Former 49ers WR Owens named 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist

Former 49ers WR Owens named 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist

Former 49ers receiver Terrell Owens is back among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Owens was a finalist last year in his first year of eligibility. He fell short of the necessary votes to make it into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.

The list of finalists, announced Tuesday, includes seven players who are finalists for the first time, including first-year eligible nominees Brian Dawkins, Jason Taylor and LaDainian Tomlinson.

Ex-49ers running back Roger Craig, who was a finalist in 2010, did not make the cut from the semifinal round for the seventh year in a row.

Owens’ statistics place him in elite company among the top receivers in NFL history. He ranks second behind only Jerry Rice with 15,934 receiving yards, third behind Rice and Randy Moss with 153 touchdown catches, and eighth with 1,078 receptions.

Isaac Bruce is the only other wide receiver who made the list of finalists. Bruce finished his career with the 49ers in 2008 and ’09. He ranks fourth in career receiving yards (15,208), 13th in receptions (1,024) and 26th in touchdowns (91).

The 15 modern-era finalists will be considered for election into the Hall of Fame when the selection committee meets in Houston on the day before Super Bowl LI. A maximum of five modern-era candidates can be elected, in addition to the senior and contributor nominees.

Here are the modern-era finalists:
--Morten Andersen, kicker – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
--Tony Boselli, tackle – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars
--Isaac Bruce, wide receiver – 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers
--Don Coryell, coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
--Terrell Davis, running back – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
--Brian Dawkins, safety – 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos
--Alan Faneca, guard – 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals
--Joe Jacoby, tackle – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
--Ty Law, cornerback – 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos
--John Lynch, free safety – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
--Kevin Mawae, center/guard – 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans
--Terrell Owens, wide receiver – 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals
--Jason Taylor, defensive end – 1997-2007, 2009, 2011 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Washington Redskins, 2010 New York Jets
--LaDainian Tomlinson, running back – 2001-09 San Diego Chargers, 2010-11 New York Jets
--Kurt Warner, quarterback – 1998-2003 St. Louis Rams, 2004 New York Giants, 2005-09 Arizona Cardinals

The committee that reviews the qualifications of those players whose careers ended more than 25 years ago announced one senior finalist in August.
--Kenny Easley, safety – 1981-87 Seattle Seahawks

Two contributor finalists, also announced in August, were selected by the committee that considers persons who made outstanding contributions to professional football other than players and coaches.
--Jerry Jones, owner, president & general manager – 1989-present Dallas Cowboys
--Paul Tagliabue, commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League

Editor’s note: Matt Maiocco is on the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

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.