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49ers review vs. Giants: Wide receivers, tight ends

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49ers review vs. Giants: Wide receivers, tight ends

The player-by-player review of every position group from the 49ers' 26-3 loss to the New York Giants continues . . .Wide receivers
10-Kyle Williams: He played a season-high 34 snaps of offense, and caught all four passes that came his way for 40 yards. . . Returned opening kickoff from near the back of the end zone and only got out to the 15. He finished with only a 19.3 average on six kickoff returns. . . Kept the second drive alive with two successful third-down receptions.
15-Michael Crabtree: After catching 7-yard pass for a first down on the opening drive, Crabtree was not much of a factor the rest of the way. He was targeted for six passes, and caught three for 26 yards. . . He played 49 of the 49ers' 61 snaps. . . The second drive stalled when QB Alex Smith's pass intended for him was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Crabtree tried to adjust, appeared to get his hands on the ball, but could not secure the catch. It would've given the 49ers a first down.
17-A.J. Jenkins: He was inactive (coaches' decision).
19-Ted Ginn Jr.: He played one snap on offense. He also returned two punts for a total of 22 yards.
82-Mario Manningham: He played 41 snaps on offense, and the 49ers seemed to make it a priority to get the ball to him against his former team. Manningham caught five of the 10 passes thrown his way for 72 yards.
84-Randy Moss: He played just 17 of the team's 61 offensive snaps in the game and seemed to do a good job of winning off the line of scrimmage against CB Prince Amukamara. Showed he can still be a deep threat. . . Only three passes went his way. Smith hit him on passes of 20 and 55 yards. Backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick overthrew him in the third quarter.Tight ends
46-Delanie Walker: He played 21 snaps and did not catch a pass. He should've tried to break up a deep pass from Smith that resulted in Amukamara's interception.
81-Garrett Celek: He played four snaps of offense and saw two passes go his way. He dropped a pass in the first quarter, and later had a 4-yard reception.
83-Demarcus Dobbs: He did not play on offense, but had a team-high 28 snaps on special teams.
85-Vernon Davis: He played all 61 snaps on offense, and was clearly a focus of the Giants' defense. He had five passes thrown his way, and he caught three for 37 yards.

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.