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Jimmy Garoppolo, gobs of money, make 49ers attractive to free agents

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:48:21 UT

Last year, when the 49ers were pursuing Kyle Juszczyk, they gulped when they discovered several other teams also coveted the free-agent fullback. As the bidding increased, general manager John Lynch said he looked at head coach Kyle Shanahan and they shared a “Wow, this is getting real” moment. But after it got real, the 49ers got it done: They opened their fat wallet and made Juszczyk the highest-paid fullback in NFL history. “We were fortunate that we had a lot of (salary-cap) room to do so,” Lynch said at the time. “And we still have a lot more room. So we’re in great position.



49ers host Vontae Davis, 2-time Pro Bowl cornerback

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:31:45 UT

The 49ers hosted free-agent cornerback Vontae Davis, a two-time Pro Bowl pick who was released by the Colts in November after he went public with his frustration over losing his starting job, a team spokesman said. Davis reportedly visited the Bills and Browns before his stop in Santa Clara on Tuesday. The 49ers are very thin at cornerback after starter Ahkello Witherspoon, a 2017 third-round pick who blossomed late in the season, and slot K’Waun Williams, who earned a midseason extension last year. They are not expected to re-sign pending free agent Dontae Johnson, who periodically was benched during games late last year while making 16 starts.



Report: 49ers to hire Chris Kiffin for pass-rush role

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:12:32 UT

The 49ers are creating a new staff position in an effort to create more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The 49ers are hiring Florida Atlantic defensive coordinator Chris Kiffin, 36, as a pass-rush-specialist coach, Sports Illustrated reported. The 49ers have not confirmed the hiring. Kiffin is the younger brother of FAU head coach Lane Kiffin — the former Raiders head coach — and the son of longtime former NFL defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Kiffin will join a team that ranked 26th in the NFL in sacks (30) last year and had just one player - outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil - with more than three.



The anti-Jimmy: 49ers C Kilgore jokes about non-star status

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:18:53 UT

What is the opposite of the Jimmy Garoppolo contract extension? The Daniel Kilgore contract extension? Don’t worry. The 49ers center won’t take offense. In fact, Kilgore joked about his anti-Garoppolo status Wednesday after signing his three-year extension from Tennessee: He noted he didn’t quite receive the franchise-QB treatment afforded to Garoppolo last week. “I’m actually back home waiting for my private jet to fly to the Bay Area,” Kilgore said. “… No, it’s 2018 and they just do a Docu-sign, so it’s all good. I was in the middle of working out when I signed my contract. But I would take the private jet, yes.



49ers sign center Daniel Kilgore to 3-year extension

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:50:23 UT

Less than a week after signing their franchise quarterback, the 49ers secured the services of one of the players who will be charged with protecting their $137.5 million investment. On Wednesday, six days after Jimmy Garoppolo signed a five-year deal, the 49ers signed center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year contract extension. Kilgore, 30, who was a pending free agent, is a 2011 fifth-round pick who is the team’s second-longest tenured member behind left tackle Joe Staley. Last year, Kilgore started a career-high 16 games and won the team’s Bobb McKittrick Award, an honor voted on by his fellow offensive linemen, which recognizes qualities such as courage and intensity.



The Jimmy Garoppolo glow: 49ers’ QB has propped up plenty in franchise

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:10:01 UT

Jimmy Garoppolo makes everyone look better. It’s not just the 49ers’ offensive linemen and wide receivers. It’s their once-embattled owner, Jed York, their once-beleaguered ex-president, Paraag Marathe, and even general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan. About those last two: They weren’t exactly under fire in November when they were the faces of the first 0-9 team in the franchise’s 72-year history, but it’s stunning how many IQ points they’ve gained in the past three months.



Standout LBs leaving 49ers? There’s been a few

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:21:06 UT

If inside linebacker Reuben Foster’s legal troubles this offseason cause his employment with the 49ers to end unexpectedly, he’d hardly be alone. Since 2015, five standout linebackers have left the 49ers and each exit has come with varying degrees of surprise. Of course, it’s certainly not clear Foster will join that group as the 49ers have not taken immediate action since he was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.



If Reuben Foster stays, can 49ers trust him?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 04:45:06 UT

The 49ers fell so hard for Reuben Foster that they celebrated wildly when they stopped his fall in the draft. In April, their draft room exploded after they made the Alabama linebacker the penultimate pick in the first round. Why? Moments after selecting the Butkus Award winner, general manager John Lynch told reporters the No. 31 pick was ranked No. 3 on the team’s draft board and it was “very likely” they would have selected him 28 spots earlier if their first selection, Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, wasn’t available. “We got two of our top three players,” Lynch said. “… We’re thrilled. We’re ecstatic.



49ers not sweating record payout to Jimmy Garoppolo

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:27:05 UT

On Friday, a year to the day after the 49ers held their introductory news conference for general manager and head coach Kyle Shanahan, they gathered in the same Levi’s Stadium auditorium after signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. After Garoppolo’s news conference, it was noted to CEO Jed York that he’d spent a massive amount of money a year ago to hire Lynch and Shanahan while still paying just-fired GM Trent Baalke and coach Chip Kelly. “It cost a lot of money to bring (them) in …,” a reporter began. York interrupted: “Not as much as this.” This? That was a reference to the five-year, $137.



Jimmy Garoppolo jabbed by fans for calling new home 'San Fran'

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 23:10:56 UT

In addition to Kyle Shanahan's dense playbook, there's another thing that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo should probably learn before the 2018 season starts.

Locals really, really don't like it when people use the phrase "San Fran."




49ers sign Jimmy Garoppolo to $137.5 million deal

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 05:50:59 UT

Jimmy G. is officially rolling in G’s. As expected, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has had his bank account transformed after transforming the 49ers in just five starts in 2017: On Thursday, Garoppolo signed a five-year contract worth up to $137.5 million. The per-year average of $27.5 million is the richest in NFL history. The contract also has nearly $90 million in guarantees in the first three years, which is also the most in league history, ESPN reported. The mega-deal comes after Garoppolo, 26, assumed the starting job on a 1-10 team and began a December to remember.



Aaron Rodgers, Larry Fitzgerald rave about 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 00:04:44 UT

The future is suddenly bright for the 49ers. Just ask Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. And Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. After their round together Thursday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill, the future Hall-of-Famers were asked about the 49ers and their quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, whose five-year, $137.5 million contract was reported when they were on the course. “It’s crazy in football,” Rodgers told The Chronicls’ Ron Kroichick. “A lot of times it takes just one or two guys in the right spot. And when you get John Lynch as the GM, Kyle Shanahan as the head coach and Jimmy G as the quarterback, that’s what a franchise is looking for.



Joe Staley: 49ers in ‘good hands’ with Garoppolo in charge

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 22:57:47 UT

Moments after the news of Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract broke Thursday, 49ers left tackle Joe Staley was talking about his first few moments with the quarterback last year. By Garoppolo’s second practice, Staley said, his leadership skills were on full display. “He really just kind of took over,” Staley said on SiriusXM NFL Radio this morning. “He was snapping at guys like, ‘Hey, pay attention: This is what we’re doing right here.’ There was no feeling-out period with him. But he did it in a way that didn’t come off as arrogant or anything like that. It was ‘I’m asserting myself; this is what needs to be done.



49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's record contract lights up Twitter with stunned reactions

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 19:22:55 UT

News of Jimmy Garoppolo's reported five-year, $137.5 million contract — the richest in NFL history — is predictably reverberating across the internet.




49ers sign DE Marsh to a two-year extension

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 20:42:29 UT

As expected, the 49ers have given a new contract to an ex-Patriot they acquired last year. The surprise: It wasn’t quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Three days after it was reported the 49ers were closing in on a multi-year deal with Garoppolo, they signed defensive end Cassius Marsh to a two-year contract extension Wednesday. Marsh, 25, was claimed off waivers from New England on Nov. 22 and provided a spark to the 49ers’ middling pass-rush. In six games, he had two sacks, which tied for third on a team that ranked 26th in the NFL in sacks (30).