Friday, May 30, 2014

Vernon Davis on mandatory minicamp “I might be there. I might not...We'll see.”

Vernon Davis has decided not to attend voluntary workouts.  He also has decided not to volunteer many details about the reasons for his absence.

The team’s only mandatory function is a three-day minicamp from June 17-19. If he does not attend the mandatory workouts, he would be subject to nearly $70,000 in fines.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Jim Harbaugh expects a “breakout year” from Colin Kaepernick

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh expects his quarterback Colin Kaepernick to take another step this season, which would set him up for well more than $6 million.

“I really expect a real breakout year for Colin,” Harbaugh said. “Athletically, he looks bionic. If you all remember the ‘Six Million Dollar Man,’ that’s what he looks like to me."

Report: Vernon Davis wants a new contract

Earlier this week, we shared a report that guard Alex Boone was skipping 49ers OTAs because he was dissatisfied with his contract.

It appears he isn’t the only member of the team who feels that way. Tight end Vernon Davis has also been absent from the team’s practices this week and Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that it is also related to his contract.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jim Harbaugh: Brandon Lloyd showing “surge off the line”

After Wednesday’s OTAs, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he had been “(seeing) really good things” from the 32-year-old receiver, who was out of football in 2013.

 “Seeing surge off the line of scrimmage. He’s got the ability to burst at the top of his routes,” Harbaugh said, according to a transcript from the club. “Runs excellent routes. Acrobatic type of catches that he’s able to make. Really good hands.

Press Conference | 5/28/14 - Colin Kaepernick

Press Conference | 5/28/14 - Jim Harbaugh

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Alex Boone not at OTAs, reportedly wants a new contract

It appears a member of the 49ers’ starting offensive line is in the market for a new contract.

Guard Alex Boone was not at the start of the team’s organized team activities on Tuesday and Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that he may miss the rest of them as well. Per Barrows, Boone is unhappy with his contract and would like to sign a new one with the team.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

First-rounder Jimmie Ward out until training camp

Drafting injured  players has become something of a specialty for the 49ers, although their first-rounder is anticipated to contribute this season.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, rookie defensive back Jimmie Ward will seemingly be on the sidelines till the beginning of training camp with a foot injury.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Jim Harbaugh doesn’t want to speculate about Aldon Smith

The 49ers will be without Aldon Smith for some or all of this season, either because he’s in jail after pleading no contest to driving under the influence and three felony weapons charges, or because he’s suspended by the NFL. But that’s a problem 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh doesn’t want to talk about right now.

Pressed by reporters about it at the team’s rookie minicamp, Harbaugh said he wouldn’t address the matter.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Jerry Rice Jr. declines to wear number 80 at 49ers rookie minicamp

The 49ers have retired the No. 80 jersey worn by Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, but they offered to give it to one wide receiver who is trying out at San Francisco’s rookie minicamp this weekend.
That wide receiver is Jerry Rice Jr., who is hoping to catch on in the NFL after finishing a college career in which he was mostly a backup and special teams player. But while Rice Jr. had the chance to wear his dad’s No. 80 jersey, he declined.

Marcus Lattimore “working through something,” will be limited at rookie minicamp

The 49ers knew they would have to wait a bit for running back Marcus Lattimore to be fully ready to go after they drafted him last year and that wait will stretch on past this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said that Lattimore has looked good on the days that he has been working this spring, but that the running back won’t be able to be a full participant over the weekend because he’s “working through something” that isn’t the right knee he injured while at South Carolina in 2012.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

49ers sign Jimmie Ward, Chris Borland

The 49ers have become the latest team to reach a contract agreement with a first-round pick, striking a four-year deal with safety Jimmie Ward.

The club announced the signing Thursday evening.

NaVorro Bowman restructures deal with 49ers for cap space

The 49ers have been fortunate to have some salary cap flexibility in recent years, which comes from having a cheap, young, good quarterback.

But they apparently decided they needed a little extra room.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Aldon Smith pleads no contest to weapons, DUI charges

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith has pleaded no contest to three felony weapons charges and one misdemeanor driving under the influence charge.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Smith entered the plea this afternoon and will be sentenced on July 25. Smith said, “Yes, your honor,” about 15 times in response to a series of quetions about wiving his rights to a hearing.

Plea deal could be coming in Aldon Smith weapons/DUI case

The complicated legal docket of 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith could be getting streamlined.  Considerably.

Per multiple reports, Smith is in court for a status conference on his pending weapons and DUI charges.  There’s widespread belief that a plea deal could be coming for one or both cases.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Jerry Rice Jr. going to get a chance to try out for 49ers

Jerry Rice Jr. wasn’t able to secure a job with the Ravens during a tryout last weekend, so he’s going to give it a shot where they know him well.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers will kick the tires of the younger Rice at this weekend’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Aldon Smith: 49ers support me, and they wouldn’t if I was a thug

Aldon Smith, the talented but troubled 49ers outside linebacker, says the team continues to support him because the people who know him know he’s a good person.

“The 49ers have supported me,” Smith told CSNBayArea.com. “As you can see, the option [for the 2015 season] got picked up. And if I was a thug or something, I don’t think they’d take those chances.”

Thursday, May 15, 2014

49ers sign Carlos Hyde, Dontae Johnson

The 49ers have two more draft picks under contract.

Tailback Carlos Hyde and cornerback Dontae Johnson signed four-year deals on Thursday, the team announced.

The club’s second-round pick, the 6-foot, 230-pound Hyde rushed for 3,198 yards and 37 touchdowns on 523 carries in four seasons with Ohio State (2010-2013). He also caught 34 passes for 271 yards and four TDs. Hyde will likely vie for carries behind starter Frank Gore this season.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Stevie Johnson on 49ers receivers: We’re all No. 1 options

Stevie Johnson was a clear-cut No. 1 receiver for the Bills over the last four seasons, something that helped him to three straight 1,000-yard seasons between 2010 and 2012 but not too much team success as the Bills struggled to find other receiving options to complement him.

Johnson is in San Francisco now and things look different on the depth chart. Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton all return from last season and the 49ers have also added Brandon Lloyd and drafted Bruce Ellington in the fourth round to go with Johnson. Tight end Vernon Davis is also in the mix and Johnson said Tuesday he wasn’t worried about who is No. 1 because the team has several players who qualify.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

49ers sign LB Aaron Lynch, DT Kaleb Ramsey

The 49ers are getting off to a quick start when it comes to getting their draft picks under contract.

The Niners have signed linebacker Aaron Lynch and defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey, the club said Tuesday night. Both players received four-year deals.

South Florida strength coach criticizes 49ers for picking Aaron Lynch

When the 49ers picked South Florida linebacker/defensive end Aaron Lynch in the fifth round last Saturday, coach Jim Harbaugh called Lynch a player in need of “direction” after a collegiate career that started at Notre Dame and ended with Lynch being characterized as a player who went through the motions of football without the requisite passion.

Lynch’s issues were further compounded by reports that one team ended a combine interview with Lynch early because they thought he was lying, which led to Harbaugh defending the pick after San Francisco made it. Harbaugh cited South Florida coach Willie Taggert, a friend of the 49ers coach and former player for Harbaugh’s father, with convincing him that Lynch was worth a shot, but not every member of the staff felt that way.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Final results of Alex Smith trade a windfall for 49ers

With this year’s NFL Draft in the books, the 49ers are finally able to close the book on the Alex Smith trade.

And at the end of the weekend, they had parlayed an expensive former starter they didn’t need into five things, several of which they will need this year.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Aldon Smith: Eventually you will overcome your immediate problems

Before Monday night, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith’s last tweet was sent on April 13.

That was the same day that Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and it was the last time we heard anything from Smith publicly. The silent treatment has come to an end. Smith returned to Twitter on Monday with a message referencing the run of legal troubles that has left him at risk of being suspended for a portion of the 2014 season.

911 Tapes From Colin Kaepernick Incident

Monday, May 5, 2014

Report: FBI was snooping around Joe Montana

The recent FBI operation that generated indictments of numerous Bay Area professionals including an NFL agent also targeted, at one point, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana.

 Philip Matier and Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle report that the FBI was “snooping around” Montana as part of the investigation that produced charges against California State Senator Leland Yee and Chinatown tong leader Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Colin Kaepernick on recent situation "it’s changed my way of thinking"

Since his name was attached to an investigation in Miami last month, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has kept a low profile.

But he stepped out at a prayer breakfast in his hometown and called it “a bad circumstance,” that has “changed my way of thinking.

49ers exercise fifth-year option on Aldon Smith

Although Aldon Smith’s future is in doubt because of multiple off-field issues, the 49ers have given him a vote of confidence today by exercising the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.

That doesn’t mean Smith will definitely be with the 49ers into 2015, but it does mean the 49ers want to have the ability to keep him around. The 2015 option is guaranteed only for injury, meaning the 49ers could still cut him and not have to pay him in 2015, as long as he’s able to pass a physical. The 49ers would also not have to pay him if he is unable to play because of legal issues or an NFL suspension.