NFC West Blog
Star running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks told ex-teammate Michael Robinson that he plans to hold out until a new deal is had. Lynch is 28 years old and must have saw the new deal Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles recently recieved for holding out of training camp, that allowed him to become the second highest paid RB in the league behind Adrian Peterson. If there isn't a deal done, except fellow RBs Christine Michael and Robert Turbin to compete for starting duties.
49ers training camp opened its doors to all veterans on Wednesday, and as expected by some, tight end Vernon Davis was in the building. His presence was confirmed through an Instagram video by safety C.J. Spillman.
A source has told Pro Football Talk that Davis still wants a new contract, but he came to the conclusion that getting what he wants wasn't worth a $30,000 fine for each day of camp missed. Plus, the 49ers only negotiate with players who are in camp.
Last season, Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin went from being the eighth overall pick in the draft, presumed to be the shot in the arm that St. Louis' offense desperately needed, to a sparsely used player who was lucky to see more than 20 snaps in some weeks. There's a good explanation for that.
"I didn't really know what was going on. Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me," Austin said recently.
But everything's better heading into this season.
"I understand the plays, the depth, the routes, the splits and everything," Austin said. "I just feel good that I can make some plays. Definitely, the game's slowed down for me."
Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has decided to retire, a source has told Pro Football Talk. The source adds that Rice's history of concussion is the foremost reason why he will call it a career at 27.
Rice was a fantasy star with Brett Favre and the Vikings in 2009. He caught 83 passes for 1,312 and eight touchdowns. But he missed 25 games over the following four seasons, and he suffered a concussion in 2010 and 2011. Rice also missed significant time after hip surgery in 2010 and tore an ACL last year.
Outside of 2009, Rice's best season was 2012: 50 catches for 748 yards and seven scores.
CSN Bay Area reports that Johnson, while the current favorite to win the 49ers WR3 spot, will need to "clearly win" the position in order to make the roster, due to his scheduled $3.925 million salary this year. Also competing for the third wideout spot will be WRs Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, and Brandon Lloyd. The winner of the roster battle will lineup alongside WRs Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, as well as TE Vernon Davis.
ESPN's Bill Williamson says via Twitter that RB Lattimore is "fine" and will be back on the practice field in short order. Williamson says that the 49ers are "being careful" with Lattimore, but his tweet suggests that the second-year back is ready to play football again soon. Lattimore suffered two major knee injuries during his college career at the University of South Carolina, and has spent the last two years preparing to make a comeback.
49ers tight end Vernon Davis skipped all offseason workouts and has openly hinted at holding out of training camp to get a new contract. Well, tomorrow is the day we find out how committed he is to his cause as 49ers veterans are scheduled to report. And ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson is expecting Davis to be with his teammates.
"it wouldn't be shock if Davis reports because that 30 [thousand] daily fine could be deemed not worth the fight," Williamson wrote on Twitter. "Davis has already said it wouldn't be end of the world if he doesn't get new deal. Bottom line is Davis has wavered more than once in this holdout. No report result tomorrow would be a big surprise."
ESPN.com's Cardinals beat reporter Josh Weinfuss says he thinks RB Ellington is "capable of being a short-yardage workhorse." This opinion follows Cardinals HC Bruce Arians assertion that he believes Ellington can be a feature back, and wants to get him 20 to 22 touches per game in the upcoming season. In 2013, his rookie season, Ellington never touched the ball more than 17 times in a single game. He averaged 11 carries in the second half of the season.
ESPN's Seattle writer Terry Blount drew up a likely 53-man roster for the Seahawks in which it left off WR Sidney Rice. The WR corps he mentions as 'locks' are Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, with Ricardo Lockette and Kevin Norwood making the two final spots. Rice has missed 25 games since 2010 and missed the remainder of last season after tearing his ACL in week 8.
Seahawks running back Christine Michael should see more work this season. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta admits that he doesn't know exactly how much more, but "[Michael's] play in the spring did nothing to quell the idea he will get regular carries this season," Condotta wrote Sunday.
Michael was active for all of last season but played in only three games. He carried the ball 18 times for 79 total yards.