A look at NFL free-agent receiver class


A look at NFL free-agent receiver class

Dwayne Bowe, DeSean Jackson and Wes Welker were tagged as franchise players. And the Buffalo Bills came up with a contract extension for Stevie Johnson.The 49ers have two of their receivers scheduled for free agency: Joshua Morgan and Ted Ginn. The 49ers are keeping those communication lines open. Morgan and Ginn remain solid options to return in 2012.
But with the opening of free agency looming on March 13, here is a look at the free-agent market for receiver-needy teams, such as the 49ers:
UNRESTRICTEDVincent Jackson, San Diego
6-5, 230, Age 29
16 games, 60 receptions, 1,106 yards, 18.4 avg, 9 TDs
(He expects to command 10-12 million annually, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. But the market will determine his price.)

Marques Colston, New Orleans
6-4, 225, Age 29 in June
14 games, 80 receptions, 1,143 yards, 14.3 avg, 8 TDs
(Took advantage of prolific passing offense with Drew Brees as triggerman and has a lot of wear on the tires.)

Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis
6-0, 210, Age 26 in August
16 games, 70 receptions, 947 yards, 13.5 avg, 6 TDs
(Despite horrible play at QB position, still managed decent numbers. Colts will try pair him with Andrew Luck.)

Robert Meachem, New Orleans
6-2, 210, Age 28 in September
16 games, 40 receptions, 620 yards, 15.5 avg, 6 TDs
(This next group of Meachem, Manningham and Doucet could rate as complements to No. 1 wideout Michael Crabtree.)
Mario Manningham, New York Giants
6-0, 185, Age 26 in May
12 games, 39 receptions, 523 yards, 13.4 avg, 4 TDs

Early Doucet, Arizona
6-0, 212, Age 26
16 games, 54 receptions, 689 yards, 12.8 avg, 5 TDs

Brandon Lloyd, St. Louis
6-0, 188, Age 31 in July
15 games, 70 receptions, 966 yards, 13.8 avg, 5 TDs
(There was no interest when he was available in a trade during last season.)

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
6-0, 198, Age 33
16 games, 75 receptions, 960 yards, 12.8 avg, 4 TDs
(A much better fit for whichever team makes a run at Peyton Manning.)

Eddie Royal, Denver
5-10, 185, Age 26 in May
12 games, 19 receptions, 155 yards, 8.2 avg, 1 TDs.
(Receiver's worst nightmare: Trusting Tim Tebow to help him pad receiving numbers for salary drive; also, a good return man.)

Plaxico Burress, N.Y. Jets
6-5, 232, Age 35 in August
16 games, 45 receptions, 612 yards, 13.6 avg, 8 TDs
(The 49ers made a run at him last year and settled for Braylon Edwards, instead.)

Laurent Robinson, Dallas
6-2, 194, Auge 27 in May
14 games, 54 receptions, 858 yards, 15.9 avg, 11 TDs
(Fifth-year journeyman thrived with Tony Romo as his quarterback.)

Jerome Simpson, Cincinnati
6-2, 190, Age 26 in February
16 games, 50 receptions, 725 yards, 14.5 avg, 4 TDs
(Off-field concerns might not have teams doing flips over his services.)
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh
6-0, 199, Age 26 in August
16 games, 72 receptions, 1,193 yards, 16.6 avg, 8 TDs
(San Francisco set up well to make run with a first-round pick as compensation because of draft position at No. 30 overall.)FRANCHISED
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City
6-2, 221, Age 28 in September
16 games, 81 receptions, 1,159 yards, 14.3 avg, 5 TDsDeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
5-10, 176, Age 25
15 games, 58 receptions, 961 yards, 16.6 avg, 4 TDs.Wes Welker, New England
5-9, 185, Age 31 in May
16 games, 122 receptions, 1,569 yards, 12.9 avg, 9 TDs

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Harbaugh goes Biblical, responds to Jacobs' criticisms of his coaching

Former NFL running back Brandon Jacobs spent one season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Jacobs only played in two games and gained seven yards on five carries. The results were nothing like his 5,087 yards and 60 touchdowns over eight years with the Giants. 

Apparently being pushed to the bench as a 31-year-old veteran running back didn't sit well with Jacobs. 

“Going somewhere where they don’t have route conversions into certain coverages was just absurd,” Jacobs said Thursday on the Tiki and Tierney Show. “They’re just running routes in the defense, getting people killed. Size and strength is what they had, and that’s why they won.

"Let’s be real. They had great assistant coaches, but Jim didn’t know what he was doing. Jim had no idea. Jim is throwing slants into Cover-2 safeties, getting people hurt. That guy knew nothing, man."

On Saturday morning, Harbaugh responded to Jacobs with a tweet to him. 

Harbaugh went 44-19-1 in four seasons as the 49ers' head coach. He also added five playoff wins and a trip to the Super Bowl in the 2012-13 season, the one that Jacobs played for him.