Why Kyler Murray's choice for NFL agent should make 49ers fans happy

Why Kyler Murray's choice for NFL agent should make 49ers fans happy

Scott Boras' loss is Erik Burkhardt's gain. 

A's top prospect Kyler Murray announced Monday that he is "fully committing" to becoming an NFL quarterback. And one day later, his football agent has been revealed. 

Though there is virtually no chance Murray is selected by the 49ers in the 2019 NFL Draft, the news of who will be representing the quarterback should make 49ers fans and the front office happy. Burkhardt is also the agent of Kliff Kingsbury -- also known as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. 

Or, the same coach that said in October 2018: "I'd take [Kyler Murray] with the first pick of the draft if I could." Kingsbury said that while he was the head coach of Texas Tech University. Well, now he's the head coach of the Cardinals and happens to own the No. 1 pick in the draft. 

If Kingsbury and the Cardinals select Murray with the top pick, it will start quite the wild domino effect in this year's draft. The Cardinals selected Josh Rosen No. 10 overall one year ago, and teams in need of a quarterback will immediately call Arizona.

Then sitting at No. 2 is the 49ers. 

While facing a dynamic quarterback for years like Murray in the NFC West is nothing to smile about, Murray going to the Cardinals sets the 49ers up perfectly for the prized possession of the 2019 draft: former Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa. 

Bosa appears to be the exact prospect the 49ers need. The 6-foot-4, 263-pound edge rusher recorded 17.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss in 29 games played in his college career. His junior season, however, lasted only three games after a core muscle injury. 

Though the 49ers have selected defensive linemen with their top pick in three of the last four years, they don't have a pass rusher off the edge like Bosa, who most scouts believe should be the top pick in the draft. In the 2018 season, San Francisco finished tied for 22nd in the NFL with only 37 sacks in the regular season. 

So ... Murray No. 1, then Bosa No. 2?

Perhaps the connection between Murray and Kingsbury's agent is just a coincidence, but there's nothing quite like a good NFL draft conspiracy.

Dee Ford, Jaquiski Tartt listed as day-to-day with injuries


Dee Ford, Jaquiski Tartt listed as day-to-day with injuries

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers plan to rest defensive end Dee Ford from practice Wednesday and Thursday to give him a better chance to be available to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Ford and safety Jaquiski Tartt are “day to day.” Tartt sustained a toe injury in the 49ers’ 41-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Ford did not play any in the second half of that game.

Ford did not play during the preseason due to knee tendinitis and quad irritation. He aggravated his condition on Sunday but felt as if his condition improved on Wednesday.

“For him to have a setback like he did after missing some camp, there’s always some concern but he is day to day,” Shanahan said.

“We’ll play it safe the next two days, which makes me somewhat optimistic for the game.”

Four other players will not be available Sunday against the Steelers due to injuries: Running back Tevin Coleman (ankle), wide receiveers Jalen Hurd (back) and Trent Taylor (foot), and offensive tackle Joe Staley.

Defensive back Jimmie Ward will be limited in practice Wednesday as he works back after undergoing surgery two weeks ago to repair a broken finger.

Source: 49ers 'not in' on Jalen Ramsey trade talks with Jaguars


Source: 49ers 'not in' on Jalen Ramsey trade talks with Jaguars

The 49ers are “not in” on trade activity involving Jacksonville Jaguars two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday.

The Jaguars are shopping Ramsey, who requested a trade, NFL Network reported Monday. Ramsey, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 draft, had a heated sideline confrontation with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans.

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell reached out to all 31 other NFL teams to gauge the league-wide interest in acquiring Ramsey in a trade, according to a source.

The 49ers likely are not currently active in discussions to acquire Ramsey due to the level of compensation the Jaguars are seeking, as well as the price it would cost to sign Ramsey to a contract extension. Ramsey is scheduled to make $13.7 million in 2020 on the fifth-year option.

The 49ers are projected to be $27 million under the salary cap for the 2020 season, but the club has potential big-money extensions looming for defensive end DeForest Buckner and tight end George Kittle that could account for that cap cushion.

The 49ers do not have a second-round draft pick in 2020 after trading that pick in order to acquire Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason.

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The 49ers also appear to have better depth at cornerback than they have experienced in a while. Third-year player Ahkello Witherspoon has gotten off to a good start opposite of veteran Richard Sherman. Both players returned interceptions for touchdowns in the 49ers’ Week 1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Moreover, veteran cornerback Jason Verrett is healthy but has not suited up for the 49ers’ first two games as the club went with backups Emmanuel Moseley and D.J. Reed because of the versatility each offers on special teams.