Baalke: Davis' delay influenced 49ers' draft


Baalke: Davis' delay influenced 49ers' draft

ENGLEWOOD, Col. – The 49ers proceeded during the offseason without any guarantees that right tackle Anthony Davis would come back after a one-year hiatus.

General manager Trent Baalke on Wednesday said the uncertainty was taken into account with some of the decisions the team made in the draft.

“We went into it thinking, ‘You know what, if he does choose to come back it’s a bonus, but we can’t count on that,’ ” Baalke said. “It did influence some of our decisions.”

Baalke did not specify how Davis’ delayed commitment impacted the 49ers’ personnel moves. The 49ers traded up into the first round to select guard Joshua Garnett. Then, the 49ers used picks in the fifth round to add tackles John Theus and Fahn Cooper.

But that strategy is nothing new to the 49ers, who have routinely attempted to bolster their offensive line through the draft. In 2015, the 49ers drafted Ian Silberman and Trent Brown. A year earlier, Baalke took Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas.

“Each year we try to draft two or three guys, if not four,” Baalke said. “I think that’s a position that you have to be strong at. In order to be strong, you have to draft them.”

Davis waited until the week training camp opened to submit his paperwork for reinstatement off the NFL’s reserve/retirement list. He reported to camp on time and has not missed a practice. Davis is currently competing against Brown to regain his old starting job.

“Some times you have to get away from something to figure out how much you love it, how much you missed it,” Baalke said. “I think AD is one of those guys. He stepped away, collected his thoughts, looked at his options, looked at what he wanted to do moving forward and was brought back to the game.

“(I’m) very happy with him. Very happy with the way he’s engaged amongst his teammates. Not only in the offensive line room but the team itself, the locker room.”

NFL rumors: Jordan Reed, 49ers reach agreement on one-year contract

NFL rumors: Jordan Reed, 49ers reach agreement on one-year contract

The 49ers reportedly reached a contract agreement Monday with a tight end not named George Kittle.

The 49ers agreed to a one-year deal with former Washington Football Team tight end Jordan Reed, 30, who has not played in the regular season since the 2018 season. Injuries have plagued Reed throughout his six-year playing career. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports his contract with the 49ers is an incentive-laden.

Reed's best season came in 2015, when he appeared in a career-high 14 games. He caught 87 for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Reed sustained his seventh documented concussion in August 2019 in Washington’s third preseason game. He did not play in any games last season, and Washington released him in February.

Reed played his rookie season of 2013 with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010 to ’13. He was a third-round draft pick from Florida.

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Reed joins a group of 49ers tight ends that includes All-Pro George Kittle, whose agent still is in negotiations with the 49ers for a lucrative, long-term contract. Ross Dwelley, Daniel Helm and rookies Charlie Woerner and Chase Harrell are the other tight ends on the 49ers’ roster.

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49ers mascot gets in on Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle T-shirt fun

49ers mascot gets in on Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle T-shirt fun

The bond between Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle is one to be admired. It's also one you want to be a part of.

The 49ers quarterback and star tight end have a close friendship, one that involves trolling via Zoom backgrounds and, of course, custom shirts with pictures of the other on them.

Garoppolo wore a shirt with a picture of Kittle on it when he arrived at training camp, and the 49ers' mascot Sourdough Sam apparently wanted to get in on the shirt action as he sported one with a picture of Garoppolo on it Sunday.

49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor, who also is close with Garoppolo and Kittle, felt a little left out when QB1 arrived wearing a shirt with Kittle on it. Kittle, naturally, had the appropriate response to Taylor's gripe.

Garoppolo and Kittle have become close friends during their time together in the Bay, but not good enough for Kittle to pick up Garoppolo's phone call after the tight end was named as the No. 7 player in the NFL by his peers. A missed call that Kittle rightfully was ribbed for.

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With Sourdough Sam in on the fun, now we just have to wait and see what Kittle is sporting when he arrives at the 49ers' facility.

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