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49ers trade Trent Brown to Patriots

49ers trade Trent Brown to Patriots

The 49ers and New England Patriots on Friday morning did some more business together. This time, the 49ers sent a player to the Patriots.

The 49ers traded right tackle Trent Brown and a fifth-round pick (No. 143 overall) to the Patriots for a third-round pick (No. 95), the 49ers announced.

“We want to thank Trent for his service and contributions to our team and wish him all the best in New England,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.

Brown became expendable on Thursday when the 49ers selected Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 overall pick. McGlinchey will help protect quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, whom the 49ers acquired in an October trade from the Patriots for a second-round draft pick.

The draft continues Friday with the second and third rounds. The 49ers now have three scheduled picks in the third round.

Brown is entering the final year of his contract. He entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick from Florida. Brown is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Brown is expected to be cleared for the opening of training camp.

Brown's size and athleticism has led to a lot of praise outside the building. Denver Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller called Brown the best right tackle in the league. But the 49ers had concerns about Brown's commitment to physical conditioning, film study, work habits and learning his assignments.

49ERS DRAFT PICKS
First round (No. 9): OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
Second round: No. 59 overall (from New Orleans)
Third round: No. 70 (own pick)
Third round: No. 74 overall (from Chicago)
Third round: No. 94 overall (from New England)
Fourth round: No. 128 overall (from Pittsburgh)
Sixth round: No. 184 (own pick)
Seventh round: No. 223 overall (from Miami)
Seventh round: No. 240 overall (from Kansas City)

Kyle Shanahan explains 49ers' end-of-game play calls vs. Packers

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Kyle Shanahan explains 49ers' end-of-game play calls vs. Packers

The 49ers had a chance to win the game with some production on their final three offensive possessions Monday night.

The 49ers had success on the ground with running backs Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida, but the first two of those possessions began with failed run plays.

Breida was stopped for no gain to open a series that began at their own 4-yard line. On the next possession, Mostert was stopped for a 1-yard loss when the 49ers took over at their own 23-yard line.

After Mostert’s run play, the 49ers finished the night with five consecutive pass plays in their 33-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. On the final play, quarterback C.J. Beathard’s pass was intercepted at the Green Bay 10-yard line. Aaron Rodgers took over, and the Packers finished it off with a game-winning field goal on the final play.

“You’re trying to win a game,” Shanahan said Tuesday on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “In hindsight when it’s over, anytime something doesn’t work, whether I like my play call or not, if it doesn’t work, you always wish you did something different.

With 1:49 remaining in regulation, the 49ers took over at their own 47. Beathard hit tight end George Kittle on a 7-yard pass. Beathard’s second-down pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage. And third down resulted in Beathard’s interception.

“I felt pretty strongly that they were going to come after us and bring more than we could handle in the run game, which usually leaves open a very good slant window,” Shanahan said of the second-down play call. “That’s what I thought was the best thing at the time. But they tipped the ball. They tipped it and we didn’t get a chance to complete it, which was unfortunate.

“But when you get into third and 3 versus an all-out blitz, there’s not many runs for that. That was the play that we didn’t make right there, and that’s what happened.”

49ers sign Tom Savage to be No. 3 QB; ex-Texan started seven games in 2017

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49ers sign Tom Savage to be No. 3 QB; ex-Texan started seven games in 2017

The 49ers on Tuesday signed veteran quarterback Tom Savage to be the team’s No. 3 quarterback behind starter C.J. Beathard and backup Nick Mullens.

The 49ers waived tight end Cole Wick to make room for Savage on the 53-man roster. They also released offensive lineman Zach Golditch from the practice squad.

Savage, 28, appeared in 13 games with nine starts over four seasons with the Houston Texans. He started seven games last season, completing 56.1 percent of his passes for 1,412 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. He was a fourth-round pick of the Texans in 2014.

"He’s got a strong arm. He’s a very tough player," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "He hangs in that pocket and plays the position well. I was a fan of his coming out of college. He’s gotten to play in a number of NFL games, so he’s been battle tested."

Savage and Matt Simms impressed the 49ers during a workout two days after Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a season-ending knee injury in Week 3. But the 49ers opted to sign Savage because of his experience of playing last season.

The other quarterbacks who tried out were Landry Jones, E.J. Manuel, Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates and Kyle Allen. 

"He was in a tough situation in Houston that didn’t work out for him," Shanahan said of Savage. "But I got to study him this preseason when he was in New Orleans, and they have some similarities in their offense as ours."

Savage went to camp with the New Orleans Saints this summer but was cut Sept. 1. Shanahan said Savage received praise from Saints coach Sean Payton.

Savage will wear No. 14 for the 49ers.