49ers suspend Jacobs for final three games

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49ers suspend Jacobs for final three games

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Monday suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games of the regular season, the team announced.

The 49ers' suspension of Jacobs is without pay, which would cost him $167,000 in base pay. There is an appeals process for players who are suspended, and Jacobs would be expected to go through that process.

The move prevents Jacobs from going to another team to help them in the final weeks of the regular season and, potentially, the playoffs.

In the end, Jacobs' tenure with the 49ers will likely be remembered more for tweets and Instagram photos than yards and touchdowns.

Several days after Jacobs complained to his followers about his playing time -- or lack thereof -- the 49ers suspended Jacobs for the remainder of the regular season.

Jacobs was active for just three games, and his season stat line consisted of five rushing attempts for 7 yards. He was not active Sunday in the 49ers' 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins, as LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon handled the backup running back duties behind starter Frank Gore.

When asked at his Monday press conference to clarify Jacobs' status on the team, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh answered, "No comment."

The 49ers supplied no reason for Jacobs' suspension. General manager Trent Baalke, speaking on 95.7 The Game, did not get into specifics. He spoke with Jacobs early Monday afternoon, he said.

"It comes down to the team and making the best decisions we can for the team," Baalke said. "We'll leave it at that. But the discussion was amicable."

Last week, presumably after Jacobs found out he would not be active for Sunday's game, he went to social media to express his displeasure with the 49ers.

"I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners," Jacobs wrote on Instagram in response to fans' complains that he posted only photos of himself while with the New York Giants. "This is by far the worst year I ever had, I'll tell you like I told plenty others."

Jacobs spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Giants. He scored 56 career touchdowns with the Giants, and was a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams.

The New York Giants released Jacobs after last season, and he signed a one-year contract with the 49ers that included $950,000 in base pay and a $150,000 signing bonus. He also collected an additional $12,500 for each of the three games that he suited up.

Jacobs sustained a knee injury in the 49ers' second exhibition game but was declared healthy in time to participate in the 49ers' fourth game of the season. However, he was unable to convince the 49ers' coaching staff that he could become a contributor. Last week, Jacobs even took an apparent shot at Harbaugh.

"Some people give the wrong person credit, this team win(s) because there is a lot of talent," Jacobs wrote on Instagram.

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Report: 49ers free agent ILB signing with rival Seahawks

Michael Wilhoite has spent his whole five-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.

But now the free agent inside linebacker is reportedly switching sides in the NFC West rivalry. Wilhoite is set to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. 

Wilhoite, 30, played in all 16 games last season for the 49ers, starting in only six. In 2016 he recorded 55 tackles, 30 less than 2015 in four less games, and forced one fumble. 

After earning a promotion from the 49ers' practice squad in 2012, Wilhoite's career in the Bay Area comes to an end with 268 tackles and three interceptions in 65 games. 

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NFL owners mull cutting regular-season OT to 10 minutes

NEW YORK -- NFL owners will consider proposals next week to cut regular-season overtime from 15 minutes to 10; eliminate players leaping over the line on kick plays; and expansion of coaches' challenges and what can be reviewed by officials.

In what promises to be a busy annual meeting next week in Phoenix that will include discussing the Raiders' potential relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas, the 32 owners also will vote on changing the mechanics on replay reviews and other items intended to reduce downtime during games.

The Eagles proposed four rules changes, including abolishing the leaping techniques that league football operations director Troy Vincent said Thursday "don't belong in the game."

Seattle and Buffalo co-authored a proposal allowing a coach to challenge any officiating decision, whether a foul is called or not.

"That is a significant change to our current replay rule and it is something that will be on the floor and will be debated next week," NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino said.

Another major change would be the reduction of overtime in-season; the extra period in the playoffs would remain at 15 minutes. The powerful competition committee, of which Vincent and Blandino are members, believed it's a player safety issue, noting that number of snaps for games going to OT - especially deep into the overtime - is excessive. Especially if a team has a quick turnaround.

"We don't know where a team is going to be playing the next week, it could be four days later," said committee chairman Rich McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons. "We felt we should put an end to it. We don't think it will lead to more ties. Could it? It could, but we are not concerned with that."

As for changing the format of overtime to ensure both teams always get a possession - a popular topic after how the Super Bowl ended - Blandino said the league's wants to keep the element of sudden death in the extra period.

The "leaper rule" has taken some priority among competition committee members, the players' union and coaches. Vincent said coaches have begun scheming how to defense it, which can "create a real safety issue."

"It is really in the best interest of the game" to outlaw leaping on kicks," Vincent added.

McKay noted that the NCAA is in the process of passing a similar ban on the technique.

During the meetings that run from Sunday to Wednesday, the teams will be shown plays the competition committee believes should result in suspensions or ejections. Game officials already have had the leeway to eject players, but it rarely has happened; there were three in 2016.

"They don't happen very often, let's give the players credit," McKay said. "We have 40,000 plays in a year. We'll show a tape that will have four or five plays that would warrant suspension. This is not a widespread situation."

Added Vincent, a former NFL defensive back: "When you see the plays, they are catastrophic. We had two players who did not return for the season. They are high-impact plays that belong out of the game. It will be a real point of emphasis this season."