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  • By TJ Bice
    March 11, 2018 at 10:20 AM
    "You mad, bro?" Forget that Richard Sherman personified the archetype villain to 49er fans the moment he tipped a last-ditch effort pass to Michael Crabtree in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, then made a "choke" gesture to Colin Kaepernick, the dejected 49ers bench, and the rest of the entire football-watching world. How about the fact that the 49ers brass just spent a reported $39 million over three years on a cornerback that is turning 30 later this month and is coming off of one Achilles tendon tear in one leg and a bone spur "clean up" in the other? Didn't the 49ers just release NaVorro Bowman (you know, the iconic former face of the franchise in part due to his heroics in that same game) after roughly...
  • By TJ Bice
    March 9, 2018 at 2:17 PM
    The Los Angeles Rams have not been resting on their laurels this offseason. In fact, thus far in the NFC West, they have been the aggressors when it comes to offseason acquisitions before acquisitions can technically even take place (the new league year doesn't officially start until Wednesday). Those 'wink and nod' deals will ultimately result in a completely revamped secondary with Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Sam Shields patrolling the field, and all but guaranteeing the exit of Trumaine Johnson. Meanwhile, about a thousand miles north of Los Angeles, the Seattle Seahawks and their bodacious and bombastic 'Legion of Boom' is all but dismantled. The likes of Michael Bennett,...
  • By Alex Pedregon
    March 9, 2018 at 10:06 AM
    As mentioned before in previous attempts at this, any mock draft prior to the free agency period is foolhardy at best. That, of course, hasn't stopped me from putting one together, less than one week away from the start of free agency-frenzy. Please consider that this mock is not necessarily a reflection of what I want to see happen or even what I think teams should do (that is a completely different exercise). Rather, it is based on what I believe teams will do. I also attempt to explain the reasons behind each selection, specifically predicting/projecting what I think teams will do as a result of the impending free agency period (key gains and losses being the determinant factor). 1) Cleveland Browns - Saquon Barkley, RB - Penn State In this...
  • By TJ Bice
    March 7, 2018 at 1:42 PM
    Lynch was aggressive in free agency in both volume and spending right out of the gate last year. However, this year he says they will still be aggressive, just more selective. After all, this year, it's more about finding those other key pieces to the puzzle and adding a little quality depth than it is about overhauling a roster like last year. That many moves were a necessity last year because A) they didn't really know what they had as far as talent goes, and B) the little they did know about their inherited roster was that it was glaring with holes. So what better way to fix that roster than by gutting it and replacing it with players familiar with head coach Kyle Shanahan's style of offense and Seattle's three-deep zone style of defense and then just let the dust settle? Fortunately,...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    March 6, 2018 at 9:47 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers' cornerback position is still missing a shutdown cornerback. Either of the two top cornerback prospects in Joshua Jackson or Denzel Ward will do over last season's "lukewarm options" outside of rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, but who's the better fit? As the 2018 NFL Draft steadily approaches, the 49ers need to address their cornerback position as they haven't had a shutdown cornerback since "Primetime" Deion Sanders wore the uniform. It's said that numbers never lie, but do they tell the whole story? In 2017, the 49ers...
  • By Alex Pedregon
    March 5, 2018 at 10:11 PM
    The defensive backs closed out the final day of the 2018 NFL combine and, as a group, they did not disappoint. Winners Derwin James - S, Florida State (6'2", 215) Displaying a rare blend of size, speed, and athleticism (4.48 in the 40, a 40" vertical and an 11' broad jump), James had network commentators comparing him to current elite NFL players like the Kansas City Chiefs' All-Pro safety, Eric Barry, and the Jacksonville Jaguars' All-World cornerback, Jalen Ramsey. Though that's incredibly high praise, it's not entirely off-the-mark, but more importantly for James, he may have very well locked up a spot in the top 15. Denzel Ward - CB, Ohio State (5'11", 183) Ward, who many see as the #1 available...
  • By Alex Pedregon
    March 4, 2018 at 9:30 PM
    Day 3 of the NFL Combine saw defensive prospects take the field for the first time, and they didn't disappoint. Edge rushers in particular dominated today, and the feel-good story of yesterday continued to make news with a record-setting performance. Winners Shaquem Griffin - LB, Central Florida (6'0", 227) After thrilling the crowd in the weight room (and fans across the nation) on Saturday, Griffin (who lost his left hand in childhood) took to the field on Sunday and proceeded to run a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash, setting a combine record for linebackers. In an under-reported aspect to his day, he also posted a time of 6.88 in the 3-cone drill (a test of short area quickness), which placed him in the top 5 among all linebackers this year....
  • By Alex Pedregon
    March 3, 2018 at 6:04 PM
    Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Combine saw quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends take the field. Though a few big-name prospects showed well, it was a pair of lesser-known prospects that really stood out on the last day of offensive drills. However, the day was capped off by the stories of two prospects that are, unfortunately, headed in opposite directions. One who will take the field tomorrow in defensive drills with a ton of momentum on his side despite a major physical limitation, and the other who was sent home today because of a potentially serious health concern. Winners Mike Gesicki - TE, Penn St. - (6'5", 247) For the second straight day, a former Nittany Lion stood out among his peers by putting up eye-opening numbers at...
  • By Alex Pedregon
    March 2, 2018 at 8:00 PM
    Day 1 of the 2018 NFL combine is in the books, and as in all things, there were winners and losers. How much, if at all, will today's performances impact a prospect's draft status remains to be seen. However, it's clear that some prospects (and teams) were able to shine brighter than others today. Winners Saquon Barkley, RB - Penn St. Barkley was easily the star of the show today. The former Penn State phenom was already a lock as a top-5 pick, but at 6'0", 233 pounds, he ran an official 40-time of 4.40 time (second only to the much smaller Nyheim Hines), had a vertical jump of 41", and tied Nick Chubb for the most bench presses at 29, proving that he is a generational running back talent. Though Barkley is still not the favorite to go...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    February 28, 2018 at 9:16 PM
    Recently, the Los Angeles Rams traded for former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, making their own cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who's a pending free agent, expendable. I'm asking the question: Is cornerback Trumaine Johnson worth five years and $68 million? First and foremost ladies and gentlemen, Johnson's market value estimates at five years and $68,336,135, per Spotrac.com, which breaks down to the top four or five salaries of his professional peers, (annual salary of $13.6 million). Johnson, over the last two years, has been franchise tagged a whopping...
  • By Chandler Wright
    February 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM
    The NFL Scouting Combine begins later today and I think it's about time I wrote up a mock draft for only the second time since becoming a sports writer. My first was a top-10 mock over at NinerNoise.com. You may view that article here. I'm very confident in my ability to analyze the NFL draft landscape, as I've been practicing since the 2011 draft and I can't wait to put my skills on display in the coming months. 1. Cleveland Browns - Sam Darnold, QB, USC The Browns must select their quarterback of the future, right? 2. New York Giants - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA The Giants take advantage of...
  • By Chris Wilson
    February 26, 2018 at 10:39 AM
    In 2017, the San Francisco 49ers may have experienced the best six-win year in team history. Although the 49ers didn't accumulate many victories during the season, the year was full of wins for the team. The 49ers began 2017 by signing the top prospective head coach on the market -- Kyle Shanahan -- to a six-year contract, thereby officially ending the team's four-year coaching merry-go-round. The Niners also signed the inexperienced, but respected, former-safety John Lynch to a similar six-year deal as the team's new general manager. Lynch quickly demonstrated that common sense can trump experience when he signed a bevy of free agents that immediately improved the 49ers' roster...
  • By Site Staff
    February 23, 2018 at 11:42 AM
    The San Francisco 49ers secured their franchise quarterback when they signed Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million deal. Now, general manager John Lynch and company need to build around their offensive centerpiece while also solidifying the defense. We asked some of the 49ers Webzone writers what the 49ers can do in free agency and the draft to make Lynch's second offseason a success. What positions would they prioritize in free agency and the draft? Who is their No. 1 free agent target on offense or defense? Note: Since we started gathering answers from our writers, some reports have surfaced regarding players (some named below) potentially receiving franchise tags from their respective teams. Stewart...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    February 20, 2018 at 3:42 PM
    Recently, NFL reporter for CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora, reported hearing chatter about Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters' stay in Kansas City possibly being short-lived and that he expects talks to intensify next week at the NFL Combine. I recently delivered on the 49ers Webzone an article entitled: Looking at the Culture and Infrastructure Around Reuben Foster. That article helped lay the groundwork and blueprint for why I'm delivering the second installment from an intervention specialist perspective: The Reuben Foster Effect: Why the 49ers won't trade for Marcus Peters. Disclaimer: To be crystal clear, Marcus Peters isn't Reuben Foster in...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    February 15, 2018 at 3:49 PM
    Recently, on the 49ers Webzone, I presented and laid out an optimistic perspective on Reuben Foster while challenging the talented linebacker to take responsibility/accountability for his actions and becoming a better professional on and off the field moving forward. In light of Foster's second arrest within the last 40 days, which involves domestic violence, threats, and assault weapon charges, I am now turning my attention to the culture and infrastructure around Reuben Foster; from an intervention specialist perspective. Now hold...
  • By Winston Chung
    February 13, 2018 at 9:24 AM
    On April 7th, 2017, former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock was arrested for hitting a woman he had been dating. The following day, 49ers general manager John Lynch released Brock and reiterated the organization's commitment to character. Following 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster's second arrest this off-season last Sunday, most recently for alleged domestic violence, John Lynch now faces the most challenging decision of his tenure so far. Since their introduction, Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have reiterated themes of discipline, accountability, and character as integral to the organization, and maintaining their commitment to these virtues should mean releasing Reuben Foster. One of the possible reasons owner Jed York made a talking point about "winning...
  • By Richard Madrid
    February 12, 2018 at 10:58 AM
    The following article is part 1 of a 5-part series examining 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Part 1 will focus on Garoppolo's accuracy. The 49ers shocked the NFL world in late October 2017 by trading one of their two 2nd-round draft picks for former New England Patriots back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The trade shocked both fan bases, and there was some turmoil in particular in New England leading up to the trade, as noted by ESPN's Seth Wickersham. Garoppolo was a quarterback that the 49ers tried to trade for back in the offseason but it never materialized. After sitting...
  • By Winston Chung
    February 12, 2018 at 9:44 AM
    Jimmy Garoppolo's five-year contract extension for $137.5 million made him the highest paid player in the NFL and included the largest guaranteed three-year total ($84 million) and highest annual average value ($27.5 million) in NFL history. When news of his signing came out last Thursday, some argued that it was too much money for a player with such a small sample size, but here are five reasons why the 49ers contract extension with Garoppolo was a wise and fair investment. The front-loaded contract leaves outs for the 49ers and their ample salary-cap space While Garoppolo's guaranteed money is high, cutting Garoppolo after the 2019 season would leave the 49ers with a reasonable $4.2 million in dead money if he does not live up to expectations, according to...
  • By Peter Panacy
    February 7, 2018 at 3:30 PM
    New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels recently withdrew his accepted head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts at the final minute. Considering he was on their radar a year ago, the San Francisco 49ers can feel fortunate things panned out the way they did. Just over a year ago at this time, San Francisco 49ers fans were awaiting news who would be the next head coach of the franchise. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was one of the final names to replace one-and-done head coach Chip Kelly. And McDaniels seemed like a good hire, heading towards a victory in Super Bowl LI and at the helm of one of the most successful offenses in recent years. But as he appeared to be the leading Niners candidate,...
  • By Sequoia Sims
    February 7, 2018 at 3:23 PM
    Recently, it was announced that New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady was the 2017 NFL's Most Valuable Player. In this article, delivered exclusively on the 49ers Webzone, I'll attempt to make a compelling and objective argument as to why Jimmy Garoppolo will be the favorite to become the NFL's 2018 MVP. Now before becoming an NFL MVP, you have to be under contract with an NFL team. And that's something the San Francisco 49ers, led by General Manager John Lynch, are working diligently to get done with pending free agent Jimmy Garoppolo and his agent, Don Yee in the next coming days (per NFL Network's Ian Rapport). Five...
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