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  • Fred Warner isn't making excuses why his San Francisco 49ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. The team was without defensive linemen D.J. Jones and Ronald Blair, who both landed on injured reserve. Warner gives credit where credit is due, and said Tuesday on KNBR that the Chiefs made the plays necessary to emerge as champions. Warner remains proud of everything his 49ers accomplished last season. The team followed up a four-win season with a Super Bowl run that no one saw coming and fell just short of its ultimate goal. The linebacker is already focused on...
  • By David Bonilla
    2 hrs ago 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers held a pre-draft interview with Notre Dame safety Jalen Elliott via FaceTime, according to Justin Melo of USA Today's Draft Wire (h/t to Niners Wire). Melo reports that Elliott also interviewed with the New England Patriots. #NotreDame SAF Jalen Elliott has held pre-draft meetings over FaceTime with the...
  • By David Bonilla
    3 hrs ago 0 comments
    The 2020 NFL Draft is just over two weeks away, and most expect the San Francisco 49ers to add a wide receiver for the 18th consecutive year. Whether that happens with one of the team's two first-round picks remains to be seen. Daniel Jeremiah, this week, published his third mock draft and has San Francisco bolstering its receiver group early on — with the No. 13 overall pick. With both CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy off the board, Jeremiah has the 49ers selecting Henry Ruggs III out of Alabama. The NFL Network analyst spoke with Colleen Wolfe and Bucky Brooks and shared why he is so excited to see what...
  • By David Bonilla
    5 hrs ago 2 comments
    D.J. Jones was undoubtedly standing out this past season. The San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman got to opposing quarterbacks twice while recording a career-high 23 tackles in his limited role before suffering a high-ankle sprain during Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints. This wasn't your typical rest-a-while-and-get-better variety of the injury. Jones contemplated surgery, according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic. The defensive lineman opted to rest and let the injury heal on its own. Jones told Barrows on Tuesday that he is fully recovered and has been since mid-February. Now, he is preparing for...
  • By David Bonilla
    5 hrs ago 0 comments
    Fred Warner is in Southern California right now, which is where he spends the offseason. The San Francisco 49ers linebacker is training and working out for the upcoming season. His methods had to change, however. As we all shelter in place and practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, NFL players have had to rely less on gyms and training facilities to stay in shape this offseason. While most remain closed, Warner has been able to find some places that meet the CDC guidelines. That doesn't mean he gets to spend all his time in those facilities. Warner joined KNBR on Tuesday and shared what he is doing to stay in...
  • By David Bonilla
    12 hrs ago 6 comments
    David Lombardi of The Athletic published an impressive article detailing the San Francisco 49ers' spending habits and how the team spends its salary cap money, per position. One of the interesting tidbits included the fact that the 49ers have devoted more salary cap money to the running back position than any other team in the league. That certainly makes sense, if you consider how effective the 49ers rushing attack was and how they utilized their running backs. San Francisco ranked No. 2 in the league in rushing, averaging 144.1 yards per game last season. Only the Baltimore Ravens averaged more, with much...
  • By David Bonilla
    14 hrs ago 3 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers have about $13.9 million in salary-cap space, counting the top 51 salaries on the roster, according to OverTheCap.com (h/t to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area). That number decreases to about $11.7 million when you count every player under contract. While that may sound like a nice little cushion, the team's impending rookie class is expected to eat into that surplus significantly. Given the 49ers' current draft slots, the team is expected to need over $8.1 million of that cap space to pay its rookie class. The...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 6, 2020 at 6:50 PM 2 comments
    Mock drafts are often overanalyzed and then criticized. In the end, no one can be certain what an NFL team might do. That can be the case leading all the way to draft day. The San Francisco 49ers are favored in most mocks to upgrade their wide receiver position on April 23. Of course, it wouldn't shock anyone if they went in a different direction, especially if the top three wideouts in this deep class are off the board. Charles Davis of NFL Network and Fox Sports raised some eyebrows by having the 49ers select cornerback CJ Henderson out of Florida in...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 6, 2020 at 3:28 PM 0 comments
    Kendrick Bourne signed his one-year tender with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. Now, the wide receiver is ready to get back to work and help get his squad back to the Super Bowl. @49ers let's run it back!!! Working to help us get back to the BOWL!— Kendrick Bourne Poly (@BournePoly11) April 6, 2020 Bourne will have to wait to...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 6, 2020 at 1:56 PM 1 comment
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has signed his one-year tender with the team, according to Field Yates of ESPN. Three restricted free agents that have officially re-signed with their team: LB Dylan Cole (Texans), WR Kendrick Bourne (49ers), LB Vince Biegel (Dolphins).— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 6, 2020 The 49ers...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 6, 2020 at 12:33 PM 0 comments
    The NFL and Pro Football Hall of Fame released the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2010s on Monday morning. Four San Francisco 49ers players, Joe Staley, Richard Sherman, Frank Gore, and Patrick Willis, made the roster. One 49ers player is disappointed about a glaring omission, in his opinion. No, not the lack of a specific player, but a position. Kyle Juszczyk, the 49ers' Pro Bowl fullback, was disheartened to see that his position was not represented within the All-Decade Team of the 2010s. "I guess no fullbacks played this decade," Juszczyk tweeted out sarcastically in reply to Ian Rapport of NFL Network's announcement of the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 6, 2020 at 12:18 PM 0 comments
    Get ready for an NFL Draft unlike any other. The event, scheduled to take place between April 23-25, will take place with participating teams working remotely. That means general manager John Lynch, head coach Kyle Shanahan, and the rest of the San Francisco 49ers staff who would normally be involved will be coordinating their efforts from their homes, and communicating with one another remotely. Lynch and Shanahan have been doing so since the team facility was closed on March 13 amid concerns over the growing coronavirus pandemic. The NFL informed team personnel on Monday that they are advised to conduct their drafts remotely, using phones and the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 6, 2020 at 9:46 AM 1 comment
    Four San Francisco 49ers players, including two players on the current roster, have been named to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2010s. The NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Monday morning announced the 52 players who comprise the roster. The two current 49ers players who make up the roster are veteran tackle Joe Staley and cornerback Richard Sherman. Although, the latter spent the majority of his pro career as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. They are joined by two former players — running back Frank Gore and linebacker Patrick Willis. The quarterbacks for the All-Decade team are Tampa Bay...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 6, 2020 at 7:15 AM 0 comments
    Back when some still minimized the potential threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and felt others were merely overreacting to what sounded like a scary situation, San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert wasn't taking any chances. The nation and much of the world now know the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone has been impacted. Families are staying home and distancing themselves from others. Non-essential businesses are closed. Many supplies and essentials are more difficult to come by. We don't even have sports to distract us from the madness outside our front doors. Leagues have been completely (aside from free agency, an NFL Draft, or WrestleMania event here or there) shut down. And yes, some, like myself, have an even greater...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 5, 2020 at 9:42 PM 0 comments
    With less than three weeks until the draft, there would typically be more San Francisco 49ers news. These are strange times, though. There was a lack of college and individual pro days due to the coronavirus pandemic. Players, coaches, and staff can't even be at team facilities. Everyone is working from home. That includes 49ers players like kicker Robbie Gould, who are trying to find unique ways to stay sharp while observing social distancing. Gould posted a video of himself working on his field-goal techniques. He included his kids, too, who served as the goal post uprights. No football field, no...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 5, 2020 at 11:15 AM 0 comments
    The NFL has been releasing full games from its NFL Game Pass archive and recently did so for one of the most exciting games of the 2019 season — the Week 14 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints. The game had significant playoff implications, and both teams, along with the Green Bay Packers, ended up finishing with identical 13-3 records. San Francisco won both games against each of those opponents and ended up with the No. 1 seed on the NFC side of the playoffs, which set up its Super Bowl run. The 49ers came out on top of the high-scoring back-and-forth bout,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 5, 2020 at 10:33 AM 6 comments
    It wasn't too long ago that most felt Jerick McKinnon would become a San Francisco 49ers roster casualty this offseason. The running back has missed the past two seasons due to injury and hasn't taken a regular-season snap since signing a four-year deal in 2018. The 49ers reworked McKinnon's contract this offseason, freeing up salary-cap space and essentially turning it into a one-year deal. That will allow San Francisco coaches and executives to give the running back one more chance to prove he can be the weapon they envisioned when they brought him in. "Jerick McKinnon gives the 49ers something they previously lacked: A legitimate route-runner and...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 4, 2020 at 2:38 PM 4 comments
    While President Donald Trump told sports league commissioners via a conference call on Saturday that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by the start of the NFL season, California's governor, Gavin Newsom, is less optimistic. More on Donald Trump telling sports commissioners today that he believes the NFL should start on time in September, per @wojespn and me.https://t.co/SrRISWxzAo— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 4, 2020 at 12:59 PM 0 comments
    While most seem to expect the San Francisco 49ers to select a wide receiver with the No. 13 overall pick in this year's draft, the team could go in several directions. The 49ers have options — even potentially trading their first selection. Draft analyst Matt Miller of Bleacher Report shared what he's been hearing from his sources around the league, and most of them expect San Francisco to fill one of two needs at No. 13, and trade...
  • By David Bonilla
    Apr 4, 2020 at 10:40 AM 0 comments
    Joe Staley is signed through the 2021 season. That doesn't guarantee anything, however, for the San Francisco 49ers veteran offensive tackle. There's been a lot of speculation surrounding Staley's future. Up to this point, that's all it's been — speculation. Nothing has indicated that the left anchor of the offensive line is even considering retirement this offseason. In fact, general manager John Lynch informed reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine in February that he believes Staley will be back. Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area was recently asked about Staley's future and didn't want to say whether or not he believed the veteran would...
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