thinks they know more than everyone else therefore they revert to name calling to show everyone just how superior they are to the rest of us regular uninformed joes…

      • deboinair

        Kirk Cousins is a bum. He puts up pedestrian numbers and he can never put a team on his back. He is just a game manager like Kerry Collins was. Definitely not worth the money these teams are foolishly shelling out on this mediocre QB.

        It’s just plain dumb to think the Niners would trade Jimmy G after his FIRST FULL YEAR starting, helping the team go to the super bowl. How he didn’t get comeback player is beyond me.

        • B-Minus21

          I’m not arguing against any of the football points made. I’m simply saying when people have to resort to name calling, they immediately lose my attention.

            • B-Minus21

              Anyone who doesn’t call people names is a snowflake? Trying to keep up with the ever-evolving definitions.

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