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49ers expect safety Marcell Harris to compete for starting job in 2019

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49ers expect safety Marcell Harris to compete for starting job in 2019

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers entered their offseason program this year with no competition for the team’s starting safety positions.

That will not be the case in 2019.

Rookie strong safety Marcell Harris has played his way into the conversation for next season with his performances of the past three games. In four starts, Harris has 25 tackles, including three for losses. Harris was a sixth-round draft pick from Florida after missing his entire senior season with an Achilles injury.

“Marcell’s got the talent to play,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He definitely has the ability, and we love his mindset. You guys can see him out there. Even if he’s wrong, he’s still flying around trying to hit people. He doesn’t hesitate.

“The more experience he gets, the better he’ll get, and I think he’s shown the teammates, the coaches and the fans that he has a chance to help us next year. He’ll be right in the mix competing with a number of other guys.”

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It was clear after last season that the 49ers envisioned strong safety Jaquiski Tartt and free safety Adrian Colbert as their starters. But Colbert and Tartt both battled injuries and inconsistencies this season. Colbert went on injured reserve on Oct. 22 with a high ankle sprain. Tartt was placed on injured reserve last week with a shoulder injury.

If the 49ers do not add a veteran in free agency or invest a draft pick in either of the safety positions, Harris would compete against Tartt at strong safety. Tartt also can play free safety, where the team will return Colbert and D.J. Reed.

49ers' Jerry Rice rookie card sells for over $31K, a record, at auction

49ers' Jerry Rice rookie card sells for over $31K, a record, at auction

They don't call him the GOAT for nothing.

A Jerry Rice rookie card from his first season with the 49ers in 1986 broke a record after selling for over $29,000 on Thursday. As the Action Network's Darren Rovell posted on Sunday, another Rice card quickly broke that record.

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Rice is universally considered one of, if not the greatest NFL player of all time. Over 16 seasons with San Francisco, Rice accumulated 19,247 receiving yards and 176 touchdowns.

It's only fitting that Rice's rookie card now is among the most valuable trading cards on the market.

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Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

49ers fans love to hate Russell Wilson, and he gave them another reason to give him grief Sunday.

A few hours before Tiger Woods teamed up with Peyton Manning to take on Phil Mickelson and Bay Area native Tom Brady in "The Match: Champions for Charity," Wilson took a Twitter shot at Brady.

When Brady got off to an awful start to "The Match," Wilson went at Brady again.

There are a few problems with Wilson's jabs at Brady.

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First, Wilson lost to Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Instead, Seattle's quarterback should have been trolling Manning, whom the Seahawks beat in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Second, Brady redeemed himself and made Wilson look silly when he sank an incredible birdie on hole No. 7.

Yes, Brady is out of his element on the golf course, but Wilson should have known who he was messing with.

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49ers fans certainly won't miss the chance to let Wilson hear about this.