49ers place original round tender on Grant


49ers place original round tender on Grant

Any team that envisions inside linebacker Larry Grant as a starter must give up only a seventh-round draft pick as compensation to the 49ers to acquire the restricted free agent.
The 49ers have decided to place an original-round tender of approximately 1.26 million on Grant, a source told CSNBayArea.com. That move would appear to increase the chance of another team signing Grant to an offer sheet.
If Grant signs an offer sheet and the 49ers decline to match, the 49ers would receive a seventh-round draft pick as compensation. Grant, 27, entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick of the 49ers in 2008.Teams can begin negotiating with Grant on Tuesday, 1 p.m. (PT), when the free-agent signing period begins.If Grant signs an offer sheet with another team, the 49ers would have the right of first refusal. But the club is not likely to match any offer that includes "starter's money." Grant may have proved in December that he is fully capable of being an effective starting inside linebacker, as he filled in admirable for four games when Patrick Willis was injured.RELATED: Larry Grant 2011 game logs
The 49ers' other option was to place a second-round tender of 1.92 million on Grant. But the 49ers decided it was too much to pay for a backup behind first-team All-Pros Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Grant earned 600,000 contract last season on a one-year contract. Bowman, a third-year pro, is scheduled to earn 490,000 this season.Originally, the 49ers released Grant after his first training camp with the club in 2008. The St. Louis Rams signed him off the 49ers practice squad. He played 34 games in three seasons, including eight starts in 2010, with St. Louis before returning to the 49ers last season.While playing four games in place of Willis in December, Grant recorded 29 tackles, two sacks, broke up five passes and forced a fumble. Willis sustained a hamstring injury early in the 49ers' Dec. 4 game against the Rams and sat out three additional games. Willis returned for the regular-season finale and both playoff games.Grant was also one of the 49ers' top special-teams players throughout the season with 10 tackles.CSN's Mindi Bach contributed to this report.

49ers announce more hires to Shanahan's staff

49ers announce more hires to Shanahan's staff

Kyle Shanahan put together some of the final pieces of his coaching staff on Tuesday.

The 49ers announced the hirings of seven coaches, including confirmation of John Benton as offensive line coach.

The team hired former NFL standout linebacker DeMeco Ryans as defensive quality control coach. He was a second-round selection of the Houston Texans in 2006 and spent 10 seasons in the league. He finished his career playing four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 49ers also hired Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, Stan Kwan as assistant special teams, Vince Oghobaase as assistant defensive line, Adam Stenavich as assistant offensive line, and Michael Clay as strength and conditioning assistant.

Benton, 53, was hired away from the Broncos after being on the job for approximately a month. Benton served as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach last season. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Benton and Shanahan worked together for four seasons with the Houston Texans.

Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.

John Lynch: 49ers will be up-front with Kaepernick

John Lynch: 49ers will be up-front with Kaepernick

The only promises new 49ers general manager John Lynch made quarterback Colin Kaepernick for this offseason are open communication and honesty.

Kaepernick has spent all six of his NFL seasons with the 49ers after being a second-round draft pick in 2011. He has started 58 of the 49ers’ past 71 regular-season games.

Kaepernick has the contractual ability to opt out of his contract in March. If he does not, it seems likely the 49ers would release him – even if they want him back – to avoid being on the hook for his scheduled $14.9 million pay for the 2017 season.

“The one thing we will do very well with Kap is we’ll communicate,” Lynch said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “And I think that’s very important for both sides. Like everything else, that process is well in the works. We’ll continue to do that and we’ll be very up-front with him, in terms of what we’re thinking and we’ll want to know what he’s thinking, as well.”

Lynch said he developed trust and a good rapport with Kaepernick during the time when the 49ers were among the top teams in the NFL. Lynch was a broadcaster for FOX-TV and had occasion to meet with Kaepernick multiple times during production meetings.

“Every time we talk about Kap, I think of the guy who was in the Super Bowl not too (long ago),” Lynch said. “Things happen in guys’ careers. Injuries happen. Different things happen.”

Kaepernick began last season as the backup to Blaine Gabbert. After regaining his starting role in Week 6, Kaepernick put together his best season since 2013 – his first full season as a starter.

Kaepernick completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 90.7, and he added 468 yards rushing.

Lynch said he and coach Kyle Shanahan have been evaluating the players on the 49ers’ roster. The other three quarterbacks on the roster – Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis – are not under contract for next season.

“Like we said we would – and like we told Kap we would – we’re assessing everything,” Lynch said. “Both Kyle and I believe wholeheartedly that position is the most-important position in football.

“From every side of this thing, we’re evaluating. And we’re continuing to watch the film. We’ll continue to work toward that until we have made a decision.”