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Kwon Alexander will fill Reuben Foster's void, John Lynch believes

Kwon Alexander will fill Reuben Foster's void, John Lynch believes

49ers general manager John Lynch acknowledged that he signed Kwon Alexander to fill the void left by former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, who was released last season. 

In an interview with 49ers.com, Lynch spoke about how he and his staff brought back several familiar faces to the linebackers room. He was also very frank about what the team lost in Foster as a player. 

“Let’s be honest,” Lynch said. “We had a void that we thought we had filled with Reuben Foster. Things transpired there. We had a void there and that stinks but you can’t just sit there and pout, you gotta say ‘OK, let’s do something.'

“We needed a dynamic football player at that position. It’s a very critical position in our scheme and this became the guy. Kwon became the guy that we wanted to be that guy.” 

Alexander has many of the same on-field characteristics as Foster. He’s known as a hard hitter who flies around the field, making players think twice about going across the middle. He may make some mistakes in the game, but his passion and heart are recognized by his teammates. 

“I think what stood out to us with Kwon,” Lynch said, “he’s a dynamic football player. He’s a tone setter. You need tone-setters on your defense. 

“I think he’s a guy that when you watch him, when you talk to people who played against him, people who played with him, he’s exactly that. His type of play running all over the field, hitting people, getting the ball, it’s contagious. We need that.” 

The 49ers' admiration for Alexander grew as they did more research on him. They understand it may take some time before he returns to 100 percent health.

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“The more we watched him the more we liked,” Lynch said. “We knew he was coming off an ACL injury but we got comfortable with the medical part and also got comfortable with 'Hey, we are going to wait as long as it takes.' This is a long-term investment. He’s doing very well in his rehab.” 

The staff ideally would like to see Alexander lined up next to Fred Warner, who had a stand-out rookie season. They also brought back Elijah Lee, special teams contributor Mark Nzeocha, and signed ex-Panther David Mayo to a two-year contract to fill out the linebackers room.

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

NFL draft tracker 2019: First-round pick, trade updates as they happen

The 2019 NFL Draft is underway in Nashville, Tenn., and the Bay Area's two teams should be in the center of the action.

The 49ers selected Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa with the No. 2 pick. The Raiders took Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 pick, Alabama running back Josh Jacobs with the No. 24 pick, and Mississippi State Johnathan Abram with the No. 27 pick

[RELATED: Follow latest draft news, trade talk during Round 1]

It promises to be an interesting slate of 32 picks made in the Music City, and you can follow live as each selection is made in the 2019 NFL Draft tracker below:

1. Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

2. San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa, edge rusher, Ohio State

3. New York Jets
Quinnen Williams, defensive tackle, Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders
Clelin Ferrell, defensive end, Clemson

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devin White, linebacker, LSU

6. New York Giants
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Allen, edge rusher, Kentucky

8. Detroit Lions
T.J. Hockenson, tight end, Iowa

9. Buffalo Bills
Ed Oliver, defensive tackle, Houston

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver Broncos for No. 20 pick, No. 52, and a third-round pick in 2020)
Devin Bush, linebacker, Michigan

11. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonah Williams, tackle, Alabama

12. Green Bay Packers
Rashan Gary, defensive tackle, Michigan

13. Miami Dolphins
Christian Wilkins, defensive tackle, Clemson

14. Atlanta Falcons
Chris Lindstrom, guard, Boston College

15. Washington
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

16. Carolina Panthers
Brian Burns, defensive end, Florida State

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns in Odell Beckham Jr. trade)
Dexter Lawrence, defensive tackle, Clemson

18. Minnesota Vikings
Garrett Bradbury, center, NC State

19. Tennessee Titans
Jeffery Simmons, defensive tackle, Mississippi State

20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers for pick No. 10)
Noah Fant, tight end, Iowa

21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle Seahawks for pick Nos. 30, 114 and 118)
Darnell Savage Jr., safety, Maryland

22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore Ravens for pick Nos. 25, 125 and 197)
Andre Dillard, tackle, Washington State

23. Houston Texans
Tytus Howard, tackle, Alabama State

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears in Khalil Mack trade)
Josh Jacobs, running back, Alabama

25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles for pick No. 22)
Marquise Brown, wide receiver, Oklahoma

26. Washington (from Indianapolis Colts for pick No. 46 and a 2020 second-round pick)
Montez Sweat, defensive end, Mississippi State

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys in Amari Cooper trade)
Johnathan Abram, safety, Mississippi State

28. Los Angeles Chargers
Jerry Tillery, defensive tackle, Notre Dame

29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs in Frank Clark trade)
L.J. Collier, defensive end, TCU

30. New York Giants (from Seattle Seahawks for pick Nos. 37, 132 and 142)
Deandre Baker, cornerback, Georgia

31. Atlanta Falcons (with pick No. 203 from Los Angeles Rams for pick Nos. 45, 79)
Kaleb McGary, tackle, Washington

32. New England Patriots
N'Keal Harry, wide receiver, Arizona State

49ers won't honor Robbie Gould's request for a trade, and here's why

49ers won't honor Robbie Gould's request for a trade, and here's why

49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan said that they understand Robbie Gould’s desire to live closer to his family in Chicago, but they will not honor his request for a trade

One of the most unexpected calls asking the 49ers for a trade prior to the draft wasn’t a call from another team, it was from their veteran kicker. This came shortly after Lynch stated confidently that Gould would be part of the team in 2019. 

Gould still has not signed his franchise tender worth $4.9 million that would make him one of the highest paid kickers in the league. He has also not reported to the team’s voluntary workouts.

“Yeah, you know, we placed a franchise tag on him,” Lynch said. “Robbie is not here with us. These are voluntary workouts right now. As I said the other day, Robbie is a guy who we respect in a big way for the way he's performed for us, for the teammate he's been, and we're hopeful that we can figure something out to keep him here for a long time.”

Lynch remains confident that Gould will be at the facility by Week 1 of the regular season, and also has no doubt that Gould will be ready to play. If Gould holds out or does not perform well during the regular season, he would hurt his chances of landing another job in 2020, when he would be 37 years old.

“Robbie had his comments,” Lynch said. “We’ll choose to deal directly with Robbie, not through the media in terms of the negotiations and all. But, we're hopeful we can find some resolution on this thing, and in the interim we know Robbie will be ready to play.”

Shanahan also appeared to have no doubt that Gould would report by September, but also understood that 2019 is likely his final year with the club.

“Yeah, we love having Robbie here,” Shanahan said. “We understand that he doesn't want to live here long-term and he's made that clear to us, and we get that. But, we do have a franchise tag and he's that good of a kicker that he's worth franchising. 

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“So, unfortunately we know we're not going to have him long-term here. I think that's been pretty clear. No hard feelings about that. I do understand his reasons. But, pretty excited to have a good kicker this year.”


When asked if the team would trade Gould, Shanahan succinctly replied, “No.”