Baalke expects Reid on 49ers beyond this season


Baalke expects Reid on 49ers beyond this season

SANTA CLARA -- Safety Eric Reid is in the 49ers’ plans beyond this season, general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday.

If the 49ers are not able to sign Reid to a long-term extension, the team will likely pick up the fifth-year option before the May 2 deadline, according to Baalke.

“We’re definitely looking at both options,” Baalke said on Wednesday. “If we can get something done longer, I think we’ll look at that. We’re also looking at the fifth-year option, as well. I would expect him back (in 2017) for sure, one way of another.”

The 49ers traded up from the No. 31 overall to the No. 18 overall pick to select Reid to take over as the immediate starter. The 49ers lost Dashon Goldson in free agency more than a month before targeting Reid.

The 49ers have until May 2 to decide whether to place the fifth-year option on Reid to place him under contract for the 2017 season. Reid is currently set to enter the final year of his original four-year, $8.48 million contract.

The one-year deal for 2017 would pay Reid a salary of $5.676 million. The contract becomes fully guaranteed in March 2017, on the first day of the new league year.

Until March 2017, the contract is guaranteed for injury only. Reid could be released any time before that time if the team changes its mind and determines he is not worth the higher price tag.

Reid was added to the Pro Bowl after his rookie season as an alternate. After recording seven interceptions in his first two seasons, Reid did not have a pick last season.

The only previous time the 49ers had a fifth-year decision to make since the implementation of the option was two years ago with outside linebacker Aldon Smith.

The 49ers gave Smith the fifth-year option but later the sides agreed to a restructured contract before the $9.754 million would have become fully guaranteed. The 49ers released Smith last August before playing out that new deal after he was arrested for DUI, hit and run, and vandalism, his fifth run-in with the law since his rookie season.

Last year, the 49ers had no fifth-year option to exercise. The 49ers’ 2012 first-round draft pick, A.J. Jenkins, was traded after his rookie season.

The New Orleans Saints recently picked up the fifth-year option on safety Kenny Vaccaro, the No. 15 overall pick in the 2013 draft. The Saints had the league’s worst defense, surrendering 29.8 points a game.

Jed York says 49ers are bringing entire staff to Super Bowl LIV vs Chiefs

Jed York says 49ers are bringing entire staff to Super Bowl LIV vs Chiefs

The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.

York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.

That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.

“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."

That’s unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.

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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.

Super Bowl 54 odds: Kyle Shanahan at 100-1 to blow another 28-3 lead


Super Bowl 54 odds: Kyle Shanahan at 100-1 to blow another 28-3 lead

Kyle Shanahan hasn't forgotten that the Atlanta Falcons infamously blew a 28-3 lead in their Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots. 

The 49ers coach cited the loss as a valuable learning experience in the lead-up to Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 3, and he doesn't think he'll repeat history in Miami. If you think he will against the Kansas City Chiefs, then you can get action on that. 

New Jersey-based sportsbook PointsBet listed the 49ers as having 100-1 odds of blowing a 28-3 lead against the Chiefs in a prop bet, according to ESPN's David Purdum. The Super Bowl is synonymous with highly specific wagering, and it's only fitting that one of the most-memed moments in NFL history has earned such a designation. 

The Falcons' long history of heartbreak, providing the movable object, came to the forefront against the unstoppable force that was (is?) the Patriots' historic dominance. New England completed the 25-point comeback in the Super Bowl's first overtime session, as Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Co. won their fifth ring -- all at the expense of a city once called "Loserville."

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Shanahan's first season on the 49ers' sideline came the following season, and San Francisco's appearance in Super Bowl LIV will be his first in the big game since, well, 28-3 happened. The 40-year-old hasn't let the scoreline define him, but it has since defined his approach as a head coach. He told reporters in Santa Clara this week that the blown lead is "something that keeps you humble every single moment until the game is over." 

And, surely, so will the Chiefs erasing double-digit playoff deficits with regularity.