Friday, February 28, 2014

John Madden: If needed, 49ers should choose Harbaugh over Baalke

The recent revelation of a trade bid by the Browns for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has renewed discussion about the uncertain future for Harbaugh in San Francisco.

Contract demands play a big role in that uncertainty, but so does talk of friction between Harbaugh and General Manager Trent Baalke. John Madden offered them some advice during a radio interview this week if push comes to shove and the 49ers reach the point of moving forward without one or the other. It probably shouldn’t come as much surprise that the former head coach is siding with the current one.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Report: Niners, Boldin closing in on deal

The last few days have featured a lot of discussion about the uncertain future for the 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh, but there appears to be more clarity when it comes to wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Talks on a new deal for the impending free agent were expected to begin at the NFL Scouting Combine, who the 49ers have prioritized as a player they want to have on their team, and it seems it didn’t take long for those talks to heat up.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

NFL is expected to institute rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using N-Word

John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, told CBS Sports that he expects the league to make it an automatic 15-yard penalty if a player uses the N-word on the field, and an automatic ejection for a player who does it twice.

“I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we’re trying to do,” Wooten said. “We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room. Secretaries, PR people, whoever, we want it eliminated completely and want it policed everywhere.”

Friday, February 21, 2014

Report: Harbaugh’s future with 49ers remains uncertain

Friday’s report from Mike Florio that the Browns and 49ers nearly completed a trade that would have placed current 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in the same division as his brother was a clear sign that earlier signs of uneasiness in the relationship between Harbaugh and the Niners haven’t gone away completely.

Sources: 49ers nearly traded Jim Harbaugh to Browns

The Browns’ unpredictable head-coaching search nearly finished with what would have been the most unpredictable outcome of any head-coaching search since Jon Gruden was traded from the Raiders to the Buccaneers a dozen years ago.

Per multiple league sources, the Cleveland Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to coach Jim Harbaugh.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Report: 49ers restructure Jon Baldwin’s contract

49ers wide receiver Jon Baldwin has reportedly taken a salary cut for 2014.

According to Field Yates of, Baldwin’s base salary has been reduced from $1.4 million to $645,000.

Baldwin can make up the difference in incentives, Yates reported, but the wide receiver would have to play at least 80 percent of the offensive snaps, catch at least 65 passes and rack up more than 800 yards receiving to reach $1.4 million in compensation.

The 24-year-old Baldwin appeared in seven regular-season games for the 49ers in 2013, catching three passes for 28 yards. The 49ers acquired him from Kansas City in August.

Baldwin is in the final year of his contract. He was the Chiefs’ No. 1 pick in 2011.

Report: 49ers moving Eric Mangini to tight ends coach

Eric Mangini will reportedly have a new role on the 49ers’ coaching staff.

Mangini, who was a senior offensive consultant with San Francisco in 2013, will coach the club’s tight ends in 2014, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported Thursday.

Reggie Dunn, who coached the 49ers’ tight ends the last three seasons, will fill the club’s vacancy at assistant offensive line coach, the Bee reported.

Mangini is in his second season with the 49ers. He was the Jets’ head coach from 2006 through 2008 and the Browns’ head coach from 2009 through 2010.

Jim Harbaugh: Realistic for Bowman return halfway through season

The 49ers lost linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a torn ACL during their NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks and the team isn’t counting on his return in time for the start of next season.

Or the first two months of the season, for that matter. Coach Jim Harbaugh said from the combine on Thursday that the team isn’t ruling Bowman out of anything at this point, but that they aren’t expecting to have him in the lineup until somewhere around the midway point of the season.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Kaepernick: Players don’t care if teammates are straight or gay

Add 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the list of players who say they’d be fine with Michael Sam, the openly gay former Missouri defensive end, in their locker rooms.

Kaepernick said in an interview with Michele Steele on ESPN that no one in the 49ers’ locker room would have an issue with Sam. (Is "Cully in the house"?)

Report: 49ers, Boldin negotiating a new deal

That long list of potential free-agent receivers may eventually have at least one less name on it.

Matt Maiocco of reports that the 49ers are negotiating with receiver Anquan Boldin regarding the possible extension of a contract due to expire on March 11.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Harbaugh, Kaepernick, Boldin deals are priorities for 49ers

As the San Francisco 49ers try to get back to the Super Bowl and win it, they’ve got some offseason business to deal with.

Their priority list contains at least three names:  Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick, and Anquan Boldin.

Per a league source, the plans will come into better focus after next week’s Scouting Combine.  For now, the goal is to extend Harbaugh and Kaepernick, and to keep Boldin, a looming free agent.