Welcome to the first full day of NFL free agency. It’s darn early in the morning . . . do you know where your free agent is?
We might even have a few updates here throughout the evening/morning . . . * * * The NFL announced this evening that 444 players have become free agents and are now eligible to negotiate with any team in the league.
While newlywed Alex Smith is on his honeymoon, talks about reducing his contract have been put on hold. The only timeline for getting a new deal in place apparently is Monday, March 16.
That darn East Coast bias gets pretty annoying, eh?
The 49ers currently have approximately $25 million in salary-cap space with free agency set to begin at 9:01 p.m. (PT) tomorrow night. Don’t expect anything memorable like a year ago when this blog posted a report about the first free agent to switch teams. The post was time-stamped at 9:27 p.m. Teams — and players speaking to the media — will probably be a little more discreet this year.
Just wanted to check in for a quick update.
I was going to hold off on writing an NFL combine recap until Monday. But here I am, stuck for a while at Chicago‘s Midway. I see my flight has been delayed THREE hours. I’m not scheduled to arrive back in the Bay Area around 2 a.m., so thank goodness there’s a Harry Caray’s next to my gate.
Prior to coming to the NFL scouting combine here in Indianapolis, new 49ers offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye sent faxes to Shaun Hill and Alex Smith. (Hmmm, sounds to me as if Smith just might be back on the team next season.)
An NFL employee led us down the concourse and into the elevator. We were not blindfolded, but it seems as if that would’ve been an appropriate safeguard.
The spread offense, which has become so prevalent in the college ranks, is having quite an impact on the college game, too.
One of the best draft prospects from the Bay Area colleges is San Jose State defensive Jarron Gilbert, who was the WAC’s co-defensive player of the year with 22 tackles for loss.
There is news from the combine this morning that could impact the 49ers’ pick at No. 10.
Niners general manager Scot McCloughan discusses the situations at quarterback, running back and offensive line during his session with the media.
In the second part of Mike Singletary’s Q&A, he said he wants to look in the eyes of the draft prospects and get to know them. * * *
I just completed typing up the transcript of Mike Singletary’s meeting with the press today. There’s a lot of stuff, so I’m breaking it up into two parts.
Mike Singletary and Scot McCloughan were just paced through the media gauntlet here at the combine.
Today is the day that I’ll try to become a photon.
There have been a lot of questions in recent months about how things will change on the NFL landscape when/if the owners and players association allow the current collective bargaining agreement to expire.
The NFL has announced the official list of players given “franchise” designation by their respective teams. The 49ers did not name a franchise player.
Coach Mike Singletary and general manager Scot McCloughan are scheduled to meet with the media tomorrow. Today, Raiders coach Tom Cable was at the podium for a Q&A session.