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49ers have ample salary-cap space, but more big signings unlikely

On Thursday, moments after general manager John Lynch said the 49ers still had about $33 million they could spend in free agency, he indicated most of that money would remain in the team’s coffers. “We’re not all the way done yet, perhaps,” Lynch said, looking to the rest of free agency. “We’ll use that wisely. We got the guys that we targeted that would help us best become a better football team.” Translation: Despite still swimming in salary-cap space, the 49ers are largely standing pat after making center Weston Richburg and running back...
Mar 17, 2018

49ers: Last member of ‘ACL Club’ signs with the Raiders

Just over a year after general manager Trent Baalke left the 49ers, so has the last of his so-called ACL draft picks. On Friday, defensive lineman Tank Carradine signed with the Raiders, the Sacramento Bee first reported. Carradine was the last of the seven draft picks made by Baalke from 2013-16 who were recovering from serious knee injuries when they were selected. In most cases, Baalke’s intent was to have them sit out their first NFL year, taking a redshirt season, and have them ready to roll in Year 2. The results, of course, were...
Mar 16, 2018

49ers banking on do-it-all McKinnon getting it done a feature back

Jerick McKinnon is a running back who also started games at quarterback and cornerback in college and he performs like an offensive lineman in the weight room. On Thursday, as he discussed Mr. Do It All, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he also envisions McKinnon lining up at tight end and wide receiver (which, by the way, is another position where McKinnon started games at Georgia Southern). Anything else McKinnon can do? Oh, right, he’s returned 13 kickoffs in the NFL, which doesn’t include the 108-yard runback he had for a touchdown in a preseason...
Mar 16, 2018

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers knew they couldn’t trade for Richard Sherman

Last week, the 49ers thought they had a chance to sign Richard Sherman if he was released by the Seahawks. And they were positive about this: They knew they had zero chance to acquire the All-Pro cornerback if Seattle tried to deal him. “Everyone had an idea that he might get released, but we also knew going into it that they might be trying to trade him,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We kind of knew we wouldn’t be trade partner just for obvious reasons. We knew he wouldn’t be a shot for us unless he got released.
Mar 16, 2018

49ers: Eric Reid addresses quiet start to his free agency

Colin Kaepernick has remained mostly silent during his 12-plus months as an unemployed NFL player. His former teammate, 49ers free-agent safety Eric Reid, will clearly be more vocal as he waits for his next job. On Thursday, the second day of free agency, Reid took to Twitter to address some “false narratives out there.” Among them: The idea he will take a bargain contract to sign with a team because he’s knelt during the national anthem the past two seasons to protest issues such as racial inequality and police brutality.
Mar 15, 2018

49ers sign pass-rusher Attaochu to one-year deal

The 49ers have signed former Chargers outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu to one-year deal in hopes the former second-round pick can assist their subpar pass-rush. Attaochu, 25, the No. 50 pick in 2014, had six of his 10 career sacks in 2015, when he made 12 of his 13 career starts. Last year, he was a healthy scratch for most of the season and played in just four games on a team that included Pro Bowl pass-rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. His contract includes $2.5 million fully guaranteed and is worth a maximum of $5.1 million, the NFL Network reported. ...
Mar 15, 2018

Question answered: 49ers trade Kilgore to Dolphins

Without saying a word, the 49ers have answered the question about what position just-signed offensive lineman West Richburg will be playing in 2018: He’ll be their starting center. That became clear Thursday morning when the 49ers traded Daniel Kilgore, 30, their incumbent starting center, to the Dolphins. The teams are swapping seventh-round picks, according to multiple reports. Kilgore’s future with the 49ers became murky this week after they signed Richburg, 26, to a five-year deal worth up to $47.5 million, with $16.5 million fully guaranteed. In...
Mar 15, 2018

Report: Ex-49ers RB Frank Gore nearing deal with Lions

It doesn’t appear free-agent running back Frank Gore is returning to the 49ers, but he could be back at Levi’s Stadium in 2018. Gore, 34, is close to reaching an agreement with the Lions, USA Today reported Wednesday night. And a contract with Detroit could mean contact with the Bay Area: Detroit will visit the 49ers this season. Since playing his last game with the 49ers during the 2014 season, Gore has spent the last three seasons with the Colts, who visited Oakland in December 2016 and hosted the 49ers in October 2017. However, Gore...
Mar 14, 2018

Contract details: 49ers gave rich deal to Richburg

Weston Richburg became significantly richer this week. After playing his first four seasons on a modest rookie deal with the Giants, the five-year contract the interior offensive lineman signed with the 49ers is worth up to $47.5 million, with $16.5 million fully guaranteed, the NFL Network reported. The deal strongly suggests the 49ers signed Richburg, 26, to play center, the position he’s played for the past three seasons after struggling at guard as a rookie. It’s also a position head coach Kyle Shanahan emphasizes in his scheme.
Mar 14, 2018

Welcome back: 49ers sign Brock Coyle to 3-year deal

The 49ers have reached a three-year deal with inside linebacker Brock Coyle, who played well down the stretch in 2017 in a fill-in role after the team released NaVorro Bowman. In 2018, the 49ers could turn to Coyle to again step into a starting role. Inside linebacker Reuben Foster has been arrested twice in the offseason and could receive an NFL suspension this season. Last year, Coyle, a core special-teams player, was pressed into service after Bowman’s release was preceded by a season-ending injury to starter Malcolm Smith in training camp. “Brock...
Mar 14, 2018

Reports: 49ers to sign RB McKinnon; Hyde off to Browns

Goodbye, Carlos Hyde. And hello, Jerick McKinnon. The 49ers will have a new-look backfield in 2018 as Hyde, their starter for the past three seasons, is poised to sign with the Browns when the free agency officially starts at 1 p.m. today. Meanwhile, his starting spot could be assumed by McKinnon, who is expected to sign a four-year deal worth up to $30 million with the 49ers, ESPN reported. The 49ers had talked with Hyde about a deal, but the two sides never came close to an agreement. Hyde signed a three-year deal worth more than $15...
Mar 13, 2018

Report: Ex-Seahawks CB Shead has visit scheduled with 49ers

The 49ers may not be done signing former Seahawks cornerbacks coming off major leg injuries. Two days after officially signing Richard Sherman, the 49ers have a free-agent visit scheduled Wednesday with DeShawn Shead, 28, the NFL Network reported. Shead is visiting the Lions today. A 2012 undrafted free agent, Shead was released by the Seahawks on Monday after he missed the first 14 games of last year due to a torn ACL he sustained in a divisional-playoff game in January 2017. Shead played on special teams in the final two games of last season. ...
Mar 13, 2018

49ers’ Richard Sherman given No. 25 by Jimmie Ward

It may not be the Legion of Boom, but the 49ers secondary Richard Sherman has joined is working together quite well, so far. The first bit of evidence: Safety Jimmie Ward will surrender the No. 25 to Sherman, who has worn those digits during the first seven seasons of his NFL career. On KNBR this morning, Sherman said Ward agreed to relinquish the number, which has personal significance to him. “We had a good conversation and he’s going to give me my number, which is cool and a testament to him,” Sherman said. “He’s a great guy. And...
Mar 13, 2018

Report: 49ers expected to sign Giants OL Richburg to 5-year deal

The 49ers are expected to address their interior offensive line by signing Giants guard/center Weston Richburg to a five-year contract when free agency begins Wednesday, ESPN reported. Richburg, 26, is a 2014 second-round pick from Colorado State who played in 47 of 48 games (46 starts) in his first three seasons. However, he sustained a concussion in Week 4 last year and the injury ended his season. After missing three games, the Giants placed Richburg on injured reserve in November. Richburg manned left guard as a rookie, but has played center the past...
Mar 12, 2018

Camp competition? 49ers sign P Jeff Locke

The 49ers have signed punter Jeff Locke, who will presumably provide offseason competition for incumbent Bradley Pinion. Locke, 28, is a 2013 fifth-round pick of the Vikings whose career has sputtered after spending his first four seasons with Minnesota. After signing with the Colts last year, he was released by Indianapolis in August. He later spent five games with the Lions before he was released in October. Locke has a 43.4-yard gross average, and 39.1-yard net average, on 317 career punts. Meanwhile, Pinion, 23, a 2015 fifth-round pick,...

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