McDonald toasts Shanahan for communication of trade talks

McDonald toasts Shanahan for communication of trade talks

SANTA CLARA -- Tight end Vance McDonald became aware of a report the 49ers had engaged in trade talks involving him at his brother’s wedding in Austin, Texas.

But McDonald said he did not give it much thought because he had another immediate priority.

“I still had my best man’s speech to do,” McDonald said.

Later that evening during last month's draft, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan called McDonald to keep him in the loop. There was no trade, and McDonald returned to Santa Clara on Monday to continue participation in the 49ers’ offseason program.

“The first thing I told him was, ‘Man, there aren’t a lot of coaches that would do this,’” McDonald said of his talk with Shanahan. “He just wanted to fill me in.”

Nearly four weeks later, it is as if nothing ever happened.

“The only trade discussions we had was when another team asked us about Vance on draft day,” Shanahan said this week. “And after a team asked us about Vance then we asked other teams if they’d be interested in that same thing.”

McDonald said he completely understood why the 49ers would check with other teams around the league to see what they could acquire in a trade.

“Basically, it’s just like any other team in the NFL would do,” McDonald said. “If you’re a 2-14 team, obviously, there are a lot of things you can improve on, a lot of spots that need to be filled. There are a lot of things you need to improve upon in the offseason. So if teams are going to call and inquire about you, then obviously the next step is to … call around to every other team.

“So that’s exactly what happened to me. It isn’t like they don’t want me here. There was never a lack of communication on any level.”

Even before he knew his immediate future with the 49ers, McDonald said he tried to maintain the proper state of mind.

“I had the mindset this isn’t going to change anything,” McDonald said. “I’m going to end up where I end up and I’m just going to continue doing what I’m doing, which is do everything to be a better football player.”

McDonald enters the fifth year of his NFL career after signing a new deal in December that amounts to a three-year, $19.7 million extension. Three days later, the 49ers placed McDonald on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

McDonald was on pace for his best season as a pass-catcher. In 11 games, he had 24 receptions for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

Now, he is competition for a spot in the 49ers’ offense, along with fifth-round draft pick George Kittle, undrafted rookie Cole Hikutini, and veterans Logan Paulsen, Garrett Celek and Blake Bell.

McDonald said he likes what Shanahan has brought to the 49ers, including added responsibilities of the tight end position.

“Last year, all we talked about was how fast our pace was,” McDonald said. “With Kyle, it’s insanely quick. He’s a very detailed guy. It’s interesting to hear him present information. You try to apply it and play with the same mindset that he has. It’s a task that we all enjoy doing.

“We (tight ends) are the end of the line. There’s communication with us and the wide receivers and running backs. We’re also in command with receiving corps. There are a lot of things on our plate. Hopefully, this doesn’t get back to the wide receivers, but we’re supposed to be smarter than them. It’s a fun job to have. We don’t try to rub it in too much.”

Richard Sherman says Frank Clark's comments didn't bother him at all


Richard Sherman says Frank Clark's comments didn't bother him at all

SANTA CLARA — As expected, Richard Sherman was ready to respond to Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark’s testy comments from a few days ago.

“It’s like a mouse in a room, you know?” Sherman quipped. “It’s like, kids say the darndest things. It didn’t bother me at all. It just seemed like a guy who’s probably tired of hearing the same questions.”

“At the end of the day, this is my team now,” Clark said previously. “This is my defense. Richard Sherman, his era is over here. If he's got anything to say about our defense, he can say it on the field.”

Clark’s comments were made after the Seahawks beat the Vikings 21-7 on Monday night. Sherman found it a bit odd that his name came up after a game that he wasn’t playing in.

“I wasn’t even part of that game,” Sherman said. “And they are still asking him questions after the game about me.”

“I’d probably be pretty annoyed too,” he continued. “We won a game and somebody comes up and asks about a player who wasn’t either involved in this game, or on my team.”

Realistically, while many pleasantries were exchanged when Sherman returned to Seattle, he knows where he plays.

“It’s kind of weird,” Sherman said, “but it doesn’t bother me. The era was over in my mind, obviously, I’m here.”

Sherman is still connected to the city of Seattle and admits there were some emotions about his first game there as a member of the visiting team.

“Just the nostalgia of seeing your friends and seeing the personnel and all the guys that you’ve played with.”

Sherman added more context about it in his blog as well.

“There was a lot of emotion the last time going back to Seattle but it’s just another game against another opponent this time.”

Just another opponent? Really? 

When pressed about that statement, the 49ers DB added a few more details. 

“This time we will be at home,” Sherman said. “We will be grinding it out. We know how it went last time and got a sour taste in our mouths, so we’ll look forward to the challenge.”

49ers-Seahawks injury report: Two receivers limited a day after practicing


49ers-Seahawks injury report: Two receivers limited a day after practicing

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers added a few names to the injury report on Thursday and a few others returned to full participation. 

Receivers Dante Pettis and Marquise Goodwin were limited in practice after being a full participants the day before. Pettis sustained a foot injury and Goodwin is dealing with a calf strain.

Defensive end Cassius Marsh was allowed to participate in a limited role as he goes through the league’s concussion protocol. 

Cornerback K’Waun Williams has was also back to practice in a limited role after sitting out the day prior. If he is unable to go on Sunday, rookie D.J. Reed will take his place for the second week in a role at nickel. 

The offensive line looks to return to full strength with Laken Tomlinson and Weston Richburg being full participants in practice after being limited the day before. 

49ers practice report

Did not participate 
LB Mark Nzeocha (groin)
S Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder)

DE Ronald Blair (groin)
RB Matt Breida (ankle)
WR Marquise Goodwin (calf)
DE Cassius Marsh (concussion)
WR Dante Pettis (foot)
LB Malcolm Smith (achilles)
CB K'Waun Williams (knee)

Full Participation
DT D.J. Jones (back)
C Weston Richburg (knee)
T Joe Staley (not injury related)
G Laken Tomlinson (hip)

Seahawks practice report

Did Not Participate
G D.J. Fluker (hamstring)
RB Rashaad Penny (knee)
S Maurice Alexander (concussion)
DT Shamar Stephen (foot)
DE Frank Clark (elbow)
DT Jarran Reed (oblique)

Limited Participation

LB K.J. Wright (knee)
WR Doug Baldwin (hip)
S Bradley McDougald (knee)
DE Dion Jordan (knee)

Full Participation
FB Tre Madden (chest)
RB Chris Carson (NIR)
T Duane Brown (NIR)