Former 49ers running back Ricky Watters has become the latestex-NFL player to file a lawsuit against the league over concussions.Watterss suit, filed with former Washington Redskinslineman Joe Jacoby in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District ofPennsylvania, alleges Jacoby sustained repeated traumatic impacts to his headandor concussions on multiple occasions, according to the Washington Times.Watters is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.In three seasons with the 49ers, Watters accumulated 2840yards rushing and 1450 yards receiving along with 33 touchdowns. Watters helpedlead the 49ers to a 49-26 victory in Super Bowl XXIX, rushing for 47 yards anda touchdown and catching three passes for 62 yards and two more scores.The five-time Pro Bowlers best season in San Francisco came in 1994 when he ran for877 yards and six touchdowns and racked up 719 receiving yards and five scores.Watters is now among the 2,990 former players involved in119 lawsuits seeking damages for concussions and other brain injuries sufferedwhile player in the NFL, according to the Washington Times.The NFL has maintained that all such lawsuits are baseless.Watters joins at least Johnnie Morton, Dexter Carter, JohnBrodie, Wayne Radloff, Terry Beasley, Garrison Hearst and George Visger amongformer 49ers players to sue the NFL in concussion-related lawsuits.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley reportedly agreed Friday night to become defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.
The 49ers were reportedly in pursuit of Bradley to join the staff of presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan. Bradley spent four seasons as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator prior to landing the Jacksonville job in 2013. The Jaguars were 14-48 during Bradley's tenure.
Bradley was also reportedly the top candidate for Washington’s defensive coordinator position.
Bradley agreed to join Anthony Lynn’s staff, ESPN reported. Bradley was selected for the Chargers position over defensive backs coach Ron Milus, according to the report.
Shanahan, the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, confirmed this week he intends to take part in a second interview with the 49ers early next week after the NFC Championship game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. He remains as the only candidate for the 49ers' opening, which became open when Chip Kelly was fired after the team's 2-14 season.
The 49ers are not allowed to officially hire Shanahan until the Falcons’ season is over. Shanahan is expected to be involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ general manager, who replaces fired Trent Baalke. Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton appears to be the front-runner. He is scheduled for a second interview, likely on Tuesday in Atlanta.
Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough is the only other individual the 49ers interviewed who remains “in play” for the GM job, according to sources.
The 49ers reportedly continue to pursue Gus Bradley to serve as defensive coordinator on presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan’s staff.
The 49ers have increased their offer to Bradley, Mike Siliver of the NFL Network reported on Friday. Bradley wanted to work with Tom Cable, according to the report.
Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday but removed his name from consideration on Tuesday after he and Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner sensed their 49ers’ interest in them intended to receive a commitment from Shanahan, sources told CSNBayArea.com.
Bradley served as defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to ’12. In Bradley’s final season on Pete Carroll’s staff, Seattle ranked first in the NFL in points allowed and fourth in total yards.
Bradley became head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. His teams went 14-48 before he was fired with two games remaining in the season.
The 49ers this week inquired with the Chicago Bears about the possibility of bringing back Vic Fangio to the organization to serve as defensive coordinator. The 49es were informed, according to a source, that the Bears would not let Fangio out of his contract. Fangio was the defensive coordinator for all four seasons with the 49ers under Jim Harbaugh.