49ers sign WR Braylon Edwards to one-year contract


49ers sign WR Braylon Edwards to one-year contract

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In 2005, the 49ers chose quarterback Alex Smith over receiver Braylon Edwards for the No. 1 pick in the draft.Now, the 49ers have both players.The 49ers and Edwards agreed to terms on a one-year, 3.5 million contract, ESPN reported Thursday. Edwards traveled to Santa Clara to meet with coaches and team officials Wednesday.After the initial report broke, Edwards tweeted 'It's official Team17 we have moved to the bay. I'm a proud member of the San Francisco 49ers.'
The signing continues a whirlwind of activity for the 49ers, who have added presumptive starters center Jonathan Goodwin, cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Donte Whitner within the past day.Edwards visited the 49ers prior to the 2005 draft, as the club publicly reduced its candidates for the top overall pick to Smith, Edwards, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and defensive back Antrel Rolle. The 49ers picked Smith with the top selection, and Edwards was the Cleveland Browns' pick with the No. 3 overall pick.
Edwards had his best season in 2007, as he caught 80 passes for 1,289 yards and 16 touchdowns. Two years later, the Browns dealt him to the New York Jets.In 16 games with the New York Jets last season, Edwards caught 53 passes for 904 yards and seven touchdowns. In his career, he has 326 receptions for 5,142 yards and 39 touchdowns. His career average per catch is an impressive 15.8 yards.Edwards joins a receiving corps that features Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan. Crabtree is likely to miss the entire exhibition season with a left foot injury. Crabtree, who has attended practices and meetings while wearing an orthopedic boot, is on the physically-unable-to-perform list.Crabtree led the 49ers wide receivers a year ago with 55 catches for 741 yards and six touchdowns. Morgan caught 44 passes for 698 yards and two touchdowns. Only nine recivers in the league last season caught as many passes for more yards than Morgan.The 49ers are taking a risk with the addition of Edwards. He reportedly still faces the possibility of an NFL suspension stemming after pleading guilty last week to driving while intoxicated to resolve a case stemming from a Sept. 21 police stop.

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.


49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

49ers head coach Shanahan: Lynch going in the right direction

SANTA CLARA -- General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan sat down with 49ers pass-rusher Aaron Lynch shortly after assuming their new roles to give him an outline of what was expected.

Aaron Lynch entered the NFL in 2014 as a fifth-round draft pick despite having the talent worthy of a much-earlier selection. There were concerns about his commitment and character.

Lynch showed plenty of promise in his first two seasons. He tied for the club lead both seasons with six and 6.5 sacks, respectively. Last year, Lynch reported to the offseason program 30 pounds overweight. He was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy of substances of abuse. Then, he missed considerable time with an ankle injury. In seven games, Lynch recorded just 1.5 sacks.

John Lynch and Shanahan told Aaron Lynch his past transgressions would not be held against him, but he had to work hard and prove himself. As Lynch enters the final year of his original four-year contract, his spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster is anything but a certainty.

“Basically, everybody on this team, no matter what has happened before you came into the league or when you’ve been in the league, they’re not holding that against you and it’s a new clean slate,” Lynch said. “So I need to do everything I can to make sure I have a clean slate with them.”

Lynch is currently working with the second unit at the “Leo” position on the 49ers’ defensive line, behind Arik Armstead.

“’Leo’ is a lot of damn fun, so, yeah, I like it a lot,” Lynch said. “You get to set the edge and go get the quarterback.”

Lynch said he is in better physical condition than he was a year ago at this time. He said his target playing weight is in the 260-270 range. He said he is currently in the 280s.

“I came in heavy, but I’ve been working my (butt) off to get down to where my coach wants me to get down to, and where I feel I would be best to give everything I can for my team and do what I can for my team,” Lynch said.

While the 49ers did not witness any improvement in Lynch's commitment at the beginning of the offseason, things seem to be turning around. Shanahan said Lynch has missed only one day of the team's voluntary offseason program -- an excused absence to deal with a situation concerning his wife.

“There’s no doubt Aaron’s going in the right direction for us," Shanahan said. "He came in in the offseason, we challenged him hard with just the way we worked and stuff. He hasn’t shied away from any of it. He’s jumped in on all of our stuff.

"So he’s gotten better each day. He’s gotten more in shape each day and I’m seeing it on the field each day.”