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  • By David Bonilla
    3 hrs ago 1 comment
    Former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi, now a contributor at The Athletic, doesn't buy into John Lynch's recent declaration that the San Francisco 49ers are content heading into the 2021 season with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm. If they were, he doesn't feel that the team would be calling around the league to inquire about anyone who might be available. Most assume that Lynch is doing his due diligence as free agency and the draft quickly approaches. "They are too active, too aggressive to run it back one more year with someone they don't have complete trust in,"...
  • By David Bonilla
    9 hrs ago 1 comment
    Do you want to divide the San Francisco 49ers fanbase? Just start a topic involving the future of the quarterback position. Todd McShay created some social-media chatter with his latest mock draft, which had San Francisco trading up to select former Alabama quarterback Mac Jones with the No. 9 overall pick. The selection comes after the perceived top four quarterback prospects—Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance—are all taken with the first four selections. McShay can't envision the 49ers sitting back and watching potentially a fifth...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 5, 2021 at 5:31 PM 4 comments
    OverTheCap.com updated its salary cap space page, and the San Francisco 49ers saw a jump in available space by about $11 million. That's good news for a team that was expected to have trouble re-signing some of its key impending free agents, let alone do anything of significance to add to its roster. San Francisco was previously estimated to have about $12.5 million in salary-cap space heading into the new league year. That is based on a salary-cap figure of about $180.5 million per team, which has not been finalized. Still, it is a good starting point for an estimate, given the NFL and NFLPA recently notified teams that the floor had been raised from $175 million to $180...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 5, 2021 at 2:14 PM 0 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have announced the team has re-signed tight end Ross Dwelley and safety Marcell Harris to one-year deals. Both were scheduled to become restricted free agents. The 49ers have declined the 2021 option for linebacker Mark Nzeocha, who becomes a free agent. He was scheduled to have a base salary of $1.45 million and count $1.6 million against the salary cap this year. San Francisco signed Dwelley as an undrafted free agent out of San Diego in 2018. He registered 19 receptions for 245 yards with a touchdown through 16 games with the 49ers in 2020. Dwelley, 26, has caught 36 passes for 350 yards with three touchdowns through his three NFL seasons. The 49ers made Harris a sixth-round selection out of Florida in 2018. He registered...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 5, 2021 at 11:20 AM 2 comments
    According to NFL Draft Diamonds, the San Francisco 49ers were among the nine teams on hand at Kansas' pro day today to watch running back Pooka Williams Jr. "Williams would be a great addition in the mid to late rounds!" noted NFL Draft Diamonds via their Twitter account. Hearing that Kansas RB Pooka Williams Jr. ran low 4.4's today at his pro day. There were 9 teams in attendance. Williams would be a great addition in the mid to late rounds!— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) March 5,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 5, 2021 at 10:04 AM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers, a team in the Super Bowl just over a year ago, could be entering the 2021 NFL Draft with several needs to fill. The Niners finished the 2020 season with just six wins, mostly due to a roster devastated by injuries. Included among those injuries were pass rushers Nick Bosa and Dee Ford, who both exited the lineup for good by Week 2. Bosa is coming off a torn ACL, while Ford's status remains a mystery. The defensive back situation has to be a concern, too. The only starter who is signed is safety Jimmie Ward. Richard Sherman, Jason Verrett, K'Waun Williams, and Jaquiski Tartt are all scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. Then you have the uncertainty at left tackle (and some would say right tackle, too). Veteran Trent...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 5, 2021 at 9:24 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers still have exclusive negotiating rights with offensive tackle Trent Williams' representatives. That will change on March 15, when negotiations with other teams can begin. With no new reports of any negotiating progress with San Francisco, it sounds like Williams remains on course for the open market. The 49ers reportedly had "extensive" contract talks with Williams' representatives before the team's regular-season finale. They hoped to avoid a situation in which the eight-time Pro Bowler even approaches free agency. Obviously, that did not happen, and here we are. Williams and San Francisco have a mutual desire to stay together. Still, there...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 5, 2021 at 6:10 AM 1 comment
    ESPN analyst Todd McShay had the San Francisco 49ers selecting cornerback Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech with the No. 12 overall pick in his January mock draft. In February, he had the Niners trading down to the No. 20 spot and selecting safety Trevon Moehrig out of TCU. McShay released his pre-free-agency mock draft, acknowledging that needs will change after the start of the new league...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 4, 2021 at 1:24 PM 2 comments
    According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, the San Francisco 49ers are among the teams in communication with former Stanford wide receiver and return-man Connor Wedington. The others are the Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, and Dallas Cowboys. #Stanford WR/KR/PR Connor Wedington is an electric return man in this draft class. 28.1 yards per return in 2019 (Ranked #1 in the Pac-12/#8 nationally).Wedington has met with/had communication with...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 4, 2021 at 11:13 AM 1 comment
    NBC Sports' Chris Simms recently ranked his top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft, raising some eyebrows. Most view Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance, in that order, as the four best quarterbacks in this draft class. Simms, no stranger to controversial takes, mixed things up a bit. Below are Simms' top six incoming rookie quarterbacks. Zach Wilson, BYU Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Mac Jones, Alabama Kellen Mond, Texas A&M Justin Fields, Ohio State Trey Lance, North Dakota State Simms was asked by a fan, via Pro Football Talk, which quarterback on the list Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers might desire the most. "Well, I think Zach Wilson is the guy that he...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 4, 2021 at 10:21 AM 4 comments
    Following an injury-plagued 2020 campaign, many fans are hopeful things are looking up for the San Francisco 49ers. After all, the team was in the Super Bowl just over a year ago. The Niners limped through 2020 without names like Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa, George Kittle, and many others for much of the season. San Francisco suffered an absurd amount of injuries, which clearly contributed to its 6-10 record. The 2021 season will be better, right? Chris Roling of Bleacher Report and The Bengals Wire doesn't believe so. He lists the 49ers among his five NFL teams that are destined to disappoint during the upcoming season. Why San...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 4, 2021 at 9:31 AM 0 comments
    New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas spoke with reporters on Wednesday and was asked about his quarterback, former No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold. The Jets own the No. 2 overall pick and are viewed as a strong candidate to draft a quarterback—perhaps Zach Wilson of BYU. The team could also opt to pursue Deshaun Watson if the Houston Texans ever release their grasp on the disgruntled quarterback. Where does that leave the USC product, who has struggled on talent-deprived rosters in his three NFL seasons? "I will answer the call if it's made," said Douglas when asked if he is open to trade...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 4, 2021 at 6:34 AM 1 comment
    Let's just note right off the bat that this one probably isn't going to happen and sounds very unrealistic. Dak Prescott isn't likely to hit the open market, and even if he does, he will cost a significant sum of money. That didn't stop Seth Galina of Pro Football Focus, in a special for ESPN, from identifying the Dallas Cowboys quarterback as a match for the San Francisco 49ers. "Each NFL team has a specific weakness -- whether that's edge rushing, slot coverage or just general quarterback play -- so we decided to fit a player who would fill that specific need for the team," explained...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 4, 2021 at 5:59 AM 0 comments
    Last month, Pro Football Focus identified defensive tackle Solomon Thomas as the San Francisco 49ers' biggest draft mistake over the past five years. It obviously hasn't been all bad in the eyes of the analytics site, though. Analyst Michael Renner just identified the best draft decision for each NFL team in the past five years and selected tight end George Kittle for the Niners. "This is a pick that's so much of an outlier it has to earn this distinction," wrote Renner. "With 4.52 speed and an 11-foot broad jump, Kittle really should never...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 3, 2021 at 6:41 PM 0 comments
    Justin Melo of The Draft Network reports that the San Francisco 49ers are among the teams scheduled to meet virtually with Zach Wilson's favorite target from this past season — BYU wide receiver Dax Milne. The other teams include the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Washington Football Team, among others. Said Melo: "One guy I want to talk about is BYU's Dax Milne. While watching Zach Wilson, it was Milne who came down with a lot of those big...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 3, 2021 at 1:48 PM 0 comments
    According to Field Yates of ESPN, the San Francisco 49ers have claimed cornerback Mark Fields II off waivers (h/t to Patrick Tulini). The Houston Texans waived Fields on Tuesday. The Niners will take over the defensive back's one-year, $780,000 contract, per the Houston Chronicle. The 49ers have claimed former Texans DB Mark Fields off of waivers.— Field Yates (@FieldYates)...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 3, 2021 at 12:32 PM 1 comment
    According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, the San Francisco 49ers are among the teams that have met with or plan to meet with Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins. The other teams include the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, and several more. "An incredible player that's easy to love on tape," wrote Melo in his quick evaluation. Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins is a bonafide first round pick. An incredible player that's easy to love on tape.He'll meet/has met virtually w/...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 3, 2021 at 11:40 AM 1 comment
    Around The NFL writer Nick Shook examined the upcoming free agency landscape and played matchmaker between players and teams. In his latest feature for NFL.com, he picked "one fun free agency fit" for each NFC team. The San Francisco 49ers could see several defensive backs depart, including Richard Sherman, Jason Verrett, K'Waun Williams, and Ahkello Witherspoon. The potential losses at cornerback led Shook to pick Mike Hilton of the Pittsburgh Steelers for John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan's defense. "The 49ers are...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 3, 2021 at 9:45 AM 6 comments
    NFL and San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana joined ESPN's First Take on Wednesday and discussed Jimmy Garoppolo's future. Is Garoppolo the quarterback who will lead Kyle Shanahan's offense in 2021, or will the team look at alternatives? That has certainly been a hot topic this offseason. It seems to be a hot topic each offseason. San Francisco has proven it can win with Garoppolo under center, but the 29-year-old quarterback has now missed 23 games over the past three seasons, bringing his durability into question. "It's been tough for him staying healthy throughout the time he's been with the 49ers," Montana told Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, and Molly Qerim Rose. "I think that becomes a concern if you can't keep him on the field. I think it's a...
  • By David Bonilla
    Mar 3, 2021 at 9:19 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers let wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders leave via free agency after pulling off a mid-season trade with the Denver Broncos to acquire him. He was seen as a piece that could help lift the team to a championship, and it came very close to accomplishing that last year. Could offensive tackle Trent Williams be one-and-done, too? Last year, San Francisco traded for Williams to replace the retiring Joe Staley, giving up draft capital in the process. Williams is the most prominent name among the 49ers' long list of impending free agents. NFL Network's Gregg Rosenthal recently ranked his top 101 free agents in 2021. Williams came in...
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