What Garoppolo does not say about his future with 49ers

What Garoppolo does not say about his future with 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sounded like a man who has found himself a long-term home shortly after the 49ers concluded the regular season on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Garoppolo, 26, a four-year NFL veteran, was quickely established as a team leader after his arrival from the New England Patriots at the trade deadline in late-October. Once elevated to the starting lineup, the 49ers did not lose again.

“It was a good match between the 49ers and myself, and myself and the 49ers,” Garoppolo said after the 49ers’ season-concluding fifth consecutive victory, a 34-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

“I think it was kind of the perfect match and it happened at the right time, and good things are coming from it.”

But during his season-ending chat with reporters in front of his locker at Levi’s Stadium on Monday, Garoppolo again did not say the words that 49ers fans would like to hear from him.

Like sidestepping an oncoming pass rush within the pocket, Garoppolo deftly avoided making any statement about his desire to remain with the 49ers on a multi-year contract.

“I like being here,” Garoppolo said. “I think we had a good thing going at the end of this year. And we’ll see what happens.”

He said he plans to speak to his agent, Don Yee, shortly to begin talking about their offseason approach to the contract talks that are certain to occur.

“We really haven’t even gotten that far, yet,” Garoppolo said. “I’m supposed to talk with him (Yee) in the next couple of days and I’ll get down to L.A., and we’ll figure all that stuff out and go from there, I guess.”

Garoppolo said his contract status has been pushed aside for more pressing concerns – such as learning the 49ers’ offense -- in the nine weeks he's been with the team.

“I really haven’t had a chance to think about it,” Garoppolo said. “I think the season just ended, you know. We have a long ways to go and everything. When we get those conversations started, we’ll go from there.”

Initially, it was apparent Garoppolo’s side had no interest in negotiating a long-term contract with the 49ers upon his arrival on Oct. 31 after the trade in which the 49ers sent the Patriots a second-round draft pick. Garoppolo wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to determine whether the 49ers were a good fit for him.

The organization seems to have passed that initial test, with Garoppolo meshing well inside the locker room with his new teammates. Garoppolo said he was impressed with the team's mindset even while starting the season with no victories through nine games.

“When I first came in, they didn’t have any wins, but it was still a very tight-knit group,” Garoppolo said. “To have that is rare. Especially, when bad things happen, people want to start pointing the finger. But there was none of that in here. Everybody had each other’s back and looking out for each other. It made for a good group.”

In leading the 49ers to a 5-0 record as a starter, Garoppolo completed 67.4 percent of his passes while averaging 308.4 yards passing in his starts. He threw seven touchdowns and five interceptions for a passer rating of 96.2.

“I think you can always play better,” Garoppolo said. “I’m pretty hard on myself with critiquing the film and all of that. There’s obviously room for improvement. I think having time to digest the offense this offseason will really help.

“It was kind of a crash course we were doing these last couple of months, so I think that’ll make things a little slower for me and help me out.”

Garoppolo wore a wristband with the play calls on it. He said it was only there as an insurance policy.

“Fun fact for you guys, I never used it,” Garoppolo said. “But it was there just in case.”

Garoppolo seems to be a good match for Shanahan’s offensive system. If a long-term contract is not agreed upon by March 6, the 49ers will place a one-year franchise tag on Garoppolo at more than $22 million to retain his rights for the 2018 season.

Then, it will be back to work at the beginning of the offseason program to learn the offense from the beginning. What he saw from the system in two months has him excited about the future, he said, even if he will not show his cards about establishing roots in the Bay Area.

“There’s a little bit of everything, honestly,” Garoppolo said. “It’s not just spread offense or a run-heavy offense. We mix in just about everything you could and it keeps the defense on its toes and keeps them guessing. And I really like that.”

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2015. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts


Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

The 49ers recently re-signed eight of the 10 players who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was not among the first wave of 49ers signings to 2018 contracts, signed Wednesday with the Indianapolis Colts, ending his three-season association with the organization.

Smelter was one of general manager Trent Baalke’s redshirt draft picks. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft despite a torn ACL that ended his final season at Georgia Tech.

Smelter spent his first season on an injured list. He was waived at the beginning of the past two seasons, finishing both years on the 49ers’ practice squad. Smelter appeared in two games in 2016 and caught one pass for 23 yards.

Last season, the 49ers signed wide receivers Louis Murphy and Max McCaffrey to spots on the 53-man roster instead of Smelter, who remained on the practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who also spent the entire season on the practice squad, was signed recently to the team’s 90-man roster.

Others who finished the season on the 49ers practice squad to remain on the team’s offseason roster are: quarterback Nick Mullens, tight end Cole Wick, offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Pace Murphy, linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and defensive backs Trovon Reed and Channing Stribling.

The 49ers also signed fullback Malcolm Johnson, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson appeared in 19 games over the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was a sixth-round draft pick in ’15.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt, who finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, remains unsigned. Guard JP Flynn is also unsigned. He sustained a torn patellar tendon in November and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out up to nine months.