NFL rumors: Kyler Murray to Cardinals with No. 1 draft pick 'done deal'

NFL rumors: Kyler Murray to Cardinals with No. 1 draft pick 'done deal'

You have to take any rumor emanating from the NFL Scouting Combine with several large grains of salt, but one making the rounds Sunday night could have a tremendous impact on both the 49ers and the Raiders if proven to be true.

According to NFL draft analyst Tony Pauline, new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has been vocalizing his intentions for the first overall pick.

"Adding fuel to the (Kyler) Murray fire, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury was telling people last night that it’s a 'done deal' the Cardinals will select the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback with the first pick of the draft," Pauline wrote. "Whether or not Kingsbury has the final say on the choice remains to be seen, but stay tuned."

The Cardinals, 49ers and Raiders hold the first, second and fourth selections in the draft, respectively, so if Arizona already has determined it intends to take Murray No. 1, that would drastically impact both Bay Area teams.

For one, it essentially would give San Francisco full control of the draft board and its pick of any player not named Murray in a draft loaded with impact defensive prospects.

From a Raiders perspective, Arizona predetermining its pick of Murray would eliminate one more piece of mystery as Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock develop their strategy for the first of their three first-round selections.

Additionally, if Murray goes first overall to the Cardinals, that would put both the 49ers and the Raiders in prime position to trade back for a massive haul from a QB-needy team.

Both San Francisco and Oakland already have their respective franchise quarterbacks in Jimmy Garoppolo and Derek Carr, so Murray likely is not in consideration for either team. As such, Murray going first overall likely would be a major positive for both Bay Area franchises.

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Still, though, where's the salt?

Among the most obvious reasons why one might doubt the sincerity of this rumor, the fact the Cardinals used their first-round pick last season on quarterback Josh Rosen has to be near the top of the list. Additionally, making their intentions known to the public this far in advance of the draft only would seem to worsen their negotiating position.

So, it's probably not true.

But if it is?

Both the 49ers and the Raiders should be smiling.

49ers' Dee Ford, Jaquiski Tartt listed as day-to-day with injuries

49ers' Dee Ford, Jaquiski Tartt listed as day-to-day with injuries

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers plan to rest defensive end Dee Ford from practice Wednesday and Thursday to give him a better chance to be available to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Ford and safety Jaquiski Tartt are “day-to-day.” Tartt sustained a toe injury in the 49ers’ 41-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Ford did not play any in the second half of that game.

Ford did not play during the preseason due to knee tendinitis and quad irritation. He aggravated his condition on Sunday but felt as if his condition improved on Wednesday.

“For him to have a setback like he did after missing some camp, there’s always some concern but he is day to day,” Shanahan said.

“We’ll play it safe the next two days, which makes me somewhat optimistic for the game.”

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Four other players will not be available Sunday against the Steelers due to injuries: Running back Tevin Coleman (ankle), wide receivers Jalen Hurd (back) and Trent Taylor (foot), and offensive tackle Joe Staley.

Defensive back Jimmie Ward will be limited in practice Wednesday as he works back after undergoing surgery two weeks ago to repair a broken finger.

Source: 49ers 'not in' on Jalen Ramsey trade talks with Jaguars


Source: 49ers 'not in' on Jalen Ramsey trade talks with Jaguars

The 49ers are “not in” on trade activity involving Jacksonville Jaguars two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday.

The Jaguars are shopping Ramsey, who requested a trade, NFL Network reported Monday. Ramsey, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 draft, had a heated sideline confrontation with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans.

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell reached out to all 31 other NFL teams to gauge the league-wide interest in acquiring Ramsey in a trade, according to a source.

The 49ers likely are not currently active in discussions to acquire Ramsey due to the level of compensation the Jaguars are seeking, as well as the price it would cost to sign Ramsey to a contract extension. Ramsey is scheduled to make $13.7 million in 2020 on the fifth-year option.

The 49ers are projected to be $27 million under the salary cap for the 2020 season, but the club has potential big-money extensions looming for defensive end DeForest Buckner and tight end George Kittle that could account for that cap cushion.

The 49ers do not have a second-round draft pick in 2020 after trading that pick in order to acquire Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason.

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The 49ers also appear to have better depth at cornerback than they have experienced in a while. Third-year player Ahkello Witherspoon has gotten off to a good start opposite of veteran Richard Sherman. Both players returned interceptions for touchdowns in the 49ers’ Week 1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Moreover, veteran cornerback Jason Verrett is healthy but has not suited up for the 49ers’ first two games as the club went with backups Emmanuel Moseley and D.J. Reed because of the versatility each offers on special teams.