49ers Mailbag: Market will decide Rogers' future


49ers Mailbag: Market will decide Rogers' future

Free agency is scheduled to begin in a week, and we open up the 49ers Mailbag this morning to a few questions asking us to speculate on what might occur.Do you think the 49ers sign Carlos Rogers? And if not, what is the plan at CB? (Joel Ellis)
The 49ers have sole negotiating rights with cornerback Carlos Rogers -- and each of their scheduled free agents -- until March 13 at 1 p.m. (PT).As of this moment, it looks as if Rogers will hit the open market. Then, the market will dictate what happens. Rogers will be 31 when the season begins. And if he can't get the kind of deal he desires from any of the other teams in the NFL, then the 49ers will have a good chance of retaining him.As for the backup plan: The 49ers drafted Chris Culliver in the third round last year. The team believes he will be ready to step in as a starter. Tarell Brown is already pretty solid on the other side.

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So if Rogers does not return, look for the 49ers to sign a veteran cornerback at a bargain rate, perhaps add another draft pick, and have those players compete, along with Tramaine Brock, for their roles.Do you think the 49ers are more likely to target Vincent Jackson or Mike Wallace? Or is another WR more likely? (Patrick Surad)
Both.That's right, both. The 49ers have targeted both Vincent Jackson and Mike Wallace at a specific price.RELATED: Maiocco -- A look at NFL free-agent class
The 49ers do not get into bidding wars for players, though. So if one of those players accepts the deal that the 49ers have budgeted, then they'll get it done. If not, the 49ers will move on to the next player at the next price that they've determined fits with what they're trying to build.Not a lot of depth behind Aldon (Smith) and (Ahmad) Brooks if they let (Parys) Haralson go. Will the 49ers address OLB in FA or draft for depth? (Matt Polverari)
The 49ers have to figure out if 2.75 million is too much to commit to Haralson as a backup this season. (After all, general manager Trent Baalke already said that Smith will be an every-down player in 2012.)Regardless, the 49ers can be expected to add to the outside linebacker position in free agency. They'll be looking for some veteran depth. And, depending on how the draft falls, they could look to add a piece in the middle or late rounds, too.The 49ers had only one developmental player at outside linebacker last season. After Brooks signed his contract extension with the 49ers last week, Monte Simmons (Kent State) decided his best chance was with the Philadelphia Eagles. Simmons was an undrafted free agent who spent all of 2011 on the 49ers' practice squad.
Any chance the Niners go after G Carl Nicks or would the price be to high? (Matt Santos)
I believe the price would be too high. The 49ers would likely have to make Nicks their highest-paid offensive player to get it done. The 49ers could add more of a bargain veteran for competition. And they could use another draft pick on an interior lineman. Look for the 49ers to re-sign Adam Snyder and have him compete with Daniel Kilgore, who shows good promise. He spent most of his rookie season inactive on game days.

Lynch: Armstead, Buckner fit 49ers' new defensive scheme

Lynch: Armstead, Buckner fit 49ers' new defensive scheme

Trent Baalke’s final two seasons as 49ers general manager brought defensive linemen to the organization with the club’s top draft picks.

And, for that, new 49ers general manager John Lynch said he is grateful.

Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner may have been chosen when the 49ers’ base defensive alignment was a 3-4, but Lynch said the two Oregon products are versatile enough to thrive in the new system defensive coordinator Robert Saleh will install.

“I think they fit very well,” Lynch said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “And that’s one thing I think I want to make sure (to say) because I really believe it, I think Trent Baalke did a great job of getting guys that, yes, they were picked for one system, but I think they transition very well to our system.”

Buckner appeared in 15 games as a rookie after Baalke selected him with the No. 7 overall pick. He ranked second in the NFL among defensive tackles with 73 tackles and was fourth among rookies with six sacks. Buckner was chosen to the All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Armstead, selected with the 17th overall pick in 2015, recorded 2.5 sacks in eight games last season. He sustained a shoulder injury during training camp and finally underwent season-ending surgery in November.

Buckner and Armstead may be asked to play different positions but they will also be taught to play a different styles this season, Lynch promised.

“They were very much in a read-and-react posture last year,” Lynch said. “I’m excited to cut them loose. When we say ‘aggressive,’ it doesn’t mean that we’re blitzing every play. It means we’re getting off the ball. At the snap, we’re taking the fight to them. And I think these are guys who fit what we’re going to do very well. We’re excited about it.”

The 49ers last week hired defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina, who played 17 seasons in the league. Zgonina served the past four seasons as an assistant defensive line coach with Houston (2013-15) and the New York Giants (2016).

“They’re going to be coached hard,” Lynch said of the 49ers’ defensive linemen. “They’re going to be asked to sprint to the football, wherever it is. That doesn’t just come natural. Those are habits that you have to pick up.”

Every defensive player currently on the 49ers’ roster was brought to the organization to play in a 3-4 defense. Lynch downplayed the practical importance of the team’s defensive label because of extra defensive backs being deployed against three-receiver personnel groupings.

“Seventy- to 75-percent of this game now is played in sub or nickel,” Lynch said. “At that point, that’s kind of out the door. It’s can you stop the run and, then, can you go get the guy throwing the football and bring him down? We think both of those guys have great potential to do that.”

Source: Benton agrees to become 49ers' O-line coach

Source: Benton agrees to become 49ers' O-line coach

New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan secured one of the major remaining pieces of his coaching staff.

John Benton, 53, who coached the offensive line during Shanahan’s four seasons with the Houston Texans, on Tuesday agreed to terms to join the 49ers’ staff, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

The Broncos allowed Benton get out of his contract just one month after he joined Vance Joseph’s new staff as Denver’s assistant offensive line coach under line coach Jeff Davidson.

Benton served last season as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Shanahan’s first job as an NFL offensive coordinator was in 2008 and ’09 with the Texans under head coach Gary Kubiak.

Benton was the line coach during those seasons. Shanahan and Benton spent a total of four seasons together on Houston’s offensive staff. Shanahan coached wide receivers in 2006 and quarterbacks in 2007.

Benton was reportedly finalizing his contract on Monday, according to a report from Alex Marvez of The Sporting News and SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Benton takes over for Pat Flaherty, who served as offensive line coach under Chip Kelly. Flaherty is the new Jaguars offfensive line coach. Chris Foerster coached the 49ers' offensive line in 2015 under Jim Tomsula, and Mike Solari served as the O-line coach under Jim Harbaugh.