49ers sign ex-Chargers, Raiders linebacker Korey Toomer


49ers sign ex-Chargers, Raiders linebacker Korey Toomer

The 49ers on Wednesday announced the signing of veteran linebacker Korey Toomer to a one-year contract.

Toomer, who started eight games each of the past two seasons with the Chargers, joins a group of 49ers inside linebackers that includes Reuben Foster, Brock Coyle and Malcolm Smith.

"We’re excited to add a talented player like Korey to our defensive unit," 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement. "Korey is a good fit for the 'stack linebacker' position in our scheme and he provides our team another good football player with plenty of NFL experience in similar systems."

Toomer (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) has experience playing middle linebacker and weakside linebacker. He was originally a fifth-round selection of the Seattle Seahawks in 2012.

Toomer did not see any action in regular-season games with the Seahawks. After Seattle released him, he saw NFL action the past four seasons with Dallas, the St. Louis Rams and Raiders before going to the Chargers in 2016.

Toomer has appeared in 46 games with 16 starts. He has 115 career tackles, two sacks, one interception, which he returned for a touchdown, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four passes defensed. He is also a contributor on special teams.

Toomer is the second player from the Chargers' defense the 49ers have signed this offseason. The 49ers also signed defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu to a one-year contract. Both players spent last season in the system of defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. San Francisco's defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh, served as an assistant under Bradley in Seattle and Jacksonville.

'The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at ...' -- Cris Carter assesses best receiver ever

'The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at ...' -- Cris Carter assesses best receiver ever

In case you didn't have cell phone reception over the weekend and missed it, Jerry Rice made it official ...

"I'm the f***ing best football player of all time," Rice declared while in Tahoe for the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

In football, we typically separate the "best ever" by position group because it's hard to determine the best player overall. So, it's basically unanimous that Rice is the best wide receiver to ever play.

But what made him so special?

"The thing that Jerry Rice was No. 1 at -- Jerry Rice is the best conditioned athlete I've ever seen," Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter said Monday on Fox Sports 1. "He took training to whole another level. ... Jerry Rice wasn't fast on the clock, but he had game speed. I never saw anyone catch him.

"He was the No. 1 football player ever at catch and run. They didn't talk about yards after catch until Jerry Rice. The No. 1 focused and disciplined athlete that I've ever been around."

Rice holds NFL records in touchdowns (208), receiving yards (22,895) and receptions (1,549) -- to name a few ...

Richard Sherman bluntly explains how the Seahawks 'lost their way'


Richard Sherman bluntly explains how the Seahawks 'lost their way'

How does Richard Sherman really feel about the Seahawks? Well, you don't have to wonder.

The 49ers cornerback pretty much laid it all out there to Robert Klemko of the MMQB.

“They’ve lost their way. It’s as simple as that," Sherman said. "They’ve just lost their way. When you make too many mistakes over a long period of time, you kind of dig yourself a hole. And then when you backtrack, you gotta make a bunch of rash decisions to try and fill the hole and hope that it holds up.

"When we were rolling, it was an environment for pure competitors. When it becomes something else, then it’s more difficult to thrive in, and I think that’s what was tough on Earl (Thomas), that’s what was tough on a lot of guys. But I think as it kind of progressed, you start seeing the writing on the wall.

"You’re like, ‘Not only are they probably moving in a different direction,’ but it’s like, ‘Ah, well, I kind of want to move in a different direction, too.’ So it happens like that. All great things must come to an end, I guess.

“I’m not even going to worry about it now. I’ve got bigger fish to fry.”

Sherman, who spent seven seasons in Seattle, isn't worried about what happened and is happening there, but back in March, he made it clear that one reason he signed with the 49ers was because of the opportunity to face the Seahawks twice per season.

The 49ers are scheduled to play in Seattle on Dec. 2 and host the Seahawks on Dec. 16.