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49ers defense needs help from NFL draft

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49ers defense needs help from NFL draft

Feb. 26, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comINDIANAPOLIS -- The 49ers can be expected to invest draft picks to shore up the league's 24th-ranked pass defense.Matt Bowen of National Football Post told us Friday that he likes LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson as a potential No. 7 overall pick.
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And if the 49ers try to bolster their pass rush early in the draft, Texas A&M pass-rusher Von Miller would be a logical choice, said NFP's director of college scouting Wes Bunting.Bunting said there is a good chance Miller will be available for the 49ers. But the Arizona Cardinals, picking at No. 6, are also a possible destination for Miller, who recorded 27.5 sacks his final two seasons at A&M.With approximately half of the teams in the NFL now playing 3-4 defenses, a player such as Miller has more widespread appeal."Now guys like Von Miller are in the discussion for the seventh overall pick," Bunting said. "So it forces teams to take these hybrid players a lot higher than they typically would."If the 49ers look to fill a need at outside linebacker after the first round, Bunting identified Dontay Moch (Nevada) and Steven Friday (Virginia Tech) as possible targets.Two defensive linemen who could warrant some consideration at No. 7 overall are Marcell Dareus (Alabama) and Cameron Jordan (Cal). Jordan is considered the better pass rusher of the two. Christian Ballard (Iowa) might be worth the 49ers considering in the second- and third-round range, Bunting said.With veteran Aubrayo Franklin scheduled for free agency, the 49ers have nose tackle on their wish list, too. Bunting said there are no logical options for the 49ers in the first round. But in the next couple rounds, the 49ers could look at Kendrick Ellis (Hampton) and Jerrell Powe (Mississippi).

Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

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Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

The 49ers recently re-signed eight of the 10 players who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was not among the first wave of 49ers signings to 2018 contracts, signed Wednesday with the Indianapolis Colts, ending his three-season association with the organization.

Smelter was one of general manager Trent Baalke’s redshirt draft picks. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft despite a torn ACL that ended his final season at Georgia Tech.

Smelter spent his first season on an injured list. He was waived at the beginning of the past two seasons, finishing both years on the 49ers’ practice squad. Smelter appeared in two games in 2016 and caught one pass for 23 yards.

Last season, the 49ers signed wide receivers Louis Murphy and Max McCaffrey to spots on the 53-man roster instead of Smelter, who remained on the practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who also spent the entire season on the practice squad, was signed recently to the team’s 90-man roster.

Others who finished the season on the 49ers practice squad to remain on the team’s offseason roster are: quarterback Nick Mullens, tight end Cole Wick, offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Pace Murphy, linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and defensive backs Trovon Reed and Channing Stribling.

The 49ers also signed fullback Malcolm Johnson, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson appeared in 19 games over the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was a sixth-round draft pick in ’15.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt, who finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, remains unsigned. Guard JP Flynn is also unsigned. He sustained a torn patellar tendon in November and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out up to nine months.

An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations

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An intriguing dynamic of Garoppolo's contract negotiations

If the 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo are unable to reach a multi-year contract extension by March 6, the 49ers have no other choice but to designate him as their franchise player.

The estimated one-year salary for the franchise tag would be $23.307 million, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry, whose work now appears at CBS Sports. (That is assuming a 2018 league-wide salary cap of $178.1 million per team.)

There is a lot to consider for both sides as they look to enter into a long-term contract. Corry said if a deal is struck, he would expect it to be in the neighborhood of Derek Carr’s five-year, $125 million deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason.

“And then there’s the other dynamic, which I would not undersell or I think may not be appreciated as much as it should be,” Corry said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “(Garoppolo’s agent) Don Yee has a reputation – no fault of his own – of doing team-friendly deals.”

Yee also represents New England quarterback Tom Brady, whose average of $20.5 million annual pay ranks 15th among NFL quarterbacks. Brady is underpaid by design, Corry said, because one of the great quarterbacks of all-time realizes it helps the Patriots to maintain a strong supporting cast.

“That’s because Tom Brady dictates, ‘I want to do something good for the team, take less money so we can improve the roster to win Super Bowls.’ That’s not Don Yee who wants to do that,” Corry said.

“The agent works for the player, so he’s executing Tom Brady’s wishes. But he gets that held against him in recruiting. So this is his opportunity to erase that perception if Garoppolo allows him to do his job and gives him latitude to strike the deal that he feels is appropriate.”

For more on the potential negotiating strategies of both sides, listen here to the 49ers Insider Podcast.