NFL Power Rankings: 49ers, Raiders both slip


NFL Power Rankings: 49ers, Raiders both slip

The 49ers drop a spot during their bye week, the Bears surge, and the Raiders slip after Doug Martin runs amok.

1 (1) Atlanta Falcons (8-0) Road warriors? Dirty Birds have won four home games by total of 17 points. 2 (5) Chicago Bears (7-1) Fearsome and opportunistic defense has returned seven INTs for TDs. 3 (4) Houston Texans (7-1) As Arian Foster goes, so go the Texans. 4 (3) 49ers (6-2) Will Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith be driven by Bruce Bochy and Buster Posey in February? 5 (2) New York Giants (6-3) Now Tom Coughlin is lamenting the loss of the scab refs. 6 (6) Green Bay Packers (6-3) Lynn Dickey who? A-Rod has 22 TDs in last six games, most-ever by Packer QB in that span. 7 (7) New England Patriots (5-3) Giselle gets a pop in "Clique" from Kanye but not Tom Brady? Meh, it's a bye week. 8 (9) Denver Broncos (5-3) Peyton Manning is midseason NFL MVP. Any questions? 9 (10) Baltimore Ravens (6-2) Um, tough run D? Ravens have given up at least 100 yards rushing four straight games. 10 (13) Seattle Seahawks (5-4) Beast Mode finding groove - three straight 100-yard rushing games for Marshawn Lynch. 11 (14) Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) Sharing the wealth - Big Ben hits nine different players with passes vs. Giants. 12 (15) Indianapolis Colts (5-3) Andrew Luck sets rookie record with 433 passing yards. Phil Simms looks the other way. 13 (8) Minnesota Vikings (5-4) Good news? Adrian Peterson looks phenomenal. Bad news? Christian Ponder's 37.3 rating. 14 (11) Miami Dolphins (4-4) Ryan Tannehill needs to air it out; Dolphins 4-0 with at least 30 passes. 15 (21) New Orleans Saints (3-5) Drew Brees playing like a man on a mission on national television. 16 (23) San Diego Chargers (4-4) Bolts' four wins against teams with combined record of 6-24. 17 (25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4) Only man who could stop Doug Martin Sunday was his own coach. 18 (26) Detroit Lions (4-4) Matthew Stafford second-fastest to 10,000 pass yards in NFL history, behind Kurt Warner. 19 (12) Arizona Cardinals (4-5) Cards second team in NFL history to open season 4-0 then lose five straight - 1993 Eagles. 20 (16) Buffalo Bills (3-5) Why, exactly, did Mario Williams sign here again? 21 (17) Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) Sophomore slump? Andy Dalton with INT in all eight games thus far. 22 (18) New York Jets (3-5) What, no Tim Tebow "news?" It was a bye week. 23 (19) Washington (3-6) November demise? They've lost last six games immediately before Presidential election. 24 (20) St. Louis Rams (3-5) Spent bye licking wounds after London beatdown by Pats. 25 (22) Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) How did Mike Vick become a sympathetic figure? 26 (24) Dallas Cowboys (3-5) Yes, Jason Witten surpassed Michael Irvin as Cowboys' all-time leading pass catcher. 27 (30) Carolina Panthers (2-6) Seems Cam Newton took one suggestion to heart - win. 28 (27) Raiders (3-5) Those blaming Carson Palmer for Bucs loss need to stop. Like yesterday. 29 (28) Tennessee Titans (2-6) Chris Johnson breaks a long run, but also loses two fumbles for first time in career. 30 (29) Cleveland Browns (2-7) It must really pain the Dog Pound when the Ravens come to town. 31 (31) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) Home cooking gone bad: Jags outscored 126-34 at home this season. 32 (32) Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) Romeo Crennel strips self of D-coordinator duties, so that's a start.

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.