49ers regret passing on WR Baldwin


49ers regret passing on WR Baldwin

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers have not made many mistakes on or off the field during this calendar year. But coach Jim Harbaugh 'fessed up to a blunder that was made in late-April."We should've drafted Doug," Harbaugh said this week, in reference to Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who played for Harbaugh at Stanford."He's done a great job," Harbaugh said. "(I'm) proud of him."Receiver Ronald Johnson, a sixth-round pick from USC, is the lone 49ers pick whom the club cut and did not retain on the practice squad. The 49ers went with undrafted rookie Joe Hastings of Washburn on the practice squad, instead.
But the 49ers aren't the only team that missed on Baldwin, who was not among the 28 wide receivers drafted. Baldwin said this week that Harbaugh called him during the draft to inform him that the 49ers would not be able to select him. But Harbaugh told him that he was on their radar as an undrafted free agent.RELATED: Doug Baldwin 2011 game logs
However, Baldwin says the Seahawks were the first team to call him after the lockout. The Seahawks showed the most interest in him, and he decided it was his best fit.Baldwin leads the Seahawks with 46 catches for 731 yards. He is looking to become the first undrafted rookie to lead his team in both receptions and receiving yards since Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers in the AFL in 1960."I don't think we would've thought he'd be our leading receiver, but we were excited about getting him after the draft," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "We had to fight a lot of teams that wanted him. He's been a really exiting player, not just catching ball but contributing on special teams, too."Baldwin caught a 55-yard touchdown pass against the 49ers in his NFL debut. In Week 14 against the St. Louis Rams, he became the first player to score a touchdown and block a punt in the same game since 2000 and was named NFC special teams player of the week.There might be some surprise that Baldwin is faring so well as a rookie, but Baldwin said he is not shocked that his old coach has been able to turn things around in San Francisco."I knew he'd come in with the same mentality," Baldwin said. "He has a lot of talent there in San Francisco. I'm not surprised because of the way he coaches and gets people to rally around him and buy into the program."I knew they would be successful. But I didn't think they'd be this far along in the process this early."

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

[MAIOCCO: Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees]

Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals

Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees


Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees

Reuben Foster’s arrest Friday night on marijuana charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is likely to void $2.5 million in salary guarantees, according to a former NFL agent.

Joel Corry, appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast, said there is language in Foster’s contract that voids the salary guarantees if he is fined under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse.

“Typically with veteran contracts, you must be suspended . . . in order to have contract guarantees void,” said Corry, whose work appears on CBS Sports. “What we’ve seen in rookie deals is they’ve extended that to getting fined, as well.”

According to a league source familiar with the 49ers’ structure on rookie contracts, the team’s standard practice is to void guarantees with fines. The 49ers were not harder on Foster because of a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a diluted sample.

Foster was released on $2,500 bond on Friday evening after being booked on second-degree marijuana possession, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse, the first offense for a violation of Stage Two, if marijuana, includes a fine equivalent to the pay of two game checks.

In Foster’s original contract, his entire scheduled salaries of $875,708 in 2018 and $1.286 million in 2019 were fully guaranteed. In addition, $339,000 of his scheduled $1.697 salary in 2020 was guaranteed.

“What that means is,” Corry said, “he doesn’t get the money, no matter what, any more. But he can still make the same money that’s in the contract on a non-guaranteed basis, but you don’t have the same security as you did before.

“So if his rookie year turns out to be an anomaly or off-the-field issues end up being problematic, it gives the 49ers more latitude to either ask him a pay cut or to release him.”

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers as a rookie. The first-round draft pick from Alabama recorded 72 tackles.