Davis 'big fan' of Moss

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Davis 'big fan' of Moss

After the 49ers lost in the NFC Championship, Vernon Davis started revving up for the new season. He shared his offseason with some old and new faces during an interview Friday on KNBR, Davis talked about Peyton Manning's workout with the 49ers along with Alex Smith's return. Davis also explains getting "Mossed" growing up and his excitement about sharing the field with new 49ers receiver Randy Moss.

On his offseason:
"I have been working out, that is one thing I make sure that I do. I make sure that I work out and keep my skill set together so that I won't lose anything you definitely have to stay on top of your work outs that is for sure."

On the 49ers working out Peyton Manning:
"I was kind of confused. I was under the impression that we were with Alex Smith, but at the end of the day it is a business, you have to be able to expect anything. Anything is possible, anything can happen. For me, I am a big supporter of Alex Smith I figured that was our guy. Me being a leader on the team and a guy that has been around for a while, anyone who comes in I have to respect the situation and be a supporter."

On hearing about Alex Smith's meeting with Miami:
"I tried to call Alex but I'm not sure if he changed his number, I couldn't reach him. It's all right I am going to have some words for him when I see him." (jokingly)

On being worried about Smith's possible move:
"Yeah I was trying to figure it all out, what are we going to do, we don't get Peyton, and Alex is going somewhere or else we don't get Alex, then we will be in the hole. That's the only thing I was thinking about, that we wouldn't have anyone."

On Jim Harbaugh's relationship possibly changing with Smith:
"I am not sure what Alex is thinking, I don't know what is on his mind. I know one thing is for sure, Alex is one of those guys that can let it go. He is good when fighting through adversity. He is just a quick turn around that's what I love about the kid is that he can do that. He is very strong mentally and physically. He is good with that, he has been through a lot. He has been on a roller coaster, he has been up and down. He still managed to fight through it; that's what makes him a warrior."

On Randy Moss signing:
"I met Randy a few times he is a great guy! He is a great player. I think he still has the tools and skills to make an impact on the team. I just feel fortunate to have him, it's a blessing. I think he will definitely contribute to the team in what we are trying to do, I am all about it."
On Moss rumored to be a disruptive force wherever he goes:
"No, I have been a big fan. I have been a big fan of Randy since I was a kid. I used to wear his shoes, I remember running up and down the field. Mossed oooooh you just got Mossed. And I remember I used to say, one day they are going to be saying that about me, you just got Davised."

On bounty with the Saints and finding out after playoffs:
"I shrugged it off, I didn't even worry about it. In this game of football you have to be prepared for anything, and to me it doesn't matter, because it's football."
On possibly being a target for bounty gate:
"If you think about it, but I don't really think about it, I mean it's over, we won the game. If we would have lost, then I would be sitting back thinking about it, but we won and we beat those guys."

Has Davis queued up that game since it happened:
"I watched it on my DVD I watched the game, and I watched some of the plays and it gets me pumped up and ready for next season."

About being so close to Superbowl, does he think about his 15 yard penalty:
"No, I am not upset, that's the game of football, the emotions, you just have to learn to control them. At the time I was so excited, you just have to take it, and accept the fact that I let my emotions get away from me a little bit. It happens sometimes. It's alright, you move on, you play this game as a team and together we made a lot of mistakes and I think that it cost us the game. We left a lot on the table together and collectively and if we had a chance to go back and play that game again we would have won."

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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