Where Jimmy Garoppolo will play in 2022

The 49ers brass did a good deal of posturing regarding their situation with Jimmy Garoppolo during the NFL owner’s meeting. John Lynch, Kyle Shanahan, and Jed York all struck a similar tone; they are OK having Garoppolo and his $26.95 million salary-cap hit on their roster, even if he’s backing up Trey Lance. That is unless another team gives them the compensation they are looking for. “We were always going…

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How Brian Griese will help Trey Lance

The development of Lance will largely fall on the shoulders of new quarterbacks coach Brian Griese. When the hiring of Griese was first reported, it came as a bit of a surprise. After all, he had never held a coaching role at any level. After retiring, Griese moved into the broadcast booth, working with ESPN since 2009, moving into the Monday Night Football booth in 2020. During his time working…

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Trey Lance to quarterback 49ers “sooner rather than later”

During the NFL Annual Meeting, we’ve learned John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are on the same page with their talking points regarding the 49ers quarterback situation. Let’s start with their handling of Jimmy Garoppolo. “We can’t upgrade our team by getting some good picks until people feel good about the surgery,” Shanahan told reporters Tuesday morning. “I’m alright with that. We’re not going to get rid of him just to…

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The 49ers quarterback job is Trey Lance’s to lose

At the beginning of the offseason, most expected the 49ers would move on from Jimmy Garoppolo to open the door for Trey Lance. Unexpected shoulder surgery for Garoppolo curtailed trade talks, and the team has chosen to keep the quarterback on the roster. The situation around Garoppolo has led many to question how the team feels about second-year quarterback Trey Lance. After all, the 49ers used three first-round draft picks…

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Deebo Samuel: The Next Great 49ers Receiver?

San Francisco has a long history of great wide receivers. Players such as R.C. Owens, Gene Washington, Freddie Solomon, Dwight Clark, John Taylor, Terrell Owens, and who needs to be reminded of Jerry Rice. Deebo Samuel can be the next great 49ers wide receiver. In 2019, Samuel finished with 57 receptions to set the 49ers rookie receiving record. While 802 receiving yards trail only Jerry Rice, Samuel’s 961 total yards…

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49ers add Kerry Hyder; Kinlaw feeling amazing

A name familiar to 49ers fans is returning to San Francisco. After losing Kerry Hyder to Seattle a year ago, the 49ers are bringing Hyder back on a one-year, $1.5 million deal with $750K guaranteed and $750K available in sack incentives, according to ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates. This signing reunites Hyder with defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. Hyder’s best seasons have come while working with Kocurek. While together in…

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49ers continue to follow their plan

The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have re-signed DL Jordan Willis to a one-year deal. The 49ers originally acquired Willis in a trade with the New York Jets on October 27, 2020. In 2021, Willis finished with 15 tackles, a career-high 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble in 10 games played. His pressure on Dak Prescott led to the game-deciding touchdown in San Francisco’s NFC Wild Card win against…

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49ers can win with Lance…and Garoppolo

Monday started with a report the 49ers had an offer of two second-round picks on the table for Jimmy Garoppolo. By noon the Atlanta Falcons had traded Matt Ryan to Indianapolis for a third-round pick, signed Marcus Mariota as his replacement and New Orleans brought back Jameis Winston to fill its need at quarterback. The teams still looking to add a quarterback have dwindled to Carolina, Seattle. Both organizations seem…

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Analysis: 49ers address needs during first week of free agency

As fans fretted over the lack of movement with Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers worked to build their roster back into a contender in the NFC. During the first week of free agency, San Francisco made moves to retain Azeez Al-Shaair, Daniel Brunskill, Demetrius Flanigan-Fowles, Kevin Givens, JaMycal Hasty, announced it reached an agreement with cornerback Charvarius Ward, re-signed Maurice Hurst, and signed four additional free agents without overspending. Ward was…

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49ers focused on improving special teams in free agency

Kyle Shanahan has seen enough. The 49ers special teams units have ranked near the bottom of the league over the last two seasons. As opponents routinely picked up big yardage on kickoff returns. Meanwhile, seeing San Francisco return a kickoff out to the 25 was cause for a standing ovation. And who can forget the mistakes from the San Francisco punt return unit? After their defense opened the game by…

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Charvarius Ward and Oren Burks explain their fit with 49ers

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That’s certainly true about the new 49ers linebacker Oren Burks. “I’m a big seafood guy. I grew up right outside of D.C. and that’s the one thing I’ve kind of been looking forward to,” Burks replied when asked what he’s most looking forward to moving from Green Bay to the San Francisco Bay Area. Burks is very familiar…

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49ers sign DT Hassan Ridgeway: Free agency officially opens

Free agency in the NFL officially began on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. and the 49ers wasted little time getting involved. San Francisco agreed to terms with former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway on Wednesday. Ridgeway joins cornerback Charvarius Ward and linebacker Oren Burks as new additions for the 49ers. Ridgeway was originally a fourth-round selection of the Indianapolis Colts. Following three seasons with Indianapolis, Ridgeway was traded to Philadelphia…

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49ers are one of Deshaun Watson’s preferred destinations

Could another quarterback move be in the works for San Francisco? A report surfaced yesterday stating San Francisco would meet with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. The report was quickly shot down, stating the 49ers would not be meeting with the embattled quarterback. Jason Dumas of KRON 4 News later reported Watson I interested in joining San Francisco. “Despite multiple refuted reports, I’ve been told that there is in fact…

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49ers ready for start of new league year

The 49ers are ready for the official start of free agency. With a deadline of 1:00 p.m. looming to get under the salary cap, San Francisco restructured the contracts of Arik Armstead and George Kittle. These moves saved the 49ers $18.756 million in cap space for 2022. San Francisco now has roughly $9 million in cap space to work with once the tenders to their exclusive and restricted free agents…

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49ers free agency tracker day two: Dee Ford contract restructured

The San Francisco 49ers lost two players and gained one Monday, the opening day of the open tampering period, which kicks off free agency. San Francisco lost left guard Laken Tomlinson and defensive tackle D.J. Jones. Tomlinson had played nearly every snap at left guard since being traded to the 49ers from Detroit in 2017. He received a three-year deal worth $40 million, $27 million guaranteed, and a max value…

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49ers free agency tracker

Free agency is underway in the NFL. At 9:00 a.m. this morning teams were able to begin negotiations with free agents. While agreements may be reached, nothing will become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00. The morning started off with Mitchell Trubisky and Pittsburgh agreeing to a two-year deal. This move makes sense for Pittsburgh. According to reports, Pittsburgh has shown interest…

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The ideal 49ers offseason

With free agency set to take center stage Monday afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers are focused on improving their team for 2022. Let’s take a look at the ideal scenario for the 49ers offseason. Over the last week the team announced they have re-signed center Jake Brendel, defensive linemen Kevin Givens and Maurice Hurst, running back JaMycal Hasty, offensive lineman Colton McKivitz, linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and quarterback Nate Sudfeld to…

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Why ESPN broadcaster Brian Griese was a good hire for 49ers quarterback coach

The 49ers raised a few eyebrows when they announced Brian Griese as their new quarterback coach. Griese had worked as a broadcaster since joining ESPN in 2009 and has never been a coach at any level. Let’s look at the case for this move making sense. Griese is a football lifer. His father Bob was a Hall of Fame quarterback, leading the Miami Dolphins to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in…

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Colts appear poised to acquire Garoppolo

With each passing day, the potential landing spots for Jimmy Garoppolo continue to become clearer. On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Colts traded quarterback Carson Wentz to Washington. In return for Wentz and a 2022 second-round pick, Indianapolis receives the Commander’s 2022 second and third-round picks and a 2023 third-round pick which could become a second-round pick if the quarterback plays more than 70 percent of plays for Washington. Indianapolis has been…

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49ers announce 2022 coaching staff

The 49ers announced their full coaching staff for the 2022 season. Below is the press release from the team announcing the new coaching hires and title changes. Name Title Stephen Adegoke Defensive Quality Control James Cregg Assistant Offensive Line Brian Fleury* Tight Ends Chris Foerster* Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator Joe Graves Assistant Offensive Line Brian Griese Quarterbacks Leonard Hankerson* Wide Receivers Klay Kubiak* Assistant Quarterbacks Anthony Lynn Assistant Head Coach/Running…

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