49ers Mailbag II: Who's next to sign?


49ers Mailbag II: Who's next to sign?

Here's another Saturday delivery of the 49ers Mailbag . . . Q: Who can we expected to be re-signed before the season is over? (@JReff22)
My response: I'm not sure there will be any other signings before the end of the season. We're getting to the point now where there is less to gain for players to sign extensions.Perhaps a player such as special-teamer Blake Costanzo could sign an extension. CSNBayArea.com reported this week that the 49ers have approached Ahmad Brooks, Adam Snyder, Larry Grant and C.J. Spillman, among others, about new contracts.But the only person with whom they were able to work out a deal was backup tackle Alex Boone. The reason those sides were able to reach an extension is because Boone, a scheduled exclusive-rights free agent, would not have had any outside negotiating power until after the 2012 season. So it was advantageous for him to get something done now. Boone is set to earn 7 million on his four-year extension through 2015.
It'll be interesting to see if the 49ers offer the same five-year, 25 million deal they extended to safety Dashon Goldson last year. Goldson and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, turned down that proposal, only to sign a one-year deal to return to the 49ers. Goldson is having a solid season, so he'll have a chance to get a nice payday as a free agent.
A source said cornerback Carlos Rogers and the 49ers are far apart on a multi-year extension. And quarterback Alex Smith's contract will not be touched until the end of the season.Q: who will step up as the defensive leader in Willis' absence? (@benl302)
My response: Leadership on the 49ers' defense should not a problem. Patrick Willis has always been a lead-by-example type of player. But this season he has been the one delivering the on-field pep talk to his teammates before the games.Who gravitates to that role Sunday before the game against the Arizona Cardinals? Willis might remain in his speaking role despite not suiting up with a hamstring strain.
What's more important is that the 49ers compensate on the field. Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman will lead the team in tackles against the Cardinals. Larry Grant, who will play in place of Willis, will show his "high level of contact courage," as coach Jim Harbaugh calls it.Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and Isaac Sopoaga will do their usual jobs of tying up the Cardinals linemen to allow Bowman and Grant to do their jobs.
Q: Why don't the 49ers integrate Kyle Williams into the offense MORE? (@FranchizeWocky)
My response: They have been playing Williams a lot more in recent weeks. Through the first nine games, Williams averaged fewer than 10 snaps a game. In the past three games, Williams has averaged 25 snaps.Coach Jim Harbaugh said he is very happy with the way the receivers are playing. When asked if Williams might work into a starting role, Harbaugh said, "Just look at Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams, all three of them did a fantastic job in this last game. Very pleased with the way those receivers played. They're all contributing in a big way."

Q: What percent of the 49er play book do u think we have seen? Saving for playoffs? (@jeeves28)
Q: Ask coach how come they have not had any trick plays lately? (@edlover49)My response: What you see is what you get. The 49ers have added some plays on a weekly basis, but their base offense has been established for a long time.As you've seen, they've run a lot of different plays with different personnel groups and formations. As far as trick plays, they have shown reverses and the "fly sweep," which they've executed three times this season for 49 yards.Last week, quarterback Alex Smith left the field and Kendall Hunter ran, taking the direct snap from the shotgun formation. The 49ers have also used the "Pistol" offense on several occasions recently. They'll routinely use seven offensive lineman and a nose tackle at fullback.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.