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Former Duck Dion Jordan finds new NFL home with San Francisco 49ers

Former Duck Dion Jordan finds new NFL home with San Francisco 49ers

Dion Jordan is still trying to live up to his NFL draft standing. 

The highly-touted pass rusher out of Oregon was selected third-overall by the Miami Dolphins in 2013, but has yet to prove his career in the NFL can pan out. 

Now, Jordan’s getting another shot with the NFC West Champion San Francisco 49ers. 

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jordan, who last played with the Oakland Raiders, is expected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday. 

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Jordan, the highest member of the Ducks defense to be drafted (at No. 3 overall), has provided lackluster returns since he entered the NFL. 

The former Oregon standout began his career in Miami, where he produced three sacks in 26 games before the NFL handed Jordan a season-long suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was conditionally reinstated in 2016 but failed to see the field for the Dolphins that year. 

Jordan looked to salvage his playing career when he joined the Seahawks in 2017, ultimately spending two years in Seattle. In 17 games over two seasons, Jordan started three games and recording 5.5 sacks, 27 solo tackles and 11 quarterback hits. 

However, the following May, the embattled defensive end was suspended again. This time, Jordan was handed a 10-game suspension for using Adderall, which he later admitted he took for his ADHD. 

Looking for a fresh start, Jordan signed with the Oakland Raiders. He was immediately placed on the reserve/suspended list while he finished out his 10-game suspension and was reinstated by the NFL in November. In 2019, Jordan had a pair of sacks for the Raiders in seven games last year and played 173 snaps.  

Now, a member of the San Francisco 49ers, the 30-year-old pass rusher will be reunited with former Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who just re-signed to the 49ers this offseason. 

Jordan should see time as a rotational edge defender for the 49ers, providing speed depth behind Dee Ford. 

San Francisco also worked out current free agent Ziggy Ansah, who last played in Seattle in 2019, but it appears they have opted for Jordan instead. 

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49ers throw heavy shade at Seahawks for Jamal Adams trade

49ers throw heavy shade at Seahawks for Jamal Adams trade

The 49ers, now more than ever before, do not appear to be the biggest fans of the recent Seattle Seahawks trade for Jamal Adams.

Adams had the Niners as one of his teams he would prefer to be traded to before the Seahawks made their move on the star safety.

But, general manager John Lynch indicated that they were never in conversation with the Jets to begin with.

In an interview with KNBR’s Murph &Mac Show, Lynch took a subtle jab at the Seahawks for what they gave up in the deal to land Adams from the Jets.

“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.”

During the offseason, the NFC West and several of the teams in it made some significant moves to bolster the division.

The Cardinals with the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, and the with the addition of Greg Olsen and now Jamal Adams.

The 49ers are more focused on retaining their own players including George Kittle, but Lynch noted that he takes it as a compliment that the franchise is being mentioned in the rumors.

“Yes, our division is getting better,” Lynch noted. “We understand that. That’s why we’re working so hard to get better. …I love it seems to be that every guy that’s up for a trade that we’re involved. I love that people talk about the Niners. But I try to be truthful. We’re talking about (George) Kittle. We’re trying to save room for him.

It wasn’t just John Lynch who seemed to talk shots at the Seahawks and the Adams trade.

Niners’ WR Deebo Samuels also appeared to troll the Seahawks after the trade was made.

Samuels did not seem all that impressed with Adams heading over to the Seahawks, saying he has “never feared a soul” on the football with this tweet.

The Niners edged out the Seahawks on the final week of the regular season to win the division, and the Seahawks are looking to take the division this year with Adams to help slow down George Kittle on the defensive side of the ball. The Seahawks-49ers rivalry seems to only have gotten stronger since Adams got traded over to the Seahawks.

Obviously, Seattle and San Francisco will enter the upcoming season as the two NFC West favorites this year while Los Angeles and Arizona are looking much more improved with their additions as well.

Look for the first match-up between the two giants in the NFC West to be a heated one at that.

Arik Armstead delivers this perfect response after being snubbed on NFL’s Top 100

Arik Armstead delivers this perfect response after being snubbed on NFL’s Top 100

Apparently leading the juggernaut San Francisco 49ers defense in sacks wasn’t enough to earn Arik Armstead a spot on the NFL Top 100 list. 

Five of Armstead’s 49ers teammates were ranked in the 2020 edition of the NFL’s Top 100, a ranking of the league's best 100 players as voted by NFL players, but the San Francisco defensive lineman missed the cut…just barely. 

Armstead, who came in at No. 104, wasn’t too upset about the snub. The Pro Duck instead poked fun of his ranking with a throwback State Farm commercial. 

“Oh, you almost had it, you gotta be quicker than that,” the man with money on a fishing line says in the clip. 

"In due time," Armstead tweeted. 

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If Armstead would have hit the Top 100 mark, the 49ers would have had the most players of any NFL team on the list. Instead, the honor went to the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints, who each had seven players. 

Armstead inked a five-year, $85 million contract extension with the 49ers following a career-high 10-sack season in 2019. With his former Ducks teammate DeForest Buckner now a member of the Indianapolis Colts, he’s poised to have a huge role in the 49ers defense this year.   

Perhaps 2021 will be the year Armstead finally cracks the NFL Top 100. 

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Richard Sherman reveals the coaching differences between Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan

Richard Sherman reveals the coaching differences between Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan

There are many similarities and differences between Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

Both currently dominate the NFC West division of the NFL. They both have experience coaching in the Super Bowl (Carroll having won one). One is an offensive mind and the other is a defensive mind. 

But there is one person that ties the two together, and that is cornerback Richard Sherman.

The 32-year-old Pro Bowler and nine-year veteran was drafted by Carroll and the Seahawks in the fifth round (No. 154 overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft. After a successful seven years in Seattle, Sherman negotiated his own contract and signed as a free agent with the 49ers in 2018. 

Both Carroll and Shanahan took Sherman to a Super Bowl.

In an article from Jim Trotter of NFL.com, eight NFL players shared what they think are the most valuable traits of an NFL coach.

Those eight players are: Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff; New York Jets running back Frank Gore; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce; Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jack Conklin; Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell; New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis; and San Francisco 49ers corner Richard Sherman.

The three qualities Sherman looks for in a head coach are:

1. PHILOSOPHY/HONESTY

(Carroll) has a way of coaching, a way of talking to his coaches, a way of having his coaches talk to his players. They don’t do the whole rah-rah, curse-you-out style. He would never hire a coach like that.  — Richard Sherman on Pete Carroll Sherman

Kyle is similar in that he has a philosophy of the best man plays. He doesn’t care about your draft position or any of that. He’s more of a straight shooter than Pete. Pete has a way of making sure everybody feels good, making sure he pushes buttons with certain players and not pushing buttons on other players. Kyle is different. He’s one size fits all. — Richard Sherman on Kyle Shanahan

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2. KNOWLEDGE OF THE GAME

Kyle is one of the best offensive minds we’ve ever had in this game. That comes into it. With Pete, it’s the Cover 3 he brought to the league. It seems so simple, but nobody can run it like we ran it. The way both of them implement what they do — they talk to others on a personal level, then have the great coaches around them who believe in their philosophy. — Richard Sherman

It’s been known around the league that Sherman is one of the smartest to play the game. His defensive mind and technique is why quarterbacks rarely throw to the left side of the field. Having a coach that can mirror that only makes Sherman better is why he is still so successful in his ninth year in the league.

Let’s also not forget to mention the Legion of Boom, which will go down as one of the greatest secondaries in NFL history.

3. STAFF ASSEMBLY

Kyle's guys have been with him since he's been an assistant or a graduate assistant. How you pick the staff is a big part of their success. That's what makes the team great. It's not just the head coach; the head coach gets all the credit, but it's the pieces he puts around him because they still have to deliver his message, and they deliver it on a day-to-day basis. We might sit in a meeting with the head coach for 30 minutes a day, but I sit in meetings with the assistants for five to six hours a day. So the staff is critical. — Richard Sherman

Shanahan is in his first stint as a head coach in the NFL after spending the previous two seasons as offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Carroll has been the head coach in Seattle since 2010. 

Should the 2020 NFL regular season begin on time, the Seahawks and 49ers are schedule to face off on Sunday, Nov. 1 in Seattle, WA and then again on Sunday, Jan. 3 in Santa Clara, CA.

Seahawks-49ers ranked fourth-best rivalry in NFL-- and that's bogus

Seahawks-49ers ranked fourth-best rivalry in NFL-- and that's bogus

There’s no better game during the NFL season than a meeting between archrivals. 

If you’d ask fans in the NFC West which two teams move the needle the most, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, by far, have the edge.  

But, in a recent poll conducted by SB Nation Reactions, the Seahawks-49ers rivalry doesn’t quite register with the rest of the nation, and honestly, we’re appalled.

Coming in first in the survey is the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, then the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles are No. 3 and finally… the NFC West Seahawks and 49ers make an appearance. The Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos round out the top-5. 

Here’s the poll: 

First of all, being the oldest rivalry doesn’t necessarily make you the best. Yes, we’re looking at you Bears-Packers. The two teams have met 200 times since 1921 with an all-time rivalry record of 99-95-6, but in recent years, Bears-Packers games have been just dreadful.

The Bears have won on just three occasions (2010, 2013, 2018) over the past 10 years and much of that due to Chicago’s rotation of QBs. We know Cheeseheads and Bearheads won’t agree, but the rivalry isn’t what it used to be since Mike Ditka and Forrest Gregg were the coaches.

Moving on, the Ravens and Steelers just makes sense. The two teams genuinely dislike one another. There’s been Ben Roethlisberger vs. Terrell Suggs, Joe Flacco vs. Troy Polamalu, Ray Lewis vs. everyone. With Lamar Jackson at the helm in Baltimore and the Ravens winning the past two division champs, the rivalry in the NFC North is revived. 

Given the Cowboys-Eagles intense fanbases, it’s obvious why they’ve made the list. But the legitimate bad blood between the two teams isn’t limited to the crowd. Remember that time Buddy Ryan called for a fake QB kneel to run up the score on the Cowboys? Dallas felt their wrath. Eagles vs. Cowboys is still going strong in 2020 with the two teams’ meeting on 11/1 and 12/27 this upcoming season. 

Chiefs-Broncos seem like the odd man out here, especially with Kansas City coming off a Super Bowl victory. The Chiefs are confident in Patrick Mahomes, as they made evident when signing him to a 10-year, $503 million deal. The Broncos will have some motivation with quarterback Drew Lock headed into year two, but how much can this rivalry heat up remains a question. 

When talking about the Seahawks-49ers, there is plenty of disdain on both sides. They are two of the NFL’s heavyweights and top contenders in the NFC in recent years. The games between Seattle and San Francisco in 2019 were instant classics.  

The Seahawks took down the then NFL’s only undefeated team in Week 10, winning 27-24 in overtime at Levi’s Stadium off a Justin Myers 42-yard field goal. The 49ers and Seahawks squared off in another legendary battle at CenturyLink Field that ended in another epic big-game fail at the 1-yard line.  

[RELATED: Seahawks vs. 49ers: The game-altering plays from Seattle’s wild overtime defeat]

Then there’s the constant trolling between the two teams on social media. 

Sure, the competition between the Seahawks and Niners has not been the same since the rivalry’s 2011-14 zenith, but the showdown between the two teams’ last season had all the making for a reborn rivalry.

The West-fueled rivalry is back and it's going to be even hotter than ever in 2020.  

Richard Sherman disgusted by Cam Newton’s contract with Patriots 

Richard Sherman disgusted by Cam Newton’s contract with Patriots 

Since his days with the Seattle Seahawks, Richard Sherman has been known for his outspoken and brash personality when facing his opponents. 

But the San Francisco 49ers star refused to stay tight-lipped when he saw 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton’s new contract with the New England Patriots. Sherman believes the deal is disrespectful considering Newton’s resume and called it flat out “disgusting.” 

How many former league MVPs have had to sign for the [minimum]? Asking for a friend. Just ridiculous. A transcendent talent, and less talented QBs are getting [$15 million - $16 million] a year. Disgusting. -- Richard Sherman

Sherman wasn’t the only player who felt Newton wasn’t paid what he deserves. Newly retired safety Eric Weddle shared similar sentiments. 

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After holding out for the perfect landing spot, Newton agreed to a one-year deal which will pay the veteran more than $1 million in 2020, according to multiple reports. He could earn up to $7.5 million in incentives.

Sherman felt the deal was uncalled for considering some backups are making close to $3-5 million this season, and there are many starting QBs receiving up to $15-16 million annually. 

Other players around the NFL, including Newton’s longtime teammate and friend Greg Olsen, reacted to the news. 

The first-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft became a free agent after the Carolina Panthers released him on March 24. 

Newton is coming off a foot injury that limited him to just two games in 2019 and has been plagued by shoulder issues in the past. He’ll have a shot to win the No. 1 job over Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer if he can stay healthy.

The Seahawks will see Cam Newton and the Patriots during their home opener on September 13 before visiting Sherman and the 49ers in Week 7. 

Colin Cowherd’s take on Seahawks fearing 49ers is bogus

Colin Cowherd’s take on Seahawks fearing 49ers is bogus

The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly been having discussions about adding talented wide receiver Antonio Brown to their roster. Josh Gordon, who has officially applied for reinstatement following his fifth suspension, could return as another downfield target for Russell Wilson next season. 

But Colin Cowherd of FS1’s The Herd believes Seattle’s interest in making splash moves comes at an interesting time, citing the 49ers transcendence as the powerhouse in the NFC West. 

I think the San Francisco 49ers are so formidable that it is forcing everybody in their division -- Seattle, the L.A. Rams and Arizona -- to take big swings. When you wake up in the morning in that division and you look at San Francisco, you see what appears to be the best young coach in the NFL, the best tight end in the NFL, the best defensive line -- and most are really, really young and getting better. You have a better-than-average young franchise quarterback that could be there for 10 years, and a front office that appears to know what they're doing. It's scary. -- Colin Cowherd

The Niners did edge the Seahawks in 2019, but literally by inches. Of course, the Seahawks game plan is to get better this season and of course Seattle wants to dethrone the NFC West champs, but isn’t the goal of every team to win?

The timing of these rumors is not random, it is expected. Pete Carroll and John Schneider have always had an Always Compete mentality, this is nothing new. But Russell Wilson felt his team underachieved in 2019 and the only way to get better is to find ways to get back to the Super Bowl, sooner rather than later. 

“A lot of people think that we overachieved,” Wilson said. “I think we underachieved, in my opinion, because I think the goal should be always winning the Super Bowl. That’s got to be our standard. That’s got to be our focus.

The reality is that we’ve been very, very good for the past eight years or so, and to go to the playoffs seven of the eight, and to do all those things are special, special things, to go to two Super Bowls, to win one. We’ve got to capture that throughout the whole entire season going into next year. We’ve got to find ways to get better. We’ve got to find ways to get past just the first or second round of the playoffs and get to the final push. That’s the reality. I know that’s why I play the game. I know that’s why a lot of guys in this locker room try to play the game [is] for that. We’ve got to find ways to get better and we’ll try to do everything we can to figure that out. --Russell Wilson

Adding a talented, yet troubled receiver doesn’t come without red flags. But not inquiring about Brown or keeping Gordon in mind would be against Carroll and Schneider’s ultimate faith in “the program.” 

Former Seahawks wideout Brandon Marshall knows the Seahawks could be the ideal team to rein Brown in

“This is the perfect locker room, perfect organization to be able to control that,” Marshall said. “Russell Wilson is a genius. He meets people where they’re at. But here’s the issue: this is a wide receiver that wants 180 targets a year. This is a wide receiver, if he doesn’t have 100 catches, he won’t feel good about it, and think about the philosophy. Pete Carroll is a defensive guy, so he sees it through the defensive lens. 

“Pete Carroll, I want him to go get AB because it’s the perfect culture, but you have to see the game through the offensive lens if this is going to work, change it up. Let Russell Wilson, you have one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game, top 3 quarterback right now, let this guy go win for you.” 

The Seahawks are just doing their due diligence. They're not overreacting to San Francisco.

Besides, with Russell Wilson under center, Seattle has the best player on the field nearly every Sunday and therefore has a chance to win each game. 

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How to watch Seattle’s overtime thriller vs. San Francisco on MNF tonight


How to watch Seattle’s overtime thriller vs. San Francisco on MNF tonight


Ready to relive one of the greatest NFL games from the 2019-20 regular season? 

It never disappoints when the Seattle Seahawks meet up with divisional rival the San Francisco 49ers, and this was just another example of it.

On a cool, Monday evening at Levi’s Stadium in California, the 7-2 Seahawks were looking to make a huge statement in the NFL against the undefeated 8-0 49ers.

Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 24 of 34 passes for 232 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but it was Seattle’s defensive line that led the way, something you couldn’t say often last season.

Each team recorded two special teams or defensive touchdowns, highlighted by a scoop and score from Seattle’s Jadeveon Clowney:

Make sure you schedule a little additional time on the couch this evening since this game needed an overtime period to determine a winner:

HOW TO WATCH:

WHO: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco

WHAT: Monday Night Football thriller

WHEN: June 1 at 4:30 PM (PT) (original air date Nov. 11, 2019)

WHERE: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

TV: ESPN

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Here's when the Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers in 2020

Here's when the Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers in 2020

The NFC West fueled rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers means a lot again. The two teams split the series in 2019, but only one could come away by “inches” as NFC West Champions proving no yard is guaranteed in the NFL. 

We know Richard Sherman and the 49ers went to the Super Bowl last year, and the Seahawks did not. We also know the Seahawks season was ended by a Packers team in chilly Green Bay in January. 

But the Seahawks and 49ers, once again, should decide the division. That means we’re in for more of the most evenly matched, violent, and entertaining battles in all of football in 2020. 

The NFL released the Seahawks schedule on Thursday. Here’s the dates the Seahawks and 49ers will meet: 

WEEK 8: Sunday 11/01; Seattle vs. San. Francisco 49ers; 1:25 p.m. PST

WEEK 17: Sunday 1/03; Seattle at San Francisco 49ers; 1:25 p.m. PST (yes, again) 

Now that Seahawks and 49ers fans know when to book their annual trips to enemy territory, let’s take a trip down memory lane and recount the two teams’ storied meetings in 2019. 

November 11, 2019— “The unbeaten must sink”

SEAHAWKS 27, 49ERS 24

The Seahawks and 49ers met for the first time in the 2019 season at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The game featured a rare Russell Wilson interception, his second of the season, and overflowed with plot twists that required overtime to settle it.

After trailing 21-10 in the fourth quarter, the 49ers tied up the game at 21-all and forced overtime. A badly missed kick from 49ers’ kicker Chase McLaughlin was set up by an interception thrown by Wilson. But Wilson, on the Seahawks’ third possession of overtime, set up a Jason Myers winning kick with an 18-yard scramble on a third-and-three play.

One week after Myers missed two field goals and an extra point, he exacted revenge in the best way and gave Seattle its second straight overtime win and handed the 49ers their first loss of the season. 

It was one of the most exciting games of the Russell Wilson era, and unquestionably the top game of the 2019 season.

Why the Seahawks won

There were a number of factors that led to Seattle sealing the deal. The Seahawks defense, for one, proved they were the best defense on the field. The Seahawks shut down San Francisco's run game, allowing only 3.2 yards per carry. Jimmy Garoppolo finished 24 for 48 for 248 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and was sacked on five occasions.

Jadeveon Clowney also had his biggest game of the season to that point. He returned a fumble 10 yards for the Seahawks' first touchdown, set up another with a strip sack and had five quarterback hits on the day.

December 29, 2019— “A game of inches” 

49ERS 26, SEAHAWKS 21 

Two, maybe three inches. That’s how close Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister came to crossing the goal line on a 4th-and-goal from the 5 with 12 seconds left. 

Pete Carroll felt the controversial moment needed further review and didn’t hide his feelings when discussing the non-call. 

“They had 25, 40 seconds to make their decision there and they didn’t stop the game, and that was, I don’t know, I think they could have looked at that again in more depth,’’ Carroll said. “If I had had a timeout (Seattle was out of timeouts by then), I would have called it just for that reason, just to give them (time). … You give them time to make a choice so they are not rushed, and hopefully clearer heads prevail, and they can see it.  That’s unfortunate and that was a big moment right there in the game.’’

Those couple of inches were not only the determining factor in the 49ers 26-21 victory over the Seahawks in the final game of the season, but also the decider in crowing San Francisco NFC West champs. 

Why the Seahawks lost

A hot start for the 49ers was a slow start for the Seahawks. Seattle punted on its first three drives, gaining just 35 yards on 15 plays. After trailing 13-0 at halftime, and 12-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter, the Seahawks offense finally kicked things into gear. Wilson started to click in the third quarter, putting together touchdown drives of 72 and 75 yards to get the Seahawks back into the game. Seattle made it three-straight touchdown drives with a Wilson to DK Metcalf touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Seattle had a chance to win in the final seconds but was stopped inches shy of the goal line.

The Seahawks finished the season 11-5 and headed to Philadelphia in the Wild Card round while the 49ers received a first-round bye.

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Seahawks continue to chase 49ers in stacked NFC West

Seahawks continue to chase 49ers in stacked NFC West

The San Francisco 49ers had one of the most dangerous defensive lines in the NFL in 2019.

After trading Pro Bowler DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick, it appeared the vacancy in the 49ers lineup could leave the door open for other teams to regain control of the NFC West. 

Then, GM John Lynch took a page out of John Schneider’s book, swapping picks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In exchange, the 49ers received the No. 14 and No. 117 overall picks. They first added defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw out of South Carolina and then traded up again to take Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, who will fill a void with Emmanuel Sanders gone in free agency.  

When news came out that Joe Staley was retiring, the 49ers got seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams to step right in.

The 49ers answered some big questions in the draft, and filled some holes on their Super Bowl roster, which means the NFC West just got scarier, especially for the Seattle Seahawks. 

San Francisco still has a talented and deep squad, but not everyone is convinced the gap between the 49ers and their NFC West opponents is sweeping. NBC Sports’ Chris Simms told Mike Florio and Peter King on Pro Football Talk Live that Seattle isn’t far behind its division foes. 

I think they made the appropriate moves in free agency to go along with that. Let’s not forget, Mike Iupati there to help the offensive line and Greg Olsen, Cedric Ogbuehi, Phillip Dorsett, trading for Quinton Dunbar from the Washington Redskins, who’s a really good scheme fit for them. Bruce Irvin’s back to come off the edge, and Mike, you mentioned the draft picks. Jordyn Brooks is a Bobby Wagner type talent, that’s what he is, and he’ll be the replacement for Bobby Wagner at some point. But then getting a second-round edge guy in Darrell Taylor from Tennessee, who’s going to be a really fine player. So, I do think Seattle’s closed the gap a little bit, certainly. Seattle was a team that even through this winning process was still kind of rebuilding their team from that Super Bowl era team that we saw. So, I think John Schneider and Pete Carroll have certainly closed the gap a little, while the 49ers have done a great job too.” – Chris Simms

King didn’t completely agree with Simms’ perspective, noting the Seahawks’ reshuffling on the offensive line. 

Seattle recently brought back starting left guard Mike Iupati, re-signed backup center Joey Hunt, added interior offensive lineman B.J. Finney and guard Chance Warmack, and signed Brandon Shell and Cedric Ogbuehi as replacements for Germain Ifedi and George Fant. 

I think the 49ers really set themselves up as the premier team in this division. Not that the Seahawks didn’t do anything, but in my opinion, they have tried forever to fix the offensive line. Maybe they will. That’s just going to be something I think we’re all just gonna have to see first. - Peter King 

The Seahawks also chose to part ways with former starters Justin Britt and D.J. Fluker. The cuts cleared $12.2 million in cap space, meaning the Seahawks now have north of $20 million in cap space. King is convinced another move is imminent. 

I don’t think the Seahawks are done. I think sometime in the next week or so, they wait out Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffen. They sign one of those guys, because this is still a team that absolutely still needs another piece in that pass rush. They can’t count on Bruce Irvin to be better than he ever has, and the only way that their pass rush today is great, is if Bruce Irvin is a 15-sack guy. I don’t see that in that defense right now. I think they end up, by the time the games are being played, they end up with either Clowney or Griffen.

While Seattle hasn’t closed the door on Clowney as of yet, it seems signing another top-tier pass rusher is absolutely essential for Seattle if they want to have an opportunity to dethrone the 49ers in the power-packed NFC West in 2020. 

[RELATED: Did Jarran Reed just signal Jadeveon Clowney is not returning to Seattle?]

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