49ers deal Kilgore to Dolphins in exchange of draft picks


49ers deal Kilgore to Dolphins in exchange of draft picks

The 49ers on Thursday traded center Daniel Kilgore to the Miami Dolphins one day after signing free-agent center Weston Richburg.

The 49ers and Dolphins swapped seventh-round picks in this year's NFL Draft. The 49ers send Kilgore and the ninth pick of the seventh round (No. 227 overall) to the Dolphins in exchange for the fifth pick of the seventh round (No. 223 overall).

Kilgore signed a three year, $11.75 million contract with the 49ers in February. Kilgore was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The 49ers signed Richburg as a free agent on Wednesday, and did not envision Kilgore making the switch to compete for a starting job at guard. Richburg opened the past three seasons as the starting center for the New York Giants. Richburg signed a five-year contract worth up to $47.5 million, including a $9.3 million signing bonus.

With the trade of Kilgore, the 49ers could be back in the free-agent market.

Kilgore goes to the Dolphins, who released veteran center Mike Pouncey on Thursday to save $7 million in cap room.

“On behalf of the entire organization I want to thank Dan for everything he contributed to this team and the Bay Area community over the last seven seasons,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “When Kyle and I arrived last offseason, we knew right away that he was a well-respected leader in the locker room and a true professional. We are pleased to be able to help find Dan a great situation to be able to continue his career, and we wish him and his wife, Megan, the very best.”

Kilgore, 30, came to the 49ers in 2011 as a fifth-round draft pick. He started 39 of the 74 games in which he appeared in his career, including 29 the past two seasons.

1. First round: No. 9 overall (own pick)
2. Second round: No. 59 overall (New Orleans pick acquired in 2017 draft-day trade)
3. Third round: No. 70 (own pick)
4. Third round: No. 74 overall (Chicago pick acquired in 2017 draft-day trade)
5. Fourth round: No. 128 overall (Pittsburgh pick acquired in 2017 trade of Vance McDonald)
6. Fifth round: No. 143 overall (N.Y. Jets pick acquired in 2017 trade of Rashard Robinson)
7. Sixth round: No. 184 (own pick)
8. Seventh round: No. 223 overall (Miami pick acquired in 2018 trade of Daniel Kilgore)
9. Seventh round: No. 240 overall (Kansas City pick acquired in 2016 trade of Kenneth Acker)

*-Second round, own pick, traded to New England for Jimmy Garoppolo
*-Fourth round, own pick, traded to Denver for Kapri Bibbs and a 2017 fifth-round pick
*-Fifth round, own pick, traded along with Vance McDonald to Pittsburgh for 2018 fourth-round pick
*-Seventh round, own pick, traded along with Kilgore to Miami for 2018 seventh-round pick

After filling needs on first day, here's what to expect from 49ers this offseason

After filling needs on first day, here's what to expect from 49ers this offseason

The first day of free agency is over, and the 49ers have made all of their expected big moves to fill holes at positions of need.

Cornerback Richard Sherman takes over at the position where the 49ers did not have a second starter. Weston Richburg was signed to strengthen the interior of the offensive line. And the 49ers signed versatile and explosive running back Jerick McKinnon, whom coach Kyle Shanahan deemed as a better fit for his system than Cleveland-bound Carlos Hyde.

Now what?

Jimmy Garoppolo
C.J. Beathard
Nick Mullens
Now what? The 49ers are set at this position for the next three seasons. But that should not prevent them from looking at the rookie class every year to determine if there’s a late-round draft pick or priority free agent worth adding to the mix.

Jerick McKinnon
Kyle Juszczyk (FB)
Matt Breida
Raheem Mostert
Malcolm Johnson (FB)
Joe Williams
Jeremy McNichols
Now what? Hyde is out, and McKinnon is in. The 49ers identified McKinnon as the player they want in their system, and then they went out and got him. McKinnon is the 49ers’ version of Devonta Freeman, who accounted for 1,500 yards from scrimmage (1,079 rushing; 462 receiving) in Shanahan’s offense in 2016 with the Atlanta Falcons. Breida showed a lot of promise during his rookie season and, right now, figures to get mixed into the action regularly. Mostert has a role on special teams. Williams is immensely talented, but unless he shows he’s ready to put in the work to be a pro, he is on the outside looking in. The 49ers should invest a mid-round draft pick on one of the many talented running backs in the draft, too.

Pierre Garçon
Marquise Goodwin
Trent Taylor
Kendrick Bourne
Aldrick Robinson
Victor Bolden
Max McCaffrey
Aaron Burbridge
DeAndre Carter
Now what? The 49ers feel good with this collection of receivers and were never even tempted to enter the bidding for the top free agents, such as Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins. As much as they might have liked Robinson, who is coming off a season lost to an ACL tear, they did not believe he was worth the money he received. Perhaps, the 49ers sign a veteran role player, but there is no urgency to get that done. If the 49ers add a player who sticks, it would likely come during the draft. That way, the team could fully develop a young player -- probably a big-bodied guy -- without feeling the need to rush him onto the field to be a first-year contributor.

George Kittle
Garrett Celek
Cole Hikutini
Cole Wick
Now what? The tandem of Kittle and Celek played well last season, especially toward the end of the season. Both Shanahan and Lynch mentioned recently the need for Kittle to remain healthy. The 49ers could use some help here, especially when it comes to a big tight end who can be deployed in situations where they need another blocker.

Joe Staley
Trent Brown
Weston Richburg
Laken Tomlinson
Daniel Kilgore
Garry Gilliam
Erik Magnuson
Joshua Garnett
Zane Beadles
Darrell Williams
Pace Murphy
Andrew Lauderdale
Now what? The 49ers have not tipped their hand, yet, about where they envision Richburg playing. He is currently listed as a center/guard. He has not played guard since his rookie season, so it would figure that center would be the spot for him. The 49ers reached a contract extension with Kilgore in the offseason. He started every game last season at center. (UPDATE: The 49ers tipped their hand, all right. Richburg is the center, and Kilgore was traded to the Miami Dolphins.) The 49ers are likely back in the free-agent market at guard. Staley and Brown are at the tackle spots. Tomlinson enters the offseason as the favorite at left guard. Brandon Fusco, the 16-game starter at right guard, signed with Atlanta on Wednesday. The 49ers are not counting on Garnett, but he will be given a chance to compete. The 49ers should use a draft pick to strengthen the guard position, too.

DeForest Buckner
Solomon Thomas
Earl Mitchell
Arik Armstead
Cassius Marsh
Ronald Blair
D.J. Jones
Sheldon Day
Now what? The 49ers have the makings of a strong unit, but they could certainly use more players in the competition – maybe a veteran or two, as well as multiple first-year players. Tank Carradine remains available on the open market. Carradine believes he can produce a lot of sacks, if given the opportunity. He is on the free-agent market to look for a team that sees things the way he does. Armstead enters the final year of his contract. The 49ers must make a decision by May 3 whether to pick up the non-guaranteed fifth-year option. It is still not obvious where and how he fits into this defense.

Reuben Foster
Malcolm Smith
Eli Harold
Brock Coyle
Pita Taumoepenu
Dekoda Watson
Mark Nzeocha
Elijah Lee
Jimmie Gilbert
Donavin Newsom
Boseko Lokombo
Now what? The next big development with the linebacking corps will rest with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office, which is still mulling its decision whether to pursue criminal charges against Foster. He was arrested last month for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon. The 49ers re-signed Coyle, who started 10 games last season and is also a core special-teams player. Smith will be healthy after missing last season with a torn pectoral. His loss was a devastating blow for the team after the 49ers made him their big free-agent pickup on defense. The 49ers will give Harold and Taumoepenu auditions to see if they can be third-down pass-rushers, too. The 49ers can be expected to add to this position group in the draft. At No. 9 overall, the 49ers could strongly consider Roquan Smith (Georgia) or Tremaine Edmunds (Virginia Tech). There are few options to help at edge rusher, but Harold Landry (Boston College) is an intriguing possibility in the first round.

Richard Sherman
Ahkello Witherspoon
K’Waun Williams
Greg Mabin
Channing Stribling
Trovon Reed
Now what? If the 49ers add a veteran cornerback at this point, he would likely be a back-end-of-the-roster type. After all, Sherman and Witherspoon are set as the starters. The 49ers will unquestionably draft a cornerback. But where? It could come as early as No. 9 with either Denzel Ward (Ohio State) or Josh Jackson (Iowa) as the main options. One legitimate possibility is for the 49ers to use a mid-round selection on a tall cornerback, such as Quenton Meeks (Stanford), and have him learn from Sherman, the prototype cornerback for this defense.

Jimmie Ward
Jaquiski Tartt
Adrian Colbert
Dexter McCoil
Tyvis Powell
Don Jones
Chancellor James
Now what? There is a lot to like from the group of safeties that includes starter-caliber players Ward, Tartt and Colbert. However, they all got injured last season and must prove they can remain healthy. The 49ers have not pursued bringing back Eric Reid as a free agent because they do not consider him a starter among this group. It is possible if Reid remains available deep into the offseason that he could be brought back on a one-year, prove-it contract.

Robbie Gould (K)
Bradley Pinion (P)
Kyle Nelson (LS)
Jeff Locke (P)
Now what? The 49ers are set with their three specialists. The team also added left-footed punter Locke for the offseason. The 49ers like the idea of having a lefty around the team to get the return men acclimated to the unique look of the ball coming off and spinning in a different direction.

Linebacker Brock Coyle returns to 49ers on multi-year deal


Linebacker Brock Coyle returns to 49ers on multi-year deal

The 49ers on Wednesday re-signed linebacker Brock Coyle to a three-year contract, the club announced.

General manager John Lynch announced the agreement on social media: “Fired up to have you back in the fold.” Coyle was an unrestricted free agent.

Coyle, 27, started 10 of the 16 games in which he appeared for the 49ers last season. He recorded 64 tackles while taking over at middle linebacker for veteran NaVorro Bowman, who was released during the season.

“Brock stepped up big for us last season when we experienced some adversity at the linebacker position,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said in a statement. “He’s a selfless guy that does everything the right way. We’ve always known Brock to be a guy we can count on and it was great to see him play the way he did when given the opportunity.”

The 49ers originally signed Coyle to a one-year contract last offseason after he played three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Coyle was signed primarily for his contributions on special teams.

The team is also likely to add help at inside linebacker in the draft, as Reuben Foster’s status remains uncertain. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office is still determining whether to file criminal charges against Foster, who was arrested in Los Gatos last month for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

Coyle's contract is valued at $8.5 million, according to the NFL Network and could pay him up to $11.5 million with $4.1 million guaranteed.

In other 49ers-related news . . . 

--Brandon Fusco, who started all 16 games for the 49ers last season at right guard, signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons. The deal could pay Fusco $12.75 million. The 49ers signed former New York Giants center Weston Richburg as an upgrade for the team's interior offensive line.

--The Detroit Lions signed former Seattle cornerback DeShawn Shead to a one-year contract worth $3.5 million, the NFL Network reported. The 49ers were reportedly scheduled to meet with Shead after his release from Seahawks this week.