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Updating a previous item, 49ers WR Stevie Johnson will be asked to take a pay cut.

Dianna Russini of NBC 4 in Washington reported earlier Saturday Johnson would be released, but it appears he will be asked to take a pay cut first. He will likely be released if he refuses the pay cut. Johnson is currently the de facto No. 2 receiver in San Francisco.
Feb 28 - 1:15 PM

49ers released WR Stevie Johnson.

The move will save San Francisco $6.025 million against the 2015 salary cap. Acquired from Buffalo for a fourth-round pick last May, Johnson posted a 35/435/3 line in his lone season in San Francisco. A crisp route runner, Johnson had three straight 1000-yard receiving seasons under new Jets OC Chan Gailey while the pair were in Buffalo. He should find a healthy market as a solid possession receiver.
Feb 28 - 11:25 AM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins have "strong interest" in free agent OG Mike Iupati.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has been transitioning away from smaller, athletic zone linemen to large power blockers for the last year and a half. Iupati is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound road grader whom new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan drafted in San Francisco. Iupati would be a natural fit in D.C. Per Russini, the Redskins can expect competition for Iupati's services from the Buccaneers.
Feb 27 - 3:44 PM

Free agent OG Mike Iupati is expected to reach the open market.

Iupati's return to San Francisco "remains a possibility," per CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, but the 49ers appear willing to let the open market set Iupati's value. Iupati heads a free agent interior offensive line class that includes Orlando Franklin, Rodney Hudson, Stefen Wisniewski, and Clint Boling.
Feb 27 - 1:59 PM

The Washington Post expects the Redskins to have some interest in free agent LG Mike Iupati.

Coach Jay Gruden wants to run more power offense in his second year at the helm, and Iupati is as powerful a lineman there is at 6'5/331. He's a mauling run blocker and would allow the Redskins to move on from finesse RG Chris Chester. LG Shawn Lauvao would then move to the right side. Iupati is expected to have a healthy market as the top free-agent guard. He'll turn 28 in May.
Feb 25 - 9:43 AM

PFT believes free agent CB Chris Culliver could have a "very significant" market.

Coaches and general managers were talking up Culliver to PFT's Mike Florio during the Combine. It remains to be seen if they'll be ponying up a ton of guaranteed cash, however, as Culliver carries a string of off-field incidents with him. Still, he's coming off an excellent season in coverage as a 14-game starter for the 49ers and the corner market is very weak. Culliver is set up for a payday.
Feb 23 - 12:06 PM

The 49ers are expected to ask Stevie Johnson to restructure his contract.

Johnson is due a $5.5 million base salary and has a $250,000 roster bonus in March. The 49ers can move on from him without any dead money and should ask Johnson to take a pay cut after he posted a 35/435/3 line last year. With Michael Crabtree a free agent, Johnson is currently the 49ers' No. 2 wideout.
Feb 20 - 4:52 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says free agent Frank Gore is looking to be paid $4 million per year.

The Niners like what they see from Carlos Hyde but it's going to be hard for them to pass on Gore, a franchise cornerstone and one of the league's most consistent rushers. Even with Hyde breathing down his neck, the 31-year-old still managed 1,106 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. La Canfora believes the 49ers are the only team willing to pay Gore his desired $4 million salary.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 12:55 PM

Speaking Thursday, new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula again hinted that Colin Kaepernick will be called on to run more in 2015.

"Colin Kaepernick, I don’t think it’s any secret that his legs work really well," Tomsula said. "We want to utilize the total package." Kaepernick isn't suddenly going to morph into Tim Tebow in 2015, but the 49ers have gone to great lengths to make it clear he'll be running more. Although it ups Kaepernick's injury risk, it's good news from a fantasy perspective.
Feb 19 - 2:34 PM

49ers RE Justin Smith will discuss his future with GM Trent Baalke after the NFL Combine.

A report surfaced after the season that Smith was leaning toward retirement, but we haven't heard anything since. Though certainly past his prime, Smith was still a productive player in 2014, recording 43 tackles and five sacks. The 35-year-old has one year remaining on his contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 19 - 12:55 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke confirmed at the NFL Combine that Vernon Davis will be back with the team in 2015.

Davis' performance crumbled amid dysfunction in San Francisco last season. After scoring 13 TDs in 2013, Davis was mind-blowingly targeted once in the red zone in 2014. "It was an off year," Baalke said. "He realizes (that). The great thing about Vernon, he understands." After holding out last spring, Davis is expected to participate fully in the 49ers' offseason program.
Feb 18 - 3:45 PM

The 49ers plan to meet with the player rep for free agent Michael Crabtree at the NFL Combine.

Crabtree is a homegrown talent and the 49ers would probably like to retain him, but only at a reasonable price after the most disappointing season of his career. Crabtree simply hasn't been the same player since tearing his Achilles' tendon during the 2013 offseason. He's entering his age-28 season.
Feb 18 - 11:46 AM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said the team would like to re-sign free agent Frank Gore.

"We’re still working on it," Baalke said. "It’ll take some time to resolve. It’s our intention to have Frank back." Gore questioned whether the 49ers wanted him back last weekend, so the two sides talked this week. The 49ers may want Gore back, but they're up against the salary cap. Gore could potentially make more money elsewhere with a team like the Colts looking for that final piece.
Feb 18 - 11:44 AM

49ers GM Trent Baalke stated at the Combine that Colin Kaepernick is working on his touch passing this offseason.

One of Kaepernick's deficiencies is that he is a "one-speed" thrower who struggles to change speeds depending on the depth of routes. We do wonder if this is a fixable issue, but recognizing it as an issue at all is a solid first step. The 49ers also plan to use Kaepernick on more designed runs in 2015.
Feb 18 - 11:34 AM

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey wants the team to sign free agent LG Mike Iupati.

It's a slow news night before the Combine kicks off later this week. Pouncey calls Iupati a "good player" and "a really good veteran guard." Pouncey doesn't have any say in personnel decisions, but the fit makes sense. The Dolphins have holes at both left and right guard, though second-year OG Billy Turner will likely fill one of those spots. Iupati, 28 in May, will be eyeing big money next month.
Feb 17 - 10:05 PM


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