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  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 29, 2021 at 4:07 PM 5 comments
    Oftentimes, the type of move the 49ers pulled off last week when they traded up to pick 3 in the 2021 NFL Draft takes place much closer to the start of the draft, if not after the draft actually begins. So why did the team feel it was necessary to make the move over a month in advance, and why did it think it was worth the heavy price it paid to get it done? Call it a good old-fashioned case of fear of missing out. 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan held a media session with reporters on Monday, during which they spoke about last Friday's trade that sent the 12th overall pick, a third-round pick in 2021, and two future first-round picks to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for pick 3. The timing of the trade caught the NFL world off-guard,...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 29, 2021 at 2:46 PM 4 comments
    Monday's press conference with San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch didn't offer any concrete clues on which quarterback they'll be taking with the third overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, but one thing did become perfectly clear -- they very much seem to like the options they have in front of them out of a group that will likely consist of Mac Jones of Alabama, Justin Fields of Ohio State, and Trey Lance of North Dakota State. The world won't know which of those players the 49ers like the most until the draft's first round takes place on April 29, but there's already been plenty of speculation as to who the selection will be. The widespread assumption is that quarterback Trevor Lawrence of Clemson will go at pick one to the...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 23, 2021 at 5:16 PM 0 comments
    Now that he's locked into a new deal with the 49ers for the next six seasons, left tackle Trent Williams can focus solely on what his team has in store for 2021, which he thinks can be nothing less than a return to the Super Bowl contending team it was before he arrived. Williams was traded to the 49ers from Washington in the spring of 2020, so he didn't get the chance to experience the Super Bowl run the team went on in 2019. But he knows the talent is still there for the 49ers to do the same in 2021, even after a disappointing 6-10 season last year. "I've been around a long time," Williams told reporters during a media session on Tuesday. "I try not to fool myself. I can honestly look up and down this roster, and there's playmakers from top to...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 23, 2021 at 4:17 PM 0 comments
    Now that he's officially signed the biggest contract in NFL history for an offensive lineman, 49ers left tackle Trent Williams feels he has a lot of things to prove. The mere fact Williams was given the contract already proves what the rest of the NFL has known for years, which is that he's one of the league's very best left tackles and is continuing to get paid as such. But it's what awaits Williams at the end of his contract, if he can get there, that serves as some significant motivation for the future. "Faithful, I'm back."Let's go...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 19, 2021 at 3:28 PM 0 comments
    Trent Sherfield is a name quite a few 49ers fans weren't too familiar with before he agreed to terms with the team on a one-year free-agent deal yesterday. But once they learn more about who he is, they'll discover he's impossible not to cheer for. So, who is Trent Sherfield? Here are five things for fans to know about the new 49ers wide receiver. A special teams ace who will get a shot at receiver Sherfield, 25, caught 28 passes for 340 yards and one touchdown in three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt in 2018. He has four career starts under his belt and had season career highs of 19 catches for 210 yards as a rookie. He played 36 percent of the snaps on offense during his rookie...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 19, 2021 at 12:06 PM 1 comment
    What type of impact will Samson Ebukam be making as a member of the San Francisco 49ers? It remains to be seen, but he sounds anxious to do whatever he can to help the defense take down some quarterbacks. Ebukam signed with the 49ers this week on a two-year free-agent deal worth $12 million after playing the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams. Ebukam had 150 sacks and 14 tackles as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Rams, but he'll most likely line up as a defensive end and serve in a rotational role for the 49ers. Regardless of where the 49ers choose to line him up, Ebukam is looking forward to the chance to show his skills for his new team. "I'm going to be rolling," Ebukam told reporters in his introductory media session Friday....
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 19, 2021 at 4:46 AM 0 comments
    Contract terms have been released for the three-year deal center Alex Mack signed with the 49ers on Thursday. Here's a look at some of the particulars. It was originally reported that Mack would be signing a one-year deal with the 49ers worth $5.5 million. While the actual terms of the contract differ from those numbers, the guarantees in the contract come close to matching what was first reported. According to Field Yates of ESPN, Mack's deal is worth $14.85 million overall with a $3.675 signing bonus and $5.6 million guaranteed....
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 18, 2021 at 3:00 PM 0 comments
    When cornerback Emmanuel Moseley signed his first multi-million NFL contract with the San Francisco 49ers on March 15, he accomplished a goal few people ever thought he'd attain. Moseley himself may have had confidence that he'd one day get to that point, but some on the outside might not have been so sure. Moseley was a lesser-known prospect coming out of Dudley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina in 2014, ranking 880th overall nationally and 61st overall at cornerback in the 247Sports Composite ratings. As a smaller high school cornerback at 6' 0", 160 lbs, who also played the quarterback position, Moseley didn't have the long list of scholarship offers that some of the higher-ranking college prospects may have had. But, eventually, he landed one from a traditional...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 18, 2021 at 4:04 AM 1 comment
    Trent Williams came to an agreement with the San Francisco 49ers on the most expensive offensive line contract in NFL history early Wednesday morning, one that is worth a total of $138.06 million over six years with a record-setting yearly average of $23.01 million with $55.1 million in guarantees and a signing bonus of $30.1 million. More details are now known about the contract Williams signed with the 49ers, courtesy of NFL Insider Field Yates of ESPN. Here's a rundown of some of the important elements of Williams' contract, as tweeted by Yates Thursday morning. * The base salaries in the deal are lower at first, then start to balloon in 2023. Yates says Williams will be due...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 17, 2021 at 3:59 PM 0 comments
    Kyle Juszczyk held his first media session Wednesday since signing a five-year, $27 million contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers earlier this week, and throughout his 20 minutes with reporters, the five-time Pro Bowl fullback had a number of interesting things to say. 49ers Webzone touched upon Juszczyk's media session earlier today by discussing his comments on staying in the Bay Area as well as his thoughts on the signing of Trent Williams, but Juszczyk talked about much more than that, as can be seen below. Juszczyk also addressed the role that new...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 17, 2021 at 2:35 PM 5 comments
    There are those who feel the decision on the San Francisco 49ers' part to give left tackle Trent Williams the most expensive contract to an offensive lineman in league history might turn out to be a mistake, but fullback Kyle Juszczyk clearly isn't among them. Williams agreed overnight to return to the 49ers on a six-year deal worth $138.06 million, fewer than 48 hours after Juszczyk re-signed at five years/$27 million. Like many, Juszczyk woke up Wednesday morning to find out the 49ers had come to terms with Williams (and were also close to doing so with former Falcons center Alex Mack), and as he revealed to reporters during a media session Wednesday afternoon, Juszczyk couldn't have been...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 17, 2021 at 4:24 AM 1 comment
    The San Francisco 49ers appear to be on the verge of finding their next center, as veteran Alex Mack is set to sign a free-agent deal with the team, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Contract terms had not been reported as of 4 a.m. PT, but news of Mack possibly signing with the 49ers doesn't come as much surprise given the interest he's shown in returning to the Bay Area. A native of Los Angeles, Mack attended college at the University of California before being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Mack, 35, signed with the...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 17, 2021 at 3:57 AM 2 comments
    The San Francisco 49ers completed their top priority in free agency overnight, coming to terms on a new contract that will make left tackle Trent Williams the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history. The news was first reported around 1 am PT by Dianna Russini of ESPN, who tweeted that Williams and the 49ers agreed to a six-year, $138.06 million deal that pays out $55.1 million guaranteed with a $31 million signing bonus. The deal averages out at $23.01 million per year, which ranks 20th overall in the NFL as of Wednesday and puts Williams just ahead of offensive tackle David Bakhtiari of the Green Bay Packers...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 16, 2021 at 7:08 PM 3 comments
    There remains no indication whatsoever that the Houston Texans are interested in trading disgruntled Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson, but that hasn't stopped folks from speculating over where Watson might wind up in the future. One piece of information to come out on Tuesday suggests the 49ers would be on Watson's shortlist of preferred destinations if the Texans ever decided it was time to part ways. The information in question comes from The Athletic writer and former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi, who discussed Watson's situation during a guest appearance on The Rich Eisen Show. Eisen asked Lombardi if it would be better for the Texans to ship Watson to the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins in return for a package that would include a young...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 16, 2021 at 2:25 PM 1 comment
    Kyle Juszczyk had some thinking to do before making the decision earlier this week to return to the San Francisco 49ers on a five-year deal, but now that he's back in the fold, he's ready to get back into the business of helping the team win. And at the moment, the best way Juszczyk can help the 49ers win is by convincing other players to sign with the team. Juszczyk spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, one day after deciding to skip free agency and stay with the 49ers on a five-year, $27 million deal. The five-time Pro Bowl fullback said he's already been assisting head coach Kyle...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 16, 2021 at 4:58 AM 1 comment
    More details have been released on the expected two-year contract between the San Francisco 49ers and edge rusher Samson Ebukam, which appears to be anything but set in stone once it gets past the 2021 season. According to figures posted to OverTheCap.com and Spotrac.com, Ebukam's two-year, $12 million deal brings a signing bonus of $3.5 million, with $5 million guaranteed at signing. He's slated for a guaranteed base salary of $1.5 million in 2021 with a cap number of $3.75 million and a dead cap figure of $5 million. Ebukam's base salary jumps up to $5.9 million (with zero base salary...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 16, 2021 at 4:23 AM 1 comment
    The 49ers are among a number of teams showing interest in Northwestern quarterback Peyton Ramsey, according to a tweet from Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Wilson tweeted Tuesday morning that the 49ers, Saints, Washington Football Team, Bengals, Vikings, Buccaneers, and Cardinals have all shown interest in Ramsey, according to a league source, and that Ramsey recently had a zoom meeting with the Cardinals. Ramsey (6-2, 220) threw for 1,733 yards, 12 touchdowns, and eight interceptions for the Wildcats in 2020 after spending three seasons at Indiana University. He led the Wildcats to an 8-2 season and had his most productive game in a 35-24 Citrus Bowl win over...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Mar 15, 2021 at 3:04 PM 1 comment
    So who exactly is Samson Ebukam? This is the question quite a few San Francisco 49ers fans are asking today after the team reportedly came to terms with the soon-to-be-former Los Angeles Rams edge rusher on a two-year contract. And while we're admittedly not the world's foremost experts on Samson Ebukam, we do know enough to give fans an introduction to the newest 49er. Ebukam (6-3, 245) comes to the 49ers after spending the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams after being selected in Round 4 of the 2017 NFL Draft out of Eastern Washington, where he posted 24 career sacks and was a third-team Associated Press All-American as a senior. Now that he's...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Feb 22, 2021 at 5:56 AM 0 comments
    Would the 49ers be willing to trade one of their top two young defensive stars, a slew of draft picks, and more if it meant getting Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in return? It's possible that's the type of package they might have to ship in Houston's direction if they ever have the chance. And it's one that NBC Sports NFL writer Peter King proposes in his latest Football Morning In America column, in which he comes up with his own deals for teams that could be interested in bringing the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback into the fold. King starts this discussion with an important disclaimer, which is the Texans have yet to give any sign whatsoever that they are actually interested in trading Watson, even though Watson (4,823 passing yards, 33...
  • By Kirk Larrabee
    Feb 21, 2021 at 3:50 PM 0 comments
    2020 was a fairly forgettable season for the 49ers, but there were still three catches along the way that were memorable enough to be included in the NFL's collection of the top 100 catches of the year. The collection was released to the NFL's YouTube account on February 19 and included catches from wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, tight end Jordan Reed, and tight end George Kittle, with Reed and Kittle's catches cracking the top 20. Here's a look at the 49ers catches that made their list. C.J. Beathard and Kendrick Bourne's meaningless-but-still-cool Hail Mary completion (ranked 68th overall) This play came as time expired in the 49ers' 41-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on December 20. Chances are it would have ranked higher had it...
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