Day 3 of free agency: On to second tier of WRs

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Day 3 of free agency: On to second tier of WRs

The second day of free agency was mostly quiet for the 49ers, who entertained massive free-agent guard Leonard Davis on Wednesday while Adam Snyder signed a five-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

NEWS: Snyder agrees to deal with Cardinals
Nothing happened on the Alex Smith front -- here or around the league.The holdup on a new deal for the quarterback is curious, but neither side appears to be panicking. The 49ers have an offer on the table -- "The ball's in his court" is the way CEO Jed York described it this week. Smith promised over the weekend that a deal "will get done."
Receiver Mario Manningham, who caught a crucial fourth-quarter touchdown pass for the New York Giants in their NFC championship game victory over the 49ers, is scheduled to visit Santa Clara on Thursday.NEWS: Manningham to visit 49ers Thursday
(Just a note: A lot of people ask about these "workouts." Free agents generally do not work out for teams on visits. After all, the 49ers know all they need to know about Manningham from 20112012 game film. Randy Moss worked out because he did not play in 2011, and he had to prove to the 49ers he could still run.)We are officially into the second wave of free-agent wide receivers -- and that's where the 49ers seem most comfortable. Joshua Morgan (Washington), Vincent Jackson (Tampa Bay), Pierre Garcon (Washington), Marques Colston (New Orleans), Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis), Laurent Robinson (Jacksonville) and DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia) have their multi-year deals.
One would think that Manningham's deal would come in well under what the San Diego Chargers paid for receiver Robert Meachem, who is two years older but two inches taller. Meachem and the Chargers agreed to a reported four-year, 25 million deal that includes a 7.5 million signing bonus. And don't forget . . . Pittsburgh receiver Mike Wallace is still available, too.Traditionally, the restricted free agent market moves slower because it is more complex. The sides must get together and arrive at a deal while also structuring the contract in a way that discourages the team that holds the restricted rights from matching the offer sheet.Also, Wallace is not bound to take the best deal he is offered -- like an unrestricted free agent. He has the trump card of returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a one-year, 2.7 RFA tender. Then, he'd be eligible for unrestricted free agency next year, when he could conceivably cash in big-time with a multi-year contract.Of course, the Steelers could also clear the cap room next year and designate Wallace as their franchise player. So there are risks either way.If the 49ers decide to go down that road, they could receive some competition from the New England Patriots.The team that signs Wallace to an offer sheet must part with their first-round pick to land him. The 49ers own the 30th selection; the Patriots have the 31st. Cornerback Carlos Rogers has yet to sign his new 49ers contract. But he has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the total package reportedly worth between 29.3 million and 31.3 million.
NEWS: Rogers expected to re-sign with 49ers
Earlier on the first day of free agency, the 49ers were going "huge" after cornerback Eric Wright, it was reported here and elsewhere. It looked as if the 49ers had turned the page on Rogers. What happened is that both sides agreed they should stick together. It became clear that the 49ers would have to pay more for Wright and the market was quickly drying up for Rogers. Wright's deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was for five years, 38 million with 15.5 million guaranteed. Things to watch for Day 3 of free agency . . . --Manningham is definitely an option for the 49ers -- depending on what it'll take to sign him. Also, receiving options Early Doucet (Arizona) and Eddie Royal (Denver) remain available. The 49ers have already visited with Chaz Schilens and Brandon Lloyd, according to sources. Ted Ginn visited the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, and the 49ers have nobody reliable right now to handle kickoff and punt returns. Royal, a skilled return man, is scheduled to visit San Diego on Thursday.
--The 49ers are in the market for help at running back. Mike Tolbert (San Diego) is slated to visit with the Kansas City Chiefs, who signed Peyton Hillis to a one-year deal. If Tolbert remains out there, he's someone who could interest the 49ers.--Right now, Daniel Kilgore is the front-runner for the 49ers' starting job at right guard. But expect the 49ers to bring in some veteran to compete with the youngster.--Alex Smith.

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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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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