Vernon Davis signed to five-year extension

Four months after signing linebacker Patrick Willis to a long-term contract extension, the Niners did the same today with Vernon Davis, another franchise cornerstone, who will become the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. Davis was signed to a five-year extension through 2015. Multiple sources, including the Sacramento Bee, have reported that Davis will receive $23 million guaranteed and could earn as much as $37 million overall. The deal is…

September 11, 2010

D-line coach Tomsula on Franklin’s return

The moment we’ve all been waiting for came just before 2 p.m. (PST) this afternoon, when ESPN super-sleuth Adam Schefter reported that missing NT Aubrayo Franklin will fly to San Francisco on Saturday and zip to 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara to sign his franchise tender.
Because of the uncertain labor situation heading into 2011, and because Franklin’s deadline to negotiate a long-term contract with the team had expired, there was little doubt the respected nose tackle would re-enter the fold at some point. The question was when.

August 26, 2010

Plummer gets giddy talking about Willis

Everybody had an opinion on the Patrick Willis contract extension yesterday. But some opinions count for more than others. Here’s what 12-year NFL linebacker and current 49ers broadcaster Gary Plummer had to say.
Plummer, of course, played linebacker for 12 years in the NFL, including his final four (1994-97) with the 49ers. More recently, he has witnessed Willis’ growth while doing game analysis for KNBR. Plummer takes a very analytical approach to the game, and it’s not surprising that he had strong opinions on Willis.

May 5, 2010

LaBoy on Willis: ‘allows the defense to expand’

A few commenters gave rookie linebacker Navorro Bowman some grief for not knowing much about Patrick Willis, the 49ers’ new $50 million man. Well, rest assured that most players who have spent some time in the NFL know all about No. 52. Just ask Travis LaBoy, the Larkspur native who joined the 49ers as a free agent this offseason.

May 4, 2010

Blount going to Titans, not 49ers

The 49ers’ first minicamp of 2010 just got a little less interesting. As you may have heard, Oregon running back LaGarrette Blount, better known for one punch than for 1,084 rushing yards, decided against signing with the Niners and instead agreed to terms with Tennessee.

April 26, 2010

UDFAs Blount, Vann, Brown agree to terms with 49ers

The 49ers have agreed to terms Saturday evening with embattled Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, who was not selected in the seven-round NFL draft.   Blount, who was a projected high draft pick when the season started, saw his draft stock come crashing down when he punched taunting Boise State defensive end Byron Hout following a season-opening defeat. Blount was suspended for the balance of the season before getting reinstated…

April 24, 2010

49ers re-sign Wilhelm

One of the 49ers’ scheduled unrestricted free agents will not be hitting the open market tonight. The club has re-signed veteran linebacker Matt Wilhelm to a one-year contract.

March 4, 2010

Crabtree calls holdout ‘humbling experience’

Michael Crabtree arrived at the 49ers’ practice facility around 11 a.m., shook hands with his teammates and then went out of the practice field for the team’s morning walk-through. Coach Mike Singletary said Crabtree will not suit up for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

October 7, 2009

Crabtree signs up for 6 years

It’s a done deal. The 49ers have announced they have reached a six-year contract with rookie receiver Michael Crabtree, ending a contract impasse on its 72nd day. Crabtree was the No. 10 overall pick in the draft. He is expected to be on the practice field this morning. Let’s see if the guy can play a little football. More details to come after I wake up. The 49ers have a…

October 7, 2009

Bly: I’m hungry right now

**Updates with contract info*** Veteran cornerback Dre’ Bly, who signed a one-year contract with the 49ers today, said he is eager to compete against Tarell Brown and Shawntae Spencer for a starting job.

May 21, 2009

Getting early start: Niners sign two draft picks

***Includes updates on the contract numbers, as well as a new deal for Jeff Ulbrich that suggests the likelihood he figures into the team’s plan for this season.*** Niners chief negotiator Paraag Marathe is not waiting around for the team’s draft picks to be slotted. The 49ers today announced the signings of linebacker Scott McKillop and defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois to four-year contracts.

May 14, 2009