John Lynch: Football not about secrets, 'it should flatter Pete Carroll'


John Lynch: Football not about secrets, 'it should flatter Pete Carroll'

During his time as a broadcaster, John Lynch spent a decent amount of time with Pete Carroll during TV production meetings.

And on Wednesday, the Seahawks' head coach said some interesting things about the 49ers' general manager:

“I’m kind of disappointed he went on to be a GM in our division because I like John a lot,” Carroll told reporters. "He asked a lot of questions – more than most guys do. We went into a lot of depth.

"So he does know how we think. Whether that’s becoming part of what they (the 49ers) do, I don’t know.”

On Friday morning, Lynch was asked about Carroll's comments.

"He joked with me both at the combine and at the owners meetings. Pete and I have a very good relationship," Lynch said on KNBR 680. "But I could tell there was some truth (laughter). I spent some time trying to convince him that I promise this thing hasn't been brewing for years.

"I didn't know that I was gonna end up the general manager of the 49ers, let alone be a general manager at all.

"To be honest -- what I was doing -- my parents taught me anything you do you want to be the best at it. And when I was a broadcaster, that's a way you could let fans in. 

"I just have a natural curiosity for the game of football. It should flatter Pete Carroll because he's a guy that I was fascinated with -- the way he runs an organization. And so it was more those type of philosophical things."

So what did Lynch glean from Carroll?

"One thing that I probably learned from him is just that these season's are grinds," Lynch answered. "They really are. I knew that from playing in this league. They are long and tough and hard seasons, both physicall and mentally. And I think Pete has a tremendous positivity to him ... it's why I was fascinated with him.

"It's really in line with what I believe in life -- you be relentlessly positive but also have high expectations. And I've seen him in tough situations -- they've got some players with personalities up there and I've seen him handle those, and handle them in a way that I really respect. He lets people's personalities shine, but he also keeps the team together...

"You're in there, you're curious, you ask questions and he shared. But ultimately, this game is not about secrets. It's about who's gonna go execute, who's gonna go make plays when the game's on the line."

The 49ers play the Seahawks in Seattle this Sunday.

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


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

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

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


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.