Category Archives: Free agency

Goodbye Aubrayo Franklin, hello Phillip Davis

SANTA CLARA – According to reports, former 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin signed with The New Orleans Saints this afternoon. The deal is for one season. With Franklin out of the picture, the 49ers defensive line would appear to be set, barring injury. It is: Justin Smith at RDE, Isaac Sopoaga at NT, and Ray […]

The defensive backs

The 49ers ranked 24th against the pass in 2010, and their secondary could be even shakier in 2011. Their best cornerback, Nate Clements, signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, and Trent Baalke has yet to sign anyone to replace him. He did sign a safety today. His name is Madieu Williams, and he presumably will replace […]

Why Plaxico rejected 49ers

In Matt Maiocco’s latest article he argues there are two main reasons the 49ers can’t sign an impact wide receiver like Plaxico Burress: No recent winning tradition. No proven quarterback. I agree with Matt, but here’s my question for you. Which reason plays a bigger factor in the 49ers striking out with Burress? I’m saying […]

LaBoy signs with Chargers

Greg Manusky has added another former 49er to his defense. A couple days after the Chargers agreed to terms with Takeo Spikes, they announced today that they had signed another linebacker, Travis LaBoy, to a two-year contract. Both will play for Manusky in San Diego.

Michael Crabtree’s dogs

Matt Barrows, the great reporter from the Sacramento Bee, just reported that Michael Crabtree has a foot injury and he could miss four to six weeks of training camp and the preseason. He’s also reporting the 49ers want to sign a veteran wide receiver. This is the third straight year Crabtree’s feet have failed him […]

Waiting for Nnamdi

SANTA CLARA – I just arrived in Santa Clara. Players will be available for group media interviews in the press room from 11:30 to 12:45, just like yesterday and the day before. I will be posting them later. Remember, these interviews are group efforts by the beat writers. Now let’s catch up with free agency. […]

Competition: You predict the 49ers’ 3rd quarterback

Multiple outlets are reporting that the 49ers will cut quarterback David Carr Thursday. That means they have just two quarterbacks on the roster – Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. Who will be the third? Every team needs three quarterbacks. What’s more, we were told there was going to be a quarterback competition in training camp. […]

Jed York on the Santa Clara stadium and free agency

SANTA CLARA – Here are selected quotes from Jed York’s Tuesday morning conference call. He talked about his plan for financing the new stadium in Santa Clara, the possibility of the Raiders joining them in the project, and the 49ers free agency philosophy. Does his timeline seem realistic? Does his free agency philosophy please you? […]

49ers to sign Masoli

The 49ers will sign former Oregon Duck and Ole Miss Rebel Jeremiah Masoli, reports Matt Maiocco of 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 […]

Which free agents the 49ers should sign

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 […]

49ers sign RB Westbrook

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.’s Jason LaCanfora reported that he will earn a base salary of $1.25 million, and could receive as much as $2.5 million.