Failed claims prove 49ers are trying to improve

Failed claims prove 49ers are trying to improve

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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 place Tank Carradine on injured reserve


49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

The 49ers signed LB Mark Nzeocha from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to a one-year deal, the team announced.

In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed DL Tank Carradine on the Injured Reserve List.

Nzeocha (6-3, 240) was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), he appeared in eight games and registered four tackles. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 3, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5.

A 27-year-old native of Ansbach, Bavaria in Germany, Nzeocha attended the University of Wyoming. He appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and finished his career with 207 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Nzeocha will wear number 46.

Carradine (6-4, 270) appeared in each of the team’s first three games this season (two starts), where he registered seven tackles and one sack.

San Francisco 49ers media services

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’


Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.