NFL rumors: Broncos use 49ers' draft pick to acquire A.J. Bouye from Jaguars

NFL rumors: Broncos use 49ers' draft pick to acquire A.J. Bouye from Jaguars

The Denver Broncos might lose star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. to free agency this offseason, so they made a proactive move to shore up their secondary.

On Tuesday, the Broncos acquired cornerback A.J. Bouye from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick. The draft pick the Broncos used to acquire Bouye was the fourth-rounder they got from the 49ers in the Emmanuel Sanders trade last season. 

After getting off to a 2-5 start, the Broncos elected to get something of value for Sanders, who was in the final season of his contract.

The 49ers were more than willing to give up a third- and fourth-round pick for Sanders, giving them a veteran with playoff experience to lead their young receiving corps. Sanders was crucial in the development of Deebo Samuel and was a Jimmy Garoppolo overthrow from being the hero of Super Bowl LIV.

In Bouye, the Broncos get a cornerback in the prime of his career who has three years and $40.5 million left on his contract.

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The acquisition of Bouye means Harris likely will leave in free agency, with a number of teams frothing at the mouth to sign him.

As for the Jaguars, every starter from the secondary that led them to the 2018 AFC Championship Game is now elsewhere. Exhibit A in how not to run a franchise.

NFL rumors: 49ers' Chris Kiffin joining Browns; Aaron Whitecotton replaces him

NFL rumors: 49ers' Chris Kiffin joining Browns; Aaron Whitecotton replaces him

Assistant coach Chris Kiffin, who served the past two seasons as the 49ers’ pass-rush specialist, reportedly is leaving the organization to become the Cleveland Browns’ defensive line coach.

The 49ers will replace Kiffin’s spot on the coaching staff with Aaron Whitecotton, who was the Buffalo Bills’ assistant defensive line coach, Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio reported on Friday morning. Whitecotton will assist 49ers defensive line coach Kris Kocurek,

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Whitecotton spent four seasons (2013 to ’16) with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he worked on the same staff as 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Jaguars hire former 49ers GM Trent Baalke as their personnel director

Jaguars hire former 49ers GM Trent Baalke as their personnel director

The Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday announced former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke has been hired as the organization’s director of player personnel.

Baalke has not worked for an NFL team since 2016, when the 49ers fired him after the roster had fallen into disrepair under his watch. He worked the past three seasons for the NFL as a football operations consultant.

"I have known Trent for two decades and he'll be a valuable addition to our personnel department," Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement.

"He had a lot of success during his time in San Francisco and has proven that he has a great eye for talent and constructing a team, so we're excited for him to be a part of the organization. We look forward to welcoming Trent and his wife, Beth, to Jacksonville, and we expect him to get involved immediately as we make decisions on our current roster and approach free agency."

In 2011, Baalke was named winner of NFL Executive of the Year awards, as selected by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers of America, for his role in helping the 49ers improve from 6-10 into a 13-3 team in his first season as general manager with Jim Harbaugh as the head coach.

The 49ers advanced to three consecutive NFC Championship Games with Baalke and Harbaugh in charge until the club fell to 8-8 in 2014. Baalke and Harbaugh clashed, and the 49ers “mutually parted ways” with Harbaugh.

Baalke was in charge of hiring the next two coaches, as the organization went with Jim Tomsula in 2015 and Chip Kelly in 2016.

After the disastrous two-win season under Kelly, the 49ers fired Baalke and Kelly. San Francisco hired coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch.

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Baalke originally joined the 49ers in 2005 as a regional scout. He was promoted to director of player personnel in 2008. In 2010, he moved into the role of vice president of player personnel before taking over as general manager in 2011 after Scot McCloughan left the organization.

Only six players who appeared in the 49ers’ 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV remain among those Baalke brought to the organization: Safeties Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt, defensive linemen Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, running back Raheem Mostert, and long-snapper Kyle Nelson.