Before the Bills swooped in with an awe-inspiring contract, the Rams expected to re-sign Von Miller. According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, the Rams were flexible with the AAV of Miller’s deal and were generally offering around $14MM to $16MM per season.
The Rams “reiterated their commitment” to the linebacker during negotiations, while Miller made it a priority to work things out with the Super Bowl-winning organization. Of course, the money had to be right, but Rodrigue writes that the Rams were confident in their offer. However, the Bills emerged with a big-money offer that was ultimately too good to refuse.
Rodrigue also notes that Miller’s departure will ultimately net the organization a compensation pick, but because of the player’s tenure in the NFL, the organization can’t expect higher than a fifth-round selection.
More notes out of the NFC West…
- Rashaad Penny told the media that it was a “no brainer” to re-sign with the Seahawks (per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times on Twitter). The running back also confirmed that he turned down offers for more money in order to stay in Seattle. The former first-round pick inked a one-year, $5.75MM deal to stick with the Seahawks. This past season, Penny totaled 797 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns.
- Pete Carroll seems to have some optimism for quarterback Drew Lock, telling reporters that the Seahawks are “focused on the things Drew Lock did well in Denver and not the times he struggled,” with the coach adding that “we think we see something that could be really special” (per Condotta on Twitter).
- While the organization isn’t necessarily counting on Lock, the organization has high hopes for the QB. “We’ll continue to explore options,” said GM John Schneider (via ESPN’s Brady Henderson), “but we have a ton of faith in Drew. We’re excited about it. We’re excited about a change of scenery for him. I know a couple of my buddies were trying to acquire him all last spring and into the fall. He’s a guy that, in my opinion, the media has beat down a little bit. We’re excited to get him into our culture with our coaching staff, and we’ll continue to look for guys to compete with him.”
- Jimmy Garoppolo‘s shoulder surgery earlier this month went “as expected,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter). With the shoulder surgery taking place in early March, the 49ers are hoping the QB will be back on the field before training camp. Of course, the only question remaining is whether Garoppolo will be attending training camp with the 49ers or another team.
13 comments on “NFC West Notes: Rams, Penny, Lock, 49ers”
Carroll maybe a bit over optimistic.
I mean just a tad, but at this point, especially if he’s asked, what is he supposed to say?? lol
I highly doubt he will be honest, and admite he looked really rough in Denver quite frequently, even though he had some adequate weapons at his disposal…
Either way, Lock took his lumps, and maybe a change of scenery and a fresh start might actually do him some good…
It isn’t like he’s not a talented QB, the young man has a really strong, live arm, and he can make all the throws. He just has to settle down, slow things down visually, and then take it one game at a time building of any positives.
It looks like Carroll is atleast trying to help him stay positive, so thats as good of a start as any…Although, their GM is also likely behind the scenes trying to make an upgrade if he can..lol
He’s not daft, like the organization that publicly stated they want an adult at quarterback. That organization now seems puzzled that no one wants to give them a desperation overpay for said quarterback who had off season shoulder surgery..
Drew Lock sucks (at playing QB in the NFL). These are the same guys that thought Charlie Whitehurst and Matt Flynn were NFL QBs. The only all pro they have drafted in five years was their punter. If they honestly think Lock can play, then it is more evidence that their ability to evaluate football players is not good.
Pete Carroll and John Schneider are idiots.
Clearly not as they run a competitive football team and we comment on a free rumor’s website.
The Seahawks have a “way to win games” approach to building a team: field position through running the ball, high special teams play and defense. It’s not always the most fun football to watch and it isn’t always successful but it’s Seahawks football. They work with what they have and been fairly competitive doing it.
They also used to have a HOF QB that covered up a lot of warts in their “way to win games” approach. Part of that approach is trading for Charlie Whitehurst and drafting LJ Collier. I guess we will see how competitive the Seahawks will be in the NFC west and with Drew Lock instead of RW, and no other significant roster upgrade. They are essentially running it back with Lock instead of Russ and no OT.
They were both lucky to have hit on Russell Wilson 10 years ago. Without him that franchise is nothing. Schneider can’t draft to save his life and traded the same package for Jamal Adams as the Rams did for Jalen Ramsey. Carroll can’t do anything without Wilson. Look at how bad they were before he came and how bad they will be without him
Loch will do exactly what they want lose games. I guess this guy DK or something that has the best mouth guard in the NFL is a bum. I would name some others but frankly your ignorance isn’t worth the time.
DK is a monster. You must not have watched him play. In fact, he was productive last season with Smith at QB when RW was injured. He is their best draft pick since Wilson.
Lol you new or just don’t get blatant and obvious sarcasm?
I was hoping you were kidding?? Tone is hard to assess in a comment section! 🙂