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49ers transaction tracker

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49ers transaction tracker

Every NFL team must cut from the 75-player limit to the regular-season roster limit of 53 players. That means 704 players across the NFL will receive bad news.The deadline is Friday, 6 p.m.Special teams and versatility are important on final cutdown date. It appears as if running back Anthony Dixon, a core special-teams player, has worked his way into a roster spot.The 49ers traded special-teamer Colin Jones to the Carolina Panthers for a seventh-round draft pick. Scout.com first reported the trade. The Sacramento Bee first reported the compensation. And the team has informed veteran Rock Cartwright of his release.
This post will be updated throughout the day as confirmed reports of 49ers roster moves surface:--Wide receiver Brett Swain, whom the 49ers signed in the middle of last season, was released, as first reported by Sirius XM. He caught six passes for 63 yards in the exhibition season.Swain does not have practice squad eligibility based on the 16 games he played for the Green Bay Packers in 2010. A player is not eligible for the practice squad if he is on the active list for nine or more games in any one season.--Cornerback Anthony Mosley, a source told CSNBayArea.com, and linebacker Joe Holland (San Francisco Chronicle) have been released.--On Saturday, teams will be able to start constructing their eight-player practice squads.MORE TO COME
Here's a list of the 49ers' known roster moves Friday to reach the 53-player limit:Trade
S Colin Jones to Carolina Panthers for seventh-round draft pickWaived
RB Rock Cartwright
LB Joe Holland
CB Anthony Mosley
WR Brett Swain
49ers current roster
OFFENSE
Quarterbacks
11-Alex Smith
7-Colin Kaepernick
1-Josh Johnson
3-Scott TolzienRunning backs
21-Frank Gore
32-Kendall Hunter
45-Brandon Jacobs
23-LaMichael James
49-Bruce Miller
24-Anthony DixonWide receivers
15-Michael Crabtree
84-Randy Moss
82-Mario Manningham
19-Ted Ginn
10-Kyle Williams
17-A.J. Jenkins
89-Nathan Palmer
81-Chris OwusuTight ends
85-Vernon Davis
46-Delanie Walker
83-Demarcus Dobbs
88-Konrad Reuland
48-Garrett Celek
47-Kyle NelsonOffensive line
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
91-Ray McDonald
90-Isaac Sopoaga
94-Justin Smith
95-Ricky Jean Francois
92-Will Tukuafu
93-Ian Williams
63-Tony Jerod-EddieOutside linebackers
99-Aldon Smith
55-Ahmad Brooks
98-Parys Haralson
44-Eric Bakhtiari
50-Cam Johnson
47-Ikaika Alama-Francis
41-Kenny RoweInside linebackers
52-Patrick Willis
53-NaVorro Bowman
54-Larry Grant
56-Tavares Gooden
51-Joe Holland
57-Michael WilhoiteCornerbacks
22-Carlos Rogers
25-Tarell Brown
29-Chris Culliver
20-Perrish Cox
26-Tramaine BrockSafeties
38-Dashon Goldson
31-Donte Whitner
27-C.J. Spillman
30-Trenton Robinson
32-Darcel McBath
36-Michael ThomasSpecialists
2-David Akers
4-Andy Lee
86-Brian Jennings

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

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Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.

49ers Mailbag: Should Shanahan give up play-calling?

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49ers Mailbag: Should Shanahan give up play-calling?

Believe it or not, the 49ers’ offense is improved from last season.

The 49ers ranked 31st in the NFL in 2016, averaging 308.1 yards per game. Although the offense is producing just a little better (325.9 yards per game), their ranking this season has shot up to 21st in the league.

The 49ers have had a different head coach and different person running the offense in each of the past four seasons, so their continuity has been severely lacking.

Next season, the 49ers should finally have carryover from one season to the next.

The direction of the offense is one of the topics addressed on this edition of 49ers Mailbag (questions were submitted via Facebook):

Now that we have Jimmy G do you see 49ers getting an offensive coordinator or will it still be Kyle calling the plays? (Julio Orozco)
I'm not sure why the arrival of Jimmy Garoppolo would have any impact on the 49ers’ offensive structure, but in any event, the answer is a resounding, “No.”

Kyle Shanahan has been hailed as one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL. The reason he was hired as 49ers head coach was, in large part, because of the success he achieved while designing offenses and calling plays.

Why would he give that up? It makes no sense.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN this week identified the 32 primary play-callers. There are 18 NFL head coaches with offensive backgrounds. Twelve of those coaches call their own plays.

Shanahan has a staff of assistant coaches on whom he leans. Passing game specialist Mike LaFleur and quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello are closely involved in working with Shanahan on the passing game, while running game specialist Mike McDaniel, offensive line coach John Benton and running backs coach Bobby Turner spearhead the involvement in the ground game.

But, make no mistake, it is Shanahan who calls the shots. And that's the way it should be. If Shanahan stepped aside as his own offensive coordinator, he would be diminishing his biggest strength as a coach.

What do you see happing with the Hyde situation? We drafted Joe Williams and Breida seems to be a bright spot. There’s a lot of talk about Barkley from Penn State with that high 1st rounder. (Manny Hinojos)
There does not seem to be any movement toward a long-term extension for Hyde. It is getting to the point in the season where it makes a lot more sense for Hyde to play out his contract and hit the open market.

There is no question in my mind the 49ers like Hyde a lot. He has scored some major points with the organization for his performance on the field and how he has responded off the field.

GM John Lynch loved it when Hyde came to the defense of quarterback C.J. Beathard, tussled with Arizona lineman Frostee Rucker and got ejected from the game.

That said, the 49ers are not going to break the bank for Hyde. A multi-year agreement has to come at the right price. My personal feeling is that running backs are luxury pieces when the remainder of a team’s roster -- especially the offensive line -- is set.

Shanahan and his father, Mike Shanahan, and Turner (the assistant coach who served on both of their staffs) have achieved a lot of success without investing heavily in running backs. That’s why I think the 49ers would be best-served by investing elsewhere and using another mid-round draft pick on a running back.

With Joshua Garnett coming back next season how aggressive will Lynch and Shanahan be in trying to get guards this offseason? (David Hartless)
Garnett is not a particularly good fit for this offensive scheme. The presence of Garnett can help increase the competition next offseason, but I do not believe he is being penciled in as a starter.

The 49ers will certainly be aggressive in an attempt to upgrade the guard positions. Currently, Laken Tomlinson and Brandon Fusco are the starters. Neither will be assured a starting job when the offseason begins.

The 49ers did not see enough from Garnett to determine he has a future with the organization, but he will be given the opportunity to come back healthy and prove himself.

Is Eric Reid in long-term plans? (Grant Rasmussen)
I do not believe so. I think the 49ers would like their starting safeties next season to be Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt – with Adrian Colbert as the front-runner for the No. 3 job.

The 49ers can also be expected to add a player or two in free agency, as well as the draft, to provide a competitive environment in the offseason. The 49ers seemed to telegraph their intention with Reid when they moved him to linebacker with Ward and Tartt remaining as the starting safeties.

That position change lasted about a week, as Ward’s injury prompted the team to move Reid back to safety. Reid is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. It's entirely possible there will not be a big market for him, but I do not believe the 49ers are going to be ultra-competitive in retaining him on the open market.