Harbaugh: 49ers checking out Mays trade options


Harbaugh: 49ers checking out Mays trade options

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SANTA CLARA -- At least 49ers second-year safety Taylor Mays is not being subjected to unfounded trade speculation. There's no speculation about it.

The 49ers are actively seeking trade proposals for Mays, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Thursday.The 49ers sent a mass email to the 31 other NFL clubs expressing that Mays was on the trade block. After that news became public, Harbaugh said he and general manager Trent Baalke spoke to Mays about his status with the team.

"Full disclosure, there have been inquiries about Taylor over the past eight days," Harbaugh said. "Now it's to the point, let's check it out. That's where we are now."Mays was the No. 49 overall pick in last year's draft, and one of the more intriguing draft prospects because of his unique blend of size (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) and straight-line speed.But Mays does not appear to have a future with the 49ers. The 49ers agreed to terms Thursday with free-agent Donte Whitner on a three-year 11.75 million contract. Reggie Smith has emerged as a likely starter. The 49ers also added seven-year veteran Madieu Williams this week.Mays took part in Thursday's practice, working with the second- and third-string units.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.