The first day of the NFL's "legal tampering" period got underway on Saturday and there was plenty of news worth paying attention to. There were a few pieces of news concerning the San Francisco 49ers, namely the interest in pending free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith and the reported interest in their own free agents like left guard Mike Iupati and cornerback Chris Culliver.
But it's worth keeping up with the bigger names out there and where they might go. No, Ndamukong Suh doesn't have even an atom's worth of a chance at coming to the 49ers, but he's sure to make a difference wherever he ends up going, so his landing spot is important to the 49ers. It's also worth noting that none of the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams or Seattle Seahawks were really in on any of the big names early on in this tampering period, which is nice.
First: some big news came forward late Saturday night. Shortly after the news about San Francisco being interested in Smith came out, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Green Bay Packers had signed wide receiver Randall Cobb to a four-year, $40 million contract extension. That, of course, increases the value of guys like Jeremy Maclin, Smith and even Michael Crabtree on the open market.
Cobb apparently had six to seven offers on Saturday as well, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. On top of that, he turned down "considerably more money" to re-sign with the Packers. Cobb himself previously said he'd be losing out on $1 to $2 million by returning to the Packers. Those numbers seem to line up with what was expected.
I imagine the 49ers called and had some offers to make, but doubt they actually went above what was offered by the Packers. Of course, this means Smith is probably going to cost a lot more if the 49ers are interested.
As far as the other big names are concerned, there were plenty of rumors surrounding Suh on the day. He's the big ticket free agent, but the hunt to get him signed might already be over. Charles Robinson of Yahoo reports that the "league sources" are talking about Suh as though he's already agreed to join the Miami Dolphins, a team with a boatload of cap space. He also reports that DeMarco Murray is likely returning to the Dallas Cowboys as well.
There's not a whole lot out there regarding the NFC West. Byron Maxwell seems primed to leave the Seahawks, and there's talk the Rams are going to move on from Shaun Hill, but that's basically it. It's good to see these teams not being in on these big-name free agents, either way.