49ers make cuts to 75-player limit


49ers make cuts to 75-player limit

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers waived rookie offensive lineman Jason Slowey, a sixth-round draft pick from Western Oregon, as teams were required to cut to the 75-player limit.Slowey saw limited action during the exhibition season, as the 49ers attempted to convert him to center. He missed some practices due to a leg injury and he slid further down the depth chart.The 49ers also waived wide receiver Joe Hastings, an undrafted free agent last season who remained on the practice squad and was promoted to the 53-man roster late in the season. Hastings sustained a hamstring injury on the second day of training camp and never practiced or played in an exhibition game.
Here's a list of all the 49ers' roster moves Monday to reach the 75-player limit:Waived
--FB Cameron Bell (Northern Illinois)
--OLB Kourtnei Brown (Clemson)
--DL Patrick Butrym (Wisconsin)
--WR Ben Hannula (San Diego)
--WR Joe Hastings (Washburn)
--DL Matthew Masifilo (Stanford)
--DB Cory Nelms (Miami)
--DB Deante' Purvis (UNLV)
--TE Joe Sawyer (Southwestern Oklahoma State)
--OL Jason Slowey (Western Oregon)
--K Giorgio Tavecchio (Cal)
--WR Brian Tyms (Florida A&M)ReservePhysically unable to perform
(Player ineligible for first six weeks of the regular season)
--OLB Darius Fleming (Notre Dame)ReserveNon-football injury list
(Player ineligible for first six weeks of the regular season)
--RB Jewel Hampton (Southern Illinois) The 49ers' final exhibition game is against the San Diego Chargers at Candlestick Park, Thursday, 7 p.m. On Friday, at 6 p.m., all NFL teams must be down to the regular-season roster limit of 53 players. 49ERS 75-PLAYER ROSTER
Quarterbacks (4)
11-Alex Smith
7-Colin Kaepernick
1-Josh Johnson
3-Scott TolzienRunning backs (7)
21-Frank Gore
32-Kendall Hunter
45-Brandon Jacobs
23-LaMichael James
49-Bruce Miller
24-Anthony Dixon
28 Rock CartwrightWide receivers (9)
15-Michael Crabtree
84-Randy Moss
82-Mario Manningham
19-Ted Ginn
10-Kyle Williams
17-A.J. Jenkins
89-Nathan Palmer
81-Chris Owusu
18-Brett SwainTight ends (6)
85-Vernon Davis
46-Delanie Walker
40-Demarcus Dobbs
88-Konrad Reuland
48-Garrett Celek
47-Kyle NelsonOffensive line (13)
74-Joe Staley
77-Mike Iupati
59-Jonathan Goodwin
75-Alex Boone
76-Anthony Davis
68-Leonard Davis
67-Daniel Kilgore
66-Joe Looney
78-Mike Person
65-Al Netter
61-Chase Beeler
71-Derek Hall
69-Kenny WigginsDefensive line (7)
91-Ray McDonald
90-Isaac Sopoaga
94-Justin Smith
95-Ricky Jean Francois
92-Will Tukuafu
93-Ian Williams
63-Tony Jerod-EddieOutside linebackers (7)
99-Aldon Smith
55-Ahmad Brooks
98-Parys Haralson
41-Kenny Rowe
44-Eric Bakhtiari
50-Cam Johnson
47-Ikaika Alama-FrancisInside linebackers (6)
52-Patrick Willis
53-NaVorro Bowman
54-Larry Grant
56-Tavares Gooden
51-Joe Holland
57-Michael WilhoiteCornerbacks (6)
22-Carlos Rogers
25-Tarell Brown
26-Tramaine Brock
20-Perrish Cox
29-Chris Culliver
33-Anthony MosleySafeties (7)
38-Dashon Goldson
31-Donte Whitner
27-C.J. Spillman
30-Trenton Robinson
43-Colin Jones
32-Darcel McBath
36-Michael ThomasSpecialists (3)
2-David Akers
4-Andy Lee
86-Brian Jennings

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


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


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.