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NFC West Update: What went down in week one of NFL free agency?

A detailed look at how the Seahawks' division rivals fared through week one of NFL free agency.

NFL free agency opened one week ago today. If you've had trouble keeping track of all the player movement, know that you're most likely not alone.

The League year started with the Seahawks executing what's widely considered to be the most-shocking move to date, acquiring tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round draft pick from the New Orleans Saints for center Max Unger and Seattle's first-round pick.

But the Seahawks haven't been the only team making noise on the open market. The club's NFC West counterparts were also quick to get in on the action, signing or trading for prominent players of their own.

Below, check out what Seattle's division rivals have been up to since free agency opened on Tuesday, March 10:


Arizona Cardinals

Key Departures

CB Antonio Cromartie, DL Darnell Dockett, WR Tedd Ginn

After one season in Arizona, Cromartie returned to the New York Jets in free agency, leaving Patrick Peterson as the Cardinals' one true lockdown cover-man. They'll likely look to add a player at the position, or turn to backups Jerraud Powers and Justin Bethel to replace the three picks and 10 passes defensed Cromartie tallied in 2014. The Cardinals released the defensive lineman Dockett in a salary-cap related move and the 11-year veteran signed with the division rival 49ers as a result. Dockett missed 2014 with a torn ACL, but he's been an anchor on Arizona's defensive line since he entered the League. Ginn, a reserve receiver that also returned punts and kicks for the Cardinals last year, signed a free-agent deal with the Carolina Panthers - the team he played for in 2013.


Key Arrivals

LB Sean Wheatherspoon, LB LaMarr WoodleyG Mike Iupati

A torn Achilles kept Wheatherspoon sidelined last year with the Atlanta Falcons and he only played in seven games the season prior, but if healthy he could prove valuable to an Arizona defense that may again be without linebacker Daryl Washington to start the year. Woodley, an eight-year veteran who comes to the Cardinals after one year with the Oakland Raiders, could also help shore up a position group that has injury or free-agent concerns surrounding players like John Abraham, Matt Shaughnessy, and Alex Okafor. The offensive guard Iupati, who spent the past five seasons with the division rival 49ers, comes to the Cardinals with a reputation as one of the League's best run blockers.

San Francisco 49ers

Key Departures 


Arizona Cardinals

Departures Arrivals
CB Antonio Cromartie G Mike Iupati
DT Darnell Dockett DT Corey Peters
G Paul Fanaika DE Cory Redding
WR Ted Ginn C A.Q. Shipley
DT Dan Williams LB Sean Weatherspoon
  LB LaMarr Woodley

San Francisco 49ers

Departures Arrivals
CB Perrish Cox DT Darnell Dockett
CB Chris Culliver G Erik Pears
RB Frank Gore WR Torrey Smith
WR Steve Johnson CB Shareece Wright
G Mike Iupati RB Reggie Bush
LB Dan Skuta  
LB Chris Borland (retired)  
LB Patrick Willis (retired)  

St. Louis Rams

Departures Arrivals
QB Sam Bradford QB Nick Foles
QB Shaun Hill QB Case Keenum
DT Kendall Langford DT Nick Fairley
T Mike Person LB Akeem Ayers

RB Frank Gore, LB Patrick Willis, LB Chris Borland, CB Perrish Cox

Gore, the team's five-time Pro Bowler who topped 1,000 yards rushing through eight of his 10 seasons in the Bay Area, signed a free-agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts. Borland, the team's most-productive linebacker last season, and Willis, the team's most-productive linebacker the previous seven seasons, each recently announced their retirement from the NFL. Borland, 24, [cited concerns over the long-term effects of head trauma](/news/articles/article-roundup/Tuesday-Round-Up-San-Francisco-49ers-linebacker-Chris-Borland-to-retire-from-NFL/23b971f5-ca33-41c3-b30a-d5f84671da66 "/news/articles/article-roundup/Tuesday-Round-Up-San-Francisco-49ers-linebacker-Chris-Borland-to-retire-from-NFL/23b971f5-ca33-41c3-b30a-d5f84671da66

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Ctrl+Click to follow link"). Cox, a former Seahawk, led the Niners with five interceptions last year. He signed a free-agent deal with the Tennessee Titans.

Key Arrivals

RB Reggie Bush, WR Torrey Smith, DL Darnell Dockett

The former Detroit Lions running back Bush had [a "great conversation"]( "

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Ctrl+Click to follow link") after spending the past four seasons in Baltimore, where he hauled in 30 touchdowns for the Ravens. And Dockett, as mentioned above, joins the NFC West rival Niners after a lengthy career with the Cardinals. He could provide depth along the defensive line should the 49ers' Justin Smith choose to go through with the retirement [he is reportedly mulling]( "

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St. Louis Rams

Key Departures

QB Sam Bradford, QB Shaun Hill

Despite Rams general manager Les Snead saying [deleting Bradford from the quarterback equation isn't the answer](/news/articles/article-1/Six-things-we-learned-about-the-NFC-West-from-the-2015-NFL-Scouting-Combine/59364321-721c-4ab2-8292-c95d3397105a "/news/articles/article-1/Six-things-we-learned-about-the-NFC-West-from-the-2015-NFL-Scouting-Combine/59364321-721c-4ab2-8292-c95d3397105a

Ctrl+Click to follow link"), St. Louis did exactly that, trading Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Nick Foles, with draft picks also involved on both sides. Bradford, drafted No. 1 overall in 2010, had missed the Rams' 2014 season and a majority of the 2013 season with knee injuries. St. Louis also lost their backup quarterback Hill, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings in free agency. To replace Hill, the Rams went out and traded for quarterback Case Keenum, who was with the Houston Texans.


Key Arrivals

QB Nick Foles, DL Nick Fairley, LB Akeem Ayers

Foles gives the Rams a new face at the game's most-important position. The fourth-year pro out of the University of Arizona started eight games for the Eagles last year, completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 2,163 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions before a broken collarbone cut his season short. The defensive lineman Fairley comes to the Rams after four seasons with the Detroit Lions. Fairley, the No. 13 overall pick in 2011, joins Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn, and Chris Long as the fifth former first-round pick the Rams will feature along their highly-disruptive D-line. And the linebacker Ayers makes his way to St. Louis after a Super Bowl XLIX championship season with the New England Patriots.

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