49ers Rumors & News

  • Director of college scouting Matt Malaspina leaves 49ers, takes job with Packers

    Pro Football Talk "When teams hire new General Managers, the move is usually followed by other departures from the personnel department and the 49ers are proving to be no exception. They announced that assistant G.M. Tom Gamble is leaving the team and he’ll be followed out the door by director of college scouting..." February 24

  • 49ers sign wide receiver DeAndre Carter

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers have signed wide receiver DeAndre Carter to a two-year contract. Carter broke into the league with the Ravens following the 2015 draft. He has bounced around since then, spending time on the practice squad with the Raiders and Patriots. He went to camp with the Patriots last year..." February 24

  • 49ers could talk trade for a QB at the NFL Scouting Combine

    CSN Bay Area "Four years ago at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the 49ers agreed to the trade that sent quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs. Next week, the 49ers could have similar discussions. Only this time, they figure to be in the market to acquire a starting..." February 24

  • John Lynch doesn’t think the 49ers are as bad as their record says they are

    Sacramento Bee "John Lynch acknowledges there’s plenty of work to do as far as rebuilding the 49ers, but perhaps not as much as the team’s 2016 record suggests. “We’ve got some strides to make on this roster, but I can also tell you (that) I don’t look up at the film we’ve been watching and see a 2-14 team,”..." February 24

  • John Lynch: 49ers ‘absolutely’ need to improve at QB position

    Sportsnaut "The play of Colin Kaepernick improved as the 2016 went along. Still, new San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch knows the play of the team’s quarterback position must get better. “Do we have some places — probably the ultimate position, quarterback — where we need to improve?..." February 23

  • Jim Harbaugh: I deserve ‘courage medal’ for enduring four seasons with 49ers

    Sportsnaut "Jim Harbaugh has remained mostly quiet about his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers since his “mutual decision” to leave the franchise. He’s taken a few veiled shots at the organization, but for the most part he’s been low key about taking shots at Jed York and Co. No longer. Speaking with..." February 23

  • Tom Gamble Leaving 49ers Organization

    49ers.com "The San Francisco 49ers announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization. “The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I..." February 23

  • Report: Redskins could move on from Kirk Cousins, 49ers potential landing spot

    Sportsnaut "The saga of one Kirk Cousins is seemingly never ending. We’ve read reports suggesting that Cousins doesn’t want to play for the Washington Redskins long term. This has come at the same time that some within the Redskins’ brass apparently don’t view him as a long-term solution. All the while, it..." February 22

  • K'Waun Williams signs one-year deal with 49ers

    NFL.com "After a season spent out of football, K'Waun Williams has a new home. The cornerback is signing a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Williams had fielded four contract offers, including one from the Jets, according to NJ Advance Media, but..." February 22

  • John Lynch: DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead will fit new defense well

    CSN Bay Area "Trent Baalke’s final two seasons as 49ers general manager brought defensive linemen to the organization with the club’s top draft picks. And, for that, new 49ers general manager John Lynch said he is grateful. Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner may have been chosen when the 49ers’ base..." February 21

  • Former LB DeMeco Ryans Joins 49ers Staff

    Pro Football Rumors "Last summer, linebacker DeMeco Ryans pushed hard to continue his NFL career. Unfortunately, he was unable to find a landing spot in 2016. Now on the verge of his 33rd birthday, Ryans is apparently done playing. Ryans has signed on with the 49ers’ coaching staff as a defensive quality control..." February 21

  • Alshon Jeffery's 5 best free agency fits do not include Eagles

    Sporting News "Alshon Jeffery is the NFL's best free-agent wide receiver in 2017. Unlike the top players at other marquee positions, Jeffery will hit the open market, as his current team, the Bears, are unlikely to franchise tag him for a second consecutive year. With several teams in desperate need of a No...." February 21

  • Kyle Shanahan may bring Jacob Tamme with him to San Francisco

    Pro Football Talk "Jacob Tamme hits free agency after a disappointing 2016 season in Atlanta, in which he caught just 22 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns before spending the second half of the season on injured reserve. But that doesn’t mean the soon-to-be 32-year-old tight end won’t have teams vying for..." February 19

  • Louis Riddick may be embellishing his chance of getting 49ers G.M. gig

    Pro Football Talk "In this age of embellishment and exaggeration (there’s never been a time in the history of the universe where people have embellished and exaggerated as much as they currently do), it should be no surprise that embellishment and exaggeration has spread to the NFL. (And by “spread” I mean “been a..." February 18

  • Kyle Shanahan focusing on free agents; Lynch on draft

    NFL.com "With a brand-new general manager learning the NFL's business side, the San Francisco 49ers will have to figure out how their first-time head coach will split his time with John Lynch this offseason. On Friday, that first-time coach, Kyle Shanahan, gave a window into what both are up to at the..." February 18

  • 49ers may pursue Brian Hoyer, Matt Schaub

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco 49ers have been mentioned as having interest in Matt Schaub, and another quarterback potentially in the mix for them is Brian Hoyer. The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, who is a plugged-in 49ers reporter, hosted a Q&A earlier this week and was asked about San Francisco’s..." February 18

  • Kyle Shanahan confirms Robert Saleh is defensive coordinator

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers haven’t sent out an official announcement that Robert Saleh will be their defensive coordinator, but head coach Kyle Shanahan took care of confirming the reports earlier this week that the former Jaguars linebacker coach is going to be running their defense. Saleh worked with Shanahan..." February 17

  • Torrey Smith could benefit from Shanahan's big-play philosophy

    CSN Bay Area "Wide receiver Torrey Smith has not lived up to the five-year, $40 million contract he signed with the 49ers in 2015. Or have the 49ers been the problem for failing to properly take advantage of Smith’s skills as the deep threat that was sorely lacking in previous seasons? New 49ers coach..." February 17

  • Louis Riddick claims he nearly got the 49ers G.M. job

    Pro Football Talk "Before ESPN analyst and former NFL defensive back Louis Riddick changed his tune about the 49ers, he claims he nearly heard the sweet music of “you’re hired.” Riddick, via SportsBusiness Daily, told ESPN Radio that he almost got the G.M. job in San Francisco. Specifically, Riddick said he..." February 17

  • 49ers announce nine more coaching hires

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers on Friday announced nine more coaching hires, most notably the hiring of Robert Saleh as defensive coordinator. Richard Hightower was announced as special teams coordinator, and former NFL defensive lineman Jeff Zgonina was announced as defensive line coach. Some of the announced..." February 17

  • 49ers Kyle Shanahan seeks ‘violent’ defenders, no ‘short-term’ QB

    San Jose Mercury News "Kyle Shanahan confirmed Friday that Robert Saleh is the 49ers new defensive coordinator, saying so in a wide-ranging interview that also shed light on Shanahan’s preference to avoid a “short-term fix” at quarterback. “Robert Saleh is as smart as anyone I’ve been around. He studies everything,”..." February 17

  • Kyle Shanahan indicates he has already spoken with Colin Kaepernick

    Sportsnaut "New San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has been on the job for less than two weeks. But he knows perfectly well that this entire process started incredibly late after his former Atlanta Falcons team participated in Super Bowl LI earlier this month. As a way to make up for lost time,..." February 17

  • Terrell Owens on latest Hall of Fame snub: 'I'm better than Cris Carter'

    CBS Sports "For the second straight year, Terrell Owens found himself on the outside looking in when the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its newest class. It’s nearly impossible to dispute that the mercurial wide receiver is deserving of a bust in Canton, but Owens’ outspoken nature -- with media,..." February 17

  • John Lynch works the phones—to sell season tickets

    The Sports Daily "You could say that John Lynch is a hands-on general manager. Not only is he running the team, he’s also selling season tickets. Lynch wanted to meet with the team’s business department and decided to do that by interacting with the employees while they worked. A member of the sales staff was..." February 17

  • The Unconventional Career Path of 49ers GM John Lynch

    SI "Behind John Lynch’s desk in Santa Clara, there are a number of bottles of wine, each one wishing him luck in his new venture as the 49ers general manager. That he got them from agents is one surprise from his first three weeks on the job. “I’m telling you, I didn’t think agents were this nice,”..." February 16

  • Kyle Shanahan has become a scapegoat for Falcons’ Super Bowl collapse

    Fox Sports "Former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had a prolific year in Atlanta, orchestrating an offense that put up historic scoring numbers in the 2016 season - but in the span of one game, he became one of the least popular people in Atlanta after the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in..." February 16

  • Ex-49ers star Patrick Willis showing fight in retirement, says of NFL return: ‘Nope, I’m cool’

    San Jose Mercury News "Patrick Willis rolled out of bed Wednesday feeling just the way he envisioned he would when he made the stunning decision to retire from the 49ers at age 30. “I don’t know what it was, but I just felt strong, you know? Like I was strong again,” Willis said. “I don’t know if it’s because I’m..." February 16

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • 49ers announce three more assistant coaches

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers on Monday announced three more additions to new head coach Kyle Shanahan’s first staff. New wide receivers coach Mike LaFleur and new run game coordinator Mike McDaniel both come from the Falcons after working with Shanahan the past two seasons. LaFleur was an offensive assistant..." February 14

  • Colin Kaepernick changes agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Colin Kaepernick reportedly has switched agents. The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows says the 49ers quarterback parted ways with XAM Sports, which represented the player since the time he entered the league in 2011. It’s unclear at the moment who will be representing Kaepernick, but Barrows..." February 14

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

  • Report: Colin Kaepernick ‘open to returning to the 49ers in 2017’

    Sportsnaut "Nothing is written in stone at this point, but reading the tea leaves, Colin Kaepernick could very well return to the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. If they want him back, of course. In an article discussing how Kaepernick has changed agents ahead of the 2017 season, Matt Barrows of the..." February 14

  • This summer, O.J. Simpson is up for parole. How good are his chances of getting out of prison?

    SI "As prison life goes, you could do worse than a stretch at the Lovelock Correctional Center. The inmates at Lovelock—1,680 when filled to capacity—are fed fresh fruit and permitted to watch ESPN. Each 80-square-foot cell is shared by two men. The facility is designated “medium custody,” so the..." February 14

  • 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan almost lost $30,000 in Super Bowl tickets

    CBS Sports "As we continue to look back at Super Bowl LI, it's probably safe to say at this point that no one had a worse Super Bowl week than former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan's week got off to an ugly start at Opening Night when he lost his backpack. At the time, Shanahan..." February 14

  • NaVorro Bowman: Achilles rehab easier than return from knee injury

    CSN Bay Area "Linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who missed the 49ers' entire 2014 season with a severe knee injury he sustained in January of that year, is going through another dramatic comeback attempt. When asked how his current rehabilitation from a torn Achilles compares to the knee injury, Bowman said, “It..." February 13

  • 49ers expected to hire Robert Saleh as DC

    ESPN "San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is expected to hire former Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach Robert Saleh as his defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN. Saleh, 38, coached the Jaguars linebackers for the past three seasons. Saleh, who worked with Shanahan during their..." February 13

  • 49ers assistant Rathman leaving team after 8 years of coaching carousel

    CSN Bay Area "Tom Rathman, who has spent 22 seasons with the 49ers as a player and coach, will not return to the team’s coaching staff for the 2017 season, he told CSNBayArea.com on Sunday. “I’m not going to be back,” Rathman said. “I feel like it’s the best for everybody if I just parted and let those guys..." February 13

  • 49ers to employ unique power structure

    Pro Football Talk "There’s a fine line between thinking outside the box and effin’ nutty. Time will tell where the new San Francisco power structure falls on that spectrum. Officially unveiled on Thursday along with the introduction of coach Kyle Shanahan, new G.M. John Lynch explained the division of authority..." February 10

  • Kyle Shanahan: We played Super Bowl the way we played the entire year

    Pro Football Talk "Kyle Shanahan was introduced as the new head coach of the 49ers at a press conference on Thursday and a lot of the answers were familiar to anyone who has been at introductory press conferences in the past. Shanahan is looking for the best possible players and assured the media that he feels..." February 10

  • Jed York: I believe Shanahan and Lynch will be here more than 6 years

    Pro Football Talk "The 49ers gave new coach Kyle Shanahan and new General Manager John Lynch unusually long six-year contracts. But owner Jed York doesn’t think there’s any concern that he’s given his new hires too much job security. York said today that he expects Shanahan and Lynch to last not just six years,..." February 10

  • Robert Saleh interviewing with 49ers Friday

    Pro Football Talk "Earlier on Friday, we shared word that Falcons defensive passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson is interviewing with the 49ers about their defensive coordinator opening. Henderson has been linked with the job for the last week, although word is that he’d be splitting the responsibilities..." February 10

  • Jerome Henderson interviewing with 49ers Friday

    Pro Football Talk "A report early this week had new 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan targeting Jerome Henderson and Robert Saleh as co-defensive coordinators on his first staff in Santa Clara and one of them is reportedly interviewing with the team on Friday. Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports that Henderson is in..." February 10

  • 49ers officially name six members of Kyle Shanahan’s staff

    Pro Football Talk "San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan answers questions during an NFL football press conference Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) AP The 49ers on Friday officially announced six members of new head coach Kyle Shanahan’s first staff. Jon..." February 10

  • A 49ers trade for Garoppolo could look similar to the Alex Smith deal

    KNBR "One of the most experienced journalists to ever cover the NFL joined KNBR 1050’s The Audible Friday morning. ESPN’s John Clayton chimed in on all things San Francisco 49ers, including his thoughts on why the team will chase after Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. While many around..." February 10

  • John Lynch's daughter: The 49ers are 'horrible'

    NFL.com "John Lynch's daughter: The 49ers are 'horrible' Print 0 By Kevin Patra Around the NFL writer Published: Feb. 10, 2017 at 10:28 a.m. Updated: Feb. 10, 2017 at 10:50 a.m. Most general managers and coaches sit squarely in a vortex of meaningless words,..." February 10

  • Shanahan will keep OC duties, tries to convince Rathman to remain

    CSN Bay Area "Kyle Shanahan has spent the past nine seasons as an NFL offensive coordinator. Nothing will change in 2017 in his first season as 49ers head coach. Shanahan, 37, will call the team’s offensive plays. He will not have an assistant coach under him with the title of “offensive coordinator,” he..." February 10

  • 49ers hire ex-Lions GM Mayhew to assist Lynch

    San Jose Mercury News "Martin Mayhew, a general manager with the Detroit Lions from 2008 to 2015, was hired by new 49ers G.M. John Lynch as a senior personnel executive. The move was announced Thursday by Lynch during the press conference which announced his hiring as well as coach Kyle Shanahan. Mayhew, 51, was..." February 10

  • Colin Kaepernick reached out to new 49ers regime, will have sit down meeting with John Lynch

    Sportsnaut "Perhaps Colin Kaepernick’s time with the San Francisco 49ers isn’t over after all. During Thursday’s introductory press conference for John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan, much was revealed. One of the things Lynch said that had us sitting up in our seats is that Kaepernick reached out to the new..." February 09

  • Kyle Shanahan: Super Bowl meltdown ‘as hard as anything I’ve had to go through’

    Sportsnaut "New San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was introduced as such in a press conference. During the press conference, he addressed the Super Bowl meltdown that saw the Atlanta Falcons blow a 25-point lead to the New England Patriots. Showing some vulnerability and honesty, Shanahan said..." February 09