49ers DB excused to watch girlfriend qualify for Olympic final

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49ers DB excused to watch girlfriend qualify for Olympic final

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SANTA CLARA -- A little more than an hour into practice Monday, 49ers safety Cory Nelms jogged off the practice field.When he returned a short time later, he had an added bounce to his step.
Nelms ran off during the middle of practice to watch a live stream of the women's 400-meter hurdles at the London Olympics. He watched a computer in the office of Mike Chasanoff, manager of public relations, as his girlfriend, T'erea Brown, qualified for a spot on Wednesday's final with a personal-record time 54.21 seconds"She got out good," Nelms said. "It seemed like she was falling back, but she maintained and ran her race. She PR'd yesterday and PR'd again today. She's peaking. She's definitely on the right track."Nelms, who is fighting for a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster, did not have the luxury of traveling to London to watch Brown, 22, whom he met 6 years ago as members of the University of Miami (Fla.) track team."I wanted to go, but I'm in a situation where I need to stay here and compete for a spot on this team and try to help this team," he said.Before practice, 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell approached Nelms to ask if he wanted permission to duck out of practice long enough to watch the semifinal."I said, 'Definitely,'" Nelms said. "I guess he got permission (from coach Jim Harbaugh) and said it would be OK."Brown won the 2011 NCAA championship. She finished third at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene. She arrived in London with a previous personal best of 54.81. Nelms said she will have to run 53 seconds to get onto the podium. He believes she has the ability to bring home a medal.Nelms has plenty of his own hurdles to clear.He is in his second year in 49ers camp after going undrafted in 2011. Nelms spent all of last season on the 49ers' practice squad after being honored with the Thomas Herrion Award. The honor goes to the rookie or first-year player that best takes advantage of every opportunity and turned it into a positive to make a dream turn into reality."It's kind of like appreciation you get from the team," Nelms said. "You come out and work hard every day and you play whistle to whistle. That award showed me that the team appreciates what I do every day. I'm going to continue to do that."Nelms played cornerback last season. This year, he has transitioned to safety -- a spot he believes is a better fit for his physical style of play."The coaches are really helping me out, helping me learn the new position," he said. "I'm learning the defense well. We're just trying to get better. Everybody is supporting me and helping me out, so I thank them for that."

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.