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John Lynch addresses Tramaine Brock, Joe Mixon situations

John Lynch addresses Tramaine Brock, Joe Mixon situations

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers considered cornerback Tramaine Brock a starter, general manager John Lynch said.

So it was not a football decision to release Brock late last week, just hours after it was learned he had been arrested in connection with a domestic-violence incident.

“I think there’s been some conjecture that we didn’t think highly of him,” Lynch said. “That couldn’t have been further from the truth. He was a starting player for us. So that was not easy.”

Brock, 28, started 31 games over the past two seasons after being plagued by injuries in 2013 and ’14 after winning the starting jobs after strong training camps.

“I can also tell you that it wasn’t meant to send a message,” Lynch said. “I think you let those things happen organically and we did what we felt was the right situation in that situation. It was not easy and felt like it was something that we needed to do.”

Lynch said he and coach Kyle Shanahan have spoken a lot about “football character” and how important it is to build a roster with the right kind of individuals.

“I think where we’ve been consistent is we have said that character is important to us, football character and I think that’s for a lot of reasons,” Lynch said.

“As those situations arise -- and hopefully there won’t be a lot them -- we’re going to treat each one of them as a unique and different situation. That’s what we did the other day. I can tell you guys that I understood when I stepped into this job that there would be tough decisions and I also understood that part of my job is to make tough and hard decisions. I can tell you that the gravity of that situation, you’re affecting an organization, you’re protecting your organization, but you’re also dealing with the family. So, that was not easy.”

The 49ers held their local pro day on Wednesday at the team’s practice facility in Santa Clara. Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is from Oakley and attended Freedom High School, was eligible to attend. Mixon was suspended for the 2014 season after punching a female Oklahoma student that year.

Lynch said he did not know whether Mixon was asked to attend the pro day and would not divulge if Mixon remains on the team’s draft board.

“I think in terms of our board, we’ve made an effort to be as transparent as possible, but just one thing that I believe is that we’re not going to share some specifics of our board, who’s on it, who’s off it,” Lynch said. “So I think that applies to that young man, as well.”

Report: Seahawks agree to terms with former 49ers cornerback

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Report: Seahawks agree to terms with former 49ers cornerback

Tramaine Brock reportedly found a new football home on Wednesday.

The former 49ers cornerback agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Seahawks, according to the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

San Francisco released Brock back in April after he was arrested over an alleged domestic incident.

Brock will not face felony charges of domestic violence because the case was dismissed last week.

The soon-to-be 29-year old started all 31 games he appeared in over the last two seasons.

Last season, the Seahawks finished third in points per game allowed (18.3) and eighth in passing yards allowed per game (225.8).

The 49ers play in Seattle in Week 2 and host the Seahawks on Nov. 26.

Foster named 49ers starter -- likely for a long, long time

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Foster named 49ers starter -- likely for a long, long time

SANTA CLARA -- Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster was promoted into the starting lineup with the season-ending injury to veteran Malcolm Smith.

The 49ers have reason to expect him to remain a starter for a long, long time.

Coach Kyle Shanahan on Tuesday said Foster was the starter at the team’s weakside linebacker position, alongside NaVorro Bowman. But he added, tthe onus is on Foster to hold onto that position.

“He could get beat out at any time,” Shanahan said. “If our guys behind him, we’ve got some good players behind him too, if they started performing at a higher level than him, then that wouldn’t be the case.”

The 49ers released their unofficial depth chart ahead of Saturday’s exhibition game against the Denver Broncos. The depth chart does not reflect the team’s decision to switch seventh-round draft pick Adrian Colbert from cornerback to free safety.

Also, veteran Tim Barnes is listed at left guard. He started all 32 games the past two seasons with the Rams at center. He is the team’s backup center, but his ability to also fill in at guard could determine whether he wins a spot on the 53-man roster.

The depth chart does not list nickel back or slot receiver. K'Waun Williams is ahead of Will Redmond as the nickel back, and Jeremy Kerley is ahead of Trent Taylor as the team's slot receiver.

Guard Joshua Garnett and safety Jimmie Ward are listed as starters despite being unavailable due to injuries. Garnett is expected back near the start of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean up cartilage in his knee. Ward remains on physically unable to perform while rehabbing from a hamstring injry.

OFFENSE
WR: Pierre Garçon, Jeremy Kerley, Trent Taylor/Aaron Burbridge, DeAndre Smelter/Kendrick Bourne
LT: Joe Staley, John Theus, Darrell Williams
LG: (Joshua Garnett), Zane Beadles, Tim Barnes, Erik Mangnuson
C: Daniel Kilgore, JP Flynn
RG: Brandon Fusco, Norman Price, Andrew Gardner
RT: Trent Brown, Garry Gilliam, Andrew Lauderdale
TE: Vance McDonald, George Kittle, Logan Paulsen/Blake Bell, Garrett Celek/Cole Hikutini
WR: Marquise Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson, Victor Bolden/DeAndre Carter, Tim Patrick/Louis Murphy
RB: Carlos Hyde, Tim Hightower, Joe Williams/Kapri Bibbs, Raheem Mostert/Matt Breida
FB: Kyle Juszczyk, Tyler McCloskey
QB: Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, C.J. Beathard, Nick Mullens

DEFENSE
LDE: Arik Armstead, Elvis Dumervil, Aaron Lynch, Ronald Blair
LDT: Earl Mitchell, Quinton Dial, D.J. Jones
RDT: DeForest Buckner, Chris Jones, Noble Nwachukwu, Leger Douzable
RDE: Tank Carradine, Solomon Thomas,
SAM: Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Dekoda Watson, Pita Taumoepenu
MIKE: NaVorro Bowman, Brock Coyle, Donavin Newsom
WILL: Reuben Foster, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Austin Calitro, Sean Porter
LCB: Rashard Robinson, K’Waun Williams/Will Redmond, Prince Charles Iworah, Asa Jackson
RCB: Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser, Ahkello Witherspoon/Will Davis, Adrian Colbert
FS: (Jimmie Ward), Vinnie Sunseri, Lorenzo Jerome
SS: Eric Reid, Jaquiski Tartt, Don Jones

SPECIAL TEAMS
P: Bradley Pinion
K: Robbie Gould, Nick Rose
H: Bradley Pinion
PR: Jeremy Kerley, DeAndre Carter/Trent Taylor
KOR: Raheem Mostert, Victor Bolden
LS: Kyle Nelson