49ers Mailbag: Is Merriman an option?

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49ers Mailbag: Is Merriman an option?

Q: Do you see the 49ers putting in a waiver claim on Shawne Merriman?(@MykalParrish)
The 49ers have shown they're not adverse to taking a chance on a veteran player when there is no financial risk involved.The Buffalo Bills cut Merriman on Monday. The 49ers watch film of every exhibition game, so they no doubt have studied Merriman. It does not bode well for Merriman's future that the Bills were so quick to part ways with him as he attempts to return from season-ending Achilles tendon surgery in November.RELATED: Shawne Merriman career stats 2011 game logs
On Saturday, the 49ers definitely had a need at outside linebacker. Eric Bakhtiari played nearly every snap. Parys Haralson started, with Kourtnei Brown and Kenny Rowe also seeing action.The 49ers last week signed veteran outside linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis, who Monday will be able to put on pads and practice for the first time.Also, the 49ers expect to get outside linebackers Aldon Smith (right hip) and Ahmad Brooks (left knee) back on the field this week. So the team's thin crop of outside linebackers is getting stronger.RELATED: 49ers defensive player-by-player review vs. Texans
Of course, wherever Merriman ends up, he won't be playing for the scheduled 4 million salary that the Bills decided not to pay. If any team gives Merriman a chance, it'll be low-risk, minimum-salary opportunity. After all, since his first three seasons, during which time he recorded 39.5 sacks for the San Diego Chargers, Merriman not been productive. He has just five sacks in 23 games over a period of four seasons.Whether he ends up in a training camp or not for the final two weeks of the exhibition season, it's seems unlikely he'll be on any team's 53-man roster when the regular season begins.

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.

Source: 49ers make offer to free-agent cornerback Williams

Source: 49ers make offer to free-agent cornerback Williams

The 49ers are one of four teams to make a contract offer to free-agent cornerback K’Waun Williams, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

Williams, 25, had an effective first two seasons as the Cleveland Browns’ nickel back under position coach Jeff Hafley, who was one of two assistant coaches to be retained on Kyle Shanahan’s staff.

Detroit, the New York Jets and Miami have also made contract offers, according to the source. Williams is scheduled to visit with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.

Williams entered the NFL in 2014 as an undrafted free agent from Pittsburgh. Williams (5 foot 9, 183 pounds) played in 26 games in his first two seasons with 10 starts.

He reportedly fell out of favor with the new coaching staff due to a dispute about an ankle injury and a dispute over his availability to practice. Williams was suspended for two weeks during training camp.

The Browns waived Williams on Aug. 29. The Chicago Bears claimed Williams off waivers but he failed a physical. Williams did not see action last season due to bone spurs in his ankle.