49ers' updated interview schedule

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49ers' updated interview schedule

After interviewing Indianapolis Colts executive Jimmy Raye III for the vacant general manage position on Sunday, the 49ers have two interviews scheduled for both of the next two days on the East Coast.

The 49ers’ updated interview schedule consists of Monday meetings with Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay for head coach and Carolina Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane for the 49ers’ GM position.

On Tuesday, the 49ers are scheduled to interview Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for the head-coaching position and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick for general manager.

CEO Jed York and Paraag Marathe, the 49ers’ chief strategy officer and executive vice president of football operations, are conducting the interviews as the organization searches for a coach-general manager tandem to replace Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke.

The 49ers have already interviewed three head-coach candidates: Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn, Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

The 49ers have interviewed four general manager candidates: Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf, Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst, Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton, and Raye, the Colts’ vice president of football operations.

Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable is scheduled to interview with the 49ers next Sunday, according to an ESPN report, while the Seahawks' co-directors of player personnel, Scott Fitterer and Trent Kirchner, are reportedly set to meet with York and Marathe the next day.

49ers interviews
Wednesday, Jan. 4
Buffalo interim head coach Anthony Lynn (coach)

Thursday, Jan. 5
Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM)

Friday, Jan. 6
Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM)
Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (coach)

Saturday, Jan. 7
New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (coach)

Sunday, Jan. 8
Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM)

Monday, Jan. 9
Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay (coach)
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (GM)

Tuesday, Jan. 10
Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (coach)
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM)

Sunday, Jan. 15
Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable (coach)

Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (GM)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (GM)

TBD?
Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (coach)

Lynch: 49ers expected to pick up Ward's fifth-year option

Lynch: 49ers expected to pick up Ward's fifth-year option

The 49ers plan to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive back Jimmie Ward for the 2018 season, general manager John Lynch said Saturday.

The league-wide deadline for picking up the option is Wednesday. After the 49ers did not draft a free safety within the first two days of the draft, it became apparent Ward fits into the team’s plan for at least the next two seasons. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he was excited after watching Ward during the team's minicamp this week.

The fifth-year option, a product of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, enables teams to control the rights of first-round draft picks for one season beyond the mandatory four-year contract. The salary for safeties drafted outside the top 10 is $5.957 million.

The salary is guaranteed for injury only. The team can void the deal until the first day of the 2018 league year.

Ward, whom the 49ers selected with the 30th overall pick of the 2014 draft, was the team’s top nickel back in his first two seasons, appearing in 24 games. Last year, Ward moved to cornerback, where he started 11 games before landing on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

With the 49ers’ conversion to a defense based on the Seattle Seahawks’ scheme, Ward is being moved to free safety. He is expected to fill a role based on what Earl Thomas plays with the Seahawks.

Here are the 49ers’ decisions since the inception of the fifth-year option rule:

--The 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith before restructuring the contract. The 49ers eventually released Smith before the start of his fifth season due to multiple off-field incidents.

--Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before his second NFL season.

--The 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on safety Eric Reid for this season. He is scheduled to earn $5.676 this season.

49ers select CB Adrian Colbert in seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select CB Adrian Colbert in seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft

ADRIAN COLBERT
Position: Defensive back
College: Miami
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Selection: Seventh round, No. 229 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Miami defensive back Adrian Colbert with the team’s final pick of the draft.

General manager John Lynch wrapped up his first draft with the selection of Colbert with the No. 229 overall selection. Colbert has the ability to play cornerback or free safety with the 49ers. He could make the team as a core special-teams performer.

Colbert played his first three college seasons at Texas before transferring to Miami, where he saw action in eight games with two starts. As a senior, he recorded 22 tackles and one interception.