Week 1 NFC West free agency round up

We’re all aware of the Los Angeles Rams’ recent transactions. If not, feel free to explore the rest of the Rams Talk website. But what’s been happening with the divisional rivals? Here’s a look at the new NFC West:

Arizona Cardinals

  • OLB De’Vondre Campbell (former Falcons) signed a 1-year, $6 million contract.
  • OLB Devon Kennard (former Lions) signed a 3-year, $20 million contract.
  • DT Jordan Phillips (former Bills) signed a 3-year, $30 million contract.
  • OT Justin Murray (former Raiders) signed a 1-year, $7.5 million contract.
  • K Zane Gonzalez tendered for $3.29 million.
  • Traded RB David Johnson and 2020 second round pick and a 2021 fourth round pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for a WR DeAndre Hopkins and 2020 fourth round pick.
  • RB Kenyan Drake signed a transition tag worth $8.483 milion.
  • LT D.J. Humphries signed a 3-year, $43.75 million extension.
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald sign a 1-year, $11.5 million extension.

It’s undeniable that the Arizona Cardinals has had the most successful NFC West offseason in 2020 so far. While most will only consider the Hopkins trade, there’s more to it than that. On the subject though, the Cardinals made the best trade of 2020 by basically giving up an expensive, washed up running back in Johnson and a second round pick for arguably the best wide receiver in the league.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals kept some of the core talents such as Humphries, Fitzgerald and Drake. One of the biggest struggles for the Cardinals is defense, so adding Phillips and Kennard will help the defense overall. Undoubtedly, the Cardinals improved the most so far in the NFC West.

San Francisco 49ers

  • OG Michael Person released
  • OG Tom Compton (former Jets) signed a 1-year contract.
  • C Ben Garland signed a 1-year contract extension worth $2.25 million.
  • RB Jerick McKinnon restructured to a 1-year, $1.116 million contract.
  • RB Matt Breida tendered for $3.29 million.
  • FS Jimmie Ward signed a 3-year, $28.5 million contract extension.
  • DE Ronald Blair signed a 1-year contract extension.
  • OT Shon Coleman signed a 1-year contract extension.
  • DT DeForest Buckner traded to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The 49ers made an impressive trade too. On one hand, the surrendered Buckner who is an undeniable talent, but the Niners likely wouldn’t be able to afford him when his contract expires. So rather than getting nothing out of him they received mid-first round pick. That’s impressive. The also saved money by restructuring McKinnon’s contract and keeping a slew of talented running backs on their depth chart. Holding on to Ward was huge too.

In truth, the 49ers don’t really need to add or change up the roster that much. So keeping the 2019 team mostly intact is ideal heading into the 2020 season.

Seattle Seahawks

  • OT Brandon Shell (former Jets) signed a 2-year, $11 million contract.
  • LT Cedric Ogbuehi (former Jaguars) sign a 1-year, $3.3 million contract.
  • OLB Bruce Irvin  (former Panthers) signed a contract.
  • TE Luke Wilson re-signed a 1-year contract.
  • OG B.J. Finney (former Steelers) signed a 2,-year, $8 million contract.
  • TE Jacob Hollister tendered worth $3.259 million.
  • WR David Moore tendered worth $2.133 million.
  • DT Jarran Reed signed a 2-year, $23 million contract extension.
  • DE Branden Jackson tendered worth $2.1233 million.
  • C Joey Hunt tendered worth $2.133 million.
  • TE Greg Olsen (former Panthers) signed a 1-year, $7 million contract.

Much of the Seahawk’s determined success rate for the 2020 offseason will depend if they can bring back Jadeveon Clowney. Currently, Clowney is attempting to sign elsewhere for a higher contract than what the Seahawks offered. The longer his pursuit goes on, the likelier Clowney can come back to the Seahawks on a bargain.

Bringing in Shell and Ogbuehi to compete for the right tackle spot is great for depth. That said, both players are still risks as a starter. Finney is a temporary solution at guard. Signing Irvin is a precaution just in case Clowney doesn’t come back so there’s at least one more decent pass rusher on the team.


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