Gore batters Seahawks, absorbs pounding


Gore batters Seahawks, absorbs pounding

SAN FRANCISCO -- Running back Frank Gore dished out his share of punishment on Thursday night. And also absorbed a lot of blows in the 49ers' 13-6 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park.Gore and his Seattle counterpart, Marshawn Lynch, supplied most of the offense for both teams. Gore rushed for 131 yards on 16 rushing attempts before exiting midway through the fourth quarter.Gore told CSNBayArea.com that he sustained bruised ribs. X-rays taken after the game were negative, he said. He said he sustained the injury when he was hit in the back in the second quarter after catching a short pass."It was a good hit, a good play by Seattle," he said.Said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, "It was the most physical 30 minutes of football in that second half that I've ever seen our team play."
The 49ers' offensive line of tackles Joe Staley, Anthony Davis, guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone, and center Jonathan Goodwin had a strong day against a Seattle defense that was ranked No. 4 in the NFL. In addition to opening holes for Gore, they also supplied quarterback Alex Smith with time to throw.However, about the only offense the 49ers could generate in the passing game came from Gore, too. Gore also finished with five receptions for 51 yards.The 49ers put together the only touchdown drive of the game at the start with their first drive of the third quarter. Smith completed 5-of-5 passes for 60 yards.After that, the 49ers turned to Gore to control the clock. Smith threw an interception at the goal line to end one drive, and the 49ers settled for a David Akers field goal for another score."I got a rhythm and the O-line and receivers did a great job of blocking. I feel like once I get in a rhythm, I feel like I can't be stopped," Gore said.Gore did not play for the final eight minutes of the game due to the soreness in his ribs."I'll be all right," Gore said. "Coach just wanted to be smart. We have a long season. We have great backs, Kendall (Hunter), Brandon Jacobs, Anthony Dixon. They can do things to help our team."Hunter carried nine times for 31 yards. Jacobs was active for the first time this season but did not play.Gore will have 10 full days to get ready for the 49ers' next game. The 49ers return to action Monday, Oct. 29, at the Arizona Cardinals.The game matched two of the top running backs in the league. Lynch was impressive in his own right Thursday with 103 yards rushing on 19 carries."He's a bulldog," Gore said. "Whenever there are two backs who are the top guys, you want to compete. We were playing at home, so I wasn't going to let him out-do me."

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.