Player News - 49ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Impending free agent Reggie Bush (knee) said he is not retiring.

Bush's first and likely only season with the 49ers ended early after he slipped on the concrete at the Edward Jones Dome and tore his meniscus Week 8. Bush should be ready for training camp, but it is not a given he will find a new home before then. Soon-to-be 31, Bush has played in 16 games total the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN
Feb 8 - 10:35 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Jets "have not and are not interested" in Colin Kaepernick.

The NY Daily News reported Tuesday that Kaepernick wants to play for the Jets. Although La Canfora reports the feeling isn't mutual, he does note new 49ers coach Chip Kelly "has done nothing to build a relationship" with Kaepernick, and a trade "remains very likely." Per La Canfora, Kap "has wanted out" "for quite some time," and a divorce is "impending." Kaepernick is 28 years old and has accounted for 67 career touchdowns. Even with his lofty contract, we suspect the 49ers could net a second-day draft pick if they get serious about shopping him.
Feb 3 - 8:16 PM

The New York Daily News reports Colin Kaepernick "wants out of San Francisco," and that the Jets are his "preferred destination."

Per reporter Manish Mehta, the Jets are "intrigued," but remain in the "early stages of their offseason planning and evaluation." The whole thing is a bit out of left field, but Mehta is a reliable reporter. It seems highly unlikely to happen. The Jets are focused on retaining Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led Gang Green to within a whisker of the playoffs this season. Kap has a complicated contract, albeit one that makes it easy for the team to move on. If Kap were to be traded under his current deal, he comes with a $13.9 million 2016 price tag between salary and bonuses, and $15.8 million cap charge. If Kap were serious about getting moved, he'd almost certainly have to agree to a revised contract.
Feb 2 - 7:02 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said new coach Chip Kelly is "excited to get his hands" on RB Jarryd Hayne.

Ex-rugby star Hayne was one of the best stories of the preseason, but he touched the ball just 23 times on offense in the real games and spent half the season on San Francisco's practice squad. Kelly is undoubtedly intrigued by Hayne's skill set, but the runner still has a long way to go in his development. It is unlikely he makes a meaningful offensive impact in 2016.
Feb 1 - 11:16 AM

49ers ILB Navorro Bowman isn't worried about the effect Chip Kelly's offense will have on the team's defense.

Kelly's fast-paced offense doesn't give defenses much time to recover but Bowman said that's never been a part of his thought process. "I think people are blowing it out of proportion," he said. "I think any defense you play in, if your offense is getting off the field quicker than you gotta get off the field quicker. You gotta hold yourself to that standard." Bowman led the NFL with 154 tackles this season despite receiving a negative grade from Pro Football Focus.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 12:03 PM

49ers owner Jed York said 2016 will mark a "fresh start" for Colin Kaepernick under new coach Chip Kelly.

"Everybody wants to make a big issue of, 'Well, you need to make a decision on Colin.' Etcetera, etcetera," York said. "We want Colin to get back healthy as soon as possible. We want to make sure that he's able to take the field whenever he's available. ... I've always had a very, very high opinion of Kap. Kap's a great kid, he's done a lot of great things for us. And again, this is a fresh start for everybody." The 49ers have a ton of cap room heading into the offseason and don't seem to be in a rush to get Kaepernick out of town. The "fresh start" may be best for Kap.
Jan 29 - 10:01 AM

49ers hired ex-Browns DC Jim O'Neil as defensive coordinator.

It's a thoroughly uninspiring hire, but coach Chip Kelly had few to choose from. His fast-paced offense makes glory hard to come by for his defenses, which are forced to stay on the field for long periods of time, often leading to skewed statistics. O'Neil oversaw a decent Browns defense in 2014 before it hollowed out almost completely in 2015. O'Neil's unit was destroyed by the run and struggled against the pass. San Francisco's defense figures to be unrecognizable from the Jim Harbaugh/Vic Fangio days next season.
Jan 26 - 6:04 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers interviewed ex-Browns DC Jim O'Neil for the same position.

San Francisco is scraping the bottom of the barrel after striking out on Texans LBs coach Mike Vrabel. Current LBs coach Jason Tarver and Ravens LBs coach Don Martindale are also candidates. O'Neil's defenses struggled in Cleveland, and coaching opposite Chip Kelly's fast-paced scheme has proven to be a major challenge. The 49ers defense will likely take a step back next season.
Jan 25 - 10:08 AM

49ers GM Trent Baalke is unsure if RT Anthony Davis will come out of retirement.

When asked if Davis had filed for reinstatement, Baalke said, "As of right now, I've got no notification from the league to say that he has." Davis has hinted several times at a comeback, even going as far as to call it a "guarantee." Davis hung up his cleats last summer after five NFL seasons.
Jan 24 - 11:07 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the 49ers are interested in former Browns DC Jim O'Neil.

San Francisco has had to go in a different direction since Texans LBs coach Mike Vrabel turned down the team's defensive coordinator job last week. The Niners are also considering LBs coach Jason Tarver and Ravens LBs coach Don Martindale. O'Neil and ex-Browns head coach Mike Pettine have worked together since 2009 but Pettine said he's planning to take a year off from coaching. Ray Horton replaced O'Neil as Cleveland's DC last week.
Jan 24 - 10:19 AM

49ers hired Hardy Nickerson as linebackers coach.

A four-time All Pro, Nickerson spent last year as Tampa's LB coach. The move suggests Jason Tarver will be promoted or fired. Nickerson's hiring could indicate the 49ers are targeting Lovie Smith as their defensive coordinator.
Jan 23 - 2:40 PM

49ers signed OL Colin Kelly.

An undrafted free agent out of Oregon State in 2014, Kelly spent his rookie season on the Chiefs' injured reserve with a knee injury. He played at right tackle for the Ottawa Redblacks last season. The 26-year-old was signed after going through a short workout with the 49ers in late December. Kelly also had interest from the Browns, Vikings and Eagles.
Jan 23 - 12:42 PM

49ers hired Curtis Modkins as offensive coordinator.

Modkins was the only man left after Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn took himself out of consideration earlier today. The Niners have also tabbed Pat Flaherty as their new offensive line coach. Modkins spent the last three years as Detroit's RBs coach. Before that, Modkins served as the OC under Chan Gailey in Buffalo from 2010-12. Chip Kelly already said he plans to call plays on offense.
Jan 22 - 4:06 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer mentioned 49ers LBs coach Jason Tarver and Ravens LBs coach Don Martindale as candidates for the 49ers' defensive-coordinator job.

The 49ers are back on the search after Texans LBs coach Mike Vrabel turned down the job in San Francisco. Both Tarver and Martindale have previous coordinator experience. Tarver was the Raiders' defensive boss from 2012-2014, while Martindale was the Broncos' coordinator in 2010.
Jan 22 - 10:29 AM

New 49ers coach Chip Kelly was non-committal about Colin Kaepernick as the team's starter next season.

"Obviously, Kap is an extremely talented football player, and you need to have a good quarterback to win, but I was also impressed in the film that I watch in terms of how Blaine [Gabbert] played this year also," Kelly said. "So I think both of those players made this an attractive situation." If Kelly was trying to be vague about his starting situation, he could not have done a better job. It is hard to imagine Kaepernick not being the starter if he is still on the roster next season, but his spot on the roster remains a big if.
Jan 21 - 12:27 PM


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