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ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson is "hearing whispers" the team may consider giving LT Joe Staley a new contract.

Staley is signed through 2017, but is vastly underpaid. He's graded out as a top-five offensive tackle at Pro Football Focus each of the past two seasons, checking in at No. 1 overall in 2012. Staley is currently the league's 13th-highest paid left tackle, behind Will Beatty and just ahead of Jermon Bushrod and Michael Roos. His play deserves $10 million annually. Staley turns 30 in August.
Jul 8 - 8:55 AM

Third-round pick Chris Borland confirmed he expects to compete with Michael Wilhoite for the 49ers' starting inside linebacker job.

"I think it’s his spot right now, but I’m going to fight for it," Borland said. With NaVorro Bowman out at least the first six weeks with a knee injury, Borland has a chance for an early-season role. It's not a concern for him to be behind Wilhoite at this point. Borland can close the gap with a strong training camp. Even if he doesn't start, Borland is expected to be used in a rotation next to Patrick Willis until Bowman returns.
Jul 5 - 2:59 PM

ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson believes Frank Gore will see "about 220 carries" this season.

Gore had 276 in 2013. GM Trent Baalke has discussed removing some of the load off of 31-year-old Gore's shoulders, and the selection of Carlos Hyde was a clear indication the 49ers want to divvy up carries more this season. That does not mean Gore will fall off the map, though. As long as he is healthy, Gore will remain the lead back in San Francisco and a low-end RB2. Still, losing over 50 carries would deal a significant blow to his fantasy outlook.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 1:24 PM

ESPN's Bill Williamson would be "shocked" if second-year WR Quinton Patton is not on the 49ers' final roster.

Patton is battling fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington for No. 4 wide receiver duties, but Williamson assures there is room on the roster for both players. After missing a large chunk of his rookie season with a broken foot, Patton is once again sidelined with a foot injury and uncertain for the start of training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 1:16 PM

Appearing on Sirius XM Radio, ex-NFL GM Bill Polian predicted Aldon Smith will receive a three-game suspension "at most" for his off-field transgressions.

Smith caught an enormous break Tuesday when L.A. prosecutors decided against charging him for (allegedly) making a false bomb threat while (allegedly) drunk at an airport this April. The 24-year-old was also arrested for DUI in January 2012, and suspicion of DUI plus marijuana possession in September 2013. In October of 2013, Smith was charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon stemming from a 2012 stabbing incident. Meanwhile, Josh Gordon is facing a year-long ban for smoking weed.
Jul 1 - 9:44 PM

49ers OLB Aldon Smith will not be charged for his April 13 arrest for making a false bomb threat at LAX airport.

Smith catches a huge break and is getting off extremely easy. The only legal hurdle to clear for Smith now is a July 25 sentencing stemming from his no-contest plea to DUI and weapons charges. Smith is going to be suspended at the start of the season; the question is just how long he will be banned.
Jul 1 - 1:25 PM

49ers re-signed G/T Al Netter.

He'll enter camp as the 90th man on San Francisco's roster.
Jun 30 - 4:39 PM

Vernon Davis acknowledged there's a (likely good) possibility the 49ers won't give him a new contract.

Davis skipped all of the 49ers' pre-training camp activities. "It’s just like any athlete, we all want a new contract," he said. "But I’m not going to stress over it. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t get it. ... At the end of the day, if I don’t get the deal, at least I tried and I put my foot down." Highly unlikely to get more money, Davis doesn't sound like a threat to hold out of training camp.
Jun 27 - 3:23 PM

CSN Bay Area believes 49ers RB/KR LaMichael James' roster spot is "looking good."

"James looked very steady fielding punts in the offseason, so his spot is looking much more secure than it appeared a month ago," writes Matt Maiocco. James didn't show up for voluntary workouts in an effort to get traded, but the team said all along it has no plans to deal him. James doesn't have a future as a running back in San Fran, but he's the frontrunner for return duties.
Jun 26 - 11:14 AM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco is taking the "under" on 60 receptions for Stevie Johnson this year.

Johnson's days of fantasy impact are likely over, as he enters a run-first 49ers offense that also feeds Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Anquan Boldin. Expect Johnson to be a better real-life than fantasy football player in 2014.
Jun 25 - 8:34 PM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco confirms Kendall Hunter "clearly" remains the 49ers' No. 2 running back entering training camp.

Hunter has a lead on Marcus Lattimore and rookie Carlos Hyde "based on his knowledge of the 49ers' protections and willingness to stick his face in there to take on blitzers." Pass protection is something with which first-year players like Hyde and Lattimore routinely struggle. We still prefer Hyde over Hunter as Frank Gore's handcuff, because Hyde would be a better bet for early-down and goal-line work in the event of injury to 31-year-old Gore.
Jun 25 - 8:23 PM

Per CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, 49ers second-year RB Marcus Lattimore "made significant progress" over the course of spring practices, but "still appears to have a ways to go" to rediscover pre-knee injuries form.

Lattimore "appeared very tentative" at rookie minicamp and early OTAs, but got better as practices went on. He also "demonstrated reliable hands out of the backfield," according to Maiocco. Lattimore isn't on the re-draft fantasy radar at this point, and we want to see him perform in preseason games before putting him there. Rookie Carlos Hyde is a superior late-round draft pick.
Jun 25 - 8:07 PM

Profootballtalk reports the NFL remains expected to suspend 49ers OLB Aldon Smith for at least one game to start the season.

Smith pleaded no contest to DUI and weapons charges, and faces sentencing on July 25. While he's tentatively expected to avoid jail time -- as long as he stays out of trouble for the next month -- the league is still going to come down on Smith with a suspension. It was rumored last month that Smith could face an eight-game ban. The 49ers will turn to Corey Lemonier and Dan Skuta in his absence.
Jun 25 - 2:09 PM

ESPN NFC West reporter Bill Williamson anticipates second-round pick Carlos Hyde getting "a chance at big playing time right away."

The 49ers' backfield seems crowded at first glance, but isn't. Frank Gore is 31, Kendall Hunter is a change-of-pace back, and Marcus Lattimore is a health question mark. Per Williamson, Hyde "has shined out of the backfield as a runner and receiver," during offseason practices, and is "looking like" a "steal." Hyde is a borderline first-round Dynasty pick, and worth a late re-draft flier.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 3:40 PM

49ers DE Lawrence Okoye is not expected to make the roster as a defensive lineman.

The freakishly athletic ex-Olympian has struggled in D-Line drills and goes 6-foot-6, which requires a ton of knee-bending on the defensive line. CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco does suggest Okoye could make the Niners as a kick-coverage maven, where he can "blast down the field faster than men who weigh 75 pounds less." At 304 pounds, Okoye ran as fast as 4.78 in the forty last year.
Jun 23 - 12:59 PM


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