49ers' GM Baalke wants Alex Smith 'in the mix'


49ers' GM Baalke wants Alex Smith 'in the mix'

April 20, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comSANTA CLARA -- The 49ers have one quarterback under contract, and general manager Trent Baalke said there's a "likelihood" the team will use at least one of its 12 draft picks next week on a quarterback.Quarterback Alex Smith is not property of the 49ers, but he continued to be one of the hot topics Wednesday during Baalke's pre-draft briefing with reporters. (Veteran David Carr is the only quarterback signed with the 49ers through 2011.)
And Baalke said the organization would like Smith, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 draft, to return to the team to compete for playing time.
"Coach (Jim Harbaugh) is very comfortable with him," Baalke said. "I'm very comfortable with him. Will Alex choose to come back here? You'll have to get him on the phone and ask him that question."But he's certainly a guy we would like to throw into the mix."RELATED: 2011 NFL Draft page
Smith has not spoken publicly about his situation since the end of the season.If Smith returned to the 49ers, he would be working under his seventh offensive system in seven years. His only exposure to the West Coast offense came in 2005, during Mike McCarthy's one and only season as 49ers' offensive coordinator.Baalke bristled when it was suggested the 49ers could acquire any number of veteran quarterbacks who have more background in the West Coast system than Smith.
"I'd like the list of guys who know the West Coast offense that we can get," Baalke said. "I don't know that I totally agree with that."BACH: Secretive Baalke meets media, reveals little
Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, like Smith, is scheduled for free agency. Backup quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and Josh Johnson could be available in trades with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, respectively.So what's the advantage for the 49ers to re-sign Smith?"I think there are a lot of reasons," Baalke said. "He understands this building. He understands the system that Coach is interested in running from a dynamics standpoint. They obviously hit it off in their discussions. There's a lot of comfort in having somebody -- especially when we're in the situation that we're in -- where there are so many unknowns." Baalke revealed that the 49ers had pre-draft visits with quarterbacks Jake Locker (Washington) and Christian Ponder (Florida State). Blaine Gabbert (Missouri), Ryan Mallett (Arkansas) and Andy Dalton (TCU) were previously known to have visited the 49ers.RELATED: Tracking the 49ers' draft-eligible player meetings

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.