Source: 49ers to interview Shanahan on Friday

Source: 49ers to interview Shanahan on Friday

San Francisco 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe arrived in Atlanta on Friday and were expected to meet Friday afternoon with Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for a second time, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

Shanahan is the only candidate for the 49ers’ vacant head-coaching position, and all indications are he plans to accept the team’s offer to fill the position after Super Bowl 51. Shanahan originally interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 6.

The 49ers must wait to make the hiring official until after the Falcons’ season is over. Atlanta, the champion of the NFC, faces the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Houston.

The 49ers worked with the Falcons’ front office to come up with a plan that does not infringe of their preparations to face the Patriots. Shanahan devoted the first part of the week to game-planning to face New England.

Coach Dan Quinn gave his staff and players a day off on Saturday before traveling to Houston on Sunday. After Shanahan wrapped up his work day on Friday, he was free to meet with York, the 49ers’ CEO, and Marathe, who serves as chief strategy officer and executive vice president of football operations.

The 49ers, along with Shanahan, could also meet with general manager candidate George Paton on Friday evening. On Saturday, the 49ers are scheduled to meet with Terry McDonough.

McDonough is Arizona’s vice president of player personnel. Paton, who is also one of six individuals to interview for the Indianapolis Colts’ GM job, is Minnesota’s assistant general manager.

After announcing the firings of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke, York said he wanted to match a coach and general manager who will work well together. The 49ers finished 2-14 this season, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.

2019 Senior Bowl: Can 49ers find tight end to pair with George Kittle?


2019 Senior Bowl: Can 49ers find tight end to pair with George Kittle?

No tight end in the history of the NFL had more single-season receiving yards than the 49ers’ George Kittle did in 2018.

Kittle has played just two NFL seasons and has a bright future ahead of him. But that does not mean the 49ers have no need for depth or another tight end to create mismatch problems.

After all, the other 49ers tight ends – Garrett Celek and Ross Dwelley -- combined for seven receptions for 104 yards while Kittle set the NFL tight ends record 1,377 receiving yards.

[RELATED: How George Kittle wants to get even better after record-breaking season]

The 49ers probably would not look for a tight end during the first two days of the draft, but there might be some intriguing options available later in the draft.

And at least two potential targets have been assigned to the 49ers-coached South team during the week of the Senior Bowl:

Dax Raymond, Utah State, 6-5, 250
Raymond did not have overwhelming college stats. His junior season was marred by a broken hand after 27 catches for 345 yards in 10 games. He turned pro because of his age. He served a two-year mission to Russia.

Jim Nagy compares Raymond to Kittle, saying he expects him to test very well with his athleticism.
Projected: Mid rounds

Josh Oliver, San Jose State, 6-5, 250
Oliver is on the rise. He caught 56 passes as a senior for 709 yards and four touchdowns. He is not afraid to catch the ball in traffic over the middle.
Projected: Mid rounds

North tight end

Donald Parham, Stetson, 6-8, 240
Parham will have a chance to make a huge leap this week after playing small-college football at Stetson. He’s tall. Nagy said he has 35-inch arms and a 36-inch vertical jump.

He is a natural pass-catcher who shows some toughness, too. He was rarely asked to block in college, so how he shows up there could determine how he fits into the NFL picture.
Projected: Late rounds

Quinnen Williams reveals what he'll buy with first NFL paycheck


Quinnen Williams reveals what he'll buy with first NFL paycheck

Quinnen Williams is about to get paid. 

The former Alabama star defensive lineman declared for the 2019 NFL Draft and is expected to be selected early. It would be a shock to many if he lasted past the Raiders at No. 4 and could be the 49ers' pick at No. 2 overall. 

With the money of a top draft pick coming his way, what will Williams make his first big purchase? 

"I really don't know. I think I'm gonna buy my grandma a car," Williams told TMZ

Williams recently turned 21 years old and admitted he usually doesn't spend much money, putting him in unfamiliar territory come April when the draft will be held. 

"I'm a real tight guy and I don't really spend money," Williams said. "I'm gonna still be wearing the same Nike suits and stuff like that. I ain't gonna be splurgin'."

His pockets are about to get heavier, but Williams will keep his wallet tight off the field.

On the field, NFL teams are salivating at the potential the redshirt sophomore has. And off the field, he seems to have it figured out pretty well, too.