49ers key matchup No. 2: Brown vs. Fitzgerald


49ers key matchup No. 2: Brown vs. Fitzgerald

This is the second part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Cardinals matchups to watch Monday, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNCBS, Ch. 5), at University of Phoenix Stadium49ers CB Tarell Brown vs. Cardinals WR Larry FitzgeraldTale of the tape
Brown (25): 5-foot-10, 193 pounds, sixth season, Texas
Fitzgerald (11): 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, ninth season, PittsburghThe Arizona Cardinals do not feature a one-man offense.But, certainly, sometimes it seems that way. And the fact of the matter is the Cardinals' offense is geared around wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald."He's one of those guys that's a big part of that offense even when the ball's not being thrown to him because the defense is always aware of where he's going to be," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said."He draws a lot of attention from everybody they play. So even when other guys are catching the ball, he has an indirect effect on that. So he's a huge part of their offense, even if it's not getting thrown to him."Covering Fitzgerald is not a one-man chore, but 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown figures to be matched up on him more than anyone else Monday night."He's the X receiver, so I think I'll get him most of the game," Brown said.MAIOCCO's MATCHUP NO. 3: Iupati vs. Campbell
Brown plays solely on the right side. Carlos Rogers is the cornerback on the left side. When the opposition goes with three receivers, Rogers covers the slot, with Chris Culliver playing left cornerback. The Cardinals will be able to dictate which cornerback Fitzgerald faces.Brown is giving up 5 inches to Fitzgerald, who has 40 receptions for 459 yards and three touchdowns this season. Brown knows from experience Fitzgerald offers a unique challenge."He has great body control and he uses his hands well," Brown said. "He gets in and out of breaks, and he always competes for the ball, regardless of whether it's a well-thrown ball or an average-thrown ball."There are likely to be many average-thrown passes on Monday, as Cardinals quarterback John Skelton is a 55-percent passer who has thrown three interceptions on 74 attempts this season after taking over for injured Kevin Kolb.The 49ers own the No. 1-ranked pass defense in the NFL, which begins with a pass rush that forces opposing quarterbacks to get rid of the ball quickly. How the 49ers defend Fitzgerald should go a long way in determining who wins on Monday.The 49ers held Fitzgerald to three catches for 41 yards in a 23-7 victory over Arizona last November. Three weeks later, Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 149 yards as the Cardinals defeated the 49ers 21-19."We have to keep the deep balls off us and concentrate on our open-field tackling," Brown said.Free safety Dashon Goldson will also have a busy day, as he will often supply help against Fitzgerald over the top.
"No 1, when you think of the Cardinals you're going to think of Larry Fitzgerald, obviously. He's one of the top receivers in our league, if not the best receiver in the league," Fangio said. "(He's a future) Hall of Famer and justifiably so. He's a tough guy to handle. He's big. He's fast. He's strong. He's tough to tackle after he catches it. So, him in and of himself is a tough chore."

What it will take for 49ers to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a long-term deal


What it will take for 49ers to sign Jimmy Garoppolo to a long-term deal

The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo face two deadlines this offseason to reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension.

The first deadline is March 6. That is the last day on which teams can apply the franchise tag for the 2018 season. If Garoppolo remains unsigned on March 6, the 49ers will tag him as their franchise player, which – in essence – locks him in to a one-year deal worth $23.3 million, former NFL agent Joel Corry estimates.

The second deadline is July 16. That is the deadline for any club that designates a franchise player to reach a multi-year deal. After that date, the player may sign only a one-year deal until after the club’s final regular-season game.

The 49ers and Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee, have kept conversations and negotiations private. And that is the way the 49ers plan to conduct business this offseason.

“One thing that we really believe is that those things should take place between us and his representatives and not occur and transpire in the public,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “That’s the way we’re going to treat that. You have our assurances, and the fans do, that we’d like nothing more than to make him a Niner for a long, long time.”

Two seasons of one-year franchise tags would provide Garoppolo with approximately $51 million. (Garoppolo made $3.5 million total in his first four NFL seasons.)

Garoppolo could also decide to play a season on a one-year deal in hopes of increasing his value far beyond what he would be likely to warrant now – after just seven NFL starts in four seasons. Because if he establishes himself as a top quarterback next season with the 49ers, any deal he signed this offseason would be considered a bargain for the team.

“That’s the nature of the beast with the quarterback market,” Corry said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “If you sign a long-term deal, today’s deal is outdated tomorrow.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford is the highest-paid player in the NFL with a deal that averages $27 million a season. 

"He won’t be by the time the 2018 regular season rolls around," said Corry, whose work can be found at CBS Sports.

Corry points out that Stafford's agent, Tom Condon, also represents Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, who is scheduled to enter the final year of his contract.

"That’s Ryan’s floor," Corry said of Stafford's contract. "(Green Bay's) Aaron Rodgers is probably going to get a new deal. He’ll trump everybody. And if (Kirk) Cousins signs a long-term deal, he’ll be above Stafford, as well.”

Corry said he expects Garoppolo to sign a contract similar to the five-year, $125 million deal the Raiders worked out with quarterback Derek Carr last offseason.

"I think it’s going to be something close to that Derek Carr neighborhood," Corry said. "Maybe a shade under, but I think it’ll be in that general vicinity.”

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2015. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.