Willis leads 'unselfish' defensive effort


Willis leads 'unselfish' defensive effort

LANDOVER, Md. -- The 49ers scored just one touchdown on Sunday, but their victory over the Washington Redskins never seemed in doubt.When kicker David Akers connected on a 52-yard field goal early in the second quarter, the 49ers felt as if they were well on their way to their sixth consecutive victory.The 49ers surrendered a late touchdown, but that was about the only thing the Redskins could get going in the 49ers' 19-11 victory at FedEx Field. The 49ers (7-1) took a five-game lead in the NFC West.

"When you practice hard and study hard, that's why we get the confidence that we can go out and shut an offense down," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. "We got a bunch of guys who come out and practice hard and play together. And when it's game time, it's fun. During the week, it's hard. We earn it during the week."Willis, a Pro Bowl selection in each of his first four NFL seasons, recorded a team-high 13 tackles and was credited with forcing two fumbles against the Redskins.The 49ers have forced 12 fumbles in eight games. It's the most the 49ers have generated since fumbles were first tracked as a statistic in 1992. The 49ers had a plus-two in the turnover department against Washington, as Donte Whiter and NaVorro Bowman recovered fumbles and Dashon Goldson collected an interception."They are playing unselfish football and keep showing up time and time again," 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said. "The team counts on the guys the way they play. They are not looking for statistics like tackles, interceptions, sacks. They know what helps us win, but they're doing the unselfish little things. When a defensive tackle is made, it is a team tackle."The 49ers held the Redskins to just 52 rushing yards. Rookie running back Roy Helu, making his first NFL start, managed 41 yards rushing on 10 rushing attempts.The 49ers have gone 30 games since allowing an individual opponent to rush for more than 100 yards. The 49ers own the longest current streak in the NFL and the fourth-longest since 2000."The defense is always prepared to play every week to go out and shut down offense," said linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who recorded the 49ers' only sack. "As long as the offense is scoring, we will win the ball game."

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.