Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jim Tomsula: We have prepared for Justin Smith’s retirement

49ers safety Eric Reid said this week that he and some of his teammates have been trying to convince defensive end Justin Smith to return for another season with the team, but the 49ers are giving the veteran a bit more space while he contemplates his future.

Head coach Jim Tomsula said Friday that the team will give Smith all “the time that he needs” to make up his mind and that he doesn’t doubt that he’ll let the 49ers know as soon as he’s reached that decision. Tomsula also said that Smith’s timing wouldn’t impact the team because they have been well aware that Smith’s nearing the end of the line.

Kaepernick calls ex-rugby player Jarryd Hayne “phenomenal”

Former rugby player Jarryd Hayne, who signed with the 49ers last month despite having never played American football, has been working out with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. And Kaepernick likes what he sees.

“Phenomenal athlete. Just a natural,” Kaepernick told the Sacramento Bee. “Since the day I met him, since every workout he’s been at, he’s going to give you everything he has. And it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be much of a learning curve for him.”

NaVorro Bowman expected to be on field at April minicamp

Teams with new head coaches get to hold a minicamp for veteran players before the draft, which means the 49ers will be gathering for three days of on-field work later this month.

They expect to have linebacker Navorro Bowman taking part in the workouts when that minicamp gets underway. Bowman missed all of last season after suffering torn knee ligaments in the NFC Championship game loss to the Seahawks, but coach Jim Tomsula said Friday that the plan is for Bowman to be out there for some portion of the workout.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Jeff Garcia thinks fans should scrutinize the 49ers’ management

*49ersSpin forum is a great place to gather and scrutinize* 

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia thinks San Francisco fans have every right to be skeptical of management’s decision to get rid of coach Jim Harbaugh.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hakeem Nicks visiting with the 49ers

Most of the players on the list of the top free agents this offseason have found homes for 2015, leaving just a handful without jobs as March comes to an end.

One member of that list is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has been greeted by an indifferent reaction from the league coming off a 38-catch season with the Colts in 2014. Things may be looking up for Nicks, however.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lance Briggs to visit the 49ers on Monday

With a big hole to fill at inside linebacker, the 49ers identified Mason Foster and Lance Briggs as two potential targets in free agency this week. Foster signed with the Bears instead, but Briggs is heading to San Francisco for a visit.

Briggs told Vaughn McClure of ESPNChicago.com that he will visit with the 49ers on Monday. Briggs is from the area and grew up a 49ers fan.

Monday, March 23, 2015

49ers “discussing” free agent LBs Lance Briggs and Mason Foster

With the big-money free agents long gone, teams are left to sift through the remaining scraps, which mostly consists of veterans and underachievers. And with the 49ers desperate for help, they’ve had “discussions” about signing Lance Briggs, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Report: 49ers interested in free agent LB Erin Henderson

Free agent linebacker Erin Henderson was out of the league last season. He was busted for drunk driving twice in one year from January 2013 to January 2014 and released by the Vikings in February of 2014 before being slapped with a four-game suspension at the start of last season.

Henderson worked out for the Chiefs after the season but wasn’t signed to a contract. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports the soon-to-be 29-year-old held a private workout for teams in Arizona on Sunday.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Patrick Willis On Chance He Will Return to Football "Zero"

Many fans may hold on to hope of Patrick Willis making his triumphant return from his surprise retirement in a year or two.

In a recent interview with  Takeo Spikes of NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, Willis made it clear that the was no chance of that happening. Spikes asked him to rate his chance of returning on a scale of one to 10 and he responded, "Zero".

He then went more in depth on when and why he made the decision to call it a career.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jed York: 49ers got away from “core strengths” under Jim Harbaugh

San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York thinks replacing Jim Harbaugh with Jim Tomsula is a step toward winning a Super Bowl.

York told Bloomberg Television that he doesn’t think the 49ers were playing up to the standards of the franchise last year, and change was needed.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chris Borland's family knew all year his first season could be his last

Chris Borland told his family from the beginning that he might play only one year in the NFL.

Borland, the Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate who shocked the football world by announcing that his rookie season would be his last, has been telling his loved ones that from Day One. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that Borland told his family before the season started that his career might only last a year, and as a result his parents and all five of his siblings made a point of getting to the games so they could see his career while it lasted.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Chris Borland retires after one season

The San Francisco 49ers were just as stunned as everyone else by Chris Borland’s decision to retire after just one season in the NFL.

The team confirmed the story by ESPN’s Outside the Lines that Borland was walking away from the game at the ripe old age of 24.