Lions: 49ers 'should be excited'


Lions: 49ers 'should be excited'

DETROIT -- The 49ers snapped the Detroit Lions' nine-game win streak, 25-19, on Sunday at Ford Field. It was the Lions' first loss since a 24-20 defeat last season at the Chicago Bears on Dec. 5.Here is some of the reaction from the Lions' locker room:"We're not going to go 16-0. We didn't play our best in any of the three phases: offense, defense or special teams. (It) still came down to one play at the end on defense we just fell short. We have to do a better job in all three phases. We have to protect the quarterback better, have to run the ball better, make more plays down the field. We have to stop the run better. We have to cover our kicks better. We have to convert field goals. Like I said, we didn't play our best in all three phases and came up short."
--Coach Jim Schwartz
"They're a good football team. San Fran's got a great defense. They do a great job of stopping the run and getting after the passer. They played a lot of coverage and took away some of our guys and did what they've been doing all season. They did a great job in the red zone and held us out of some touchdowns."
--Quarterback Matthew Stafford"If I were the 49ers and just beat these Lions with all this momentum, all this hype who had not lost since December -- yeah, I would feel great about this. On the flip side of the coin, we feel terrible. It's not a feeling we're used to and it's not a feeling we are going to get used to."
--Wide receiver Nate Burleson"He (Stafford) got hit too much. Give them credit. They've got a good front. Justin Smith and Ray McDonald is one of the better D-tackle combos that we are going to face this year, and we've got to play better."
--Center Dominic Raiola"There were a lot of run yards to their running backs. Our point of emphasis coming into the game was to stop the run game and we didn't do a good job of that. We probably didn't play well enough to win this game. But here we are at the end with the opportunity to beat a good team and we definitely didn't play our best football. . . . They (the 49ers) should be excited. They beat a good team."
--Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch"I think we definitely had him (Frank Gore) contained, but I mean those are big plays and that is what the NFL is all about -- big plays that turn into scores for them. That is unfortunate that we couldn't bounce back like we have in the past."
--Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh"I was really frustrated because a couple plays before that, I think a couple guys -- we got kind of flustered. Guys were lining up late, getting the calls late, kind of got rattled. Despite all that, we had them fourth and 6 and still had a chance to stop them. We usually rise to the occasion. We've got to be able to do that consistently."
--Linebacker DeAndre Levy on the 49ers' game-winning touchdown"Obviously, that determined the game. They did a good job of scheming us up in that red-zone route and, obviously, were successful at it."
--Safety Louis Delmas on the 49ers' final TD.

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.