Rogers lauds 49ers front office for adding speed, power

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Rogers lauds 49ers front office for adding speed, power

For the first time in his seven-year NFL career, cornerback Carlos Rogers returns to a team that brings back every starter on defense.And the 49ers did not stop there. Rogers was equally impressed that the 49ers' front office, led by general manager Trent Baalke, added Randy Moss and Mario Manningham to the receiving corps.Those wideouts bring some much-needed speed to go along with top receiver Michael Crabtree, who caught just one pass for 3 yards in the season-ending loss in the NFC Championship game.
"Speed is a big thing," Rogers said. "But Crabtree don't got much speed but he makes unbelievable catches and he does so much stuff for this team.""So I wouldn't say speed was missing. Them guys (New York Giants) just made a few more plays than us. It came down to a few plays. It wasn't about speed or a certain guy didn't do this or didn't do that. They made more plays than us to win it."Rogers on Thursday made his first public comments Thursday since signing a four-year, 29.3 million contract to remain with the 49ers.In addition to Moss and Manningham, the 49ers on Wednesday agreed to terms with former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. That was another move that caught Rogers' attention.
The Moss signing came before Rogers re-upped with the 49ers. Then, less than a week after Rogers agreed to return to the 49ers, the club reached contract terms with Manningham."I was happy, just to get more weapons on the offensive side, receivers, and get depth at that position," Rogers said. "I'm pretty sure with them signing all of those guys, that's a position they felt we needed depth at."I wasn't happy about losing Josh (Morgan), I thought he was a pretty good receiver and then he got hurt. But just to add those guys -- guys that just got off a Super Bowl team and we faced twice last year . . . adding some more help for Crabtree and getting Ted (Ginn) back. Getting Moss back -- I just hope we get half of his ability. And just his name is a threat out there. That's a guy you're not going to single-cover. You got a double out there for him, and that's going to open up space for a lot more guys."
Rogers faced Manningham twice a year the past four seasons. They played twice as NFC East rivals when Rogers was with the Washington Redskins. And last season, the 49ers and Giants also met twice."I know what type of receiver he is," Rogers said. "No. 1, he's got speed. You can't coach that. . . . I always thought he was fast. He's a guy who's quick out of his breaks. He can make real good catches. He's proved that day-in and day-out. He's a guy who grew up a lot since he first came in, from learning that system and got it down. If it weren't for that catch he made in the Super Bowl, you may be looking at New England holding up that trophy again."Rogers also has plenty of experience against Jacobs, a 6-foot-4, 264-pounder."I'm glad he's on our team," Rogers said. "I went to college with Brandon before he transferred (to Southern Illinois). He was at Auburn with us. I faced him in Washington. The area where I was tackling him weights 20 or 30 pounds because I'm going from his knees on down. . . . I'm pretty sure a lot of teams don't want to face him in our conference and the teams we got to play next year." Here's how Manningham and Jacobs fared against the 49ers last season:Regular season: Week 10
49ers 27, Giants 20
Jacobs: 18 rushes, 55 yards (3.1 average); 2 receptions, 17 yards.
Manningham: 10 targets, 6 receptions, 77 yards, 13-yard TD in third quarter.NFC Championship
Giants 20, 49ers 17, OT
Jacobs: 5 rushes, 13 yards (2.6 average); 2 receptions, 8 yards.
Manningham: 5 targets, 1 receptions, 17 yards, 17-yard TD in fourth quarter.

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Report: 49ers UFA linebacker to visit Seahawks

Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.

The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.

In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology

The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

Donald Trump, Jim Harbaugh address Kaepernick's free agent status

On the same day the FBI director announced members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are under investigation for colluding with Russia to influence the election, Trump turned his thoughts to Colin Kaepernick’s status as an NFL free agent.

And Jim Harbaugh, appearing on Pro Football Talk, suggested teams that are not showing interest in Kaepernick are making a mistake.

“I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them: I think he’s an outstanding player and I think he’s a great competitor who has proven it in games and has the ability to be not only an NFL starter but a great NFL player,” Harbaugh said Tuesday morning.

“He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

On Monday evening, during a rally in Kentucky, Trump made remarks about Kaepernick. In the lead-up to the November election, Kaepernick called Trump “openly racist” and said he would not vote for Hillary Clinton, either.

“And you know, your San Francisco quarterback? I’m sure nobody ever heard of him,” Trump said.

“There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump. Do you believe that? I just saw that. I just saw that. I said if I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of Kentucky. Because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.”

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report reported an AFC general manager told him there were three reasons Kaepernick has not signed. Some believe, according to the anonymous source, that Kaepernick can no longer play at a high level. Others “genuinely hate him” for kneeling during the national anthem as part of his protest of racial inequality in America.

And, “some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him,” according to the report. “They think there might be protests or Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.”

Kaepernick’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courage and inspiration last season. It is historically the most prestigious award among 49ers players. But the 49ers have already signed veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

General manager John Lynch acknowledged last week on KNBR the odds of the 49ers bringing back Kaepernick are slim.

“I think the likelihood of that happening has gone down significantly. But we’re not going to close our mind or out options on anyone, including him,” Lynch said.

Even though there has been no reported interest in Kaepernick from any team around the league, Lynch said Kaepernick nearly signed with a team earlier during the free-agent signing period.

“I don’t know what happened to that market,” Lynch said. “He was, in everyone’s mind in this league, very close to signing a deal with a team at a really good number. And it fell through, apparently.”