J. Smith, Lee, Willis tops in Pro Bowl fan balloting


J. Smith, Lee, Willis tops in Pro Bowl fan balloting

Three 49ers players lead their positions in fan votes in balloting for the 2012 Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced Wednesday.

Justin Smith, Patrick Willis and Andy Lee are the three 49ers that earned the most fan votes at their respective positions.

The fan voting, which counts for one third of the total to determine the Pro Bowl rosters, ended on Dec. 19 after a record 100.64 million votes were cast this year.

The players and coaches voting, each worth one third of the total, has yet to be announced. The final rosters will be released at 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 27 on NFL Network.

Justin Smith, who has 50 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles, leads all NFC defensive tackles with 525,578 fan votes. Patrick Willis, with 93 tackles, 2.0 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception on the season, has 417,923 votes. And punter Andy Lee, who is averaging 50.4 yards per punt, received 161,812 votes.

The 49ers have 13 other players listed in the Top 5 in the fan voting as well. The complete list of 49ers is below:

Frank Gore 4th among NFC running backs with 613,821 votes
Bruce Miller 2nd among NFC fullbacks with 82,378 votes
Vernon Davis 5th among NFC tight ends with 179,423 votes
Joe Staley 4th among NFC tackles with 209,130 votes
Anthony Davis 5th among NFC tackles with 173,718 votes
Mike Iupati 4th among NFC guards with 221,766 votes
Jonathan Goodwin 2nd among NFC centers with 190,939 votes
Justin Smith 1st among NFC defensive tackles with 525,578 votes
Patrick Willis 1st among NFC inside linebackers with 417,923 votes
Carlos Rogers 2nd among NFC cornerbacks with 282,409 votes
Donte Whitner 5th among NFC strong safeties with 62,626 votes
Dashon Goldson 2nd among NFC free safeties with 95,403 votes
David Akers 2nd among NFC kickers with 160,235 votes
Andy Lee 1st among NFC punters with 161,812 votes
Ted Ginn 3rd among NFC kick returners with 103,991 votes
Blake Costanzo 2nd among NFC special teamers with 71,477 votes

Rael Enteen is a web producer for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

Lynch: TE McDonald to return to 49ers after being on trade block

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers explored trade options for veteran tight end Vance McDonald during the three-day draft, but he is scheduled be back with the team when the club reports Monday for the fourth week of the offseason program.

“I think that’s the reality of new regimes coming, new schemes,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Saturday at the conclusion the seven-round draft. “That’s not to say that he can’t fit into our scheme. Frankly, we received some interest from some other people, then we did explore some options throughout the league with Vance. Nothing ended up happening, so Vance will come back and have an opportunity to compete.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he called McDonald on Friday night to keep him updated on the team’s though process in pursuing trade options. McDonald was at his brother’s wedding, Shanahan said, so he left him a long voice message. McDonald responded Saturday morning with a text. Shanahan said the two men will speak on Monday in Santa Clara.

“We did take over a 2-14 team,” Shanahan said. “We don’t feel all the answers are here right now. We have a lot of work to do. We need to improve in any way possible. And we’re going to do that. We’re going to do that from an organizational standpoint. How can we improve the building? How can we improve the coaching staff? How can we improve the personnel department? How can we improve the players?

“Just from Vance’s text back, I think people understand that. I think it does make sense. I don’t think that’s something personal.”

Former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke signed off on a five-year contract extension for McDonald in December that consisted of a $7 million signing bonus. McDonald appeared in 11 games last season, catching 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. The 49ers acquired McDonald as a second-round draft pick 2013. In 48 career games, McDonald has 64 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 49ers signed veteran tight end Logan Paulsen in the offseason. On Saturday, the 49ers selected Iowa tight end George Kittle in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle joins fellow tight ends McDonald, Garrett Celek, Paulsen, Blake Bell and Je’Ron Hamm on the 49ers’ 90-man roster.