Source: Vikings' Paton set to interview for 49ers GM job

Source: Vikings' Paton set to interview for 49ers GM job

The 49ers are scheduled to interview Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton for their general manage position, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Paton has worked 10 seasons with the Vikings under general manager Rick Spielman. Paton’s duties including work in the pro scouting department and evaluating college prospects for the NFL draft.

Paton (pronounced Payton) has been considered a hot GM prospect for several years. He has reportedly turned down interview requests from the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears in the recent years.

He spent six seasons (2001-06) with the Miami Dolphins as director of pro personnel before joining the Vikings. Paton began his NFL career with the Chicago Bears, rising to assistant director of pro personnel in 2000.

Paton, Indianapolis vice preside of football operations Jimmy Raye III, Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf and Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst are confirmed to have interviews scheduled with 49ers CEO Jed York and Paraag Marathe, the team’s chief strategy officer. ESPN analyst Louis Riddick is also expected to interview early next week.

On the head-coaching search, the 49ers will interview Anthony Lynn, Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels before Sunday. Sean McVay and Vance Joseph will interview next week, depending on times when they can work it out on their schedules, according to sources.

49ers interviews
Wednesday: Anthony Lynn (coach)
Thursday: Brian Gutekunst (GM), Eliot Wolf (GM)
Friday: George Paton (GM), Kyle Shanahan (coach)
Saturday: Josh McDaniels (coach); Nick Caserio, TBD (GM)

TBA: Sean McVay (coach), Vance Joseph (coach), Louis Riddick (GM), Jimmy Raye III (GM)

49ers sign former first-round pick guard


49ers sign former first-round pick guard

The 49ers added some talent in the trenches on Tuesday.

Guard Jonathan Cooper inked a one-year deal, the team announced.

Cooper was originally drafted No. 7 overall by the Cardinals in 2013. After two seasons in Arizona, he spent time with the Patriots, Browns and Cowboys.

Last season, he appeared in 13 games for Dallas.

“Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line. We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team,” GM John Lynch said in a statement.

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

SANTA CLARA – Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman believes he has a lot of good football ahead of him.

But he knows he is not coming to the 49ers after seven seasons with the rival Seattle Seahawks just for how he fits into defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s scheme. The 49ers signed Sherman to a three-year contract on March 10 -- one day after the Seahawks released him.

Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, views his job description as being a major influence and contributor to the 49ers on and off the field.

“I think it’s probably 50-50,” Sherman said Tuesday in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area. “Obviously, I’m going to be asked to play at a high level, and that’s what I expect from myself and that’s what I expect to bring to this team. But outside of that, I think I bring an aspect of culture and a winning mentality.”

Sherman is a four-time Pro Bowl performer and three-time first-team All-Pro. He said the commitment to winning is all-consuming. It is a mindset he helps to share with his new teammates.

“It’s about waking up and doing things that will contribute to winning later, whether it’s your diet, your sleep habits, how you treat your teammates, how you converse,” Sherman said. “Do you go out tonight or do you stay in and get some extra studying? What are you doing to help us win the game on Sunday? Just that mentality will help a lot of these people.”

There might be no young player on the 49ers in need of a good role model more than Reuben Foster, who is set to enter his second NFL season. Foster was arrested this offseason for possession of marijuana in Alabama. A month later, he was arrested in Los Gatos for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said no decision has yet been reached whether to pursue criminal charges against Foster.

Sherman said he has not spoken to Foster but he will be willing to be a mentor to Foster and provide him with support. Sherman said he has heard a lot of great things about Foster.

“If I can help him, I’ll do my best,” Sherman said. “I look forward to meeting him and being a teammate of his, and helping him in any way I can. To think I can change everything he does, I’d be foolish to say I could. But am I going to try my best to help him and put him in positions to be more successful in the future? Yes, I am.”