Failed claims prove 49ers are trying to improve

Failed claims prove 49ers are trying to improve

Sept. 7, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Coach Jim Harbaugh was addressing a question Wednesday about the 49ers' potential interest in free-agent quarterback David Garrard, but he could have been answering a question about anyone who becomes available."We're interested in one thing, that's what makes our football team better," Harbaugh said. "That's a blanket statement on how we approach any move that can help our football team or better our football team."And over the past several days, the 49ers proved they are continuing to upgrade their roster. There's no word about Garrard."Things are happening," agent Al Irby told CSNBayArea.com late Wednesday. "I just can't say what or with whom."
The 49ers were active in the first four days after teams were required to cut down to 53 players. The 49ers claimed rookie quarterback Scott Tolzien off waivers from the San Diego Chargers. And they signed inside linebacker Tavares Gooden, a day after the Baltimore Ravens released him.The 49ers also tried unsuccessfully to add two players off waivers from the New England Patriots. But because waiver claims are still awarded based on the draft order from 2010 win-loss records, the 49ers lost their bids to Buffalo and Carolina, respectively.The 49ers wanted rookie tight end Lee Smith, a 269-pound blocking specialist. The 49ers kept only two tight ends on their roster after Nate Byham was lost for the season due to a training camp knee injury. The Bills were awarded Smith's rights.The 49ers also went after cornerback Darius Butler, a second-round draft pick in 2009 from Connecticut. Four teams placed claims for Butler. The Panthers, who had the worst record in the league last season, got him after the claims were announced on Wednesday.
What this proves is that the 49ers have already identified players they believe could improve the team. And they probably are not finished making roster moves.

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

49ers assistant GM Gamble leaving organization

The San Francisco 49ers Wednesday announced that Tom Gamble is leaving the organization. 

“The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and appreciation for Tom Gamble and his many years of service,” said General Manager John Lynch. “He is a class act who has helped a great deal in this transition, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him. After working together over the last month, Tom and I agreed that it would be in both of our best interests for him to pursue other opportunities. Tom is a true professional and we wish him and his family great success in the future.”
 
“I must thank Jed, the York family and the entire 49ers organization for the wonderful memories they provided me and my family, but it is time I move on,” said Gamble. “This past month, I have had the pleasure of working alongside John Lynch and the talented staff he has assembled. The team is in capable hands and I wish them nothing but the best.”

Gamble, who recently completed his 29th NFL season and 10th with the 49ers, returned to the team in January of 2015 as the senior personnel executive and was later named assistant general manager on July 25, 2016. He spent the 2013-14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles as vice president of player personnel. Gamble originally joined the 49ers in 2005 and spanned eight seasons with San Francisco including two as the director of player personnel (2011-12). He oversaw both the college and pro personnel efforts of the 49ers. As the 49ers director of pro personnel from 2005-10, Gamble monitored every NFL roster with an emphasis on scouting talent of upcoming pro free agents, while also maintaining continuous depth of personnel on the team’s roster.

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Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

Lynch, Shanahan hold 'positive' discussion with Kaepernick

General manager John Lynch confirmed during a radio interview that he and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan met with quarterback Colin Kaepernick at his office Wednesday morning at the team headquarters in Santa Clara.

“I would characterize it as just a really positive discussion,” Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR, confirming a CSNBayArea.com report the sides met for the first time since Lynch and Shanahan were hired in their new roles.

Lynch said he and Shanahan have committed to being completely honest with Kaepernick, who can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent as early as next week.

Lynch did not divulge the topics of conversation. He said a commitment was also made to Kaepernick to not speak publicly about the specifics of their conversations.

“I do think that there are some things that are sacred,” Lynch said. “We did have a great discussion and I think Colin left excited and we left excited.

“And I think as Kyle and I believe, the evaluation process is still very much fluid. We’ve only been on the job a couple of weeks and I can tell you we both very much enjoyed being around Colin, and he seems like he’s in a real good place.”