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49ers, NFL gathering information on Foster's arrest

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49ers, NFL gathering information on Foster's arrest

The first test for 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan came just two months into their current jobs.

Now, the 49ers face another allegation of domestic violence, this time with rising star Reuben Foster, in whom the franchise has already placed a lot of trust.

Foster, 23, coming off an all-NFL rookie team selection as a linebacker, was arrested “without incident” Sunday morning on charges of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon, according to the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., police responded to a residence “in regards to a welfare check and possible disturbance call for service.” After an initial investigation Foster was arrested. The incident remains under investigation, according to police.

Foster was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail and was later released after posting $75,000 bail.

The 49ers and the NFL, contacted by NBC Sports Bay Area, both stated they are monitoring the situation and gathering information, as well.

This is Foster’s second run-in with the law this offseason. Foster was arrested Jan. 12 for second-degree marijuana possession in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Foster previously admitted he produced a diluted urine sample at the NFL Scouting Combine last year in Indianapolis. A diluted sample is treated the same as a positive test, and would have placed him in the NFL's program for substances of abuse.

The 49ers appear to be proceeding cautiously with Foster, whom the club traded up to select with the No. 31 overall pick in last year’s draft.

A year ago, the organization acted quickly when starting cornerback Tramaine Brock was arrested in April for an alleged domestic incident. Within hours of the news going public, the 49ers released Brock.

“I can also tell you that it wasn’t meant to send a message,” Lynch said following the decision to release Brock. “I think you let those things happen organically and we did what we felt was the right situation in that situation. It was not easy and felt like it was something that we needed to do.”

Ultimately, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office dismissed the case against Brock, citing insufficient evidence. And the NFL also cleared Brock, announcing last month he was not subject to any league-imposed discipline.

The NFL’s policy on personal conduct states a first offense for domestic violence is subject to a baseline suspension without pay of six games. The league does not require a guilty verdict or even formal charges to enact discipline.

The NFL investigated Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott for more than a year on domestic violence allegations raised by Elliott’s former girlfriend in Columbus, Ohio. Elliott was never charged. The NFL, however, determined Elliott was violent toward women three times and announced a six-game suspension. After numerous appeals and court proceedings, Elliott served his suspension beginning in Week 10.

Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

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Kilgore: All of 49ers on same page 'for the first time in a long time'

The 49ers’ coaching staff made its feelings known to center Daniel Kilgore throughout the season.

But, in the past, that would not have necessarily meant everyone in the organization had the same thoughts about Kilgore, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

“The whole season, coaches and I had a good relationship,” Kilgore said Wednesday on conference call with Bay Area reporters. “Just talking and having one-on-ones with various coaches, I had a positive outlook for the future.

“But that’s just one thing. The coaches have an opinion of you, but then there’s also the front office. That’s two totally different things. And I think for the first time in a long time, our coaches and the front office are on the same page.”

Kilgore was working out back home in Tennessee on Wednesday when he signed a three-year contract to avoid hitting the free-agent market. Kilgore, 30, a seven-year NFL veteran, described the contract as a team-friendly deal.

The 49ers presented Kilgore with a contract offer during the season but negotiations did not get serious until just recently. While the 49ers expressed interest in retaining Kilgore, he said he did not know what the future held for him when he packed his belongings from the locker room on the day after the season ended.

“It kind of makes you nervous because in this profession, people like the younger guys,” Kilgore said. “You just never know what will happen at any time, any given day, in the NFL. So toward the end, that last day of clearing out the locker, I didn’t know if I’d be back. I didn’t know if the Niners would want me back.”

Kilgore was named the winner of the organization’s top honor for an offensive lineman. Kilgore won the Bobb McKittrick Award for best exemplifying the dedication, excellence and commitment of the long-time 49ers offensive line coach. Kilgore started all 29 games in which he appeared the past two seasons, including a career-high 16 games last season.

"I've been here seven years and I consider the Bay Area my second home,” Kilgore said. “To be able to extend my career wearing the 49ers jersey was special to me. This team is heading in the right direction, I wanted to be a part of it."

Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

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Why the 49ers did not hesitate to pay Garoppolo big money

When Jimmy Garoppolo signed a contract that could pay him up to $137.5 million over the next five years, he was asked what convinced him during his nine weeks with the organization that he wanted to be with the 49ers for the long term.

“I think it was a number of things,” Garoppolo said last week. “The team, the acceptance that they had of me when I first got here from the get-go, the coaching staff, Kyle and Rich. It was a very welcoming environment, and I really liked that. We had some success down the stretch, and you could see that pieces were falling into place. We've got a long way to go, but I think we're moving in the right direction.”

Kyle, of course, is head coach Kyle Shanahan. Rich Scagarello is the 49ers’ quarterbacks coach, and the person from whom Garoppolo spent the most time after arriving in Santa Clara on Oct. 31 after a trade with the New England Patriots.

Garoppolo earned $3.5 million in his first four NFL seasons. His new contract makes him the NFL’s highest-paid player, making an average of $27.5 million per season, with $48.7 million fully guaranteed.

Scangarello, appearing this week on The 49ers Insider Podcast, talked about what he learned about Garoppolo from working so closely with him to teach him Shanahan's offense. Scangarello said there is no question in his mind the money will not change Garoppolo’s approach to his work.

“That’s why it was easy for the organization and everyone to invest in somebody like Jimmy Garoppolo,” Scangarello said. “I just think that’s not the kind of person he is. If you met his family, you know where he comes from, what he’s about. His brothers, his parents, are just good, solid people people. He’s made of the right stuff and I just don’t see that affecting him in that way.

“It’s just not who he is. That’s the fun part of working with somebody like that every day. When they’re really talented and they appreciate everything and they work at it, you have a chance to be a successful organization and they can be a great player. And I don’t think those things will ever affect him.”