Reports: 49ers offered Eric Reid one-year contract before Panthers signed him

Reports: 49ers offered Eric Reid one-year contract before Panthers signed him

Eric Reid reportedly could have come back to the 49ers this week instead of signing a one-year contract with the Panthers

The 49ers also offered Reid a one-year contract this week, the San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch and NFL Media's Jim Trotter reported Thursday. Carolina clearly was more intriguing than San Francisco, which decided Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert would be the long-term starters at safety, so any players added there would be considered backups and paid accordingly.

With injuries to Tartt and Colbert, the 49ers need safety help. After Tartt missed the Week 3 loss to the Chiefs, the 49ers reportedly reached out to Reid.

Back in August, the 49ers also offered Reid a contract. It again was a one-year deal, though to be Tartt's backup. 

“The reason we decided to go that direction is because we made a tough decision, but we had to do it. We went with Tartt," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said in August. "We thought that was the right way to go. You can’t give a lot of money to backups, and that’s what he would be if he came here.

"But I like Eric. Eric is a good player. He’s a good person. That’d be great if we could add him to that role. I don’t think he would be that interested in it.”

Jim Trotter reported earlier Thursday morning that the 49ers had interest in signing Reid to a multiyear deal. But both Trotter and Branch have reported the team offered Reid a one-year contract. 

Reid is expected to start for the Panthers after they placed starting safety Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve this week. Tartt's injury isn't considered to be a long-term issue. 

Why Jimmie Ward's mindset is key to 49ers avoiding Super Bowl hangover

Why Jimmie Ward's mindset is key to 49ers avoiding Super Bowl hangover

Jimmie Ward didn’t watch Super Bowl LIV game film for a month, maybe two. Metaphorical wounds were too fresh, too painful to tolerate a replay of how the 49ers blew a double-digit, fourth-quarter lead to the Kansas City Chiefs in granular detail.

Time turned lacerations to scars and tempered raw emotion enough for the 49ers free safety to look at the game as a teaching tool. Ward didn’t just scan it once. He watched it again and again, maybe 20 times in total.

Viewing it critically dulled the heartache but not the motivation. Count Ward among those driven by dreams of a return engagement, hellbent reaching the Super Bowl again and winning the damn thing.

He has, however, put it in proper perspective. Ward knows the 49ers can’t win the Super Bowl in August. Can’t win it on Feb. 7, 2021 either, without doing what’s required every day prior.

“I hear a lot of my teammates say they want to get back to that spot and win it,” Ward said during a Tuesday video conference. “That’s what everybody wants to do, to get to the Super Bowl and win it. My approach is more about taking it one day at a time, one game at a time. I have been in that position, so I have seen what it takes to get to the Super Bowl, but you can’t look past the first game of this season.

"I can’t look past tomorrow’s practice. I just have to do everything the right way.”

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That one-day-at-a-time cliché is easy to say, extremely hard to do for a team that was mere minutes from a championship and let it slip away. It’s human to dream about righting a wrong right away.

Spend all your time looking toward the horizon and you’ll trip over a rock at your feet. That happens to runners-up so often that there’s a term for it.

The dreaded Super Bowl hangover.

It can impact teams that win a title, but it plagues teams that walk away empty handed. Every team that loses a championship game wants to win the next one.

History says that is hard.

Only three teams have won the Super Bowl after losing it the year before. The Dallas Cowboys did it in the 1971 season, the Miami Dolphins won every game and a title in the 1972 campaign, and the New England Patriots rebounded well and won it all after the 2018 season.

That’s a short list, considering how many have trieds. Minnesota, Denver and New England have returned to the title game and lost again. We all remember the early 1990s Bills, who made four straight Super Bowls and lost every single one.

The 49ers certainly are capable of going on a redemption tour. They have all the talent and coaching required to win a stacked NFC West, go on a deep playoff run and end up playing in Tampa for Super Bowl LV.

Anything less, it seems, would be a disappointment. Realizing lofty expectations can’t happen if players are still living in the past. They can’t make dreams reality by skipping steps. That’s why Ward’s philosophy must pervade through the 49ers locker room.

Safety Jaquiski Tartt’s take on the topic suggests that it has.

“Everybody has that same mindset,” Tartt said. “Making it all the way there and not winning leaves that sick feeling in you. We want to get back to that stage and win it all.”

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Exorcising a demon doesn’t happen in a day. It takes discipline over hundreds of them, and emotion over a missed opportunity can’t fuel you forever. The 49ers have to embrace the grind to realize expectations and do what few teams have done, getting back to the Super Bowl and winning it.

“I just feel like you have to get over it,” Ward said, “and think about how you can get better heading into Game 1.”

49ers give fresh start to Chris Foerster, longtime offensive line coach

49ers give fresh start to Chris Foerster, longtime offensive line coach

Chris Foerster, the offensive line coach who resigned from his position with the Miami Dolphins in 2017 when a video surfaced of him snorting a white substance in his office, continues to rebuild his career with the 49ers.

The 49ers promoted Foerster, 58, to a full-time position on the coaching staff, Jennifer Lee Chan reported on Wednesday. The 49ers confirmed Foerster’s new role as assistant offensive line coach.

Foerster enters his 27th season on an NFL coaching staff.

Coach Kyle Shanahan, who coached with Foerster for four seasons in Washington, was responsible for giving Foerster a second chance and a fresh start.

Foerster joined the 49ers in 2018 as a consultant. He will continue to work alongside offensive line coach John Benton.

“It was important to me because I knew him before he went through some tough times,” Shanahan said of Foerster at the Super Bowl. “I knew the man he was. I spent four years with him before he had gone through some of this, before he started this problem.

“I kept in touch with him through it all. I knew after it happened, what it did to him, what it did to his family. I know what he’s been through to try to get right. I don’t think that takes anything back that he has done. But I know the person he was before I know the person he’s trying to become. He’s a very good coach. I think he is really trying to make it right. I felt proud to give him another chance, because I think he’s done the right things. I know he’s doing everything he can to continue to prove himself.”

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Foerster recorded a video of him taking the substance in his office during the 2017 season. He sent the video to an adult entertainer, who shared the video on social media.

Foerster checked himself into a rehabilitation program the same day he resigned. Foerster previously told the NFL Network his alcohol abuse dated back 30 years.

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He regularly attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to rebuild his life while quietly working the past two seasons as a consultant with the 49ers, focused primarily on writing scouting reports, Chan reported. 

In another coaching move, former NFL wide receiver Miles Austin is no longer on the 49ers’ staff. He left his position as quality control coach after one season.