Report: Patriots executive declines 49ers' interview request

Report: Patriots executive declines 49ers' interview request

The 49ers were hoping to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the team’s director of player personnel Nick Caserio on Saturday.

The interview with McDaniels took place. The team did not interview Caserio.

Caserio declined an opportunity to interview for the 49ers’ general manager position, reports Pro Football Talk, citing multiple sources. The 49ers have confirmed all interviews through the first four days of their searches for a coach and general manager. The club did not disclose a meeting Saturday with Caserio.

The 49ers also had submitted a request to the Patriots to interview director of player personnel Nick Caserio for the team’s vacant general manager position. The Patriots granted the request, a source told CSNBayArea.com, but Caserio apparently is content to remain as New England's top personnel executive under coach Bill Belichick.

Neither Caserio nor the Patriots responded to inquiries from CSNBayArea.com on Caserio’s status. He has reportedly turned down interviews and offers in the past. He declined to interview with Indianapolis in 2012 and declined Miami's job offer in 2014.

Caserio's reported decision to not consider the 49ers job is not expected to have an impact on McDaniels, who also interviewed Saturday with Jacksonville and Los Angeles. General manager candidate Louis Riddick, who is scheduled to interview with the 49ers on Tuesday, is believed to have McDaniels at the top of his coaching list.

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

49ers select CB Ahkello Witherspoon in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

AHKELLO WITHERSPOON
Position: Cornerback
College: Colorado
Height: 6-2 3/4
Weight: 193
Selection: Third round, No. 66 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers selected Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon in the third round with the No. 66 overall pick.

The 49ers were also scheduled to have the next pick, but traded the pick at No. 67 for the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick in next year’s draft, as well as a seventh-round selection this year.

The Saints used that pick at No. 67 to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara.

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.

But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.

“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”

Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.

There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.

“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”

Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.

“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”

Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.

"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.

"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."