49ers notebook: In need of a QB, too

49ers notebook: In need of a QB, too

Dec. 26, 2010MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comST. LOUIS -- The 49ers will need a new quarterback next season to go along with a new general manager and a new head coach."We can't get a quarterback until the draft," 49ers team president Jed York said Sunday, following the 49ers' 25-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams that knocked the team out of playoff contention."Is that a need? Yeah, absolutely."Coach Mike Singletary switched quarterbacks four times over the past six weeks. Last week, he benched Alex Smith in favor of Troy Smith. When he told Alex Smith to begin warming up in the third quarter Sunday, Singletary and Troy Smith got in a heated confrontation."The bottom line was that I thought about changing quarterbacks at that time and he thought that at that particular time he could do this," Singletary said. "I decided to leave him in and give him some more opportunity."NEWS: Source: Singletary will not return as head coach
Troy Smith completed 7 of 19 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the game."Through the course of the game, obviously, you want to win," 49ers quarterback Troy Smith said. "Your competitive nature comes out."And, obviously, the passion that coach Singletary has for the game and the passion that I have for the game combined, I'm not going to say it'll lead to situations like that on the sideline, but with competitive natures you want to win. I understood where he was coming from."Throughout the week, Singletary and offensive coordinator Mike Johnson said Alex Smith was getting practice time so he could be ready if called upon. But Alex Smith said following the game Sunday that he did not receive any practice snaps in preparation for facing the St. Louis Rams."It's frustrating but it's part of this game," Alex Smith said. "I got put back in a different role. Part of being a part of this team is you have to deal with that and be there and be ready to go if my number got called."Alex Smith, who entered in the fourth quarter, completed 10 of 15 passes for 120 yards against the Rams.STATS: Alex Smith 2010 splits Troy Smith 2010 splits
Neither Alex Smith nor Troy Smith is signed for next season, and Alex Smith's career with the 49ers appears to be winding to a close. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the 49ers in 2005.When asked if this feels like the end, Alex Smith answered, "One more week. We can start talking about that after one more week. I understand my contract is up and what's at stake, but I still have a job here."Ginn's return: Ted Ginn provided a spark for the 49ers with a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter with the 49ers trailing 9-0."It was our first kickoff or punt return for a touchdown with no penalties," Ginn said. "That was great for our special teams because we have been practicing so hard to make a play there, and when we did, it was exciting for us. We loved it. We just tried to keep capitalizing off it."Injuries: Rookie cornerback Philip Adams sustained a fractured left ankle while blocking on a kickoff return at the start of the third quarter. It was not immediately known if he will require surgery.Rookie linebacker Keaton Kristick sustained a concussion and did not return. Center David Baas sustained a ribs injury and missed some playing time. Tony Wragge filled in for Baas, who returned to action.Notable: Although Troy Smith's 60-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree appeared targeted for tight end Vernon Davis, Smith said the throw was definitely intended for Crabtree. . . . One of the 49ers' final chances ended when right tackle Anthony Davis was beaten around the edge by Rams defensive end Chris Long, who stripped Alex Smith of the ball while recording the sack. Defensive tackle Fred Robbins recovered the fumble with 2:27 remaining in the game. . . . Rookie running back Anthony Dixon, hobbled with an ankle sprain all week, carried six times for 17 yards.

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.

But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.

“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”

Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.

There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.

“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”

Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.

“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”

Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.

"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.

"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."

Report: 49ers TE Vance McDonald available for trade

Report: 49ers TE Vance McDonald available for trade

Vance McDonald is reportedly on the trade block.

The 49ers tight end is available, according to The Ringer's Michael Lombardi.

In December, McDonald inked a five-year extension, with the final two years being club options at base salaries of $5.5 million annually.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported:

"McDonald receives a $7 million signing bonus, according to the figures obtained Tuesday by CSNBayArea.com. His base salary of $2.1 million for 2017 is fully guaranteed for skill and cap.

McDonald is scheduled to earn $3.7 million in base salary in 2018 and $4.2 million in 2019. In addition, McDonald has 46-man roster bonuses of $46,875 per game, which total $750,000 annually if he suits up for all 16 games. McDonald also has a scheduled $150,000              in annual workout bonuses for participating in 90 percent or more of the team’s offseason program.

The deal would make McDonald the 16th highest-paid tight end in the NFL if he collects all of his per-game roster bonuses.

If McDonald remains on the 49ers’ 90-man roster on April 1, 2018, all $3.7 million of his 2018 salary becomes fully guaranteed. If he’s on the roster on April 1, 2019, $3.2 million of his $4.2 base salary is fully guaranteed.

There are also incentives in the deal for receptions and receiving yards that begin with 55 receptions ($75,000) and 700 yards ($75,000)."

The 49ers took McDonald in the second round (55th overall) of the 2013 draft.

In 11 games last year, he caught 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

After making two selections in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, the 49ers enter Day 2 of the draft with two third-round picks -- No. 66 and No. 67 overall.

The 49ers also currently have two picks in the fourth round, two picks in the fifth round, two picks in the 6th round and one seventh round pick.