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  • By David Bonilla
    12 hrs ago 5 comments
    Get ready for a whole lot of discussion surrounding the NFL fate of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career next month. Will he land with the Las Vegas Raiders (pat on the back for not writing "Oakland"), as some have predicted? Will a quarterback-needy squad try to woo him? Or will a team that seemingly appears set at the position try to snag the future Hall of Famer? Former Chicago Bears guard, Kyle Long, hopes to see the latter. Long sat down with NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes on Wednesday and said he hopes Brady lands with a team on the cusp of winning a Super Bowl. More specifically, he named the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners already have a quarterback, though, right?...
  • By David Bonilla
    14 hrs ago 3 comments
    The NFL and the NFLPA continue to negotiate the potential terms of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and hope to agree on a new deal soon. The current agreement was ratified in 2011 and extends through the 2020 season. With a new CBA could come a change to the NFL's playoff system. The league would reportedly like to extend the regular season from 16 games per team to 17 games while eliminating a preseason game. It also wants to add one more team per conference to the playoffs, increasing the total teams participating in the postseason from 12 to 14, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The increase in playoff teams would mean a...
  • By David Bonilla
    18 hrs ago 6 comments
    What does Emmanuel Sanders bring to the San Francisco 49ers? In addition to a reliable target for his quarterback, maybe football and life lessons like this. The veteran is well-respected by the team's group of less-experienced wide receivers. It's probably no coincidence that the emergence of rookie Deebo Samuel coincided with the trade that sent Sanders from the Denver Broncos to the 49ers. Samuel has learned a lot from Sanders during their half a season together. That includes how to study film and game plan. "Ever since [Sanders has] been...
  • By David Bonilla
    20 hrs ago 0 comments
    Emmanuel Sanders is scheduled to become a free agent next month after spending half of the 2019 season with the San Francisco 49ers. His future remains unclear, but there is still a chance the veteran receiver returns to the Niners. "I enjoyed this season," Sanders told reporters earlier this month. "I love the Niners organization, so we're going to see what's going to happen." Sanders is about to enter his 11th NFL season and has proven that he can be a valuable contributor to any offense. The soon-to-be-33-year-old receiver recorded 66 receptions for 869 yards with five touchdowns through 17 games and 16 starts between the 49ers and Denver Broncos in...
  • By David Bonilla
    20 hrs ago 0 comments
    The players within the San Francisco 49ers locker room mesh well with one another. The same is true within the individual position groups. That includes the running back room, which this past season consisted of Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, and Jeff Wilson Jr. Jerick McKinnon was there too but was on injured reserve for the second consecutive season and has not yet taken a regular-season snap with San Francisco. Wilson sat down with Steve Wyche of NFL Network this week and, among other topics, discussed why the running backs bonded so well with one another. There don't seem to be any selfish players. The running backs, like other...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 18, 2020 at 10:09 PM 5 comments
    Casual San Francisco 49ers fans may simply know Dre Greenlaw as the linebacker who stepped up when Kwon Alexander was lost for much of this past season, and then helped secure an NFC West title with a goal-line stop against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17. Die-hards who have followed Niners news since last year's draft know a lot more about the budding star who just completed his rookie campaign. Those who don't check out mentally when the season ends know about Greenlaw's youth in foster homes, and how a decision by one family changed his life. They've heard about why one...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 18, 2020 at 5:07 PM 3 comments
    Kyle Juszczyk isn't the only San Francisco 49ers player who is tired of hearing about his quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, being criticized for his late-game performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. With the 49ers holding onto a 10-point lead late in the game, the offense wasn't able to manage much, allowing the Chiefs to storm back and score 21 unanswered points to win the game. Garoppolo completed just three of his 11 passes for 36 yards, an interception, and a passer rating of 2.8 in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Still, the quarterback wasn't the only one who was, perhaps unfairly, criticized. Head coach Kyle Shanahan also took some heat for his seemingly questionable game management. Juszczyk...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 18, 2020 at 3:02 PM 1 comment
    There isn't a whole lot of San Francisco 49ers-related news going on right now, but at least one NFC West story is grabbing a few headlines today. The division-rival Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Former Panthers' TE Greg Olsen is signing a one-year, $7 million deal that includes $5.5M gtd with the Seahawks, per source. Olsen visited and negotiated with Buffalo, Seattle and Washington but felt most comfortable with the Seahawks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 18, 2020 at 9:01 AM 6 comments
    President Donald Trump has signed an executive order granting clemency for a full pardon for former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., according to an announcement from the White House on Tuesday. The pardon is for the 1998 felony conviction in which DeBartolo pleaded guilty for failing to report his role in the corruption case against former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. DeBartolo did not face jail time after testifying against Edwards. The NFL forced him to pay a $1 million fine, and he was suspended following the 1998 season. DeBartolo never returned to the 49ers or any NFL team after that point but was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. All five of the 49ers' Super Bowl championships have come under DeBartolo's ownership. The...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 18, 2020 at 7:08 AM 1 comment
    ESPN analyst Mel Kiper released his second mock draft on Tuesday, and nothing has changed for the San Francisco 49ers, who are currently slated to select with the No. 31 overall pick. Of course, that could change by the time the Niners' time to pick comes around. The team does not currently own another selection until the fifth round and could trade down to acquire more picks. For now, the 49ers sit at No. 31, and Kiper still has them selecting former LSU safety Grant Delpit. "Team needs will change, obviously, as free agency sorts itself out," writes Kiper, "but these are my 1-32 predictions...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 17, 2020 at 10:38 AM 5 comments
    San Francisco 49ers fans may not want to hear anything about learning from the Seattle Seahawks, so if you made it past the headline, I applaud you. The truth is, the 49ers' hated division-rival has provided a lot during the three-year tenure of general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan. The latter knew the difficulties of facing a Seahawks-style defense, and the benefits of playing within one, and opted to bring in a defensive coordinator — Robert Saleh — with experience in the system but who was also able to evolve it. The 49ers wanted to find corners that fit the mold of long-time Seahawk, Richard Sherman. So they nabbed the best of those examples — Sherman himself — and continued adding players with similar traits. There...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 17, 2020 at 9:30 AM 0 comments
    San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has led the league in yards after the catch the past two seasons. He had 621 in 2019, not including postseason play. Fans are used to watching the All-Pro tight end catching passes and then embarrassing defenders on the way to significant gains downfield. That didn't start in the NFL, college, or even high school. It turns out Kittle could embarrass defenders in Pop Warner football, as well. Our friends over at TheSFNiners posted the following video from Kittle's Pop Warner days, which is a fun watch for any 49ers or Kittle fan. It originated from Kittle's wife, Claire, who posted it via...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 16, 2020 at 1:49 PM 1 comment
    The NFL really wants a 17-game season and reportedly continues to push for it in the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The terms of an offer for first-round picks could be an enticing incentive. As it stands now, teams have the option to execute a fifth year of a first-round draft pick's four-year rookie deal. For example, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead's 2019 season was played on the fifth-year option, earning him over $9 million this past season. That's over $7 million more than Armstead received in 2018. For the 49ers, the decision to pick up Armstead's option worked out well. The defender led the team in sacks this past season with a career-high 10 and added two more during postseason play. The new...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 16, 2020 at 6:55 AM 15 comments
    Pro Football Focus isn't expecting the same kind of season in 2020 from the San Francisco 49ers as the one we saw this past season. The Kyle Shanahan-led squad followed up a four-win 2018 campaign with a division win, the best record in the conference, and a Super Bowl run that ended just short of its sixth-Vince-Lombardi-Trophy hopes. PFF is expecting San Francisco to suffer a bit of a post-Super-Bowl-loss drop off in 2020. Early 2020 season win totals were recently posted for those looking to place a bet and had the 49ers at 10.5 wins. That's two-and-a-half wins short of this past season's total. PFF doesn't even envision San Francisco reaching that...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 14, 2020 at 1:36 PM 2 comments
    Ethan Westbrooks' time with the San Francisco 49ers lasted two days. The veteran defensive lineman was signed to a one-year deal on Wednesday and then released on Friday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Some transactions: The #Texans released CB Vernon Hargreaves, the former first rounder, and the #49ers have cut DT Ethan...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 14, 2020 at 12:08 PM 2 comments
    It turns out that a pectoral injury wasn't the only thing San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander played through during this past NFL postseason. He is undergoing surgery on Friday to repair a biceps injury that he played through during the playoffs and Super Bowl LIV, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. #49ers LB Kwon Alexander wasn't just playing in the Super Bowl with a surgically repaired pec. Sources say he was also dealing with a biceps injury that is being surgically repaired today. He'll have a full recovery for 2020,...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 14, 2020 at 11:18 AM 1 comment
    Pro Football Focus last week released its list of the top 101 players from the 2019 season, and ranked at the top was San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle. He was among six 49ers players listed in the top 101. The others were cornerback Richard Sherman at No. 13, defensive end Nick Bosa at No. 28, defensive end Arik Armstead at No. 30, safety Jimmie Ward at No. 54, and defensive tackle Deforest Buckner at No. 82. Kittle finished the regular season with 85 catches for 1,053 yards with five touchdowns and proved to be a vital part of the 49ers' run-blocking. It was the tight end's second consecutive game of 1,000-or-more yards, his second time being selected to...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 14, 2020 at 9:45 AM 0 comments
    Kyle Juszczyk joined Good Morning Football on Friday and was asked several personal questions so viewers could get to know the San Francisco 49ers fullback better. One of the questions asked Juszczyk to identify his favorite television show of all-time. He named two. One was a bit of a throwback — Lost. The other was a show a little more current — Game of Thrones. Kay Adams noted the disappointing way that Lost ended, to which Juszczyk reminded the NFL Network host of how Game of Thrones ended. Then the 49ers fullback hilariously compared his past season to both television shows. "Honestly, it's similar to the season I just had," Juszczyk said as he started to laugh. "It was a...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 14, 2020 at 8:36 AM 1 comment
    NFL history is full of teams that lost the Super Bowl and had a drop-off the next season. The most recent example is the 2018 Los Angeles Rams, who reached the Super Bowl only to lose to the New England Patriots. The Rams didn't reach the playoffs the next season and finished third in the NFC West. The 2016 Carolina Panthers followed up a Super Bowl 50 loss to the Denver Broncos with a 6-10 season. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. There are many, in fact, just in recent history. The San Francisco 49ers don't expect to fall into a post-Super-Bowl-loss slump. They believe their team is different. Still, as difficult as it is to return to the Super Bowl following winning the game the previous year, it seems even more difficult for the...
  • By David Bonilla
    Feb 14, 2020 at 7:49 AM 1 comment
    When Kyle Shanahan spoke to reporters last week, the San Francisco 49ers head coach said he had no regrets about the way he called or managed the game plan in Super Bowl LIV. Some feel that a different strategy could have been used in the closing minutes of the first half, but Shanahan defended his decision not to use a timeout and preserve the game clock before getting the football back for one last drive before halftime. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk joined Good Morning Football on Friday and was asked if he has any regrets from the heartbreaking loss. "You always feel like you can execute better,"...
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