Lombardi: 49ers drop out of Asomugha picture

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Lombardi: 49ers drop out of Asomugha picture

July 29, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers dropped out of the Nnamdi Asomugha Sweepstakes on Friday, according to former Raiders executive and NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi.The New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys remain in the battle to land the Raiders free-agent cornerback, the player considered the top player on the open market, Lombardi reported.PFT REPORT: Jets vs. Cowboys for Nnamdi
Lombardi is close friends with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. He was a finalist for the 49ers' general manager position in January. The 49ers eventually named Trent Baalke to the post.Cornerback remains the top need for the 49ers, who ranked 24th last season in pass defense. The 49ers informed cornerback Nate Clements on Thursday that he and his scheduled salary cap figure of more than 17 million will be released. The 49ers remain in the market for at least one starting quarterback, and they still have some options.The 49ers could go after Antonio Cromartie, who would not return to the Jets if they are able to acquire Asomugha. Also, the 49ers have been linked to Baltimore free-agent Chris Carr. Richard Marshall (Carolina) and Carlos Rogers (Washington) are among the other top free-agent cornerbacks.There is also a chance that the 49ers could re-sign Clements to a new contract.

49ers trade with Seahawks, select ILB Foster No. 31 in 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade with Seahawks, select ILB Foster No. 31 in 2017 NFL Draft

REUBEN FOSTER
Position: Linebacker
College: Alabama
Height: 6-0
Weight: 229 pounds
Selection: First round, No. 31 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers jumped back into the first round to select Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster.

Foster, a tackling machine who was the winner of the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker, was selected at No. 31 overall after a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.

The 49ers traded the second pick of the second round (No. 34 overall) and a fourth-round pick at No. 111 to move up three spots to select Foster. The 49ers acquired the No. 111 pick earlier in the day in a trade back with the Chicago Bears.

Foster is expected to make an immediate impact for a team that ranked last in the league in total defense. He could line up next to NaVorro Bowman, who returned to the practice field this week during a minicamp after sustaining a torn Achilles early last season.

Foster visited the 49ers’ headquarters last month and made a strong impression.

“He came in, and we had a nice visit with him,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

Foster was a unanimous first-team All-American and All-SEC pick. But Foster has been the center of controversy since the end of the season. He was sent home from the NFL scouting combine after allegedly getting into a confrontation with a hospital worker in Indianapolis.

“I think that’s why you do those things,” Lynch said. “You try to gather information, and react and make decisions accordingly. And so that’s why these things are valuable.”

After the 49ers met with Foster, it was revealed he entered into the league’s program on substances of abuse due to a dilute urine sample.

“I’m trying to be the next Patrick Willis, the next great linebacker in the history,” Foster said on a conference call with Bay Area reporters shortly after he was selected.

Foster, who was expected to be a strong candidate to be selected in the top-10 of the draft, said he was surprised he was still be available after 30 picks in the draft.

“I’m just happy they believed in me and trusted in me to pick me and give me a chance,” Foster said. “I got to prove my passion for the sport. I got a chip on my shoulder. I got big things to prove.

“People think about the character off the field, and everything. I got to show them how serious I take my job.”

When asked to describe his game, Foster said, “Savage.”

He added, “If I didn’t have football, I’d have nothing but my family.”

Foster said he is 90-percent recovered from offseason shoulder surgery and he will be ready for the opening of training camp.

49ers' top pick Thomas 'can't wait' to play best friend McCaffrey in Week 1

49ers' top pick Thomas 'can't wait' to play best friend McCaffrey in Week 1

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers open the regular season on Sept. 10 against the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium.

Stanford products Solomon Thomas and Christian McCaffrey will make their NFL debuts in that game across from each other.

Thomas, a defensive lineman, was the No. 3 overall pick of the 49ers. The Carolina Panthers selected McCaffrey with the eighth overall pick.

“I can’t wait to play him,” Thomas said Thursday night on a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “You know, that’s my boy. That’s my best friend. I love him to death. I can’t wait to play him.”