NFC West Notes: Rams, Irvin, 49ers, TE

Clay Matthews will file a grievance against the Rams over more than $2MM in unpaid guarantees, Jeremy Fowler of tweets. Todd Gurley, however, will not submit one, per’s Vaughn McClure. Gurley is owed a $7.55MM roster bonus, though offset language from his Falcons deal can reduce that to nearly $5.05MM, per McClure. The Rams, who released both players in March, said each player will receive his respective bonus payment. But the team believes neither payment is due for some time. Matthews’ two-year Rams deal included a $5.5MM guarantee, and Fowler adds that his contract contained $2MM in offset language. That would explain the reason for the delay. The Rams are likely waiting to see if another team will end up signing the veteran pass rusher. That would save the Rams the $2MM.

Here is the latest from the NFC West:

  • Despite Bruce Irvin having lined up as a defensive end in his four seasons away from Seattle — with the Raiders, Falcons and Panthers — the Seahawks are listing him as an outside linebacker. Going into the draft, the team viewed Irvin as an option to play off the ball in base sets before lining up as an end on passing downs, per Brady Henderson of (on Twitter). But the Seahawks used a first-round pick on Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks and possess a greater need at defensive end. Irvin did, however, play this hybrid role for the bulk of his first Seahawks stint.
  • Although the 49ers drafted Georgia tight end Charlie Woerner in the sixth round, he projects as more of a blocking tight end. The team is looking to add a receiving tight end to play behind George Kittle, Matt Barrows of The Athletic notes (subscription required). UDFA Ross Dwelley filled in for Kittle while he missed time due to injury last season, but the ex-San Diego Torero averaged just 6.1 yards per reception on 15 grabs. The top free agent available is former 49er Delanie Walker, but the Titans released him after two injury-marred seasons. Jordan Reed, who played under Kyle Shanahan with the Redskins in 2013, may be a name to monitor as well. But Reed has dealt with numerous injuries during his career.
  • With the 49ers trading Matt Breida, their backfield group looks clearer. Once rumored as a trade candidate, Tevin Coleman now appears a lock to be back with the 49ers in 2020, Barrows adds. Coleman and special-teamer-turned-breakout back Raheem Mostert are almost certain to return, with the 49ers still rostering Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson. McKinnon will be the obvious wild card, given that he’s missed two full seasons.
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10 comments on “NFC West Notes: Rams, Irvin, 49ers, TE

  1. ioh2710

    Rams owner’s are so stingy. Just pay the man his deserved money.

    No one should ever be on the owners side on this one. Hopefully he wins that grievance.

    • baseball10

      U mean Kroenke is greedy? The same guy that forced his way out of stl so he could go to LA? He is the biggest clown owner in the nfl

      • Afk711

        And you could say the exact same thing about Georgia moving the team to St. Louis in the first place. The Rams are an LA team and Stan only brought them home. No one wants to play in an ugly dome in the midwest over LA lol.

        • SheltonMatthews

          Well, technically, the Rams are a Cleveland team, but that’s neither here nor there.

          The reason the Rams haven’t paid the money is if Clay signs with another team this year, they won’t have to pay any of the amount to him that he signs for. So, instead of chasing him down for money owed, they’re waiting to see if he signs and they owe him the money or not. I’m sure it’s somewhere in the contract that provides a date for payment, and if not, they could probably get away without paying until the entire season is up and he’s earned no salary. Might be up to an arbitrator, but it’s pretty clear why he hasn’t been given the final $2MM.

        • baseball10

          No kidding. He moved so he could make more money. The city did everything the “rules” say they should to keep them and he used loopholes and anything else he could to force his way out. But according to u its alright cause LA is cooler

  2. crosseyedlemon

    So I guess the most famous Torero to play in the NFL is still QB Josh Johnson who played for 9 different teams.

  3. jessaumodesto

    Had the 9ers signed Tom Brady. They’d of got Gronk, been able to trade Jimmy G for a 1st or 2nd round pick and would have won the super bowl.

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