The 49ers' defense appears to be set with the late push Tuesday night to re-sign cornerback Carlos Rogers.
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Rogers appeared to be the highest-profile 49ers free agent that the club might not re-sign. But after spending most of Tuesday flirting with free agents Brandon Carr and Eric Wright, the 49ers and Rogers got together on a four-year contract.
The 49ers won the NFC West with a 13-3 record, powered by the team's defense. The 49ers ranked fourth in the league in total yards allowed. They allowed just 14.3 points per game, ranking second in the NFL.
Earlier this offseason, the 49ers re-signed outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks to a six-year, 37 million contract with a 7.5 million signing bonus.Last week, the 49ers placed the franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson to prevent him from being an unrestricted free agent.The only change to the lineup in 2012 is the anticipated promotion of outside linebacker Aldon Smith to take Parys Haralson's starting job at right outside linebacker. General manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers plan for Smith, a pass-rush specialist as a rookie in 2011, to take a full-time role.It is not known if the 49ers plan to retain Haralson as a backup at his scheduled 2.75 million pay for this season. Haralson started all 16 games for the 49ers last season.
49ERS FREE AGENT SCORECARD
--WR Randy Moss (UFA, Titans, 2010): 1 yr1.75 million, roster bonus up to 750,000. 2012 cap: 1.75 million.
--CB Perrish Cox (UFA, cut by Broncos): 2 yrs1.17 million. 2012 cap: 540,000.
--LS Brian Pontbriand (UFA, cut by Browns): 1 yr826,000; 2012 cap: 826,000.Re-signings
--CB Carlos Rogers (UFA): 4 yrsterms unknown.
--LB Ahmad Brooks (UFA): 6 yrs37 million, 7.5 million signing bonus; 2012 cap: 2.85 million.
--DB C.J. Spillman (RFA): 3 yrs4.2 million, 925,000 signing bonus; 2012 cap: 1.08 million.
--LB Tavares Gooden (UFA): 1 yrterms unknown.
--CB Tramaine Brock (EFA): 1 yr540,000. 2012 cap: 540,000.
--DT Will Tukuafu (EFA): 2 yrs1.02 million; 2012 cap: 465,000.Franchise player
--S Dashon Goldson (UFA): 1 yr6.212 million (guaranteed when signed); 2012 cap: 6.212 million.Restricted free agents
--LB Larry Grant (original round tender7th round): 1 yr1.26 million.
--WR Brett Swain (not tendered)Subtractions
--WR Joshua Morgan (UFA, Redskins): 2 yrsterms unknown.
--LB Blake Costanzo (UFA, Bears): 2 yrsterms unknown.Unsigned free agents
--QB Alex Smith
--OL Adam Snyder
--WR Ted Ginn
--RG Chilo Rachal
--S Reggie Smith
--FB Moran Norris
--TE Justin Peelle
--S Madieu Williams
PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.
Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.
"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.
Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.
After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.
The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.
With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.
Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88.
Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.
A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.
Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014.
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