With BASG covering 49ers training camp, let’s take a look around the NFC West. After all, it contains the teams that Pete Prisco says San Francisco should be worrying about. Let’s start with the Seattle Seahawks, who have cornered the market when it comes to intriguing additions at wide receiver.
From AFL exile to Pete Carroll’s not-so-secret weapon…
Seattle signed Terrell Owens to a one-year contract Monday after the wideout flew in for a visit and apparently impressed the Seahawks’ coaching staff. According to Fieldgulls, Owens ran a 4.5 40 in his tryout, good news for the oft-troubled wide receiver. On the other hand, you have to wonder if, at 39, Owens is even still able to contribute to an NFL team. Remember, he got cut by the Allen Wranglers for “lack of effort.”
But who are we to judge? I’m sure Seahawks fans look at the 49ers adding Randy Moss with similar skepticism. It’s like my dad always used to say – let the veteran receiver who makes the biggest impact throw the first stone … or something.
Note: BASG’s list of vets to say goodbye to at the end of December didn’t include Terrell Owens. Then again, had Owens showed up on Dr. Phil before that piece was written, I’m guessing he would have made the list.
The Edwards experiment – Take two
Seattle also agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Braylon Edwards on July 31. Sound familiar? The 49ers had the same bright idea last season — invest a little money in a former first round pick with questionable character and unquestionable size and red zone potential. After suffering an injury in Week 2, Braylon was unable to mesh with the offense. Following some Braylonesque interactions with the media and some poor on field performances, the 49ers dropped Edwards — even though they were woefully short on viable alternatives. There’s really no telling what Edwards could have contributed to the 49ers had he stayed healthy (one phenomenal preseason catch still comes to mind), and that must be what Pete Carroll is hoping for by bringing Edwards in.
‘You say hello, and I say goodbye’
Beast mode – Training camp edition
In non-derelict wide receiver news, Marshawn Lynch doesn’t seem to have lost a step. In a team scrimmage Sunday, Lynch, who broke both of the 49ers’ defensive streaks (not allowing a 100-yard rusher or a rushing touchdown) in the same game, decided to break something else – a 70-yard touchdown against the Seahawks’ first team defense. Just don’t let him drive your van.
The Seahawks added Matt Flynn early this offseason on a three-year, $26M deal, then drafted Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson in the third round. It looks like there’s a competition brewing in Seattle, as Pete Carroll hasn’t yet given any hints as to who’ll be the starter. Although incumbent Tarvaris Jackson played with the ones in that scrimmage mentioned earlier, his first year with the Seahawks was merely average. Flynn comes to the team with high expectations, but KHQ in Seattle is reporting that Russell Wilson is in the mix for the starting job. That can only mean one of two things: either Flynn and Jackson have both looked awful, or Wilson is outperforming his draft position.