Report: McDonald arrested for outstanding warrant


Report: McDonald arrested for outstanding warrant

49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested Wednesday morning for an outstanding warrant after his 2010 arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a report by the Contra Costa Times.

McDonald was arrested June 12 of last year for suspicion of driving under the influence in San Mateo County, and seemed remorseful at the time.

REWIND: 49ers' McDonald arrested for suspicion of DUI

"I just want to apologize for making this a distraction because that's not my intent." McDonald said in a statement after the initial arrest. "My intent is to come out here and work hard and try to win ballgames. I don't want this to be a distraction for the fans, my family, my teammates."

He had a court date scheduled for July 22, where he pled no contest to driving under the influence. According to the Sacramento Bee, McDonald was put on probation and required to take the requisite DUI offender's class. On Aug. 9, a 7,500 warrant was issued for his arrest after McDonald either failed to complete the class, or provide proof of its completion.

Fast forward to Wednesday morning at 2 a.m. when McDonald was pulled over for a traffic violation by Sunnyvale Police and subsequently arrested when officers learned of his outstanding warrant.

The report indicates McDonald was cooperative and no other charges are being filed, but discipline from the 49ers or NFL could follow.

McDonald joins fellow defensive lineman Aldon Smith as 49ers who have been arrested this offseason, as Smith was arrested for driving under the influence Jan. 28 in Miami.

McDonald, 27, signed a five-year, 20 million contract in July, and followed it up with his best year. In his fifth NFL season -- all with the 49ers -- McDonald recorded career-highs with 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.

49ers announce more hires to Shanahan's staff

49ers announce more hires to Shanahan's staff

Kyle Shanahan put together some of the final pieces of his coaching staff on Tuesday.

The 49ers announced the hirings of seven coaches, including confirmation of John Benton as offensive line coach.

The team hired former NFL standout linebacker DeMeco Ryans as defensive quality control coach. He was a second-round selection of the Houston Texans in 2006 and spent 10 seasons in the league. He finished his career playing four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 49ers also hired Daniel Bullocks as assistant defensive backs coach, Stan Kwan as assistant special teams, Vince Oghobaase as assistant defensive line, Adam Stenavich as assistant offensive line, and Michael Clay as strength and conditioning assistant.

Benton, 53, was hired away from the Broncos after being on the job for approximately a month. Benton served as Jacksonville’s assistant offensive line coach last season. He worked the previous 13 seasons as offensive line coach with the St. Louis Rams (2003-05), Houston (2006-2013) and Miami (2014-15).

Benton and Shanahan worked together for four seasons with the Houston Texans.

Bullocks worked in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The Jaguars' linebackers coach last season, Robert Saleh, is the 49ers' new defensive coodinator. Bullocks appeared in 31 games in three NFL seasons with the Detroit Lions in 2006 and '08.

John Lynch: 49ers will be up-front with Kaepernick

John Lynch: 49ers will be up-front with Kaepernick

The only promises new 49ers general manager John Lynch made quarterback Colin Kaepernick for this offseason are open communication and honesty.

Kaepernick has spent all six of his NFL seasons with the 49ers after being a second-round draft pick in 2011. He has started 58 of the 49ers’ past 71 regular-season games.

Kaepernick has the contractual ability to opt out of his contract in March. If he does not, it seems likely the 49ers would release him – even if they want him back – to avoid being on the hook for his scheduled $14.9 million pay for the 2017 season.

“The one thing we will do very well with Kap is we’ll communicate,” Lynch said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “And I think that’s very important for both sides. Like everything else, that process is well in the works. We’ll continue to do that and we’ll be very up-front with him, in terms of what we’re thinking and we’ll want to know what he’s thinking, as well.”

Lynch said he developed trust and a good rapport with Kaepernick during the time when the 49ers were among the top teams in the NFL. Lynch was a broadcaster for FOX-TV and had occasion to meet with Kaepernick multiple times during production meetings.

“Every time we talk about Kap, I think of the guy who was in the Super Bowl not too (long ago),” Lynch said. “Things happen in guys’ careers. Injuries happen. Different things happen.”

Kaepernick began last season as the backup to Blaine Gabbert. After regaining his starting role in Week 6, Kaepernick put together his best season since 2013 – his first full season as a starter.

Kaepernick completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 90.7, and he added 468 yards rushing.

Lynch said he and coach Kyle Shanahan have been evaluating the players on the 49ers’ roster. The other three quarterbacks on the roster – Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis – are not under contract for next season.

“Like we said we would – and like we told Kap we would – we’re assessing everything,” Lynch said. “Both Kyle and I believe wholeheartedly that position is the most-important position in football.

“From every side of this thing, we’re evaluating. And we’re continuing to watch the film. We’ll continue to work toward that until we have made a decision.”