49ers cut WR Brandon Jones

Monday, the 49ers acknowledged a mistake from recent years and sent DE Kentwan Balmer – a first-round draft choice in 2008 – to division-rival Seattle for the low, low price of a sixth-rounder in 2011.
Today, it was another admission as the Niners released WR Brandon Jones, a guy they handed $5.4 million in guaranteed money on Feb. 29, 2009 – part of a deal that could have paid as much as $16.5 over five years. Jones made $620,000 in base salary in ’09. Combine that with the bonus, and he made more than $6 million – for one catch. That’s what Jones registered last year, playing in eight games after he returned from a fractured shoulder.
On Aug. 2, Jones told the Press Democrat that he had counted on more playing time in 2009.

August 18, 2010

Breaking down the 49ers, one year later

There is a lot of optimism in Santa Clara these days. Then again, that’s pretty much the definition of the NFL offseason. But have the 49ers really improved? To form answers, let’s look at how the roster has changed in the past year – since June 2, 2009. Here’s who has arrived and who has departed, position by position, and what it might mean for the coming season.
I invite you to weigh in.

June 2, 2010

Practice squad moves

The Jaguars plucked defensive lineman Attiyah Atiyyah Ellison off the 49ers’ practice squad. The 49ers filled the opening by signing fullback Carl Stewart, an undrafted rookie from Auburn.

December 10, 2008