Ex-49ers WR Freddie Solomon dies at 59

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Ex-49ers WR Freddie Solomon dies at 59

Freddie Solomon, 49ers wide receiver from 1978 to 1985 and two-time Super Bowl champ, has died at the age of 59 after a battle with liver and colon cancer in Florida.Former 49ers safety Ronnie Lott told the Tampa Tribune, "Freddie Solomon was a treasure for us in San Francisco. What a humanitarian he has been for the city of Tampa.''Solomon was diagnosed with cancer nine months ago, but his situation deteriorated on Feb. 4, and he was hospitalized.Solomon is survived by his wife Delilah.RELATED: Montana, Lott Clark remember Freddie Solomon
He was originally drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1975 out of the University of Tampa, where he played quarterback. Then Dolphins head coach Don Shula turned Solomon into a return man and wide receiver. Solomon was traded to the 49ers in 1978.Solomon and former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo combined forces to help foster children in the Tampa, Florida area during Christmas time by donating money and toys.DeBartolo: "I've met thousands of players who came through my locker room with the 49ers, but I've never seen anyone with a heart like Freddie."Many 49ers fans may remember that it was Solomon, not Dwight Clark, who was Joe Montana's primary target on "The Catch" play in the 1981 NFC Championship game -- but Solomon slipped on his route, and Montana hit Clark for the game-winner.
Over his career, Solomon played in 151 games, and caught 371 balls for 48 touchdowns. He was an All-Pro selection in 1980.

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Report: Shanahan 'almost certain' to accept 49ers' offer

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is reportedly “almost certain” to accept the 49ers’ offer to become head coach.

Shanahan is the lone remaining candidate among the six individuals who interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe. The 49ers plan for a second interview with Shanahan and a job offer, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Shanahan is expected to accept the 49ers’ offer, reports Michael Silver of the NFL Network, citing sources familiar with both parties.

The 49ers continued to work Tuesday evening on the process of narrowing down the general manager choices, a source said. Shanahan is expected to play a role in the select the team’s next GM, sources said.

On Tuesday, Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner removed their names from consideration for the vacant coach and general manager positions. The 49ers fired Chip Kelly and Trent Baalke after the 49ers' 2-14 season.

One source said Cable and Kirchner believed the 49ers were using them as leverage to hire Shanahan. Cable interviewed with 49ers co-chair Denise DeBartolo York over the phone on Tuesday, NFL Network reported.

The 49ers are allowed to interview Shanahan for a second time after the Falcons’ NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 49ers are prohibited from hiring or making a formal contract offer to Shanahan until the Falcons' season has concluded.

The top remaining candidates for the general manager job are believed to be Green Bay executives Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Arizona's Terry McDonough and Minnesota's George Paton.

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

Source: 49ers plan second interview with Shanahan; Cable withdraws name

The 49ers will interview Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after this weekend’s NFC Championship game, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.

The only remaining head-coach candidate, Tom Cable, formally withdrew from consideration, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson. Cable interviewed with the 49ers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the 49ers also have a general manager vacancy to fill. The team is in the process of narrowing down their list of eight candidates, a source said. Seattle’s Trent Kirchner pulled his name from consideration on Tuesday. The 49ers could have a round of second interviews for the GM job.

The 49ers fired coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke after the club finished the regular season with a 2-14 record.

The 49ers conducted their first interview with Shanahan on Jan. 6, as allowed by NFL rules, when the Falcons were on their bye in the first week of the playoffs as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.

The 49ers are allowed to conduct a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of whether the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl or their season comes to a conclusion against the Green Bay Packers.

If the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, the 49ers would not be able to make a formal contract offer to Shanahan until following the Super Bowl.

Shanahan, 37, is the son for two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan. He has served nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator. His offenses have ranked in the top-10 of total offense in six of those seasons.

Shanahan interviewed for the head-coaching vacancies with Jacksonville and Denver this offseason. Another scheduled interview with the Los Angeles Rams was canceled when Rams officials could not get to Atlanta due to weather conditions.