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NFC West Offseason Report Cards


Arizona Cardinals: The biggest loss in Arizona was along the defensive line when Calais Campbell signed with the Jaguars. Tony Jefferson and Chandler Catanzaro were also big losses but the team mostly covered for them through free agent additions of their own. Adding Hassan Reddick and Budda Baker in the draft along with Antoine Bethea and Karlos Dansby in free agency should strengthen an already strong defensive unit which is counting on last year’s first round pick Robert Nkemdiche to replace Campbell. Rudy Ford could be a nice surprise as the former Auburn safety has the versatility to play slot cornerback or either safety position. The offense is essentially the same, which could be problematic unless Carson Palmer regains his old form.  Offseason Grade: B-


Los Angeles Rams: The Rams wisely spent their offseason trying to help Jared Goff. While Goff was playing against a stacked deck last season he looked very pedestrian and needs to show some growth soon. Andrew Whitworth will solidify the left tackle position moving Greg Robinson to the right side. Resigning Trumaine Johnson was a good move for the defense, as was the addition of Connor Barwin. Rookies Gerald Everett and Cooper Kupp will provide good outlets for Goff to check down to. The Rams best move was probably hiring Sean McVay who should bring in some enthusiasm and some much needed offensive innovation into the building. Offseason Grade: C+


San Francisco 49ers: Listing every move the new 49ers regime made would take up too much time, as the team signed 16 free agents - almost all of whom are middle of the roster or stop gap players. It’s hard to imagine any of their signings other than possible Earl Mitchell or Pierre Garcon playing more than a couple of seasons with the rebuilding 49ers. The team still doesn’t have a quarterback or an NFL level receiving corps, but the defensive talent is starting to look impressive again. Hopefully John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan, both in their first positions as decision makers, can find some stability through the chaos. This team isn’t much better than it was last year, but sometimes you have to go backwards before you can go forward. Offseason Grade: C-


Seattle Seahawks: Seattle quietly added a trio of former first round picks that have not met expectations (Luke Joeckel, Eddie Lacey, Dion Jordan) and little else. Their draft invested heavily at safety and along the defensive line, and little else. The biggest win for the Seahawks appears to have been keeping Richard Sherman happy for another season at least. Right now Seattle is winning the division because the other teams are awful, and mostly have been since the 49ers fell off three years back. Offseason Grade: C

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