http://49ersnews.com Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:02:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Darnell Dockett Signs with 49ers http://49ersnews.com/2015/03/darnell-dockett-signs-49ers/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/03/darnell-dockett-signs-49ers/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:02:18 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9212 The 49ers and DT Darnell Dockett have agreed on a two year deal worth $7.5 million

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According to Darnell Dockett’s agent Drew Rosenhaus the 33 year old defensive tackle has agreed to a two year deal with the 49ers.

The deal is worth $7.5 million with $4 mil in the first year and $2 mil in guaranteed money.

Dockett missed all of last season with an ACL tear and the Cardinals released the defensive tackle last week.

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49ers Sign Rugby Star Jarryd Hayne to Futures Contract http://49ersnews.com/2015/03/49ers-sign-rugby-star-jarryd-hayne-futures-contract/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/03/49ers-sign-rugby-star-jarryd-hayne-futures-contract/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:45:37 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9209 The 49ers signed rugby star Jarryd Hayne to a futures contract. He projects as a running back and return specialist.

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Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne announced today during a press conference in Sydney, that he will sign a futures contract with the 49ers. The 49ers offered Hayne $100,000 guaranteed.

The guaranteed money and also Jim Tomsula’s background in NFL Europe were a big part in Hayne choosing the 49ers.

Hayne projects as a running back and return specialist.

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49ers Plan to Release Stevie Johnson http://49ersnews.com/2015/02/49ers-plan-release-stevie-johnson/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/02/49ers-plan-release-stevie-johnson/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:05:55 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9206 Word on the street is that the 49ers plan to release wide receiver Stevie Johnson, freeing up 6 million in cap space.

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Word on the street is that the 49ers will release wide receiver Stevie Johnson. There are conflicting reports out there that he will be released, while others say he will ask to take a paycut. Most likely scenario is the 49ers will ask Johnson to take a paycut and if he refuses, he will be released.

Releasing Johnson will free up $6 million in cap space, most likely used to sign their own pending free agents, or another free agent.

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Baalke Talks Gore, Vernon and More http://49ersnews.com/2015/02/baalke-talks-gore-vernon/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/02/baalke-talks-gore-vernon/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:22:47 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9203 Trent Baalke spoke with the media yesterday and answered questions on Gore, Vernon and more...

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General Manager Trent Baalke spoke with the media yesterday and here is the transcript of what he had to say in regards to Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, Justin Smith and more…

Q: Where do things stand with Frank Gore?

Baalke: We just had a conversation, Frank and I, it was two days ago, and it’s at the same place it was the last time we talked. We’re still working on it and it’s not something that’s going to get done yesterday. It will take some time to resolve. Our intentions are to have Frank back.

Q: Is it a money issue or does he want some assurance that he’s going to be in a prominent role?

Baalke: I don’t know that it’s either of the above, or it could be a combination of the two, right? Every player likes to know what their situation is, both from a role standpoint and a financial standpoint. That’s something we’ll work on, and we’ll work on together.

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Q: On social media, he seemed to be a little bit hurt . . .

Baalke: That’s why we talked. That was exactly, and he called to, we reached out, he reached out back. He wasn’t expecting it to take legs like it did, nor were we. He didn’t have any intentions by it and he made that very clear in our conversation.

Q: Have you heard from Justin Smith?

Baalke: I’ve seen Justin several times. He’s around. He’s working. I don’t know if he went back to Missiouri, but that is in the exact same place it was when we talked the last time. We told Justin, or I told Justin at that time, after the season ended that, go home, get away from it for awhile, take care of the family and once we got back from the combine we would sit down and talk and see where his mind was at at that time.

Q: The fact that he’s working out, and was at San Jose State working out, is that encouraging that it’s a guy that’s in NFL mode as far as the offseason?

Baalke: I’d say yes for the normal person, but for Justin, it’s a way of life for him. He’s always done that. (He’s) in the process of building a home in Missouri and one of the first things he’s built was a weight room, so that’s just the way he’s wired. That’s part of his life, and why he’s been as successful as he’s been throughout his career.

Q: Do you go through the combine process assuming he won’t be back?

Baalke: I think any time you go into the offseason and you have a player like Justin that’s in limbo, or have UFAs, free agents that are unsigned, you anticipate you’re going to have to address those potential holes. It’s no different than any other year with respect to that. It just happens to be several key players over a long period of time and within the organization, and that’s why it draws a little bit more attention.

Q: There is Justin retirement talk every year, do you get the sense it is more serious this time?

Baalke: I don’t want to speak for Justin. I do believe that with each year passing as these guys get older, the end is near. Is he ready to call it quits? I can’t answer that.

Q: Did he give you an sort of timeline?

Baalke: I just mentioned earlier, after the combine, sitting down with him, that was our intention from day 1 was to give him some space and let him see how his body was going to react and see where he was at mentally, as well as physically.

Q: How do you feel about the depth at that position?

Baalke: You have to feel good. One thing that we have to realize is that Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey really didn’t play last year for the most part. So those are two guys that we were counting on big seasons from that unfortunately due to injury were cut short or even in Glenn’s case, didn’t even get into the regular season. We have those two guys coming back, we were real pleased with the progress that Quinton made, as well as Tank, and Jerod-Eddie has been a steady player for us as well. Kaleb Ramsey is a young guy coming off a redshirt season that we drafted the year before, so there are guys in there to step in, but certainly, you’re always looking at that position. You can never have enough quality defensive linemen.

Q: Is Dorsey a possibility as a nose or as a 3-4 end?

Baalke: He’s played ‘em both and he’s done a good job in both situations. So we look at him as a swing guy in the system that we play.

Q: Will it be the same type of you played under Fangio? Has anything changed in terms of how you’ll scout players with Mangini coming in?

Baalke: The front dynamics haven’t changed since Mike Nolan was here. I would expect us to play a similar style that we have and that’s going to be dictated by the players that we have as well. But as far as the front’s concerned. That front and the dynamics within it have been the same since coach was here, coach Nolan was here.

Q: How do you feel about the staff you put together?

Baalke: I feel real good about the staff. It’s a quality group of coaches, and they’ve got a lot of experience. They’ve been around,. On the defensive side you have three guys that have been coordinators in the past. On the offensive side, you have three guys that have been coordinators in the past. I’m really happy with the development, the way it’s been developed and coming together. Now it’s a matter of getting the players in here and going to work.

Q: Was the coaching staff assembled the same way it was when Jim Harbaugh was the coach? Did Jim Tomsula make the final call on who the coaches were going to be? Did they meet with you too?

Baalke: Well, that seems to be always the question. Who makes the decisions. I think if you asked any of the coaches that were hired, they would say I sat in on very few if any of the interviews. Coach made those calls. I was certainly kept in the loop, but was busy traveling that time as well with respect to scouting, going to the senior bowl, going to the other all-star games. It was a dual effort, but coach is the one who interviewed everybody and put the staff together.

Q: How are Patrick and NaVorro doing physically?

Baalke: How are they doing physically?

Q: Will they be ready for the offseason program?

Baalke: Yeah. They’ve made great progress. NaVorro’s been a year plus, he has the one-year anniversary from that injury and he’s doing quite well coming back from that. That is healing up nicely. He’s been in almost every day working out. These guys are working hard and we expect them to be fully healthy. At one point in the offseason program, I don’t have the specific dates, but they both have made great progress.

Q: Is Patrick’s salary an issue or do you see him playing at that number?

Baalke: Well, you know, from years of visiting with me I’m not going to discuss salaries and cap numbers with the media. We feel real good about where Pat’s at and we’ll leave it at that.

Q: Do you envision Vernon on this team next season?

Baalke: Absolutely. Absolutely. I think if you look into those numbers, they’re not as daunting as you may think.

Q: Any reaction to Jim Harbaugh saying that that his departure was not a mutual decision?

Baalke: No reaction. All of that stuff has been discussed multiple times. For us right now, the focus is on three things. It’s on the draft, it’s on free agency and it’s on the offseason program and getting up and running.

Q: Looking at Vernon’s career last year stands out as a down year. To what do you attribute such a modest year in terms of receiving stats?

Baalke: There’s a lot of things that go into the success of a player. What do I attest it to? It was an off year. He realizes, the great thing about Vernon is he understands, he’s been in this business long enough and he’s worked hard enough, he understands where his level of play is and still believes he can have some great years ahead of him, as do we. We look forward to having him a part of this.

Q: Regarding the combine and how you use it, where was Chris Borland last year on your radar by the time you got here?

Baalke: Chris was always, there’s no mystery to Chris Borland. When you put on the film, it’s obvious what type of football player he is. The big hurdle you had to get over, and we did just as well as every other team, was whether you were going to look at the stature. The short arms, the height, the less-than-idea speed, and say you know what, we’re going to usher that aside and just concentrate on the film. For us, we knew what kind of football player he was. It was, do we want to make an exception.

Q: So an event like this doesn’t really play to his strengths . . .

Baalke: I mean, we don’t use the combine, the combine can’t hurt you, it can only help you, that’s how we look at the combine. Same as we look at all-star games. You try to rely on film, because generally speaking, the film tells you the best story of what that player is going to be like when he reaches the NFL. We try to focus on that and that’s what we did in Chris’s, case, we didn’t use the numbers to say, you can’t play.

Q: when you loook at Borland what he did in eight games, as a GM how do you view that ILB position. If Willis and Bowman come back strong, Borland is going to be a special teams guy . . . do you have to find a place to play Chris Borland?

Baalke: I think you try to get your best football players on the field. So schematically, how can you do that? Situationally how can you do that? That’s not for me to decide. That’s for the coaching staff to decide, and if they deem Chris to be one of the best 11 players, or 12 or 13 in today’s football because of all the substitutions that you use, then they’re going to find a way to get him on the field. and And we saw that with both of ouor backup linebackers. Wilhoite, Michael Wilhoite played a very critical role for us as well, and proved that he has starter caliber ability in the NFL. You have four players that you feel can go in and play good football and win football games with.

Q: Vernon sought out Colin in Phoenix, encouraging to a GM, but is that different from what you were hearing from Vernonlast year? Was his regular season related to his offseason?

Baalke: I wouldn’t say that. I’ll say this about Vernon. He works very hard. All you have to do is look at him physically, even at the age that he’s at now with the wear and tear the NFL puts on these players bodies, Vernon still runs like he ran coming out of college. He’s two, three percent body fat. Vernon takes extremely good care of himself, works extremely hard at his craft, sometimes players choose to do it on their own, sometimes they choose to get together and do it. As a general manager, as a coach, all you can do is look and appreciate that they’re out there working.

Q: Do you question his commitment to football last season?

Baalke: Never have questioned Vernon’s commitment to playing the game. Never a question. He’s never come into camp out of shape. He’s never come into camp less than motivated to have the best season he could. There’s a lot of circumstances that went into his decline last season and I think he’s looking, as are we, to the future, and coming back and having a heck of a year.

Q: When a QB like Colin decides he’s going to work with Kurt Warner, is that done within umbrella of team or you OK with him going out and seeking other opinions on his own?

Baalke: With respect to Colin, Colin made that choice. That was all done by Colin. And we respect the decision that he made. Any time a player looks at himself and says, I need to improve in these areas, and makes a determination that the best way for him to make those improvements is to seek counsel from whoever, you have to look at that as a positive, a lot different than you would look at someone who may have weaknesses but doesn’t take the steps necessary to correct them. So, very positive. And for all accounts, things are going very well for him in Arizona and we look forward to getting him back here.

Q: Did Steve Logan get a chance to go down there before he became 49ers coach?

Baalke: No.

Q: He hasn’t met with him?

Baalke: No. I know he’s visited with him over the phone to say hello, but as far as going down there, watching him workout, putting him through workouts, no, because he was already on staff with us.

Q: Is the coaching staff here?

Baalke: There are certain coaches that will be here. Certain coaches that won’t. The only reason for that being the time frame. This season with all the changes that were made, and the new staff coming together, there’s going to be some coaches that stay back and work strictly on football and there will be other coaches that handle some of the interview process. It’s a little mix and match this year. Moving forward, all the coaches are going to be here.

Q: Will the coordinators be here?

Baalke: The coordinators and some of the position coaches will be here.

Q: Jim Tomsula will be here the entire time?

Baalke: Yes, he’s here now and he’ll be here through the entire process.

Q: Chris Foerster has had success running some different types of styles, stretch running, do you see that being incorporated into the offense this year?

Baalke: I know you like to believe that I coach this football team too . . .

Q: You talk to the coaches . . .

Baalke: He just got here. We’re starting to put the playbooks together and stuff, I should say they are, not we. I don’t sit in any of those game plan meetings or coaches meetings. But I know they’re working on the run scheme and the pass scheme as we sit here. The good thing about Chris’s background is he’s run the gap scheme offense. He’s run the stretch zone offense. He’s got a lot of variety to what he’s been involved with. That’s always a good thing.

Q: Any interest in McCown?

Baalke: What advantage would I have in telling you who I’m interested in?

Q: Whatever happened to that rugby player, the Australian rugby player, is he going to be picked up anywhere?

Baalke: Right now I’m not sure where he stands. I’ve not seen him sign anywhere. We’ve had several conversations with him and we’ll see where that goes.

Q: Any conversations with Crabtree?

Baalke: Have not had any conversations yet. I know we’re meeting with him down here.

Q: Meeting with him?

Baalke: Meeting with his representative.

Q: Eugene still represents him?

Baalke: Yes.

Q: Iupati, anything going on there?

Baalke: We’ve been in conversations. We’ve had several conversations with their agents, but the real meetings will start taking place here moving forward.

Q: You’ve said in past you address positions before they come need . . . how much was Brandon Thomas looking ahead to the uncertainty with Iupati?

Baalke: I think once again, you’re always trying to stay ahead of the curve, and especially at certain positions, because running backs can come into the league and generally you can put them out there and they can function. Offensive linemen, that’s a little hit or miss. Generally speaking, the younger offensive linemen have a difficult time transitioning into the NFL game, from a strength standpoint, from a technique standpoint. So you try to stay ahead of the curve as much as you can at certain positions and that’s just a philosophy that we have.

Q: Production of rookie WRs in first-round, three guys with 1,000-yard guys and Watkins was close . . . unusual . . . a trend based on the rules and how receivers are used in college? Or just a one-year thing?

Baalke: That was a talented group. all those receivers that had a thousand yards were awfully good receivers. Then there were some that didn’t make the 1,000-yard threshold that had real good rookie seasons, so I think, every year is different with the draft and the success of the guys coming into the NFL is a little different too. It’s who picked them, what system were they brought in to, how many opportunities did they have. There’s some guys that didn’t have as many opportunities because they were on different teams. Maybe they had a little more depth in that area. I think each year is different, and the success and failure of those guys, in their first year, is going to be different.

Q: Where does this year’s WR class rank against last year?

Baalke: Well, we’re not there yet, through the entire process. We have a fairly decent field, but I’d say this is another quality group, especially at the top part of that group. There’s always then, mid to later round, or even free agents, that step in and play a critical role. I think if you look at Jacksonville last year. I think the two guys they drafted had solid years, but the guy they didn’t draft had the best year of the three. Hearns, I believe his name was, from Miami. And they had the two guys they picked, the Penn State receiver and the USC receiver, all three had different periods of success, but I think the most consistent of that group was the guy they brought in as a college free agent.

Q: Do you think that’s a position where you don’t have to take a guy in the top 15 or 20? You can still get good players third or fourth round?

Baalke: I think if you look at the league, you’d have to say yes. I mean, there’s good receivers within the NFL that have been picked at every level of the draft. A lot of it comes down to system, quarterback, and development. Those three things.

Q: In hindsight you wouldn’t have traded up for Odell Beckham Jr. last year?

Baalke: Well first of all, hindsight is always 20-20. Odell Beckham is a heck of a talent. But are you willing to give up Carlos Hyde, Jimmie Ward and Chris Borland, which was the minimum you would have to give up to take that one player. Those are three pretty good players in our opinion. So is one great player better than three really good players? That’s always a debatable question. And were they going to move. That’s what a lot of people don’t understand. They weren’t moving anywhere. They were going to hold tight and take that pick. Their guy fell to them, they felt good about. It’s always nice to look at what you could have had, but the reality most of the time you couldn’t have had that or if you did get it it would have cost you way too much to go get it.

Q: But you inquired, the sense you got from the Giants is they weren’t going to budge?

Baalke: We inquired with several teams in that neighborhood of being able to move up and go get, there were several players that we were interested in. But the cost of moving was too much, and the desire of those teams to move wasn’t enough. So you get locked in and then once that passes, and the players that you were looking up for were off the board, then it becomes a mute point.

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Chryst Named Offensive Coordinator http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/chryst-named-offensive-coordinator/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/chryst-named-offensive-coordinator/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:09:04 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9195 49ers are expected to name Geep Chryst as their new offensive coordinator.

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The 49ers finally found their offensive coordinator and that man is former QB Coach Geep Chyrst. Albert Breer of NFL.com is reporting that Chryst will be promoted to OC.

Chryst was the Chargers OC back in 1999-2000, where he had Harbaugh and Ryan Leaf as his QB’s.

This season will certainly be interesting to say the least.

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Steve Logan Hired as 49ers QB Coach http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/steve-logan-hired-49ers-qb-coach/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/steve-logan-hired-49ers-qb-coach/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:29:04 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9190 The 49ers have hired Steve Logan to become the teams new quarterbacks coach.

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The 49ers still do not have an offensive coordinator (cough, Geep Chryst, cough) but they do now have a QB coach. The 49ers have hired Steve Logan, most recently the running backs coach with the Buccaneers from 2009-2011.

With Logan moving to QB coach, that leaves the door open for the teams prior QB Coach Geep Chryst to most likely take over as OC. If Chryst does not in fact become OC, not sure what position he’ll have with the team. Logan had a brief quote regarding his new QB he’ll be coaching.

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Aubrayo Franklin Added to Defensive Staff http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/aubrayo-franklin-added-defensive-staff/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/aubrayo-franklin-added-defensive-staff/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:10:47 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9187 The 49ers have added former defensive lineman Aubrayo Franklin to their defensive staff.

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The 49ers are adding former defensive lineman Aubrayo Franklin to an entry level position on the defensive staff. Franklin is expected to be an assistant on the defensive line.

For those not familiar with Franklin, he played for coach Jim Tomsula from 2007 to 2010 while Tomsula was the team’s defensive line coach.

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Eric Mangini Named Defensive Coordinator http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/eric-mangini-named-defensive-coordinator/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/eric-mangini-named-defensive-coordinator/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:32:20 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9184 The 49ers have named Eric Mangini as the teams new defensive coordinator.

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Not long after announcing Tony Sparano as tight ends coach, the 49ers made another coaching move today by filling their defensive coordinator position with former Jets/Browns HC and 49ers tight ends coach Eric Mangini.

Now we wait for the offensive coordinator…

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49ers Add Tony Sparano to Staff http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/49ers-add-tony-sparano-staff/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/49ers-add-tony-sparano-staff/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:13:30 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9181 The 49ers have hired Tony Sparano to fill their vacant tight end coaching position.

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The 49ers have filled another position on Jim Tomsula’s coaching staff.

The 49ers have hired former Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano to fill that position.

The 49ers still have not filled the key positions of defensive or offensive coordinators, but I’m sure those will be filled shortly.

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Thomas McGaughey Hired as Special Teams Coach http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/thomas-mcgaughey-hired-special-teams-coach/ http://49ersnews.com/2015/01/thomas-mcgaughey-hired-special-teams-coach/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:19:03 +0000 http://49ersnews.com/?p=9177 The 49ers have hired a special teams coach. Thomas McGaughey the Jets special teams coach has been hired to fill the same position with the 49ers.

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The 49ers do not yet have an offensive coordinator or a defensive coordinator, but they do have a special teams coach. The 49ers are expected to hire Jets special teams coach Thomas McGaughey.

Tomsula and McGaughey worked together on the staff with the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe in 2002. More on McGaughey from Eric Branch…

In 2014, McGaughey’s lone season with the Jets, New York ranked eighth in the NFL in kickoff-return coverage (21.8 yards) and 26th in covering punts (10.0). The 49ers ranked 11th and 20th, respectively, in those categories. The Jets also ranked 21st in kickoff-return average (23.1) and 32nd in punt returns (6.3). The 49ers ranked eighth and 31st, respectively in those categories.

McGaughey was LSU’s special-teams coach from 2011-13, which was preceded by stints as an assistant special-teams coach with the Giants (2007-10), Broncos (2005-06) and Chiefs (2002). He was the special-teams coach at the University of Houston, his alma mater, from 2003-04.

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