49ers WR Streater learning quickly, very impressed with Gabbert


49ers WR Streater learning quickly, very impressed with Gabbert

SANTA CLARA – Newly acquired wide receiver Rod Streater has spent late nights learning the 49ers’ offense, as the team continues preparations to face the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night in the season opener.

“I’m ready to go,” said Streater, whom the 49ers acquired in a trade Saturday with the Kansas City Chiefs. “I’m preparing like I’m playing.”

And for good reason. It’s almost a certainty that Streater, one of five wide receivers on the 49ers’ 53-man roster, will be in uniform and make his 49ers debut.

“He has picked things up rather quickly,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said on Thursday. “When you get a veteran who’s been in the league, the biggest thing for those guys is just, what’s the terminology? And how do you communicate it?

“They’ve all run the same type of routes. They run a fade. They run a jet. They run a post. They run a corner. They run a shallow cross. You know, all the routes that everybody runs in the NFL. It’s just bridging that gap from a terminology standpoint, and Rod has picked it up really well.”

Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton are the 49ers’ starters on the outside. Jeremy Kerley, recently acquired in a trade with the Detroit Lions, will be the team’s starting slot receiver.

That leaves Streater and rookie Aaron Burbridge, a seventh-round draft pick, as the only other receivers on the team’s roster. Streater arrived on Sunday morning after the 49ers acquired him one day earlier. He has quickly tried to get acclimated to Kelly’s system.

“It’s a little more up-tempo. I like it, though,” Streater said. “The receivers are all interchangeable. You can play any position. It’s a really good offense. I feel like I fit here.

“He likes guys who can play inside and outside with speed. And you got to be smart. I feel like I can learn the plays pretty fast, and I can play inside and outside. That’s the most important thing is to learn the plays and be interchangeable.”

Streater caught 60 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns for the Raiders in 2013. But he played in just four games the past two seasons due to a foot fracture that required surgery in 2014. He signed with Kansas City in the offseason.

Streater is trying to build a rapport quickly with 49ers starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

“He has a quick release,” Streater said of Gabbert. “He’s very athletic and gets the ball to you very fast. I’m very impressed with him.”

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.