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Ian Williams takes shot at former 49ers front office

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Ian Williams takes shot at former 49ers front office

Nose tackle Ian Williams has spent his entire five-year NFL career with the 49ers, but it's unclear what his future holds.

The 27-year-old missed all of last season as he rehabbed from ankle surgery and was released by the 49ers in October with an injury settlement. 

Williams responded to a handful of fan questions on Twitter Thursday. It's clear he's concerned with his health, and he seemed to take a shot at the fomer 49ers front office.

"The way I was thrown to the curb, in my time of need. I wouldn't want to come back & play for that as much as I want to be back w/ my Dline," Williams wrote, responding to a question about his thoughts on returning to the 49ers.

Still, he had plenty of love for his teammates, the fans, and the new front office.

"Love the fans and the new front office. Just worrying about being able to run around with my kids when I'm older." 

49ers open to considering all options, including trade of No. 2 overall pick

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49ers open to considering all options, including trade of No. 2 overall pick

PHOENIX – The 49ers have not necessarily narrowed down their list of potential targets for the No. 2 overall pick.

Although there is reason to believe former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa tops the team’s list, the 49ers are still formulating a plan to consider all options, including potential trades, that could become available prior to next month’s draft.

The 49ers have six draft picks, including the No. 2 overall selection.

“We’re looking at a ton of people right there and kind of figuring out, ‘OK, if we’re here, this is what we’re doing,’ ” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “If not, we got to be prepared to understand who are the guys we like that we think can make us a better football team.”

The NFL owners meeting is a time when coaches and general managers can get together over a cold, icy or neat beverage to discuss different trade scenarios.

On the surface, the 49ers’ decision at No. 2 looks simple: Come up with two names, in order. If the Arizona Cardinals take the first player on the list at No. 1 overall, select the second guy on the list. Boom! There you go.

But 49ers CEO Jed York said it’s imperative for Lynch, coach Kyle Shanahan and executive vice president of football operations Paraag Marathe to have a more detailed plan in place.

“We’re very, very happy with players who will be there at two,” York said. “And we need to be prepared, if somebody offers a trade that is too good to pass up, we need to know what we’ll do if we move back and what would we not take.

“You have to have that planned out beforehand because if you’re trying to figure all that stuff out, it’s OK in the second or third round, but when you’re the second pick in the draft, you can’t do that on the fly. It’s way, way too hard, so you need to get a sense of it.”

Bosa, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen are scheduled to visit the 49ers next month. Each is worthy of serious consideration for a high draft pick.

“You really want to come out of it with a player who is really going to be able to change the fortunes of your franchise,” Lynch said. “This year is a draft that’s very deep and there’s also very good players at the top, so I think we’re in good position.”

The 49ers finished last season with a 4-12 record to be assigned the No. 2 overall pick. They need at least one difference-making player to make an immediate impact.

“I don’t expect to be drafting in the top two again, and if that’s the case, you have to add really, really talented players,” York said. “Or you have to get a ton of capital in order to move back, so you can make up for maybe not getting that No. 2 guy in the draft, but you’re getting a lot in return if you’re going to give up that opportunity.”

The first wave of free agency has ended, and the attention shifts toward the three-day draft, which kicks off on April 25. The conversations at the owners meeting are an important part of the draft process.

“Things aren’t fully in focus, yet, in terms of what everybody is going to do,” York said. “But this week helps you at least get a better sense of that and just keep working toward your plan so you’re ready when the whistle blows come draft day.”

49ers aim for multi-year contract with franchise player Robbie Gould

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49ers aim for multi-year contract with franchise player Robbie Gould

PHOENIX — Kicker Robbie Gould may not be overjoyed about being locked into the 49ers for one season as the team’s franchise player.

But general manager John Lynch said Monday at the NFL owners meeting the club remains hopeful of reaching an agreement on a multi-year contract.

“We had a conversation with his representation at the combine,” Lynch said. “The franchise (tag) was something that we have at our disposal that we are going to use because he’s a very good player and we don’t want to let him go.”

Gould has yet to sign his tender that would pay him $4.97 million for the 2019 season. He is not obligated to participate in the offseason program as his pay does not go into effect until Week 1. HIs previous contract with the team was a two-year $4 million agreement.

“We worked really hard to try to get a deal done,” Lynch said. “That didn’t happen and so I think we understand that, and we move forward accordingly.”

It remains to be seen if Gould will report to the facility for any of the offseason program or training camp. Lynch left open the possibility of working out a multi-year deal.

“That’s not dead, either,” Lynch said. “I think the franchise gives you some flexibility in that the player is a part of you, but we’re still trying to figure it out and (will) probably take another go at trying to figure this out. It takes everyone wanting to do that. We’ll see if that’s a reality or not.”

Franchise players holding out, as seen by Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, can create a distraction for the team. As a veteran kicker, the negative impact would likely be minimized but Lynch pointed out how his presence is important.

“A lot of the work that they do is unsung,” Lynch said. “They do a lot to the side where they are working with the holder and the mechanics, and with the long snapper. It’s a lot of things. You probably don’t see all the work that they’re doing, but it’s important. You miss out on some of that.”

Gould led the league in accuracy, making 97.1-percent of his field-goal attempts last season. In 2017, he led the league in made field goals with 39. He has been a valuable part of the 49ers who were last in the league in red-zone efficiency.

"We don’t know that he’s not going to be a part of us in the offseason and all those things,” Lynch said. “So we’ll see where that goes.”