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 10 years ago '05        #21
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Smith reacts to his parting with the 49ers

Linebacker Derek Smith, 33, whom the 49ers waived earlier today, made a comment about the end of his days with the organization.

"I enjoyed my time with the 49ers over the last seven years," Smith said. "It is unfortunate that we did not accomplish what we wanted to during that time. I wish the team the best of luck, and I hope they get to where they want to be soon. In the meantime, it is time for me to move on and find another team in the NFL."

Clearly, Smith wants to play one more season in the league. When he signed the three-year deal with the 49ers in 2006, he said he wanted to play through the 2008 season and then call it quits.

* * *

Smith is not expected to be the only veteran to depart the 49ers this offseason.

The club is waiting to hear official word from guard Larry Allen about his plans. Allen, scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, is contemplating retirement. The 49ers would be willing to bring him back next season only if he plays at a price considerably less than his $4.2 million average of the past two seasons.

Veteran quarterback Trent Dilfer will not return to the 49ers, league sources said. The 49ers expect Dilfer to retire after he sat out the final 3 1/2 games of the season with a concussion.

Dilfer, who turns 36 in March, worked for the NFL Network during the Senior Bowl and Super Bowl. Quarterbacks Alex Smith and Shaun Hill are scheduled to compete for the starting job this year, thus making Dilfer expendable.
 10 years ago '05        #22
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:applause:

bye bye one eyed smith...you were okay for a while....but you had to go...


what did they say about us today on NFL Live???
 10 years ago '05        #23
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 lakersboy03 said:
:applause:

bye bye one eyed smith...you were okay for a while....but you had to go...


what did they say about us today on NFL Live???
From what I remember...

Vernon Davis was on the phone and he was saying that he's open every route...they asked Vernon what was wrong with the offense and he said something like "people" believe it was because a couple of reasons OC, QB, and O-line...then they said well what do "you" feel was the problem and he said something like well we had 4 different starting QB's...they asked him who should be starting at QB and he said its a tough call because Hill played good for a couple games but he believes Smith has a ton of potential...

They had draft expert Mayock I believe and he said Niners should draft a playmaking WR 1st possible Manningham, James Hardy, and I cant remember the other suggestion...

Golic said Hill should be starting because of his accuracy suits Martz system...
 02-19-2008, 06:29 PM         #24
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 iCON216 said:
From what I remember...

Vernon Davis was on the phone and he was saying that he's open every route...they asked Vernon what was wrong with the offense and he said something like "people" believe it was because a couple of reasons OC, QB, and O-line...then they said well what do "you" feel was the problem and he said something like well we had 4 different starting QB's...they asked him who should be starting at QB and he said its a tough call because Hill played good for a couple games but he believes Smith has a ton of potential...

They had draft expert Mayock I believe and he said Niners should draft a playmaking WR 1st possible Manningham, James Hardy, and I cant remember the other suggestion...

Golic said Hill should be starting because of his accuracy suits Martz system...
I personally don't know what to think of Shaun Hill considering he was playing NFL "garbage time" by the time he started last year. Its hard to say whether that terrible defensive Bengals squad or a Buccaneers team that was playing a exhibition game in week 16. Just don't know if we can bank on a QB that quick. BTW,

Scouting combine: Workouts vs. on-field production

The NFL scouting combine gets going Wednesday in Indianapolis. There isn't a team in the league that will admit it places a lot of emphasis on the workouts. Certainly, the 49ers are no different.

If you speak with 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan, he'll tell you that the value in the combine comes from compiling all of the medical information on the players. There are also the personal interviews that go a long way toward painting a team's picture of a player's character.

Mel Kiper Jr., the fast-talking ESPN draft analyst, had a 90-minute conference call this morning with NFL reporters. He said it's always a balancing act of looking at a player's workouts with his production on the field.

Certainly, a lot of teams appear guilty of placing too much emphasis on 40 times and how many times a player can bench press 225 pounds. But it worked out pretty well for the 49ers last year.

"If you look at last year, most of the top kids did very well (in workouts)," Kiper said. "Patrick Willis ran a great 40 and was productive (during the season). When have great workout on top of a good career, you feel pretty good about it.

"I think teams are balancing the workout versus production very well."

* * *

However, you could make an argument that 2006 was a different story. The 49ers maintain that tight end Vernon Davis was on their radar as the No. 6 overall pick prior to the combine. If that's the case, Davis unquestionably solidified his position in the draft with impressive workouts.

He ran the fastest 40 time among the tight ends (4.38). He also was tops among the tight ends with 33 reps on the bench press, a 10-foot-8 broad jump and a 42-inch vertical leap. Those are certainly measurables of a first-round pick.

Davis declared for the draft after his junior season. In his first two years at Maryland, he caught 32 passes. As a junior he caught 51 passes for 871 yards (17.1 average) with six touchdowns.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying Davis was a bad pick at No. 6. Through two years, I think the jury is still out. He actually had a pretty good second NFL season - all things considered with the 49ers' horrendous offense. He caught 52 passes for 509 yards and four TDs despite missing two games with a knee injury and not being featured the way everyone had envisioned.

Who else might the 49ers have taken? The next seven picks after Davis were safety Michael Huff (Raiders), safety Donte Whitner (Bills), linebacker Ernie Sims (Lions), quarterback Matt Leinart (Cardinals), quarterback Jay Cutler (Broncos), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (Ravens) and outside linebacker Kamerion Wimberly (Browns).

* * *

I asked Kiper what positions are deep enough to provide good value for the 49ers with the Nos. 29 and 39 selections.

"They can get a wide receiver at some point," Kiper said. "You look at some of those guys who are going to figure in that mix at that point late (first round) in the second round. Say DeSean Jackson (Cal) drops, and he could. Say a James Hardy from Indiana, a Earl Bennett from Vanderbilt, a Josh Morgan from Virginia Tech, Early Doucet from LSU, a Donnie Avery from Houston, a Keenan Burton from Kentucky. Those are all guys you could think about - Lavelle Hawkins from Cal, I think is a guy definitely to think about at that point. Jordy Nelson from Kansas State. I compare him to Dwight Clark, a former Niner. So if you can get him in the third round area, that would be a nice pick at that point. So I think they can get a wide receiver. They need help at that position with (Mike) Martz coming in. You want to throw the ball.

"They need an attack outside linebacker - a pass-rusher defensive end - a combo guy would help. Offensive line could use a little help. Overall, I'd say wide receiver on the offensive side and attacking linebacker on the defensive side."

* * *

Here are some of the other things Kiper had to say:

--Running back and the combo outside linebacker/defensive end are the two positions that are easiest to make the transition from college to the pros. Among those players who can rush the passer and would appear to be good fits for a pass-rusher in the 3-4 scheme are UCLA's Bruce Davis, Auburn Quentin Groves and Ohio State's Vernon Gholston. Kiper said. "You're always trying to find those guys," he said. "Those combo guys are guys you can spot a little more."

--Sixteen juniors are projected to be drafted in the first round.

--Six-foot-4 receiver Malcolm Kelly of Oklahoma is the No. 1 wideout on his board. He said receiver Mario Manningham is a possibility for the 49ers at No. 29.

--He said it is the best year for offensive tackles in quite a while. Very good tackles should be available in the second round.

--Defensive tackle is not spectacular. Teams won't be able to wait until the fourth, fifth or sixth rounds to get tackles - unless they do some really good scouting. Kiper mentioned Dre Moore from Maryland and Trevor Laws from Notre Dame as a couple players who might be good values after the first round.

--The elite players (he stopped short of calling them can't-misses) are DT Glenn Dorsey, QB Matt Ryan, OT Jake Long, DE Chris Long and DT Sedrick Ellis. He said there is a noticeable drop-off after those players.

--How important is the NFL draft? "Look at the Giants," Kiper said. "They wouldn't have won the Super Bowl without the (2007) NFL draft." The Giants got notable contributions from receiver Steve Smith and, tight end Kevin Boss, cornerback Aaron Ross, defensive tackle Jay Alford and running back Ahmad Bradshaw - all rookies - in their Super Bowl 42 upset over the Patriots.




:applause: If DeSean Jackson drops to 29....


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 10 years ago '05        #25
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DeSean Jackson must have a real terrible combine for him to slip to us...wouldnt mind trading up for him....
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Niners reach agreement with Rossum; Derek Smith lands in S.D.
The 49ers have reportedly agreed to terms with a return specialist, and former 49ers linebacker Derek Smith has a new home.

Ten-year veteran Allen Rossum, 32, will get the first crack to replace Michael Lewis as the 49ers' return man, according to the NFL Network. Also, Smith has signed with the Chargers, agreeing to a two-year contract.

The 49ers denied Rossum has signed a contract. It is the team's policy to not comment on contract agreements. The official paperwork is not expected to be completed for a couple days.

Rossum returns punts and kickoffs, which might be an indication that the club is preparing for the loss of running back Maurice Hicks.

You might remember Rossum. When the 49ers met the Steelers in Week 3, the 49ers took the opening kickoff and marched down for a field goal. Then, Rossum returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, and the Steelers never trailed again.

The Steelers cut Rossum on Friday.

Rossum returned 38 kickoffs and had a 23.3 return average with one touchdown to rank 24th in the NFL. (Hicks ranked 20th at 23.8.) Rossum averaged just 6.4 yards a return on 36 punts. He had eight fair catches. He ranked 21st in the league, while Lewis ranked 18th. Rossum had three fumbles, none of which was lost.

Rossum is set to replace Lewis, who was signed after Brandon Williams struggled in the return game early in the season. Lewis, 36, is a seven-year veteran. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

The 49ers released Smith last week, making him an unrestricted free agent and eligible to sign immediately with another team. The official free-agent signing period for players whose contracts have expired and have not been released begins Thursday at 9 p.m. (PT).

Smith will compete for playing time against incumbent starts for the Chargers Stephen Cooper and Matt Wilhelm, the team's leading tacklers. Cooper had a team-leading 179 tackles, while Wilhelm had 144 tackles. It's certainly not a lock Smith makes the final roster. The Chargers should again be among the elite teams in the league.
 10 years ago '05        #27
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League is watching 49ers' every free-agent move

How's that Adalius Thomas deal working out for the 49ers?

A year ago, there were reports seeping out of the NFL scouting combine that the 49ers had already reached a contract agreement with Ravens free-agent outside linebacker Adalius Thomas.

The year before when I was at the combine the big rumor among agents was that 49ers prospective free agent Derek Smith had a handshake agreement with the Packers. It was a done deal, more than one person told me.

Now, there is a report on bengals.com that the 49ers have already started laying the groundwork to acquire Bengals free-agent defensive end Justin Smith.

I fully expect the 49ers to make a serious push to sign Smith, but are the 49ers so arrogant to tamper with one player while there are charges that they tampered with another (Lance Briggs)?

Who knows? There might be truth to the report. It might also be somebody connecting the dots. In either case - rightly or wrongly - it appears as if the 49ers are starting to gain a reputation as an organization that bends the rules of free agency.

* * *

But let's also look at history.

A year ago, everybody figured the 49ers would make a run at Thomas. I thought Thomas would be No. 1 on this wish list with Nate Clements No. 2. In the days leading up to free agency, there were some reports from "industry sources" that Thomas was going to the 49ers.

I remember asking Thomas' agent, Bus Cook, if he expected a call from the 49ers the minute free agency began. "If they call, they'll have to leave a message," he said. "I'm going to be asleep by then."

At that point, I figured that if Thomas made the cross-country trek to Santa Clara on the first day of free agency, the 49ers had definitely jumped the gun. Thomas never did make the trip west, and he turned down a lucrative 49ers offer to play for the Patriots.

Obviously, the sides did not have a deal in place. (Either that, or the deal was broken when the Patriots entered the fray. Because everybody knows the Patriots play by the rules and would wait until free agency officially started.)

* * *

If Smith ends up signing with the 49ers, it does not prove anything. Heck, if Briggs ends up signing with the 49ers, it doesn't prove anything.

But it's pretty clear around the league that the 49ers are on notice. They better tread lightly because everybody is watching them closely.

* * *

The article on Bengals.com lists Smith at 270 pounds. I suppose I was wrong when I said I thought he looked bigger than his 275 listed weight. Also, the article noted that Mike Nolan envisions Smith as a 3-4 end who will drop into coverage

Hopefully we land Justin Smith...he just needs to bulk up a little bit to fit a 3-4 end...if not he can play LB..




If not re-signed, Sopoaga will be on a plane Friday

(REPORT: DeShaun Foster to sign)
With free agency scheduled to begin Thursday at 9 p.m. (PT), the agent for 49ers nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga made a guarantee.

"He'll be on a plane somewhere on Friday," agent Ken Zuckerman said. That is, of course, if the 49ers don't sign him to a contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period.

"It's crunch time," Zuckerman said.

Things are lining up nicely for Sopoaga to get a handsome payday later in the week. The top two defensive tackles scheduled for free agency are no longer available. Albert Haynesworth (Titans) and Corey Williams (Packers) have both been slapped with the franchise tag, effectively taking them off the market.

The 49ers, meanwhile, have not submitted a formal contract proposal, Zuckerman said. He added that he expects some activity later in the week.

* * *

There is a reason so many contracts are signed in such a short period of time on the first day of free agency. (OK, maybe there are two reasons, but we'll focus on the one reason that has not been getting a lot of attention in the past week.)

There is very little negotiating that takes place with these contracts. Teams are well-prepared. They know who they want, and they know how much they'll spend for them. Therefore, you don't have clubs trying to lowball free agents, and the typical back-and-forth negotiations and exchange of proposals.

"Here's the offer. Do you want it?"

Teams that want a free agent know they must get after players fast and strong because if they come in too low initially, the player will move on to the next offer. That is how Nate Clements got his seven-year, $64 million contract (announced as eight years, $80 million at the time) from the 49ers.

The 49ers signed Clements and safety Michael Lewis on the first day of free agency and also reached contract terms with Aubrayo Franklin. This process was made easier by the fact Clements and Franklin are represented by the same agent, Todd France, who also represents Jonas Jennings - another first-day 49ers free agent signing (2005).

* * *

How are teams able to get guys to visit on the first day of free agency? The team does its homework and knows exactly whom they want. Generally, the club's travel person will know all the potential flights. At 9 p.m., contact will be made with the player and/or agent. If given the go-ahead, the club will book the flight with the push of a button.

* * *

The 49ers were not alone in signing free agents on the opening day last year. Among the activity across the league within the opening 24 hours of free agency: The Bills signed Derrick Dockery, Langston Walker and Jason Whittle; the Falcons signed Ovie Mughelli; the Jaguars signed Tony Pashos, the Redskins signed London Fletcher; the Browns signed Eric Steinbach; the Buccaneers signed Patrick Chukwurah; and there were numerous reports the Patriots had agreed to terms with Adalius Thomas.

* * *
UPDATE: ESPN's John Clayton reports an expected 49ers deal with RB DeShaun Foster could be coming in the next few days. The Panthers released Foster on Thursday. He rushed for 876 yards and three TDs on 247 carries last season. He lost five of his seven fumbles. Foster would be the No. 2 behind Frank Gore, and would all but eliminate the need to bring back Maurice Hicks, a scheduled UFA. No word yet from the 49ers or Foster's agent.
Foster would be a solid #2 RB...


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 10 years ago '05        #28
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Some teams are wondering why the Bears didn't place the transition tag on WR Bernard Berrian in order to at least see what kind of contract offers he receives. Sometimes teams cut players loose, figuring the money is going to be too expensive. But there's nothing wrong with protecting your investment a little and matching it. Berrian keeps talking about wanting to play for the 49ers.


I would be very pleased getting Bernard Berrian & Justin Smith...:)
 10 years ago '05        #29
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Berrian...Justin Smith and Deshaun Foster...cannot be mad at that....add the fact that we got allen rossum and the free agency period is starting off nicely
 02-26-2008, 03:19 AM         #30
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i wonder if we will even try to resign Sopanaga. i think he did a decent enough job.
and Foster will be a good backup to Gore
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Roderick Green re-signs with 49ers
The 49ers re-signed pass-rush specialist Roderick Green today, the club announced. Green, 25, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. He saw action in seven games for the 49ers last season. Green recorded two sacks and just three tackles.

* * *

Guard Justin Smiley is expected to get some action on the free-agent market. The Dolphins are ready to make a strong push for his services. The Raiders, Rams and Bengals could also compete to sign him. Smiley could command a signing bonus in the $7-8 million range. The 49ers would like to bring him back . . . at the right price for them.

* * *

Word is the 49ers' quest to upgrade the defense has them focusing on two players: DE Justin Smith (Bengals) and OLB Calvin Pace (Cardinals). The 49ers are expected to make strong pushes for both players, with the hope they can sign at least one of them.

There are expected to be six or seven teams in the bidding for Pace. It'll take at least $14 million guaranteed to sign Pace, and the 49ers are willing to pay at least that price, a league source said.

* * *

The free-agent signing period begins at 9 p.m. on Thursday. Here is the list of 49ers free agents:

Unrestricted

G Larry Allen, DE Marques Douglas, WR Bryan Gilmore, T Kwame Harris, RB Maurice Hicks, RS Michael Lewis, G Justin Smiley, NT Isaac Sopoaga, DB Donald Strickland, QB Chris Weinke, DL Bryant Young (retired) and CB B.J. Tucker (non-tendered RFA).

Restricted

TE Billy Bajema (tendered at low offer ($927,000) with ROFR and 7th-round pick as compensation),

* * *
The 49ers waived Green during training camp, citing his lack of versatility. He was signed to help the team's struggling pass rush on Nov. 5, when the club placed tackle Jonas Jennings on injured reserve.


Looks like Calvin Pace is on our sites now also...I was reading on another forum Calvin Pace stated that the 49ers are top 3 at showing the most interest...but its good to see Mcloughan will be active on Friday.....
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Sopoaga never left . . . but he's back
Sopoaga gets a 5 year extension
The 49ers and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga reached an agreement today on a five-year contract extension, his agent Ken Zuckerman said.

Sopoaga was scheduled to hit the open market Thursday night as an unrestricted free agent. But the 49ers did a pre-emptive strike by reaching the agreement.

"Paraag (Marathe) and I have been going at this for a while," Zuckerman said of the 49ers' chief negotiator. "We have a foundation laid. We talked a lot. They wanted him. He wanted to stay. Really, the only thing was getting to the right number."

Zuckerman declined to release the contract numbers. We speculated in this space last week that Sopoaga would be looking at a deal similar to what Jay Ratliff signed with the Cowboys. That deal was five years, $20.5 million with $8 million to sign.

So why would Sopoaga sign a deal now, just days before he could have caused a feeding frenzy on the open market? (After all, the other top defensive tackles, Albert Haynesworth and Corey Williams, have been "franchised.")

"Isaac definitely is a kind of guy who doesn't like change," Zuckerman said. "He's comfortable in San Francisco. He likes his coaches, his teammates, the organization and the city. He wanted to stay."

The official paperwork is expected to be signed in the next couple days.


Didnt expect him to comeback but it looks like he really wanted to stay here...
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Rumors & speculation just doesnt stop...

There was never much doubt Moss would stay with the Super Bowl runner-ups. Moss' deal, which can't become official until Friday at 12AM, figures to make him the NFL's richest wideout, though it may be surpassed by Larry Fitzgerald's deal later in the offseason. The contract is expected to be for three years, $30 million with $12-15 million guaranteed. Jensen adds that impending free agent Lance Briggs is slated to sign with San Francisco.


Doubt its true...

But if its true our LB's crew will be lethal...but damn I just hope its not a huge over the top contract :sick:....just hope we can still sign another good player if this goes down...

Lawson - Willis - Briggs - Groves (:D) >>>>

But this could just be smoke screens...or be another Adalius Thomas situation...

Update: Some reporters are calling it a false rumor...I guess we'll have to wait til Friday to see what actually happens...


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 02-27-2008, 10:07 PM         #34
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Sopoaga contract extension becomes official
It's official. The paperwork has gone through, and the 49ers have announced the signing of nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga to a five-year contract. The deal is believed to be around $20 million.

* * *

There's nothing new with RB DeShaun Foster or RS Allen Rossum. Stay tuned on that one.

* * *

The 49ers are continuing talks with DB Donald Strickland, who's scheduled to be a free agent. I anticipate those sides coming together sooner than later.

* * *

The deal OLB Roderick Green signed yesterday is for one year with a base salary of $605,000. It's the minimum salary for a player with his experience.

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Niners plenty active at the start of free agency
QB J.T. O'Sullivan (Lions), LB Dontarrious Thomas (Vikings) and RB DeShaun Foster (as speculated) agree to terms...Niners interested in Isaac Bruce.
The 49ers have not been passive at the start of free agency, as several fairly significant things are in the works, including a visit from Bengals free-agent DE Justin Smith tomorrow (Friday). He has not agreed to terms with anyone, and he also is reportedly making a trip to meet with the Vikings.

There is word that the 49ers have agreed to terms with QB J.T. O'Sullivan (Lions), LB Dontarrious Thomas (Vikings) and RB DeShaun Foster (recently cut by the Panthers). Terms of these deals are not known.

Things are getting fast and furious.

The 49ers' signing of Thomas should put an end to any discussion about the club pursuing high-priced Bears LB Lance Briggs. Thomas is listed at 6-2, 241 pounds. He would probably play the position previously occupied by Derek Smith. (But I don't know that for sure.)

Here's a quote about Thomas from the Mel Kiper Jr. Free Agent Data Sheet: "This former second-round pick hasn't been able to materialize into the type of starter they were hoping for coming out of Auburn, but he has proven to be a pretty solid backup and a good special teamer."

* * *

This is what else I've learned . . .

--The 49ers are not in the running to sign OLB Calvin Pace or WR Bernard Berrian (or Briggs), but they are going after WR Isaac Bruce, whom the Rams released on Thursday. Pace and Berrian are probably getting big deals elsewhere. If Bruce's asking price is right, I'd expect him to sign with the 49ers to reunite with Mike Martz.

--It sure looks as if the Raiders are going to land 49ers OT Kwame Harris with a big deal, somewhere in the neighborhood of $5.5 million annually for five years with $10 million to sign. (I just checked out profootballtalk.com, and they had the same information about Harris. However, his agent, Ryan Tollner, contacted the Web site to inform them that the deal has not been completed.)

--Just because Smith is visiting does not mean he's going to be signing . . . though it's certainly puts the 49ers in a good position. It is possible his price might rise to the point past where the 49ers are willing to go.

* * *

ESPN.com has the terms from some of those 49ers deals. As previously noted, the 49ers have also struck a deal with return specialist Allen Rossum.

The deals according to ESPN are: Foster two years, $1.8 million; O'Sullivan one year at the league minimum, plus $40,000 to sign; and Thomas two years.

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O'Sullivan is a good pickup as the No. 3 QB (at worst) for his familiarity with Martz's offense, having spent last season with the Lions. O'Sullivan completed 13 of 26 passes for 148 yards with one TD and two interceptions last year. He played collegiately at UC Davis.

* * *

Also, it's pretty clear that Maurice Hicks will not be returning to the 49ers after the signing of Foster.

* * *

Haven't heard much about DE Marques Douglas. If he is not snapped up early in free agency when teams have a lot of money, he could end up back with the 49ers.

* * *

This has been a crazy night. My cell phone was fully charged this evening. Now, it's running on fumes. I don't think there's much left to report this evening. The big development to watch tomorrow will involve Justin Smith.

Will he leave Santa Clara without a contract? Last year, Nate Clements and Michael Lewis were first-day visitors and both of them signed before leaving town.



Pursuing Alan Flaneca
The post midnight contact for Steelers guard Alan Faneca set the stage to a possible $8 million-a-year deal before Monday. The 49ers, Rams and Jets contacted Faneca's agent, Rick Smith, after midnight to set up visits. Faneca plans to spend Friday mapping out plans and visit a team Sunday.
Puzzling since Scot has stated he doesnt like to spend big money on Guards...but he would really make our O-line better...

SF First Stop For Justin Smith
The Vikings and 49ers battled it out to convince Bengals defensive end Justin Smith, but Smith informed the 49ers he will make San Francisco his first stop.


Lets get it done...


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 02-29-2008, 05:07 AM         #36
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Niners Agree to terms with Isaac Bruce on a two year deal
According to Adam Schefter (From NFL Network)...


Justin Smith News From Today by Matt Maiocco
Read more here..


1:52 p.m. Justin Smith is HERE. It's been confirmed.

3:14 p.m.: Isaac Bruce is not here. (Never was here today.) And Justin Smith has left the building (without being detected.)

3:15 p.m.: I can only presume at this point that Smith has left without a contract agreement and his free-agency tour continues. As for Bruce, I believe there is still a strong possibility that he ends up in a 49ers uniform this season.

3:24 p.m.: The guys at the Star Tribune write that Smith is tentatively scheduled to visit the Vikings on Saturday. Earlier today when I communicated with Smith's agent, he said it was their "intent" to visit the Vikings. He hasn't returned my text messages or calls since.

3:58 p.m.: Here comes word from Jim Steiner, Justin Smith's agent: "Nothing to report (with the 49ers). He is scheduled to go to (Minnesota) tomorrow."

4:13 p.m.: Don't think the 49ers are going to over-extend on Smith. They're willing to pay him a very nice contract, but I'm told their ceiling is about $8 million a year.

5:12 p.m.: So, right now, the only free agents I'm aware of the 49ers pursuing are Justin Smith and Isaac Bruce. I'd be a little surprised if they're still involved in the Alan Faneca race. Smith left the building without a contract and appears to be on his way to Minnesota. Bruce is very close to a deal with the 49ers -- just a few dollars apart on an expected two-year deal.

5:56 p.m.: Finally, a little news: Justin Smith is still in the Bay Area. He took a helicopter tour of the South Bay this afternoon with Mike Nolan. He will have dinner tonight with Nolan and, perhaps, a few coaches. I just spoke with Smith's agent, Jim Steiner, who confirmed the helicopter ride and dinner tonight. He said he was not sure who would be joining Smith and Nolan for dinner. Steiner said Smith is still "scheduled" to go to Minnesota tomorrow. But it's pretty clear the 49ers are going to pull out all the stops to sign Smith before he has a chance to leave the Bay Area.
 10 years ago '06        #38
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N FRANCISCO - Receiver Isaac Bruce agreed to a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday night, one day after the St. Louis Rams released one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history.
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An NFL source, speaking on condition of anonymity because the contract hadn't been signed yet, said Bruce chose to stay in the NFC West with the 49ers, bolstering one of the league's worst receiving corps after 14 seasons with the Rams. The deal is worth $6 million.

Bruce will be reunited in San Francisco with 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who ran the Rams' offense during the team's two most recent trips to the Super Bowl. Bruce, who teamed with Torry Holt for several years of lofty statistics in Martz's wide-open offenses, is third in NFL history with 14,109 yards receiving, only behind former 49ers receiver Jerry Rice and Tim Brown.

Bruce, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, is sixth in league history with 942 receptions. He has had eight 1,000-yard seasons, and he caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Kurt Warner in the Rams' Super Bowl victory over the Tennessee Titans in 2000.

Though Bruce is 35, his skills still seem sharper than any player on the 49ers, who had one of the NFL's least impressive groups of receivers for the fourth straight season in 2007. Bruce had 55 catches last season — second-most on the Rams — for 13.3 yards per catch and four touchdowns.

San Francisco finished last season with Arnaz Battle and Darrell Jackson as the starting receivers in the NFL's least potent passing offense.

Battle led the 49ers with just 50 catches for 600 yards and five touchdowns, while Jackson had a disappointing debut season with San Francisco, catching 46 passes for 497 yards and three scores. New signee Ashley Lelie barely played and had just 10 catches.
 10 years ago '04        #39
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49ers lock up defensive end Smith with 6-year, $45 million deal

The San Franciso 49ers and defensive end Justin Smith agreed to a six-year, $45 million contract that included $20 million in guarantees.

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Smith, who had played all of his seven previous seasons in the NFL in Cincinnati, was given the franchise tag by the Bengals in 2007.

Smith was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft out of Missouri. He has 43 ˝ career sacks but managed only two last season. Smith has played in 16 games every season except his rookie campaign when he made 15 appearances.




Not gonna be a double digit sack guy, but that's not what we need in a 3-4 DE. He's a perfect fit. Great signing.
 10 years ago '05        #40
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All we need to do is draft Quentin Groves and we have a really good defense...
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