Jacobs rips 49ers, fans on Twitter

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Jacobs rips 49ers, fans on Twitter

It only looks as if running back Brandon Jacobs misses being a member of the New York Giants.

What he misses most of all is being a contributing player in the NFL.

Over the past several days, Jacobs has posted pictures of himself while with the Giants -- much to the objection of some 49ers fans who follow him on Instagram. Jacobs, an eighth-year pro, played on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Giants.

Jacobs originally said he had not posted any photos while with the 49ers simply because he has not been in the picture since signing.

“I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners." Jacobs wrote on Instagram in response to a fan.  "This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”

Jacobs has since added several photos of himself with the 49ers.

On Saturday, Jacobs explained himself via his Twitter account:

"I don't understand why people are angry at me because I wanna do what I am paid to do, I am a competitive person, I think people should be mad if I didn't wanna play, but I forgot the people that's pissed they don't have a athletic bone and their body. As for all of my Instagram photos I don't have any niner pics, if you'll find me some pics I'll put them up."

I spoke with Jacobs on Friday, and he reiterated his frustration with being an absolute non-factor in his first (and, safe to say, only) season with the 49ers.

Jacobs is getting paid a lot of money to do nothing.

The 49ers awarded Jacobs a $150,000 signing bonus after the Giants cut him. He gets paid $55,000 per game ($950,000 base salary) whether he suits up or not. And he gets paid another $12,500 in per-game roster bonuses when he suits up. Thus far, he has suited up for just three of the 49ers' first 12 games.

He carried four times for 6 yards last week in the 49ers' 16-13 overtime loss to the St. Louis Rams. He picked up 3 yards on a third-and-1 play in the first quarter. The 49ers scored their only offensive touchdown on that drive.

There are no guarantees Jacobs will have much of a role on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, either.

The 49ers are expected to activate rookie running back LaMichael James, a second-round draft choice, for the first time this season. It's not known whether Jacobs will also be in uniform. Starting running back Frank Gore and Anthony Dixon, who has a key role on special teams, have been active for every game.

The 49ers are in the process of trying to figure out how to split up the carries after the season-ending injury backup running back Kendall Hunter.

"That's part of the game plan," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said "That's part of the scheme. We have some other backs that we feel confident in as well. But Frank is one of the best, if not the best back in the league. So he's going to run and he's feeling good. He had a good week at practice."

Last week, Gore carried a season-high 23 times for just 58 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' loss. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said on Thursday that Gore was overworked.

"Whatever back we have in there to complement Frank we feel good about," Roman said. "It's definitely something we don't want to overload Frank with over the length of a long season.

"(I) really believe we gave him a few too many plays last week. Whatever back we put in there, we feel really good about and anybody that's on the active roster could possibly play. LaMichael's a guy that's been working hard and it's very possible he could be playing this week."

And if James is active, it might be another week in which Jacobs is out of the picture.

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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