The 49ers will sign former Oregon Duck and Ole Miss Rebel Jeremiah Masoli, reports Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. If this is true, this is a departure from the 49ers pattern of signing “character guys.” As Carmen Policy once put it, the 49ers like to do things with “class.” Masoli, the 5’11 220 lb. San Francisco native has gotten in trouble with the law three times. In 2005 when he was…
Now that the lockout is over, let’s look ahead to free agency, which starts this week. Who will the 49ers sign? Alex Smith, for starters. Smith stated in a text message this morning he won’t hesitate to sign with 49ers. So we can count on him. Who else? The 49ers first have to decide which of their own players to resign. The big names are: MLB Takeo Spikes, S Dashon…
Willis, obviously, can withstand pain. But he couldn’t do much when he received a concerned look after the results of an X-ray on his broken right hand came back after Sunday’s 25-17 loss to the Rams.
Hours after trading disgruntled defensive end Kentwan Balmer to the Seahawks, the 49ers made an even bigger splash, signing coveted free-agent running back Brian Westbrook.
Westbrook had been linked to the Denver, St. Louis and Washington over the offseason. Saturday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen called the Rams frontrunners. Sunday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan reiterated his interest in the versatile veteran. But it was the 49ers who swooped in and signed Westbrook to a one-year contract.
NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora reported that he will earn a base salary of $1.25 million, and could receive as much as $2.5 million.
OK, it’s not as newsworthy as Patrick Willis re-upping, but the 49ers added another piece to their defense today when they signed veteran CB Williams James to a one-year deal. Or if you have a long memory – Will Peterson, as he was known during his first five seasons with the New York Giants.
Outside linebacker Travis LaBoy agreed to terms today on a one-year, $1.6 million contract with the 49ers, a league source said, confirming an ESPN report. This signing gives the 49ers four experienced players at the pass-rushing position.
Free-agent outside linebacker/defensive end Travis LaBoy worked out for the 49ers today, approximately 11 months after undergoing surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot. He sat out last season to rehabilitate from the injury.
Guard David Baas, a restricted free agent, signed his one-year, $1,226 million tender with the 49ers today, the club announced.
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks signed a waiver to participate in the 49ers’ offseason earlier in the week. Today, the 49ers announced Brooks signed a new two-year contract. Terms of the contract were not immediately known. Brooks, a four-year veteran, was a restricted free agent.
Outside linebacker/defensive end Ahmad Brooks showed a lot of promise in the final six games of the season after replacing Manny Lawson on third downs to rush the passer. Brooks tied for second on the 49ers with six sacks.
The 49ers re-signed kicker Shane Andrus to a one-year contract today, and will likely expect him to handle the backup duties at placekicker and punter during training camp this summer to save a spot on the 80-man roster for another position.
Free-agent offensive tackle Barry Sims decided yesterday to return to the 49ers on a one-year contract. Today, the signing became official.
Veteran free-agent offensive tackle Barry Sims today agreed to terms with the 49ers on a one-year contract that will pay him up to $2.1 million, including incentives, for the 2010 season.
Free-agent guard Chester Pitts visited the 49ers today after meeting with the Lions earlier in the week. He said his agent received a call today from the Seahawks, as they have entered the picture to gain his services. And the Texans, the team for which he has played the first eight seasons of his NFL career, want him to be in touch before he signs with another team.
Representatives of the 49ers have spoken to free-agent Adam “Pacman” Jones, but coach Mike Singletary was not represent, a team spokesman said. Team representatives (I don’t know specifically which individuals) attended the memorial service for Ahmad Brooks’ father recently. On that trip, team reps visited several people in Louisiana, including Jones. That is as far as things have gone. The reps visited other players in the area, such as…
The 49ers today announced the signing of free-agent cornerback Karl Paymah, whom the club pursued last offseason before he signed with the Vikings. Paymah signed a one-year contract.
Free-agent linebacker Akin Ayodele, whom the Dolphins recently released, is visiting with 49ers coaches and officials today in Santa Clara.
The 49ers have set up a Monday free-agent visit with linebacker Akin Ayodele, whom the Miami Dolphins released last week. The Saints and Cardinals have also expressed interest in Ayodele, 30, an eight-year veteran.
Some of the best free agents on the market are considered untouchable because of the level of compensation that a new team would have to provide. Draft picks are valuable currency in the non-salary cap NFL, as teams that draft well have a better chance of creating a winning nucleus while adhering to their budgets.
When I asked 49ers coach Mike Singletary (several times) at the NFL Scouting Combine whether Alex Smith would be the team’s starting quarterback in 2010, he finally said yes. “The thing for me is I’m always going to use words like ‘probably’ and all those other things because I like competition,” Singletary said. “I like guys knowing that they’re always going to compete. But I feel very comfortable in…