TEMPE, Ariz. – If Arizona Cardinals nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu wants his workout bonus, he’ll have to watch his pounds.

His one-year contract, signed on March 9, includes a $216,000 workout bonus, according to ESPN Stats & Information, but it’s all based on Ta’amu making weight. He can earn $36,000 at each of his six weigh-ins if he makes weight.

Weight was an issue for Ta’amu -- whom the Cardinals list at 348 pounds -- last season.

At the NFL owners meetings on Wednesday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Ta'amu’s weight was a factor in his decreased playing time in 2014. Ta'amu spent 2014 trying to get back in playing shape after tearing in ACL in Week 17 of the 2013 season.

“He really struggled with his knee. He was not the same guy,” Arians said. “He got heavy, basically ate himself out of a job. He was still not the athlete he was before, and hopefully with the brace off now and his weight down, he can be the guy because he can be a dominant force.”

Ta'amu’s base salary will be $660,000 in 2015, and with the $216,000 workout bonus and a $25,000 signing bonus, he could earn up to $901,000.

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher has never made any bones about his affinity for drafting defensive linemen early and often.

In Fisher's two decades as an NFL head coach in Houston, Tennessee and now in St. Louis, he believes he has often found the intersection of value and need in the first round by landing another pass-rusher even if his team is already well-stocked at the position.

Which is why perhaps nobody should be surprised if his Rams use the No. 10 overall pick on a pass-rusher this year despite more glaring needs in the short term.

“It would not be inconceivable to take another defensive end," Fisher said. "We like defensive ends and tackles. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities.”

With Fisher, it never is. Since he arrived in St. Louis in 2012, the Rams have taken a defensive lineman in the first round in two of the past three drafts in the form of defensive tackles Michael Brockers (2012) and Aaron Donald (2014).

But the track record extends well beyond that. As the coach of the Tennessee/Houston franchise from 1994 to 2010, the Titans/Oilers used 12 first- or second-round picks on a defensive end or defensive tackle. In Fisher's final three seasons in Nashville, the Titans drafted an end or tackle in the first two rounds in each of those years.

Fisher's belief is pretty simple: You can never have enough pass-rushers. It's why the Rams probably would have taken end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 2 overall pick in 2014 had he slipped past the Houston Texans despite greater, more pressing immediate needs.

Strange as it may sound, however, taking a lineman, particularly an end, this year might be more of a need than many realize. While the Rams have strong depth at the position for 2015 with the likes of Robert Quinn, Chris Long, William Hayes, Eugene Sims and Ethan Westbrooks, that depth could be fleeting.

Quinn is the group's premiere player and under contract through the 2019 season. Other than Quinn, the rest come with varying degrees of question marks about their future in St. Louis. Long's deal runs through 2016 but his cap number for that year is $14.25 million. He'll need a strong bounce-back year after a 2014 injury cost him most of the season for the Rams to retain him at that number.

Hayes and Sims are both scheduled to be unrestricted free agents after this season, and though both provide excellent depth, Hayes has had injury issues and Sims has never been more than a solid if unspectacular player. Westbrooks has flashed potential but it remains to be seen whether he can develop into a starting-caliber player.

Given all of that and adding that the Rams' fundamental defensive philosophy centers on generating pass rush, adding an end could be higher on the priority list than it might seem. That is only buoyed by a draft that looks to be rich in prospects at the position.

Most NFL draft pundits rank USC's Leonard Williams, Nebraska's Randy Gregory, Florida's Dante Fowler Jr., Missouri's Shane Ray and Clemson's Vic Beasley as top-10-caliber prospects. The scheme or personality fit for each player might not necessarily be a match for the Rams but with so many of them ranked in that range, it's entirely possible that one could fall into the Rams' lap and stand out as the best player on the team's board.

Even with the team's pressing needs on the offensive line still unsettled, Fisher believes the Rams will have the ability to draft the best player available when the time comes but also mentions the chance that someone could want to move up if that type of player isn't what the Rams are looking for.

“There’s flexibility," Fisher said. "There’s no doubt we’re going to get an outstanding player at 10. It depends on who’s there, as always. If somebody sees value and it works for us, we could back out and still get an outstanding player.”

PHOENIX -- One of the first bits of advice Jim Tomsula received upon becoming head coach of the NFL Europe's Rhein Fire in 2006 came in a letter from a fellow West Pennsylvania-bred football lifer.

Don't be the offensive coach. Don't be the defensive coach. Be the head coach.

The late Ron Lancaster, a four-time Grey Cup champion in the CFL, also offered up this nugget:

Head coaches can be meddlers, or enablers. Try to be the second one.

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Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesNew 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he got used to roster upheaval while working in NFL Europe.

Tomsula looked off in the distance as he recalled the advice Wednesday morning over breakfast at the NFL owners meetings.

"It kinda stuck with me," he said.

And while Lancaster's advice at the advent of his NFL Europe head-coaching excursion gave Tomsula encouragement, it is Tomsula's real-world experiences as a head coach across the pond that give him something to lean on now in his third full month as a first-time NFL head coach.

Because while perhaps no NFL team has had as turbulent an offseason as the Niners thus far -- courtesy of retirements, free-agent defections and an arrest -- Tomsula insisted he is used to team-building. And yes, it goes back almost a decade.

"Back to my roots [as] an NFL Europe guy," he said. "New team every year. The team-building process? This is a new year, a new team. Every NFL team has changed."

Even if general manager Trent Baalke insisted back in January that the 49ers were reloading, not rebuilding. The Niners, though, have lost nine players thus far, and those nine appeared in a combined 114 games a year ago, with a combined 82 starts.

"Every NFL team has changed," Tomsula reiterated. "Obviously, ours is a little different than most years, and most teams."

The wackiness of the Niners' offseason began with former coach Jim Harbaugh and the team parting ways, and has continued with running back Frank Gore, left guard Mike Iupati, linebacker Dan Skuta and cornerbacks Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox leaving Santa Clara via free agency, receiver Stevie Johnson getting cut and signing elsewhere and linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland and safety Bubba Ventrone all retiring.

Plus, receiver Michael Crabtree is still out there, the Niners have had no conversations with Brandon Lloyd and defensive lineman Justin Smith is still contemplating retirement.

And while Tomsula has reached out to another former NFL Europe confidante in Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett (he was working to become a broadcaster in the developmental league at the time), there has been no correspondence or sage Lancaster-like advice to Tomsula from the man he replaced in Harbaugh.

"We didn't talk," Tomsula said. "He was up in Michigan, I was down here. And we were rolling."

PHOENIX -- Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll talked Wednesday about some the team’s players who are coming off injuries.

He said the only two players who might not make it back for the start of the 2015 season are wide receiver Paul Richardson (ACL surgery) and nickelback Jeremy Lane (arm surgery and ACL surgery).

“That’s a long process to get back,’’ Carroll said of Lane, who suffered a compound wrist fracture and a knee-ligament tear on his interception in the Super Bowl. “It’s about how he handles the final stages of it.”

Richardson, a rookie last season out of Colorado, tore his ACL in the playoff game against Charlotte. He also tore the same ACL while in college.

“We’re hearing he’s doing exceedingly well,” Carroll said of Richardson. “His mentality is good. He’s been through it before so he knows the staging and all that. We expect him to have a full recovery.”

The Seattle secondary is a banged-up bunch, but Carroll said things look good for free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Tharold Simon, both of whom has shoulder surgery.

“Everything we’re hearing is things are going really well and the surgeries were very successful,” Carroll said. “There’s just a time frame we have to make it through.”

Thomas had surgery for a torn labrum. Carroll was asked if he expects Thomas will be ready to go by September: “Oh, yeah, certainly.”

Kam Chancellor is recovering from a torn MCL in his left knee and cornerback Richard Sherman is recovering from a torn elbow ligament.

Carroll also said 2014 rookie defensive end Cassius Marsh is 100 percent healthy after suffering a broken foot in October.

“He’s in great shape,” Carroll said of Marsh. “That’s a tremendous addition. It’s like a brand new draft choice for us because he didn’t really get a chance to get started last year. Cassius is a really high-energy, creative and productive football player. We can’t wait to get him out there. He’s in great shape and looks terrific.”

PHOENIX -- Let's say the radar shows a late summer storm is expected to pass by University of Phoenix Stadium in time for the sky to be clear and starry by the start of the second half of an August or September Cardinals' game.

Under the old rules, if the roof at the stadium was closed before the game, it couldn't be opened.

On Wednesday, however, the NFL's retractable roof policy was amended at the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore so the above scenario -- during any game until the conference championship -- can be changed. Under the new rule, in place for just one season, the Cardinals -- or any home team with a retractable roof -- can decide 90 minutes before kickoff to open the roof at halftime. However, specific weather parameters set by the home team must be met with 5 minutes left in the second quarter.

Those parameters, which are set 48 hours before a game, will include maximum and minimum temperatures and wind speeds and the likelihood of any precipitation.

If the weather matches the Cardinals' requirements to open the roof, it will be opened as soon as the first half ends.

If the Cardinals don't open the roof at halftime after saying they will during a meeting 90 minutes before the game, and the weather meets the criteria and Arizona received clearance, the amended rule says the team will be “subject to discipline by the Commissioner for conduct detrimental.”

The initial rule states that the roof could be closed at any time during the game “due to the development or anticipation of a hazardous condition that threatens the welfare of participants and/or spectators.” In that case, the roof would have to be closed for the rest of the game and can be closed while play is going on.

Arizona did not open the roof for a game last season. Since University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006, the Cardinals are 12-10 when playing under an open roof. The roof was open for Super Bowl XLIX in February.

The rule was submitted by the Indianapolis Colts.

PHOENIX -- Even though the Arizona Cardinals have stayed true to their "best player available" philosophy throughout the first two NFL drafts under coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim, they still have a list of needs that needs to be filled.

On Wednesday, during the NFC coaches breakfast at the NFL owners meeting at the Arizona Biltmore, Arians shed a little light on what Arizona will address in the draft, held April 30-May 2 in Chicago.

"In the draft, it's still speed," Arians said. "Speed at running back, speed at receiver, speed at linebacker, another interior player. I think we're probably [set at] tight end, but I'd like to find another tight end who is potentially a fullback/H-back type guy."

Besides tight end, running back, offensive linemen and cornerback could also be on Arizona's draft wish list.

Arians called the crop of running backs in this year's draft the best he's seen in the past decade, adding there are about 15 "really quality" running backs available.

"I think we'll have a chance to get one we really like," Arians said.

If Arizona drafts a running back, Arians has a specific style he wants: big and fast.

The Cardinals had that last season in Jonathan Dwyer, but he was placed on the non-football injury list after two games following an arrest in September.

"We obviously missed Jonathan," Arians said. "That was a big hit to us. Jonathan's not just a big back, he's a fast back. His run in New York [against the Giants in Week 2], when we bounced it outside and went 50 yards, is typical Jon. We're looking to hopefully find that: not just a big back but a fast back."

Arians thinks the Cardinals could find that type of back in the fourth or fifth round.

"This is one of the best drafts for running backs that I've seen in a while," he said.

Another position the Cardinals may address in the draft is cornerback.

After losing Antonio Cromartie in free agency, Arians said he doesn't want to sign a veteran corner to compete for his job with incumbent veterans Jerraud Powers and Justin Bethel.

"I'd really like to add a young one," Arians said. "A young, long, fast one because I think we have enough depth with the guys we have."

PHOENIX – Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked Wednesday if he knows where things stand with the contract negotiations for quarterback Russell Wilson.

“There’s a good chance that I know that, yes,” Carroll said with a smile. “It’s a long process with extraordinary ramifications. It’s ongoing and we’ve had great talks. It’s tracking very well. We’re very well prepared and it’s almost that time.

“The timing of it has been handled beautifully. It’s been a big focus for us. We are stepping along this process in very good fashion. We’ll see what happens.”

Wilson is beginning the final year of his rookie contract, which will pay him $1.5 million in 2015. But he is in the process of an extension that likely will be worth well over $100 million.

A good portion of the new deal could be guaranteed, possibly more than $60 million. But contrary to the previous reports, it isn’t likely to be an all-guaranteed contract, which would be unprecedented in the NFL.

PHOENIX -- While the recent retirements of inside linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland may have thrown the San Francisco 49ers for a loop, and the Niners have only three inside linebackers under contract who have NFL experience and one of them, NaVorro Bowman, is still recuperating from a 14-month-old knee injury, their defense remains status quo.

The 49ers are remaining in a 3-4 defense, rather than flipping to a 4-3 scheme, new coach Jim Tomsula confirmed at the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings.

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Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty ImagesIf depth issues become a concern, the 49ers may experiment by moving linebacker Ahmad Brooks to the inside this season.

Because while the Niners expect Bowman to make a full recovery, they also return Michael Wilhoite, who started 16 games a year ago, as well as Nick Moody, who started the final two games. And there are thoughts the Niners could move Ahmad Brooks inside as well as continue to scour free agency -- Erin Henderson and Lance Briggs have been linked to the Niners.

Beyond that, the defensive line, Tomsula's old stomping grounds as the team's D-line coach since 2006, should be enough of a strength to remain in a 3-4.

"The depth on the defensive line right now is as deep as we've ever had it," Tomsula said. "I'm really excited about the guys we have."

Yes, even with the very real possibility that Justin Smith might retire at any moment.

Tomsula was quick to point out that he refers to his grunts there as defensive linemen, rather than labeling them as a nose tackle or an end. He likes to say any of his players can play any position on the line.

"We cross-train everybody," Tomsula said. "That won't stop."

But for depth chart-sake, the three nose tackles are Ian Williams, Glenn Dorsey, Mike Purcell and Quinton Dial, who, Tomsula said, might boast a skill set better suited for end in a 3-4.

The ends meanwhile, are Smith, newly-signed free agent Darnell Dockett, whom Tomsula used to seek out after games to compliment him as an opponent, "out of respect," Tony Jerod-Eddie and Tank Carradine, who is still adjusting to a new position as a 3-technique in the NFL after being an outside pass-rushing end in college.

"Tank came from the backyard to a phone booth," Tomsula said. "When you're out there on the edge, you've got all that space and you're working and there's nobody outside you as a blocking threat and everything is through that vision line.

"And now you scoot down inside, whether you're a 3-technique or a 4-, you've got stuff coming from both sides. The amount of space you have to work in is a lot smaller. So just getting used to it [is a challenge]."

It is worth noting, though, that health perhaps plays the biggest key as Bowman, Dorsey and Williams all were on injured reserve last season.

PHOENIX -- Since Antonio Cromartie signed with the New York Jets earlier this month, leaving Arizona with a void at right cornerback, speculation has spread about who his replacement will be.

The list of candidates, in reality, is fairly short: Jerraud Powers or Justin Bethel. Another name or two may be added before training camp either through free agency or the draft, but either Powers or Bethel will likely be the starter.

While Bethel has been a hot name because of Bruce Arians’ comments last offseason that Bethel could be the best corner on the team at some point, former Cardinals defensive coordinator and current Jets coach Todd Bowles said don’t sleep on Powers.

“It’s going to be tough beating Powers out,” Bowles said Tuesday from the NFL annual meeting at the Arizona Biltmore. “Powers is tough. You keep forgetting about Powers. Powers is one of the best guys back there. He doesn’t get the credit. It’s going to be tough beating Powers out.”

Powers was one of Arizona’s starting corners opposite Patrick Peterson in 2013, Bowles’ first season in Arizona. Last year, with the addition of Cromartie, Powers played 590 out of 708 snaps in the slot, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Bethel, in his third season, played 93 snaps last season. Despite his support for Powers, Bowles believes Bethel is close to being an impact player.

“Justin’s very talented,” Bowles said. “He has unbelievable talent. He just has to learn the game mentally a little bit. When he gets the mental part of the game down he’s going to be a very tough guy to beat. He’s just got to get the mental part down. Physically he’s very gifted. Very gifted.”

But Powers’ versatility could help earn him the starting job next season.

“Powers can play wherever you need him: corner, safety, nickel,” Bowles said. “Don’t underestimate him, please. He’s a tough guy.”

PHOENIX -- While the Oakland Raiders continue their quest for a permanent home, be it in Oakland, Carson, or Parts Unknown, the door for them to jump into a 1-year-old stadium 34.3 miles down I-880 remains cracked open.

The Raiders, sharing what is undoubtedly the 49ers’ yard at red-clad Levi’s Stadium, may be beyond a last resort for the Raiders, but Niners CEO Jed York said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings the latest news of his team sharing the Santa Clara digs with another team remains status quo.

“It’s been the same answer all along,” York said. “The building has been approved for two teams. That hasn’t changed, and it’s not specific to who the team is, and it’s really out of our control.

“The Raiders, and whoever else is considering new stadium possibilities, they’re controlling their own destiny on where they want to go, and what they want to do.”

In other words, Levi’s remains an option for a team like the Raiders, albeit, a far-fetched alternative.

Niners fans, though, will be happy to know that team officials are working on improvements for those who sit on the sun-spashed east side of the stadium.

York and 49ers chief operating office Al Guido said the Niners, after consulting with the Jacksonville Jaguars -- no, the Niners will not be installing a swimming pool in the stadium -- will institute a couple of fan-friendly features for game days.

“Cool” seating benches will be installed in the concourse area of the east side while “misters” will be in the plaza. The team is also considering passing out hand-held misting fans to spectators on especially warm days.

Parking, specifically egress, a bane for so many fans in the early weeks of the stadium, is also being addressed. York and Guido said the time to exit certain lots at the stadium took as long as 1 hour, 20 minutes early in the season, but dropped to as little as 45 minutes by the end of the year. The average time to exit Candlestick Park, they said, was 90 minutes.

PHOENIX -- Sure, Patrick Willis retiring at the age of 30 stung the San Francisco 49ers a bit. But it happened before the dawn of the new league year, so the Niners were able to take a deep breath and focus on their depth at inside linebacker, with a standout rookie in Chris Borland returning for his second year.

Borland retiring less than a week later, after one season in the NFL? Yeah, that was the salt in the Willis wound, so to speak.

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AP Photo/Tony AvelarChris Borland's retirement has made inside linebacker an area of need for the 49ers.

“Pat retired early enough to at least look at the potential in free agency,” Niners general manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “It wasn’t an urgency to anything, not that there is now, but then Chris walks away from the game and now you’ve got a whole new set of things to look at.

“And the timing of Chris’ [retirement] really wasn’t until three days into free agency, where certain options were already off the table. It certainly changed the situation when Chris walked away and made you look at the options a little bit closer.”

As it stands now, the Niners have only three inside linebackers with NFL experience under contract in Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody and NaVorro Bowman.

So while Willis' departure may have staggered the Niners, Borland’s exit changed the dynamic of their offseason, the position going from one of anticipated strength to a position of need.

Even if, as Baalke said, the Niners return a 16-game starter at JACK linebacker in Wilhoite, a former All-Pro at MIKE linebacker in Bowman, even if he is still recuperating from a 14-month-old left knee injury, and Nick Moody, who started the final two games of the season last year.

“So it’s not like the cupboard’s bare, either,” Baalke said.

Then what’s the new plan?

“I think the plan is, you look at all options available,” Baalke said. “You look at guys that are currently on the street, UFA’s, you look at the draft, where you think you can address it within the draft, and you look at potential trade options.

“Everything’s in play.”

Baalke confirmed the Niners have interest in Erin Henderson, though the two have not met. Former Chicago Bears ILB Lance Briggs is also a player of interest.

And about those reports that Wilhoite was on the trading block before Willis and Borland retired, Baalke said teams did inquire about Wilhoite, who is an exclusive-rights free agent. The conversations, though, never advanced to the compensation stage, Baalke said.

PHOENIX -- Besides their usual NFC West road games, the San Francisco 49ers will travel in to play at the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants in 2015.

And in an effort to ease travel pains, Niners CEO Jed York said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings he would request the league to schedule any two of those games to be played on consecutive weekends. The Niners would then spend the week between said games in the York family’s homestead of Youngstown, Ohio, rather than fly back and forth to the Bay Area, as they did in early-season games in 2011 and 2012.

“Any time we’ve got multiple East Coast games,” York said, “we’ll try to do it.”

In 2011, the Youngstown stay occurred between games at the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles. A year later, it was between games at the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets.

The schedule is expected to be announced the third week of April.

“It makes it so much easier on the team, as opposed to going and coming back,” York said. “We’re always one of the top travel teams in the league, so if you can cut out 6,000 miles of travel, it helps.”

Consider the case of the Oakland Raiders: They have lost 16 straight games in the Eastern time zone, dating to 2009, by a combined score of 472-261, or by an average score of 30-16.

The 49ers, meanwhile, have been cleared to play host to a Monday Night Football game at year-old Levi’s Stadium for 2015, after being limited to weekend and holiday primetime games in the stadium’s inaugural season. The thinking was to get a gauge on how Santa Clara traffic would work before going live on a week night.

As far as the preseason goes, York said the only game the Niners are currently locked into would be at the San Diego Chargers.

And finally, with Levi’s Stadium playing host to Super Bowl L, San Jose State, Stanford and the Raiders' compound in Alameda are being considered as home bases for the two Super Bowl teams.

PHOENIX – While many observers may think Michael Crabtree was more trouble for the San Francisco 49ers than he was worth since they took him with the No. 10 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Trent Baalke apparently does not subscribe to that theory.

Not when the Niners general manager left open the possibility of the team re-signing Crabtree, who has found a dry market for his services as an unrestricted free agent.

“As long as Michael’s out there, he’s just like any other UFA; you never say never,” Baalke said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “Michael did a heck of a job for us for six years.”

Crabtree has steered clear from the police blotter for a team that has become infamous for arrests the past three years. But his 49ers tenure began with a hiccup as he wanted money above his draft slot, held out the first four games of his NFL career, and was inactive for one game after signing his contract.

Foot and lower leg injuries have played a part in slowing him from becoming the game-changing receiver many thought he would be as a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner at Texas Tech.

Crabtree did have a career season in 2012, when he caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. But he missed all but five games in 2013 after tearing an Achilles’ the following offseason. He had 69 catches for 698 yards (a career-low 10.3 yards per catch average) with four TDs in 16 games last season.

He lamented his fall from grace as Colin Kaepernick's top target by calling himself a “third-down receiver” and a “fourth option” in the Niners offense.

The only free-agent visit Crabtree has taken thus far was to the Miami Dolphins last week.

PHOENIX -- In Mike Iupati, the Arizona Cardinals saw a better fit at left guard.

But that didn’t mean the end of Jonathan Cooper (pictured), the guard Arizona drafted seventh overall in 2013.

Cooper will move to right guard, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said at the NFL annual meeting at the Arizona Biltmore, ending his short tenure on the left side of Arizona’s offensive line.

"It’s no reflection on Coop in terms of disappointment," Keim said. "I’m still as high on Coop as I ever have [been] knowing that he’s got the chip on his shoulder, that he’s ready to prove people wrong.

"To me it’s more about strengthening an area that’s been a weakness for years."

In two seasons, Cooper has played in just 10 games with two starts because of injuries. He broke his leg during the third preseason game of his rookie year, which caused him to miss the rest of the season. He struggled to overcome the mental hurdles of returning from a devastating injury and lost his starting job.

In 2014, while trying to crack the starting lineup, Cooper suffered from turf toe and a wrist injury.

Keim believes that by adding Iupati and moving Cooper, Arizona has started addressing its offensive-line struggles in the running game, which were magnified last season.

"Now, all of a sudden, you have two of the better guards in the NFL who fit into this zone scheme that cannot only power, but they can also pull and play on the perimeter and they can do different things," Keim said. "I know [head coach] Bruce [Arians] is going to end up pulling the guards a little bit more and, obviously, [tackle] Jared Veldheer had a tremendous year for us last year and we may not be done."

PHOENIX -- As one of the most well-respected owners in the NFL and a member of the committee working on bringing football back to Los Angeles, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft had plenty of thoughts to share on the potential of teams moving to the City of Angels.

Yesterday, we dived into some of that by offering his opinion that two teams will be playing in Los Angeles in 2016, but also adding his reminder that current markets working to keep their team should be given a fair shake.

Here are some more of Kraft's thoughts that we didn't get to, including his directly addressing the St. Louis stadium efforts:

(On the possible return of the NFL to Los Angeles)

Kraft: I was sad 20 years ago when I came into the league and the two teams moved out of the L.A. market. It was just very unfortunate. I don’t think it’s good that we let a generation of young fans grow up without a team. The good news is we have a quarterback from the bay area and we have a lot of Patriots fans out here. It’s not good for the NFL, and I really believe within the next year, we’ll have two teams in this market. I think there are good plans. We have a little committee that’s working with the different owners, and we have some real good options. Now we’ll see what happens in the end game.

(On how soon teams will be in Los Angeles)

Kraft: I really believe next year. I don’t know who they’ll be.

(On having two teams instead of one right away)

Kraft: I’m just speaking what I believe -- that there will be two teams. There might just be one team, but I really think to support the financial commitment of doing the kind of stadium that’s necessary in L.A. we’ll need the resources, that’s just my feeling. I might be wrong. And then whether it’s done simultaneously or not, personally I would think that would be the best way. Sort of, in a way, what happened in New York/New Jersey where they corrected a situation where for many years, I think the Jets felt like maybe they were second class and now you have two NFL teams and two fan bases that are both being treated in a professional way. It’s just my feeling. It could happen that one would come in later, but I would like to see it be simultaneous.

(On what happens if the Rams, Chargers and Raiders all get stadium deals done in their current cities)

Kraft: Somehow, I feel we will have at least one team in L.A.

(On St. Louis’ stadium plan and what they need to do to keep the Rams)

Kraft: My point of view, if they come up with a plan that looks pretty good and a strong financial package, we the NFL have an obligation, in my opinion, to have a team in St. Louis. I think the fans, just like what happened in Buffalo or any of the markets. But they have to be able to support the team.

(How does the Los Angeles dynamic change now that it’s league- and team-driven rather than L.A.-driven? Does it make relocation more real?)

Kraft: Yes, because the three teams that are all interested, the principals are involved, and they’re doing something first-class. I don’t think we could have a viable team in L.A. if we don’t have a first-class venue and have something very special. Then we the league have a lot to bring to it if we’re dealing with the right situation.

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