Apologetic Goldson awaits word from NFL

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Apologetic Goldson awaits word from NFL

SANTA CLARA -- By early Monday afternoon, Dashon Goldson had yet to see a FedEx envelope in his locker telling him if he has been suspended or fined by the league for fighting with Arizona receiver Early Doucet in the 49ers' win over the Cardinals.

Goldson is not expected to be suspended for any upcoming games. Suspensions after in-game ejections are rare. But Goldson can expect to be informed in the coming days of a hefty fine.
As Goldson sat on the ground in the backfield on the play in which rookie Aldon Smith sacked quarterback Richard Bartel, Doucet came up from behind and took a swipe at Goldson. Goldson got up and retaliated by throwing a few punches. Players from both teams separated the two. Only Goldson was penalized and ejected.

Goldson apologized to his teammates, coaches and the team's ownership after the game and left without talking to reporters. But Monday, he addressed what happened from in front of his locker before the players reported to meetings to prepare for Thursday night's game in Baltimore."What happened was, he was running his route and kind of ran into each other and we both fell," Goldson explained. "I'm looking around to see if the refs saw anything and all I felt was two punches to the head, and I got up and retaliated. It wasn't a smart thing. It wasn't a smart decision on my behalf, but I kind of lost it. And that's something I can't do as a vet and as a leader on this team."After the game, Doucet told reporters Goldson took a cheap shot at him knocking him to the ground -- something Goldson refuted."I kind of figured that he might of felt that way, but it wasn't a cheap shot," Goldson said. "He was running his route and I was trying to cut back and we both fell. So, he retaliated and I did too."In a typical week, players who face disciplinary action from the league will see the orange-and-blue packet sometime around midweek. Goldson says he does not know when to expect something with the 49ers on a shortened timeline. He said he will accept his punishment. But his head coach says the situation needs more attention by the officials, specifically for any player who initiates a conflict."Dashon was punched in the back of the head and then retaliated. What I think needs to be addressed is this mindset that you can't retaliate," Jim Harbaugh said at his weekly Monday press conference. "Obviously, they're not going to see the first one. It's always the second guy that gets caught. And that's the one that's going to get flagged."Had Dashon not thrown the punch, then what we would be saying was, there would have been no flag, there would have been no fine, we would have moved on to the next play. But the first one needs to get addressed. It needs to be officiated and that needs to be a foul. Otherwise, and you wonder if people do it, as soon as the whistle's blown, 'Hey, get the first shot in.' The mindset is, it doesn't matter the first one, it's the second one. So turn your back get the first shove in or the first punch in and then turn your back and see if you can't get a 15-yard penalty. I'm sure that's not what anyone wants who watches football is even associated with the game of football, but you do see it. Not just at the pro level, but at the college level and down to the high school level."

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.