With the San Francisco 49ers training camp starting at the end of July, the 2012 season is starting to come into focus. Last season the 49ers dominated the NFC West winning the division by five games and were the only team who finished with a winning record. After falling short one win of going to the Super Bowl, the 49ers are for the first-time in over a decade considered legitimate contenders and will have targets on their backs. NFC West rivals will be looking to dethrone the 49ers this season as all of the teams have upgraded their rosters to contend with San Francisco.
Which NFC West rival do you think will give the 49ers a run for their money in winning the division? Answer the poll below and tell us what you think in the comments.
Here is a look back at the highlights of moves made by the Cardinals, Rams and Seahawks this offseason:
Trades: Tight end Kellen Winslow
Re-Signed: Running back Marshawn Lynch, linebacker LeRoy Hull, fullback Michael Robinson and defensive end Red Bryant
Free Agents Signed: Quarterback Matt Flynn, defensive lineman Jason Jones, offensive lineman Paul McQuistan and corner Marcus Trufant
Drafted: West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin (First-Round) and Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson
Drafted: Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd (First-Round) and Oklahoma corner Jamell Fleming
Re-Signed: Defensive end Calais Campbell (Franchise Player), wide receiver Early Doucet and kicker Jay Feely
Free Agents Signed: Cornerback William Gay, tackle Levi Brown, offensive lineman Adam Snyder and safety James Sanders
Hired Jeff Fisher as head coach
Drafted: LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers (First-Round), Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick and North Alabama corner Janoris Jenkins
Re-signed: Wide receiver Danny Amendola
Free Agents Signed: Corner Cortland Finnegan, center Scott Wells, defensive lineman Kendall Langford, linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, defensive end William Hayes, linebacker Mario Haggan and wide receiver Steve Smith (formally of the Eagles and Giants)
It should be noted the Rams will be at a disadvantage on defense as defensive coordinator Greg Williams was suspended for the 2012 season. The Rams coaching staff will collectively run the defense in 2012. Not good for the Rams.