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Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees

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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.

 

Ken Norton Jr. leaving 49ers after just one week for DC job

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Ken Norton Jr. leaving 49ers after just one week for DC job

Just one week after Ken Norton Jr. returned to the 49ers, he is reportedly leaving to rejoin Pete Carroll's staff with the Seattle Seahawks.

Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed the 49ers have given Norton permission to leave his staff after being named assistant head coach -- defense/inside linebackers last Monday. Norton has accepted a job to return to the Seahawks as defensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

"Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position," Shanahan said in a statement provided to NBC Sports Bay Area.

Norton coached Seattle linebackers from 2010 to 2014. He spent 2 1/2 seasons as Raiders defensive coordinator before then-coach Jack Del Rio fired him on Nov. 21. Norton's return to the Seahawks after just one week on the 49ers' staff was first reported by the NFL Network and KING 5 News in Seattle.

Norton sat down with NBC Sports Bay Area last week to discuss his relationship with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and shared his thoughts on young linebacker Reuben Foster. Saleh worked under Norton as a quality control coach during their time together with the Seahawks.

Norton won a Super Bowl as a player with the 49ers in his first season after signing as a free agent in 1994. He won Super Bowls the two previous seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Norton also won a Super Bowl as a member of the Seahawks coaching staff.

Why Garoppolo's bank account should be rooting for the Patriots

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Why Garoppolo's bank account should be rooting for the Patriots

Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer his backup, but the 49ers quarterback should still be cheering for Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl. 

Well, at least his wallet should. 

Garoppolo earns a big payday if the Patriots win two more games. If the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl, Garoppolo can add $56,000 and another $56,000 if New England wins it all. 

The Patriots play the winner of Jaguars vs Steelers in their seventh straight AFC Championship Game. 

The 26-year-old finished up the last year of his rookie deal this season. He signed a four-year, $3,483,898 contract when the Patriots drafted him in 2014. Garoppolo made a base salary of $434,158 in 2017. 

After leading the 49ers to five straight wins as the team's starting quarterback, the team is expected to try to sign Garoppolo to a long-term contract or give him the franchise tag is negotiations hit a snag.