Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was scheduled to meet with 49ers coaches and officials even before Reuben Foster was charged last week with three felonies.
But Smith’s arrival at the team headquarters in Santa Clara on Tuesday might take on even more importance with Foster and the 49ers facing an uncertain future. Smith and Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech are linebackers who are considered strong candidates to be chosen with the No. 9 overall pick in the draft next Thursday.
Edmunds is scheduled to visit the 49ers on Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reported.
“I feel like I can make a tremendous impact on the defense, just with my playmaking ability, my leadership qualities and everything that I possess, as a football player on and off the field,” Smith said at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. “I feel like that will definitely elevate any defense.”
Smith (6-foot-1, 236 pounds) declared for the NFL draft after his junior season at Georgia. He was the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year and was the winner of the SEC Championship MVP for his performance in a victory over Auburn.
Smith is an elite athlete who can make sideline-to-sideline plays in the run game while also being strong in pass coverage. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at the combine.
A source told NBC Sports Bay Area that Smith would visit the 49ers on Tuesday. He posted a photo on social media from San Francisco International Airport late Monday night.
Foster faces two felony domestic violence charges and one felony charge of possession of an assault weapon. The 49ers announced Sunday that Foster would not participate in the club’s offseason program, which began Monday, while his legal case remains unresolved. The results of the case will likely determine if Foster has a future with the organization.
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After a season in which the 49ers were tied for last in the NFL in rushing touchdowns, 49ers general manager John Lynch absolutely will be looking for increased production and scoring from the running back position. All curses aside, if the recently released Madden NFL 20 ratings are any indication, the team has a strong positional group at running back -- at least in one important category.
The two highest speed ratings at the running back position in the upcoming game find their lockers at Levi's Stadium, as Matt Breida and offseason addition Tevin Coleman share the top spot with a 94 rating. Checking in at No. 7 on the list is Raheem Mostert, who is just one point below with a 93.
49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk was one of the many NFL players who shared their thoughts regarding the rankings on social media, tweeting that he feels the 49ers deserve to have another player near the top of the speed ratings.
Fellow tailback Jerrick McKinnon wasn't slighted too much by the rankings, as he checks in with a speed rating of 92. The former Minnesota Viking enters this season with added motivation, after being placed on injured reserve in early Sept. following a torn ACL suffered just eight days before the start of the 2018 regular season. McKinnon had signed a four-year, $30 million contract in March.
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Although the team features the lowest-rated starter overall (Coleman stands at 83), 49ers fans and video gamers alike should expect a balanced attack from the backfield with no shortage of horsepower.
After months of acrimony, a deadline brought the 49ers and kicker Robbie Gould together,
The two sides agreed to terms Monday morning on a contract extension, a league source confirmed. The 49ers announced the agreement later Monday afternoon.
“Over the years, Robbie has established himself as one of the best at his position in the NFL, which is precisely why we were so committed to working out a new contract with him,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this deal come to fruition. We are very happy to start off the year on the right foot with this agreement in place so that Robbie can get back with his teammates and focus on making the most out of the upcoming season.”
The 49ers and Gould agreed to a fully guaranteed contract worth $10.5 million over two years but with an option clause, it could become a four-year, $19 million deal with $15 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who first reported the agreement.
The two sides have seemingly been at odds since the 49ers restricted Gould’s ability to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason with the application of the franchise tag -- a deal that was set to pay him $4.971 million for one year. Gould requested a trade, but coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch both declared that the 49ers would not trade him because of his importance to the team.
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Gould, a 14-year NFL veteran made 72 of 75 field-goal attempts in his first two seasons with the 49ers after signing a two-year, $4 million contract on the first day of free agency in 2017. Gould ranks No. 2 all-time in the NFL in field-goal accuracy at 87.7 percent behind only Baltimore’s Justin Tucker.
With Gould now set to report to training camp in Santa Clara on July 26, the only players under 49ers control who remain unsigned are defensive end Nick Bosa and wide receiver Deebo Samuel, the team’s top two draft picks.