Jerry Rice attended the last part of 49ers practice today for a filming of the ESPN show, “Homecoming.” After today’s session of organized team activities, the team gathered around as he spoke to them for about 10 minutes on the field.
Veteran cornerback Walt Harris is likely to miss the 2009 season after sustaining a torn ACL in his right knee yesterday. The injury will require surgery, the team said.
There have been a lot of questions tossed my way recently. And I haven’t had a lot of time to answer them. But here are some answers to common questions surrounding the 49ers at this time.
The 49ers might not be in midseason form – and that’s OK because it is the month of May. But coach Mike Singletary is exhibiting mid-November intensity.
***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.
It’s a nice idea. But as the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.
The 49ers begin organized team activities (OTAs) on Monday, and most of the 82 81 players on their roster are expected to participate.
Remember when I wrote I wasn’t going to post a blog entry for a while? Well, I lied.
The big competition of the 49ers’ offseason is taking place at quarterback – just as it did a year ago. In fact, it was the only head-to-head comparison going on during the 49ers’ recently completed minicamp.
The 49ers’ minicamp concluded today, and I can’t even begin to say which quarterback is in the lead for the starting job. (But you would think Shaun Hill began with a significant edge, based on how he played last season after Mike Singletary elevated him to the starting lineup.)
Today was coordinator day at 49ers minicamp, as offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky fielded questions in a group setting for the first time this offseason.
Niners rookies and selected veterans hit the practice field this afternoon. Very few of the veterans are in attendance this weekend, as the youngsters get a chance to take the bulk of the practice repetitions during the minicamp.
The 49ers picked up an additional 2010 first-round draft pick last week, and GM Scot McCloughan said today it is possible the club will not still own it when next year’s draft rolls around.
The 49ers today signed veteran outside linebacker Marques Harris, an unrestricted free agent who played his first four seasons with the Chargers. The club also announced the signings of 12 undrafted free agents.
The rookies – drafted and undrafted — began arriving this afternoon at the 49ers’ practice facility in Santa Clara.
The 49ers have a lot of salary-cap room and two first-round picks for 2010. It only goes to reason that they would investigate all the possibilities for immediately improving the roster.
UPDATED: 8:19 a.m. (PT), Thursday * * * Here is a list of undrafted free agents who have agreed to contracts with the 49ers, according to their agents.
A couple days after the NFL draft, here are some thoughts on 49ers-related topics . . .
UPDATES: Agreements with undrafted free agents at the bottom. Here is the article that will appear in Monday’s paper, “Niners give offense a lot of attention.” And here’s a rundown of offseason changes with all the NFC teams, beginning with the 49ers. (Just in case you were wondering if I did any work this weekend.) * * * How did the 49ers do in this weekend’s draft?
The 49ers selected a big free safety, Curtis Taylor of LSU, with their first of two seventh-round picks.And with their final pick, No. 244 overall, the 49ers selected LSU defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois.