Monday we received some football news as the San Francisco 49ers signed tight end Jordan Reed. We also were able to hear from John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan. Today will be fun, as Richard Sherman and Jimmy Garoppolo speak to the media at 11:30 a.m. PT. Let’s get into some links.
Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that players will have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday to opt out. The league and the NFL Players Association still haven’t signed the agreement officially adjusting the CBA to account for the consequences of the pandemic.
It’s unknown at this point whether and to what extent the NFLPA will receive one or more concessions from the league to agree to the shorter deadline to opt out. Teams wanted the window to close sooner than later, given concerns that players who were destined to be cut were opting out and collecting six-figure stipends, and that some agents have been using the threat of an opt out to try to leverage new contracts.
One of the teams that has come up as a potential suitor for Brown’s services is the Seahawks. There have been reports of interest from the team and quarterback Russell Wilson, who worked out with Brown during the offseason, and head coach Pete Carroll was asked about the wideout during a Monday conference call.
Carroll said General Manager John Schneider is “all over it” and indicated that the team is open to the possibility even if it isn’t rushing to seal a deal right away.
“It’s a very complex situation. We just need to see how it fits somewhere down the road. That’s all I got for you,” Carroll said.
“With Jamal Adams, you saw all the trade capital that they had to give up, which the Seahawks – good for them – they made that decision,” Lynch said, per NBC Sports Bay Area. “You also got to pay the man. That’s one of the reasons he’s not in New York. Being up there against it (the cap) with what’s happening with the camp due to the pandemic, it just wasn’t a reality for us.”
Kyle Shanahan silenced every doubter of his coaching ability last year, and that earned him a well-deserved extension this offseason. Even with the Super Bowl let-down, he aced last year’s test. But this season’s edition is far more difficult.
Is Shanahan truly one of the NFL’s elite leaders? We’re going to find out in 2020, because fewer practices this summer means the gap between good and bad coaching will never be starker than it will be this fall.
Shanahan cannot complain about unfair treatment, though — these are roughly the same circumstances every other team in the NFL will face, too.
That’s good and bad news for the 49ers.
“He doesn’t flinch,” Shanahan told ESPN in 2013. “He fights for yards when he has the ball in his hand as a carrier. He does everything we ask him, blocking situations, whether we’re using him as tight end or as a fullback on some of those insert looks, he does everything we ask him to do and he enjoys doing it.”
Instead, the 49ers have wanted a higher-end veteran in order to better manage Kittle, who played close to 90 percent of the 49ers’ offensive snaps last year when he was healthy. The 49ers are also looking to get Kittle and Reed on the field at the same time, giving them a two-tight-end dynamic like the Patriots had when Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez shared the same huddle.