Saturday, March 30, 2013

Crabtree says quarterback change divided locker room

When 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh decided to install Colin Kaepernick as the starting quarterback after a concussion suffered by Alex Smith (and a great Monday night performance from the 2011 second-round pick), plenty of people in the media thought he was making a mistake.

Plenty of people in the locker room apparently did, too.

49ers expect Kendall Hunter, Kyle Williams to be ready for camp

On one disastrous play against the Saints in November, the 49ers lost both running back Kendall Hunter and receiver Kyle Williams to season-ending injuries. Four months later, both players have made enough progress that the 49ers are confident they’ll be ready to go for the start of training camp.

Crabtree: I lost vision after Super Bowl hit

When the lights went out at the Superdome during Super Bowl XLVII in February, the scene turned surreal but no true panic ever set in.

But toward the end of the game, San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree experienced a different kind of darkness, and the experience was enough to make the toughest of guys panic — and shed more light on the issue of head trauma in the NFL.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Florida man arrested for scamming 49ers fans out of $5,900, Super Bowl tickets

A Florida man who scammed a family of San Francisco 49ers fans looking to watch their team in the Super Bowl has finally been arrested following a two month investigation.

According to Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News, 37-year old Robert Pham was arrested after advertising himself as a Baltimore Ravens fan looking to sell four tickets to the game on Craigslist. Sharon Osgood of Hayward, Calif. allegedly paid $5,900 to Pham to purchase the tickets but when the package arrived there were no tickets to be had. Instead, they found taunts written at their expense.

Pat White worked out for the 49ers today

Apparently, the call came in.

Former Dolphins quarterback Pat White took another step in his comeback attempt, working out for the 49ers today at their complex, according to CSNBayArea.com.

Tavon Austin to visit the 49ers

The 49ers would like to add speed at wide receiver in next month’s NFL draft, so it’s not a big surprise that they’re planning to meet with one of the speediest playmakers available.

Tavon Austin of West Virginia, a receiver who could also line up at running back in some of the 49ers’ Pistol sets, has a visit planned with San Francisco, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Michael Crabtree says Colin Kaepernick “trusted him more”

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree finally experienced the breakout season last year the San Francisco 49ers had been waiting for after taking him in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft.

Crabtree posted his first 1,000 yard season catching 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns for the 49ers. However, it was the second half of the year, with Colin Kaepernick serving as the quarterback, when Crabtree became a consistent threat for the 49ers. In 10 starts including the postseason with Kaepernick under center, Crabtree caught 61 passes for 880 yards and eight touchdowns.

Monday, March 25, 2013

49ers' new stadium will have a mammoth wireless network

As the NFL attempts to make the in-stadium experience better than watching the game from home, one of the key components has become Internet access.

At the 49ers’ new stadium, all 68,5000 fans will be able to connect to the wireless network.  According to ArsTechnica.com, the connections can happen simultaneously, without limits on uploads or downloads.

Pat White draws the interest of Jim Harbaugh

Pat White apparently did enough in a workout after West Virginia’s pro day to earn a second look from the 49ers, or at least a phone call.

The former Dolphins quarterback told Jim Corbett of USA Today that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh called to set up a private workout, though there isn’t a firm date for it at the moment.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Nnamdi is still looking at Niners, Saints

Eight days ago, it appeared that cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and safety Charles Woodson seemed destined to join the 49ers.

Eight days later, crickets.

But Asomugha continues to consider the 49ers and the Saints as a potential next destination, per a source with knowledge of the situation.  Other teams had expressed interest in Asomugha, but no other visits have been taken.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Harbaugh worries that Kaepernick’s arms are getting too muscular

Jim Harbaugh likes the fact that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick works hard in the offseason. But he’s a little worried that Kaepernick could be overdoing it.

In fact, Kaepernick works so hard in the weight room that Harbaugh is worried his upper body could be getting so big and muscular that it could affect his throwing motion.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Darcel McBath returns to 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday they had signed a free agent safety to a one-year contract.

And no, it’s not Charles Woodson. The 49ers announced they have reached a deal to re-sign Darcel McBath.

Boldin ready to start building rapport with Kaepernick

Anquan Boldin just returned from a charity mission to Africa, but he knows he needs to make another trip, soon.

The newest 49ers wide receiver said he needs to get on a field with quarterback Colin Kaepernick soon so they can start developing some degree of chemistry.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Press Conference - Anquan Boldin

Jerry Rice likens helmet rule to “powder puff football”

The man who was recently voted the greatest player in NFL history is not on board with the NFL’s latest attempt to make the game safer.

Jerry Rice, who was named in an NFL Network poll as the top player ever to play the game, said on NFL Live that he has a serious problem with the owners’ decision to start penalizing ball carriers if they initiate contact with the top of the helmet outside the tackle box.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

49ers Sign Phil Dawson

The 49ers held their breath on a veteran kicker this year, but have since replaced him with another.

Former Browns kicker Phil Dawson just tweeted that he was joining the 49ers.

Parys Haralson agrees to new one-year contract

The 49ers and outside linebacker Parys Haralson have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Monday night.

Haralson appears to have taken a pay cut. Per Rotoworld salary figures, Haralson was slated to make $2.57 million in salary in 2013. (According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Haralson’s total 2013 compensation was to be $2.87 million.)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Niners remain serious contenders for Asomugha

Typically, the best chance to get a free agent signed comes when the player is in the building.  After he leaves, the likelihood drops.

When he starts visiting other teams, it drops even more.In the case of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the fact that he’ll be visiting the Saints doesn’t remove the 49ers from the category of serious contenders for his services. 

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Asomugha has simply decided to take other visits as the process of picking a new team plays out.It’s unclear which other visits he’ll take. 

EFor Asomugha, he already has a head start on a poor market.  With former Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith getting the most so far at $6 million per year from the Chiefs, Asomugha already has $4 million in hand from the Eagles, which he’ll keep on top of whatever he gets from his next team.

That reality could be prompting teams to try to squeeze Asomugha into taking less in the first year of a multi-year deal.

Regardless, if the numbers were great, Asomugha and plenty of other free agents already would be signed.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

49ers sign Craig Dahl

 The 49ers have signed a defensive back.  But not either of the two Niners fans are hoping for.

The Niners have inked former Rams safety Craig Dahl.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Aldon Smith had labrum surgery

Outside linebacker Aldon Smith had surgery on a torn labrum in his shoulder earlier in the offseason, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

The 23-year-old Smith recorded an NFC-high 19.5 sacks last season, but none after Dec. 9 — a six-game span that included the playoffs. He was on the injury report with a shoulder injury in the 49ers’ last nine games (six regular-season, three postseason).

Mario Manningham takes a salary cut

49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham, who is recovering from torn anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee, has had his 2013 salary cut from $3.6 million to $1.8 million, according to Jay Hurley of NinersNation.com (via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com).

Maiocco, who confirmed the salary cut, reports that $1.25 million of the $1.8 million is injury-guaranteed only. He  also noted that the 49ers aren’t planning on having Manningham at the start of training camp after suffering the knee injuries on Dec. 23 in Seattle.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dan Skuta visiting 49ers

Nnamdi Asomugha isn’t the only player visiting the 49ers on Thursday.

The other player headed to San Francisco doesn’t have quite as big a profile, however. Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com reports that Bengals linebacker Dan Skuta is also meeting with the 49ers.

Skuta only played 116 snaps as a reserve on the Bengals defense last season, but the Niners aren’t in the market for starting linebackers. Their interest is likely in adding Skuta to their special teams units because he’s done well in those roles for Cincinnati over the last two seasons. After giving up a touchdown on a kickoff return to Jacoby Jones in the Super Bowl, that’s probably pretty appealing to Jim Harbaugh.

Three of the 49ers’ backup linebackers from last season — Larry Grant, Tavares Gooden, Clark Haggans — are currently free agents, which makes finding a spot for Skuta easy. He also had a brief stint at fullback early in his time with the Bengals and Harbaugh has deployed other defenders that way in the last two years.

Nnamdi Asomugha visiting 49ers today

When cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was a free agent in 2011, the 49ers were interested in him.

Now that he’s back on the open market, the 49ers are interested again. The big difference from the first time is that the 49ers never got Asomugha to visit them before he wound up signing with the Eagles. This time, though, Asomugha is going to make it to San Francisco.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that Asomugha, who started his career in the Bay Area with the Raiders, will meet with the 49ers on Thursday. It’s believed to be his first visit to a team since he was cut by the Eagles on Tuesday and there may not be a second if both sides decide that there’s a fit in terms of scheme and salary. If they don’t, the Broncos, Cardinals, Texans and Saints have also reportedly shown interest in signing Asomugha although it’s not known if other moves made on Wednesday might have changed any of those outlooks.

Free agent cornerback Sean Smith has signed with Kansas City, something that might make them push a little bit harder to get a deal done with Asomugha on Thursday.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

49ers one of four teams in play for Nnamdi Asomugha

On Tuesday, the Eagles cut cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.  On Wednesday, the first word emerged of his potential destinations.

Per a league source, the early candidates are the 49ers, Broncos, Cardinals, and Texans.

Asomugha will get $4 million this year from the Eagles, regardless of what he makes elsewhere.  The fact that he has zero playoff appearances in his 10-year career could make him inclined to join a contender.

Of course, that’s what he thought he was doing two years ago in Philly.

Glenn Dorsey agrees to deal with 49ers

Faced with losses along their own defensive front, the 49ers have found a replacement.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the 49ers have agreed to a contract with former Chiefs defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

The former fifth overall pick in the 2008 Draft seemed miscast playing in a 3-4 defense in Kansas City, but  goes back into one in San Fran.

The 49ers have already lost nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to the Eagles, and backup lineman Ricky Jean-Francois is visiting the Eagles today.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Charles Woodson visiting 49ers tomorrow

 In what’s likely a sign that Dashon Goldson’s out the door and never coming back, the 49ers are lining up a replacement.

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson is visiting the 49ers tomorrow.

Woodson missed half of last season with a broken collarbone, but played well when he was well.

Goldson appears to have been targeted by the Buccaneers, and the 49ers seem resigned to losing him. But after never giving him a long-term deal, they forced him to look around.

Alex Smith-to-Chiefs trade now official

The drama ended on the Alex Smith saga two weeks ago, but the paperwork was filed today.

With the beginning of the league year, the 49ers traded their former starting quarterback to the Chiefs for a pair of draft picks.

“We would like to thank Alex for his contributions to the 49ers organization over the past eight years,” 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement released by the team. “He is a true professional who represented the 49ers with class on and off the field.”

Anquan Boldin: I had no clue I would be traded, it was shocking

After learning he had been traded from the Ravens to the 49ers, receiver Anquan Boldin pronounced himself shocked.

Boldin, who had previously said he was sure the Ravens were the last NFL team he would play for, told ESPN he never saw the trade to the 49ers coming.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Coach who helped develop The Pistol wont help teams figure it out "as long as Colin is in the NFL"

Jim Mastro, an assistant at Washington State and one of the coaches who helped Chris Ault develop the pistol at Nevada, was approached by three NFL teams to help them learn about defending the pistol's zone read and what causes it problems, but he declined.

"As long as Colin [Kaepernick] is in the NFL, I'm not going to do that," Mastro told CBSSports.com Monday. "He is like a son to me.

"There are plenty of people they [NFL teams] can get ahold of that can help them."

The 25-year-old Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl last season in his second year in the league as the pistol became one of the hottest offensive additions in pro football. In his first career playoff game, Kaepernick set an NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 181 in a 45-21 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Colin Kaepernick Reacts to Boldin Trade

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a happy man with today’s news that the 49ers have traded for receiver Anquan Boldin.

Kaepernick told Trey Wingo on NFL Live that no one had officially informed him that the trade with the Ravens to acquire Boldin was on, but that he was already getting excited about the possibility of playing with Boldin.

Ed Reed hires agent, could be headed to 49ers

Receiver Anquan Boldin may not be the only Ravens player who joins the 49ers.

A league source with extensive knowledge of the current safety market believes that the 49ers could land Ravens safety Ed Reed.

As Albert Breer of NFL Network first reported on Twitter (as best we can tell), Reed has indeed hired David Dunn of Athletes First.  Now that Reed has an agent, the agent can talk to teams in advance of the start of free agency at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

The fact that Reed is in play for the Niners means that Dashon Goldson probably isn’t.  Goldson is expected to be the hottest free agent on the safety market.  Reed may not be the hottest, but he may be the next big name to join one of the hottest teams in the league.

Ravens trade Anquan Boldin to 49ers

 Well, it looks like Boldin will still be able to say “Harbaugh” after “Coach.”

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens have shipped Boldin and his $6 million salary to the 49ers for a sixth-round pick.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Death of aunt and uncle spur Delanie Walker to action on drunk driving

 Shortly after the 49ers lost the Super Bowl, tight end Delanie Walker learned that his aunt and uncle had been killed on a highway near New Orleans by a driver who was allegedly driving drunk.

Walker, who is set to become a free agent on Tuesday, said that he forgot all about the pain of the loss when he heard that Alice and Bryan Young had lost their lives but he certainly hasn’t forgotten about them. Walker hosted a dinner event where he signed memorabilia with portions of the proceeds going to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and he will take part in a MADD walk in May to further spread the message of the dangers of driving under the influence.

“I just want to open up people’s eyes,” Walker said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s never the person that’s drinking and driving that gets hurt. It’s always the person that’s doing the right thing and trying to get home and mind their business. This happens so much and now it’s really hit home for me. I just want to make people more aware through my story.”

Let’s hope Walker decides to spread his message to his peers in the NFL. There’s far too many players arrested for DUI and far too many lives put at risk by those that keep doing it because they haven’t been arrested, which makes them a perfect group to hear from Walker in the future.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Goldson is expected to be the hottest safety on the market

The 49ers opted not to use the franchise tag for the second straight year on safety Dashon Goldson.

Perhaps they should have.

John Abraham has a visit to San Fran scheduled

If the Seahawks don’t figure out a way (or want to) keep John Abraham from leaving, they might have to game-plan against him twice a year.

According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Abraham is scheduled to visit the 49ers after he leaves a stop with the Seahawks today.

Unlike the free agents who can only be legally tampered with starting at midnight, Abraham can go visit teams since he was released by the Falcons.

The 34-year-old still has the ability to rush the passer, but joining the 49ers would require some adjusting to a 3-4 defense.

Other visits could come soon, unless the Seahawks come up with enough of an offer to make him want to stay.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

49ers tender Tramaine Brock

Cornerback Tramaine Brock didn’t play a major role on defense for the 49ers in 2012, but the team would still like to retain the restricted free agent-to-be’s services.

49ers Release David Akers


The San Francisco 49ers announced they have released K David Akers.

“The 49ers would like to thank David for his service, dedication and leadership over the past two years,” said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke. “He is a true professional who represented himself and this organization with class. We wish him, and his family, all the best.”

In two seasons with the 49ers, Akers appeared in all 32 games, as well as five postseason contests, connecting on 73 of 94 field goal attempts and all 78 PATs. His 297 points over the past two seasons ranks first in the NFL over that time span. Akers set the franchise record for consecutive games with a made field goal, hitting at least one in all 32 regular season games. In 2011, he set the NFL record for field goals made (44), field goals attempted (52), and points with no touchdowns (166). His 166 points also set the franchise single-season record. In 2012, Akers hit a 63-yard field goal at Green Bay, tying the NFL record for the longest field goal made.

A 14-year NFL veteran, Akers has played in 221 games and connected on 367 of 453 field goal attempts and 521 of 527 PATs for 1,622 career points. He is a six-time Pro Bowler and four-time Associated Press All-Pro.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Goldson hopes to remain with Niners but open to playing anywhere

 The 49ers passed on using the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson earlier this week, something that made the safety happy.

His happiness isn’t because he doesn’t want to remain with the team, however. Goldson said during an interview with Sirius XM Radio that he is still hopeful that he can work out a long-term contract that allows him to stay with the 49ers in 2013 and beyond, although he admitted that there isn’t much talk about a contract going on right now.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Chris Culliver meets with LGBTQ youth group

 After 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver generated a furor at the Super Bowl by saying that he wouldn’t accept a gay teammate, he apologized and said that he hoped to “learn and grow” from the experience.

Culliver took a step in that direction on Monday. He spent the day at the Los Angeles offices of the Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis and suicide intervention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youths.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Darrelle Revis Says He Would Like To Play for 49ers (VIDEO)

With trade rumors swirling, Darrelle Revis told a web-based sports show that reports of him being shopped "really hit home." At the same time, the Jets' star cornerback fueled the speculation by commenting on what it would be like to play for the San Francisco 49ers, one of the teams that may have interest in him.

David Akers expected to be released by 49ers


Considering how close he came to not finishing the season, it’s hardly a surprise the 49ers don’t want to commit to kicker David Akers for next year.

According to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com, the 49ers plan to release Akers before the start of the league year on March 12.

The vote of confidence the 49ers gave him during a shaky season was temporary, and with a base salary of $3 million, it’s no wonder they think they can find a better, or at least cheaper option for 2013.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Alex Smith’s mom says leaving SF is “bittersweet”

Since Alex Smith can’t officially become a Chief for nearly two weeks, we can’t know for sure how he feels about things.

But according to a source close to the former 49ers quarterback — his mother — the move is not going to be without emotions.