Life-long 49ers fan, Tyler hoping for a ring of his own

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Life-long 49ers fan, Tyler hoping for a ring of his own

INDIANAPOLIS -- His father's prized piece of jewelry was not only an object to help him fulfill obligations in school, it served as a goal for later in life.USC running back Marc Tyler, whose own football career got derailed in his final high school game, is hoping to accomplish anywhere near the kind of success his father, Wendell, achieved with the Los Angeles Rams and 49ers.After six seasons with the Rams, Wendell Tyler finished his NFL career with four seasons as running back with the 49ers (1983-86). With Tyler and Roger Craig sharing the load in 1984, the 49ers finished 15-1 and cruised to a Super Bowl title with a 38-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins.In the Super Bowl, Tyler gained 65 yards on 13 carries and also caught four passes for 70 yards. The ring, humble by today's standards, is a family heirloom."I took it to school when I was younger," Marc Tyler said, "took it to show-and-tell. It's nice, but not as nice as the ones they have now."Tyler would like to get a ring of his own. But, first, he just wants to get a ring -- a phone call -- from any NFL team during the draft.
Tyler was a heavily recruited running back from Oaks Christian in Westlake Village. But he sustained a grisly tibia-fibula fracture of his left leg in his final game of the 2006 season.He sat out 2007, and carried the ball just 41 times in 2008 and 2009. He had a breakout season in 2010 with 913 yards and nine touchdowns at USC. As a fifth-year senior, Tyler gained 568 yards and four touchdowns.Tyler fashions a different running style than his father. This Tyler is a power back. But NFL teams want to see a little more speed, too.Tyler (5-foot-11, 219 pounds) did not alleviate any concerns about his speed and health at the NFL scouting combine. Tyler on Sunday clocked in at 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash.In 2005, Frank Gore ran a 4.65 at the combine after an injury-plagued college career. The 49ers selected Gore with the first pick of the third round, drawing criticism from some experts for "reaching."
"I like Frank Gore. He runs downhill and he runs physical," Tyler said.Tyler said he spoke with Gore on the phone after one game last season. His former USC teammate Amir Carlisle, who is transferring to Notre Dame, knew Gore because his father Duane Carlisle, formerly worked as 49ers strength and conditioning coach.Of course, Tyler said he would love to get a chance to get to know Gore a lot better. And the 49ers figure to be in the market for a running back at some point in the draft.
"That would be great," he said. "Most teams are going to two backs, three backs. But just to get on any team would be great."Tyler has been a 49ers fan his entire life, he said. And he reveled in the organization's on-field turnaround under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh, who coached against Tyler while at rival Stanford."Coach Harbaugh, his coaching style, you can tell he's a players' coach and the players really play hard for him," Tyler said. "All his teams are tough and run the ball well."

49ers extend one-year qualifying offers to Purcell, Bradford

49ers extend one-year qualifying offers to Purcell, Bradford

The 49ers on Monday extended one-year qualifying offers to nose tackle Mike Purcell and linebacker Carl Bradford as exclusive-rights free agents.

Purcell appeared in 15 games last season. He started the first five games of the season at nose tackle and was a reserve for the remainder of the season. Originally signed in 2013 as an undrafted rookie from Wyoming, Purcell has appeared in 25 games over the past three seasons.

The 49ers claimed Bradford off waivers in December from the Green Bay Packers. He appeared in the final two games of the season with the 49ers and was credited with two tackles.

Bradford entered the NFL out of Arizona State as a fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2014. After being inactive for every game as a rookie, Bradford was among Green Bay’s final cuts in 2015. He spent the season on the practice squad.

He appeared in four games for the Packers last year. The 49ers claimed him after he was waived in December.

Exclusive rights free agents are player who have fewer than three years of NFL service who have no outside negotiating power if a team extends a qualifying offer.

Mailbag: Which 49ers vets are on shaky ground?

Mailbag: Which 49ers vets are on shaky ground?

The 49ers’ new regime heads to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week with the first major wave of offseason activity set to kick off.

Already, the 49ers have made roster improvements. And there figure to be plenty of activity ahead in the coming weeks.

Here are some questions submitted by readers on Facebook for this edition of 49ers Mailbag:

Do you see the 49ers cutting ties with larger contracts like Bethea, Torrey Smith and Ahmad Brooks?‬ (Blair Wilkins)
The 49ers have approximately $75 million in space under the salary cap – and that’s before any adjustment of Colin Kaepernick’s contract. So it’s not as if the organization needs to create cap room.

Any decision made to part ways with veteran players will be made solely on how that player fits into what the 49ers envision on the field.

And that’s what general manager John Lynch, coach Kyle Shanahan and his staff are doing now. They are studying the video from last season to determine which players fit their ideals.

Safety Antoine Bethea is scheduled to earn $5.75 million. Bethea, 32, enters the final year of his contract. There is no question he is everything the 49ers want in a player off the field. If one of the younger guys is not better than Bethea, there is no reason to get rid of him.

Brooks is on the books to earn $5.3 million in 2017. That’s not a huge amount for a starting outside linebacker or defensive end – whichever spot he might fit best. The 49ers must look to upgrade their pass rush. Brooks turns 33 next month. He’s good for six sacks a season. Again, it’s not as if the 49ers can’t afford him. And, as of now, it’s not as if the 49ers have anyone better.

Smith is scheduled to earn $8 million. He has been vastly underutilized in his two seasons since signing with the 49ers. He’s the most interesting case of the high-priced veterans.

Kyle Shanahan’s offense is predicated on using the running game to set up the play-action shot down the field. Smith is limited. He’s not a possession receiver. He’s not going to make plays over the middle. He is an outside receiver whose contributions come in the vertical passing game. But that’s what Shanahan wants.

If Smith is paired with a strong tight end, a running back who catch the ball out of the backfield, a slot receiver with short-area quickness to get open underneath, a very good receiver on the other side and an accurate quarterback who can throw the deep ball, there should be a role for Smith in the 49ers’ offense.

Will the 49ers continue to be aggressive pursuing free agents this offseason? If so, what positions?‬ (Bradley Lodge)
The 49ers have zeroed in on two veteran free agents and they signed them both.

The organization has already spent more money than it did all of last offseason on veteran free agency with the four-year, $16 million deal to sign defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, whom the Miami Dolphins recently released.

Nickel back K’Waun Williams has a history with 49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley. The 49ers did not have to make much of a financial investment to sign him.

The 49ers will definitely go after a veteran quarterback or two in free agency or via trade. Pass rusher, inside linebacker and wide receiver are other positions the 49ers can be expected to look during free agency.

The opening of the new league year – when free-agent signings and trades can occur – is March 9. The draft is seven weeks later.

The 49ers must fill as many of their needs with smart deals that fit into the long-term plan with veteran acquisitions. Then, the draft is about taking the best players on their board when it’s time to select. Teams that reach for need generally strike out.

What are the chances of drafting a QB with first pick and playing them behind a Kap / Cousins until they're ready to become starter?‬ (Hillory Broussard)
If Colin Kaepernick returns, it will not be as a no-questions-asked starter. Just read what Lynch said on KNBR this week about the team’s needs:

“Do we have some places – probably the ultimate position, quarterback – where we need to improve? Absolutely. And we’re committed to doing that.”

That statement can easily be interpreted that Lynch does not believe the 49ers had a starting-caliber quarterback on the roster last season.

But if the 49ers were to go out and swing a trade for Kirk Cousins or Jimmy Garoppolo, it’s going to take a big commitment – in terms of draft picks and a suitable new contract. Then, the 49ers would have that player.

Cousins or Garoppolo would unquestionably fill the 49ers’ need at quarterback for 2017 and beyond -- at least in the minds of the 49ers' new decision-makers. There would be no reason for the 49ers to then draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick – if the 49ers even had the No. 2 overall pick at that point.