Kelly: Discussion about future with 49ers will wait until next week

Kelly: Discussion about future with 49ers will wait until next week

SANTA CLARA – Coach Chip Kelly meets early every week with 49ers CEO Jed York, but Kelly said the topics of discussion have not extended beyond the current season.

Kelly is at the end of the first year of a four-year contract worth $6 million annually. Jim Tomsula lasted just one season of his four-year contract when the 49ers finished with a 5-11 record in 2015.

The 49ers on Saturday pulled out a 22-21 victory over the Los Angeles Rams to snap a 13-game losing streak and improve to 2-13 on the season.

Kelly had the opportunity to show some rare positive emotions on the sideline as Colin Kaepernick broke the plane of the goal line for a two-point conversion to give the 49ers the lead with 31 seconds remaining.

“Well, we haven’t had a lot to show emotion about,” Kelly said. “I was happy for our players and excited that all the work they put in had paid off.”

Afterward, as is their custom, 49ers co-chair John York and Jed York were at the door of the locker room at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to greet the players and coaches as they returned from the playing field.

Next week, following the 49ers’ season finale against the Seattle Seahawks, Kelly and Jed York are expected to sit down and discuss the plan for moving into the 2017 season.

“You would think that’s when it would happen, right?” Kelly said on Monday. “We’ve said the same thing every week.”

Does he believe he’s coming back for Year 2 with the 49ers?

“I’m concerned with Seattle,” Kelly said. “So that’s not a discussion, shouldn’t be discussed during the season. We’ll discuss it after the season.”

General manager Trent Baalke’s status with the team is expected to be determined shortly after the conclusion of the season, too. Although Jed York has apparently made no decision, it is widely believed the organization will be searching for a new general manager.

If the 49ers make a move at general manager, Kelly’s fate might not be determined until the new person in charge of football operations weighs in with his opinion on the current coaching staff.

49ers host two free-agent cornerbacks


49ers host two free-agent cornerbacks

The 49ers hosted two veteran cornerbacks on free-agent visits the past two days and could be signing either Jaylen Watkins or LaDarius Gunter as they wind down their activity on the free-agent market.

“We’re really pleased with what we’ve done,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Thursday. “I’ll never say never. We’ve had a couple of guys visit in the last couple of days. Perhaps we’ll do something there. But for the most part, we’re wrapped up and pleased with what we’ve been able to do.”

The 49ers do not have much depth behind presumptive starting cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon. The team is also likely to add to its depth in the draft.

The 49ers met with Gunter (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) on Thursday. Gunter, 25, started 15 games for the Green Bay Packers in 2016. He recorded 54 tackles and broke up 12 passes. He signed with the Packers in 2015 as an undrafted rookie from Miami.

Gunter was waived at the beginning of last season and the Carolina Panthers claimed him. He appeared in just four games with Carolina, which did not tender him as a restricted free agent.

The 49ers on Wednesday met with Watkins, 26, a versatile defensive back who appeared in 36 games with five starts in four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watkins (5-11, 195) played three snaps on defense and 17 plays on special teams in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 on Feb. 4. He entered the NFL in 2014 as a fourth-round draft pick from Florida.

Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'


Eric Reid discusses free-agent status, 'going to consider different ways to be active'

STANFORD – Free-agent safety Eric Reid chatted with 49ers general manager John Lynch on the sideline, then moved into position onto the field for an up-close view of his brother’s pro day workout Thursday at Stanford University.

Younger brother, Justin, is aiming to be a first-round draft pick like Eric, whom the 49ers selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Both football futures of the Reid brothers remain uncertain. Justin's fate will be determined on draft day. Eric Reid remains in limbo as an NFL free agent. He has not gotten any action in the first week of free agency, and the 49ers have not made him a contract offer, he said.

But Lynch said the 49ers are closely monitoring Reid’s situation. However, the organization already has three safeties they like: Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert.

“Eric played and played well for us last year,” Lynch said. “I think he’s stuck in a safety market that’s been quiet. And I would anticipate things starting to shake for him and we’ll see.

“I’d never say never. I really do think opportunities will start to come his way. We’ve been monitoring it closely and we’ll see how that shakes out.”

Reid, 26, a six-year NFL veteran, said his agent has spoken recently to “a couple of teams,” but no contracts or visits have been proposed.

Reid’s market might be impacted by his up-front role in the protests of racial inequality of the past two seasons. Reid and Colin Kaepernick were the first players to take a knee during the national anthem at the beginning of the 2016 season.

Reid said he would probably not take part in any future protests during the national anthem.

“From the beginning, Colin has been flexible,” Reid said. “He started by sitting. He changed it up. We decided to kneel. And we understand that you got to change with the times. So I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active, because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country to improve on.

“I don’t think it’ll be in the form of protesting during the anthem. And I said ‘during’ because it’s crazy to me that the narrative got changed to we were protesting the anthem, because that wasn’t the case. But I think we’re going to take a different approach to how to be active.”

Reid said he has no regrets. He said he is willing to deal with the consequences of how NFL teams viewed his role in the protests.

“I stand by what I’ve done,” Reid said. “I know why I’ve done it. My faith in God is the reason. I can go to sleep at night confident I did what I was called to do. I’m just gong to stay positive and keep trying to stay in shape and wait and see what happens.

“I said at the end of last season I’m OK no matter what happens.”