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Gore, Rogers, Lee react to Pro Bowl honors

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Gore, Rogers, Lee react to Pro Bowl honors

Running back Frank Gore worked hard to return from a broken hip that sidelined him for the final five games of last season.He received a new contract. He broke the 49ers' all-time rushing record on the same day the 49ers clinched the NFC West title for the first time in his career. And, on Tuesday, he was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his seven-year career.
"It's a blessing, especially coming back from missing five games and coming back this year to have a lot of success with team and myself, it's a blessing," Gore said."Coming off my injury. I was hungry to show people I can play this game like I did before."Gore has already rushed for 1,202 yards with one game remaining. It's the second-largest single-season total of his career.
Gore said he always believed the 49ers had the talent. This season, they also had the coaching with Jim Harbaugh and his staff."I got to give it up to our coaches. We have a great coach, Coach Harbaugh, and great guys around him on the coaching staff," Gore said. "We always had the talent and now we have the right people in front of us to lead us. We believe in the coaches and we believe in ourselves. We're going out and having fun and it's paying off." Carlos Rogers didn't have many options after he watched as other cornerback secured big contracts after the lockout. He landed with the 49ers on a one-year contract.And, now, he would like to cash that into a multi-year deal to remain with the 49ers. After all, he is having the most fun of his NFL career he said. But business is business."It's up to the general managers, the owners and my agent to get that done," Rogers said.Rogers is not likely to sign a new contract with the 49ers before the start of free agency in the spring. And it's possible that he priced himself out of the 49ers' market with his best NFL season.Rogers said he always considered himself a good cover man. He always considered himself a smart player who studied the opposition and knew the game. But what the difference this season has been Rogers' hands.Rogers has six interceptions on the season. In his previous six NFL seasons (all with the Washington Redskins), Rogers had just eight interceptions."Any time you catch the ball, that takes points off the board or you can put your team in a situation to get points," Rogers said. "That's big. That adds a lot to game. I've always covered and been a guy to recognize what's going on. I always tackled pretty good. But I dropped interceptions. And that separates you from being an average corner or a good cover guy." Punter Andy Lee was selected to make his third trip to the Pro Bowl. And he'll be going there with a bunch of teammates.Well, or maybe not . . ."Hopefully, we won't be there," Lee said. "Hopefully, we'll be in the Super Bowl."The Pro Bowl is being played the Sunday before the Super Bowl. So teams who advance to the Super Bowl will not send any representatives to the all-star game."It's an honor," Lee said. "It's definitely not something you can expect. It's not something that honors just myself, it honors my punt team. I can't get this just on average, but on net average and the whole team contributes to that. The coverage guys and Brian (Jennings), the long-snapper."When asked if this has been his best season, Lee answered, "I've had good years before, but we can categorize it as the best because of the numbers and it's best season I've had. We're going to the playoffs, so I'd say so."

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

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49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

[MAIOCCO: Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees]

Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

2017 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Offense
QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

Defense
DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals

Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees

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Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees

Reuben Foster’s arrest Friday night on marijuana charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is likely to void $2.5 million in salary guarantees, according to a former NFL agent.

Joel Corry, appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast, said there is language in Foster’s contract that voids the salary guarantees if he is fined under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse.

“Typically with veteran contracts, you must be suspended . . . in order to have contract guarantees void,” said Corry, whose work appears on CBS Sports. “What we’ve seen in rookie deals is they’ve extended that to getting fined, as well.”

According to a league source familiar with the 49ers’ structure on rookie contracts, the team’s standard practice is to void guarantees with fines. The 49ers were not harder on Foster because of a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a diluted sample.

Foster was released on $2,500 bond on Friday evening after being booked on second-degree marijuana possession, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse, the first offense for a violation of Stage Two, if marijuana, includes a fine equivalent to the pay of two game checks.

In Foster’s original contract, his entire scheduled salaries of $875,708 in 2018 and $1.286 million in 2019 were fully guaranteed. In addition, $339,000 of his scheduled $1.697 salary in 2020 was guaranteed.

“What that means is,” Corry said, “he doesn’t get the money, no matter what, any more. But he can still make the same money that’s in the contract on a non-guaranteed basis, but you don’t have the same security as you did before.

“So if his rookie year turns out to be an anomaly or off-the-field issues end up being problematic, it gives the 49ers more latitude to either ask him a pay cut or to release him.”

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers as a rookie. The first-round draft pick from Alabama recorded 72 tackles.