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  49ers | Deebo Samuel has room to grow    Sat Apr 4, 09:21 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel ranked second among rookies with 961 yards from scrimmage in 2019 despite tying for second in the NFL with seven drops, and Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com believes Samuel's role 'will only continue to expand' in his second season.

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  49ers | Matt Breida may not make roster    Sat Apr 4, 05:33 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida may not make the final roster next season because of the other running backs on the roster, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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  49ers | Jerick McKinnon has chance to make team    Sat Apr 4, 05:24 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon likely will make the final roster if he can stay healthy because he can be a third down back and a target in the passing game, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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  49ers | Kendrick Bourne in line to start    Sat Apr 4, 05:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Kendrick Bourne likely will be one of the starting receivers for the 49ers next season even if they select one in the first round of the draft, in the opinion of NBC Sports Nay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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  49ers | Travis Benjamin, Tom Compton deals are done    Fri Apr 3, 05:24 PM

Updating previous reports, San Francisco 49ers WR Travis Benjamin and OG Tom Compton's contracts were approved Friday, April 3, by the NFL. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Benjamin joins a thin WR corps with the 49ers. He could do more than some think, especially with his speed but expect the 49ers to select a wide receiver in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.

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  49ers | George Kittle tops in YAC per reception    Fri Apr 3, 01:03 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle leads all players with an average of 8.6 yards after catch per reception over the last two seasons.

Footballguys view: Kittle is a load to bring down when he's got the rock. The 49ers should add a receiver in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, but Kittle is their most important target in the passing game.

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  49ers | San Francisco talks with two prospects    Mon Mar 30, 02:07 PM

University of Washington RB Salvon Ahmed and TE Hunter Bryant recently had video interviews with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.

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  49ers | San Fran RBs benefited from good blocking    Sun Mar 29, 04:41 PM

San Francisco 49ers RBs Raheem Mostert (3.5) and Matt Breida (3.3) ranked first and second, respectively, in the league among running backs in average yards before contact per attempt last season.

Footballguys view: The 49ers could plug-and-play at the running back position and produce last year. Expect that trend to continue this upcoming season with Mostert, Breida, Tevin Coleman and perhaps even Jerick McKinnon.

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  49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo on point last season    Sun Mar 29, 04:21 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo was 'on target' - defined as a throw that would have hit the receiver - on 80.7 percent of his passes in 2019 - the fourth-highest mark in the league.

Footballguys view: Garoppolo should have been 'on target' to Emmanuel Sanders in the Super Bowl. Ugh...moving on. He's a smart and accurate quarterback who should be getting some help at the wide receiver position in the 2020 NFL draft.

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  49ers | Could Matt Breida be traded?    Sat Mar 28, 01:42 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida is a potential candidate to be traded, in the opinion of Spotrac.com.

Footballguys view: Breida was tendered with the second-round level by the 49ers earlier this year. The 49ers are jam packed at the running back position and may want to clear up some space by trading Breida away.

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  49ers | San Francisco announces three moves    Tue Mar 24, 03:16 PM

San Francisco 49ers DB Jimmie Ward re-signed on a three-year deal Tuesday, March 24. LB Joe Walker signed a one-year contract and exclusive rights free agent TE Ross Dwelley signed his one-year tender. Financial terms of the deals weren't disclosed.

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  49ers | Travis Benjamin joins San Francisco    Tue Mar 24, 03:06 PM

Free-agent WR Travis Benjamin (Chargers) will sign a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source Tuesday, March 24. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: The 49ers lost Emmanuel Sanders (Saints) in free agency and needed help at the position. Benjamin has good speed and plenty of experience in the pros. We'll see how he works his way onto the depth chart with his new team.

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  49ers | Kerry Hyder headed to the Bay Area    Mon Mar 23, 07:43 PM

Free-agent DE Kerry Hyder (Cowboys) is signing a one-year deal Monday, March 23, with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  49ers | San Francisco adding Joseph Walker    Mon Mar 23, 02:51 PM

Free-agent LB Joseph Walker (Cardinals) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers Monday, March 23, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  49ers | Tom Compton lands with SF    Thu Mar 19, 01:16 PM

Free-agent OG Tom Compton (Jets) on Thursday, March 19, agreed on a one-year $3 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

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  49ers | Mike Person released    Thu Mar 19, 12:51 PM

San Francisco 49ers OG Mike Person on Thursday, March 19, was released.

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  49ers | DeForest Buckner officially traded    Wed Mar 18, 08:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers DT DeForest Buckner was officially traded to the Indianapolis Colts Wednesday, March 18, in exchange for a 2020 first-round draft choice.

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  49ers | Ben Garland re-ups with Niners    Wed Mar 18, 01:43 PM

Free-agent C Ben Garland (49ers) agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, March 18.

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  49ers | Kendrick Bourne receives tender    Tue Mar 17, 04:34 PM

San Francisco 49ers restricted free-agent WR Kendrick Bourne received a second-round contract tender Tuesday, March 17.

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  49ers | Matt Breida tendered    Tue Mar 17, 04:19 PM

San Francisco 49ers restricted free-agent RB Matt Breida was tendered at a second-round level Tuesday, March 17, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Breida was an important part of the 49ers backfield in 2019 and he should remain as such in 2020. A second-round tender means a team would have to surrender a second-round pick to the 49ers if they sign Breida away. That tender is likely to keep interested parties away from the all-purpose back.

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  49ers | Jerick McKinnon restructures deal    Tue Mar 17, 03:28 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon agreed to a restructured contract Tuesday, March 17, and will return to the team for the 2020 season, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Even with a restructured deal, McKinnon is no lock for the final roster. He has not played a single down for the 49ers over the last two years after signing a lucrative deal in free agency. We'll see if he can impress enough in training camp to earn a roster spot.

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  49ers | Team bringing back Jimmie Ward    Tue Mar 17, 12:29 AM

Free-agent SS Jimmie Ward is resigning with the San Francisco 49ers, a source said Monday, March 16.

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  49ers | Shon Coleman signs extension    Mon Mar 16, 08:21 PM

San Francisco 49ers OT Shon Coleman signed a one-year contract extension with the 49ers Monday, March 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  49ers | DeForest Buckner sent to Indianapolis    Mon Mar 16, 04:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers DL DeForest Buckner was reportedly traded to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick (No. 13 overall) on Monday, March 16.

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  49ers | Arik Armstead lands huge deal    Mon Mar 16, 01:27 PM

Free-agent DL Arik Armstead (49ers) signed a five-year contract worth $85 million to remain with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, March 16.

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  49ers | Arik Armstead closing in on deal?    Sun Mar 15, 08:54 PM

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent DL Arik Armstead and the team are 'making significant headway' in regards to a contract extension, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

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  49ers | Ronald Blair resumes running    Sat Mar 14, 09:27 PM

San Francisco 49ers DE Ronald Blair (knee) has resumed running as he continues to rehab from a knee injury.

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  49ers | DeForest Buckner's option adjusted    Fri Mar 13, 11:08 AM

San Francisco 49ers DT DeForest Buckner's fifth-year option was adjusted from $14.36 million to $12.378 million. The value represents a shift from defensive end value to defensive tackle value.

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  49ers | No discussion with Emmanuel Sanders    Tue Mar 10, 12:41 AM

San Francisco 49ers pending free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders said Monday, March 9, that he has yet to engage in contract talks with the team, which suggests the team might let him test the free-agent waters.

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  49ers | Jimmie Ward not a tag candidate?    Sun Mar 8, 09:51 PM

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent SS Jimmie Ward is unlikely to receive the franchise tag, according to Matt Barrows of The Athletic, but Barrows believes the 49ers would re-sign Ward if the 'market is soft.'

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  49ers | Dante Pettis still in the plans?    Sun Mar 8, 09:46 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Dante Pettis has been criticized by head coach Kyle Shanahan, but Shanahan isn't 'close to giving up' on Pettis, in the opinion of Matt Barrows of The Athletic.

Footballguys view: Pettis has been a disappointment for the 49ers. He has speed and skill as a receiver but he struggles with concentration and needs to learn to get off the line of scrimmage quicker. We'll see if he can finally flash in 2020.

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  49ers | Marlon Davidson talks with San Francisco    Sun Mar 8, 09:22 PM

Auburn DE Marlon Davidson met with the San Francisco 49ers at the Senior Bowl.

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  49ers | Khalid Kareem meets with Niners    Sun Mar 8, 09:19 PM

Notre Dame DE Khalid Kareem had a formal meeting with the San Francisco 49ers at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.

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  49ers | Marquise Goodwin in trade talks    Fri Mar 6, 10:11 AM

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin's name has popped up in trade talks recently. He has two years left on his deal worth about $10 million.

Footballguys view: Goodwin has a ton of speed, so there might be a team willing to pay for that. There's not much for speedy wide receivers on the open market, and the top speedster Robby Anderson is going to get a lot of money. Teams may see trading for Goodwin as a better option than guys like Phillip Dorsett or Travis Benjamin on the open market.

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  49ers | Kyle Juszczyk's option picked up    Wed Mar 4, 05:31 PM

San Francisco 49ers FB Kyle Juszczyk's 2020 option was exercised Wednesday, March 4, according to a source. He is scheduled to make $5.05 million in base salary next season as well as $400,000 in bonuses.

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  49ers | Arik Armstead could avoid open market    Mon Mar 2, 02:37 PM

Impending free-agent DL Arik Armstead (49ers) and the San Francisco 49ers 'are working on getting a deal done' before the start of free agency in hopes both sides can avoid the franchise tag, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

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  49ers | Emmanuel Sanders seeks to stay    Thu Feb 27, 12:11 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders, a pending free agent, would like to re-sign with the team if the 49ers can find enough room under the cap to offer him a competitive deal. Sanders reportedly endeared himself to his teammates and the organization after being acquired in a trade last fall.

Footballguys view: Sanders helped the younger receivers and was productive at big moments. Staying together makes sense for both parties, but it shouldn't preclude the 49ers from taking a receiver in this deep class even though they have a glut of receivers they have invested draft picks in on the roster.

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  49ers | Marquise Goodwin to be squeezed out?    Wed Feb 26, 06:14 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin could be traded this offseason, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Wednesday, Feb. 26. 'We'll have him come back and compete. If that doesn't work out, we could always possibly trade him,' Shanahan said. 'There's a lot of things that are open, but I don't have that exact answer yet.'

Footballguys view: Goodwin has a ton of speed and the free agent market only has a couple of players (Robby Anderson, Phillip Dorsett) who can fly down the field. Perhaps some team who misses out in free agency would want to send a pick or player (not much but something) to the 49ers for Goodwin. Shanahan went on to cite the salary cap as a potential reason for a trade.

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  49ers | San Fran confident about Joe Staley's return    Tue Feb 25, 11:06 PM

San Francisco 49ers OT Joe Staley is expected to be back with the team in the final year of the two-year contract extension he signed in 2019. There has been speculation that Staley would retire after playing 13 seasons in the league, but general manager John Lynch doesn't feel that way.'I don't think you know with certainty with any player, but all indications (are) Joe is really happy being a 49er. He's healthy and that's all good. I think he performed at a really high level when healthy this year. We love having Joe around and hopefully, we can keep doing this song and dance for years to come. But we'll see what's on Joe's mind, but right now I think he's in a good place,' Lynch told the team's website.

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  49ers | Jalen Hurd trending in the right direction    Tue Feb 25, 08:49 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Jalen Hurd (back) appears to be 'on schedule' to receive clearance to rejoin the team when offseason workouts begin in April, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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  49ers | Niners stand by Jimmy Garoppolo    Tue Feb 25, 07:23 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will remain the team's starting quarterback for the long-term, according to general manager John Lynch Tuesday, Feb. 25. 'We're extremely proud of Jimmy and committed to Jimmy moving forward. He's our guy,' Lynch said, per Jennifer Lee Chan of CSNBayArea.com. 'The room for growth has not come close to hitting the ceiling.'

Footballguys view: Garoppolo has a cap hit of $26.6 million and there is only $4.2 million remaining in dead money, so if the team wanted to move on they could. Instead, Garoppolo will continue as their starter. So long as he can stay healthy and play better in big moments, Garoppolo should have his team in place to make another run at a Super Bowl in 2020.

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  49ers | Matt Breida likely to be tendered    Tue Feb 25, 03:21 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida is likely to receive an RFA tender, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Footballguys view: There's no telling what round of tender that would be, but we don't see Breida going anywhere in 2020. He'll be an important part of the running back rotation no matter who is starting for the team next season.

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  49ers | Jerick McKinnon to be asked for pay cut    Tue Feb 25, 03:17 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon will be asked to take a pay cut for the 2020 season, according to general manager John Lynch Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Footballguys view: McKinnon signed a four-year, $30 million deal with the 49ers two years ago (with $18 million guaranteed) and hasn't played a down of football for them due to injuries. He's on the books for an $8.5 million cap hit in 2020 with $4 million remaining in dead money. McKinnon should be quite willing to take a pay cut in order to stay with the team.

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  49ers | Elijah Lee may not receive offer    Sun Feb 23, 04:15 PM

San Francisco 49ers restricted free-agent LB Elijah Lee probably will not receive a tender offer this season but the team may look to sign him to a minimum level contract, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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  49ers | George Kitle to reset market?    Sat Feb 22, 11:02 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle's next contract will likely make him the first tight end to earn more than $13 million per year and have more than $30 million in guarantees, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry.

Footballguys view: As a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Kittle is entering the final year of his contract in 2020. He's not going anywhere and the 49ers are likely to give him a contract that resets the market at the tight end position.

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  49ers | Two linemen could return    Fri Feb 21, 06:12 PM

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent OG Ben Garland and OT Shon Coleman could re-sign with the 49ers this offseason and compete for backup roles during training camp, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

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  49ers | Levine Toilolo may return    Thu Feb 20, 07:24 PM

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent TE Levine Toilolo could be re-signed this offseason because of his blocking ability, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

Footballguys view: Toilolo is a good blocker and that's his role with the team. They should bring him back for continuity's sake behind George Kittle.

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  49ers | Kendrick Bourne may receive bigger tender    Wed Feb 19, 08:13 PM

San Francisco 49ers restricted free-agent WR Kendrick Bourne may receive the second-round tender offer this season because the team would not receive any compensation if they place the original-round tender offer on him and lose him to another team.

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  49ers | Solomon Thomas could start in 2020    Sun Feb 16, 07:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers DT Solomon Thomas may join the starting lineup next season if the team is not able to bring back impending free-agent DE Arik Armstead, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

Footballguys view: Thomas was the No.3 pick in the 2017 NFL draft but has not played up to his potential in the pros. He only has 6.0 sacks in three seasons with the 49ers. It would be a big jump for him to all of a sudden take the place of Armstead. The 49ers might franchise tag Armstead to keep him around, but they also might let him go. Thomas needs to be ready for a larger role in 2020 and he needs to produce or else the 49ers will have no hesitation when it's time to move on.

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  49ers | Kwon Alexander to make full recovery    Sat Feb 15, 11:31 AM

Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Kwon Alexander (biceps) is expected to fully recover from surgery on his injured biceps for the 2020 season.

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