49ers hope to work out contract extensions

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49ers hope to work out contract extensions

SANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Carlos Rogers expressed this week a desire to play the remainder of his career with the 49ers. And with good things happening, Rogers is undoubtedly not the only player who would like to sign a contract extension to remain with the organization.

With 21 players on the roster whose contracts are scheduled to expire at the end of the season, the topic of locking some of the players into long-term deals is something the 49ers' decision-makers have talked about, too."There are discussions," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "(But) nothing that we really talk about specifically."This is our team. These are our guys. (I) hope there are guys who want to come back and continue to be a part of this, as consummate team players this year, next year and into the future. That's a good thing. I think everybody wants to be a Niner. I can understand that. It's a good place to be."Rogers is one of those players. He told CSNBayArea.com this week he wants to sign an extension beyond this season."If we can get something worked out, that would be great," Rogers told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday. "My agent (Todd France) knows that I like what's going on here. I want to be here. This has been great for me, and I would love to get something worked out for five, six years."Rogers said he did not want to know all the details of any contract talks because he wants to maintain his focus on playing football. But Harbaugh said looking ahead does not bother him. He said he always tries to plan ahead."Personally speaking now, this is just me talking, tha's where I choose to live, is in the future," Harbaugh said "Plan, save, prepare, work, to make a better future. That's where the wheels are turning in guys' minds. I know they are in mine. I think it's a positive thing."Team president Jed York told CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach last week that Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke have discussed which players to approach about making long-term commitments. Harbaugh stated recently that he informed injured 49ers receiver Joshua Morgan that he wants him back next season.
On the possibility that the 49ers will work out some contract extensions before the end of the season, York said, "There are guys that we've extended. Obviously Frank (Gore) is one of those guys that we extended, so it's not out of the question. But that's something that Jim and Trent will discuss and figure out."Here is a list of the 49ers whose contracts are scheduled expire at the end of this season:Signed through 2011
OT Alex Boone (EFA)
CB Tramaine Brock (EFA)
LB Ahmad Brooks
LB Blake Costanzo
WR Braylon Edwards
WR Ted Ginn Jr.
S Dashon Goldson
LB Tavares Gooden
LBLarry Grant (RFA)
WR Joshua Morgan
TE Justin Peelle
RG Chilo Rachal
CB Carlos Rogers
FB Moran Norris
QB Alex Smith
S Reggie Smith
OLAdam Snyder
DBC.J. Spillman (RFA)
WR Brett Swain
DT Will Tukuafu (EFA)
SMadieu WilliamsAll players listed above are unrestricted free agents at expiration of their contract, except where otherwise noted.EFA (Exclusive rights free agent) -- Club owns rights to player, and player is not allowed to negotiate with other teams.
RFA (restricted free agent) -- Player can negotiate with other clubs, but original team owns right of first refusal and team would receive draft-pick compensation if it decides not to match offer.

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

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 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

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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