Safety Whitner says he's signing with 49ers

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Safety Whitner says he's signing with 49ers

Aug. 4, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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The 49ers agreed to terms Thursday with a starting safety, and his name is not Dashon Goldson.Donte Whitner, the former Buffalo Bills strong safety, announced on Twitter that he is signing with the 49ers."Its official...49ers it is!" Whitner wrote. "Funny how God works...instead of playing against the 9ers I'm playing w the 49ers."Whitner, 26, played his first five seasons with the Bills after being chosen with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2006 draft. Earlier Thursday, multiple reports pegged Whitner as signing with the Cincinnati Bengals. Whitner even confirmed that news on Twitter. But the 49ers made a late push to convince him to change his mind.In 66 career starts, Whitner has five interceptions. While big plays have been lacking, Whitner has been always been around the action. He racked up 140 total tackles last season, including 96 individual stops.Whitner signed a three-year, 11.75 million contract with 4 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. Earlier this week, the 49ers added veteran safety Madieu Williams, who agreed to a one-year, 1 million contract with no money guaranteed. Reggie Smith, who is a better fit at free safety, has been one of the 49ers top performers in training camp. Smith started seven games for the 49ers last season.With Whitner's arrival it would seem unlikely either Dashon Goldson or Taylor Mays will be on the 49ers this season. Goldson remains unsigned as a free agent, and the 49ers sent an email to NFL teams on Thursday to advertise that Mays was available in a trade, an NFL source confirmed.Goldson, who played his first four seasons with the 49ers, told his Twitter followers that he has played his final game with the 49ers.Sorry guys thanx for all ur support but not gonna be back. See ya, Goldson wrote.

Brian Hoyer not living his life worried about 49ers possibly drafting a QB

Brian Hoyer not living his life worried about 49ers possibly drafting a QB

Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley are the only two quarterbacks currently on the 49ers' roster.

Is Hoyer operating as if he will be the starter in 2017?

"Yeah for sure. I think that's what I was brought in to do at this point," Hoyer said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday morning. "And the thing that I've learned in this profession, and really in life, is not worry about things you can't control. I can't control who they draft with the second pick tomorrow and I'm not gonna live my life worrying about it."

The 49ers own the second overall pick in the draft and are reportedly strongly considering taking a QB with that selection.

Even if they do, it doesn't mean that player will start from Day 1.

Hoyer worked with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland during the 2014 season -- he started a career-high 13 games with the Browns and threw for a career-best 3,326 yards.

"I'm gonna go out there and do what I think my job is at this point," Hoyer added. "And I'm gonna do that as long as I can until they tell me it's not my job anymore."

 

Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Tom Rathman to be inducted into 49ers Hall of Fame

Former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman, who was not retained this season on Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff, will be coming back to the organization in a permanent fashion.

Rathman, 54, who spent a total of 23 seasons as a player and coach, will be inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, CEO Jed York announced on Tuesday.

“Tom Rathman embodies everything this organization wants in its players, coaches and staff,” York said in a statement. “Throughout his more than two decades with our team, Tom set a tone for the 49ers both on and off the field. As a player, he was selfless, hard-working and dedicated to bringing his best every single day. Tom coached very much the same way.

"It was his mission to help every man he coached realize his full potential, as both a player and a man. Tom is family and we are so thrilled to induct him into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame, where he will take his place among the all-time greats in our team’s history.”

Rathman discussed having a role on the 49ers’ coaching staff after the hiring of Shanahan. But Shanahan had already promised the position of running backs coach to Bobby Turner.

“It was all positive,” said Rathman told NBC Sports Bay Area in February. “I have no hard feelings. It’s just the nature of the business. Everybody just has to understand that. In pro football, coaches get fired and new guys come in and they bring their guys. I totally understand it. I don’t have a problem with it. Being in the business for 28 years, playing and coaching, you understand what it is. You can never take anything for granted.”

Rathman played for the 49ers from 1986 to ’93. He was a starter on two Super Bowl-winning teams and seven NFC West champions. Used mostly as a lead-blocker for Roger Craig, Rathman’s best season came in 1989, when he caught 73 passes for 616 yards.

After his playing career concluded with the Los Angeles Rams in 1994, Rathman entered into a career in coaching. He coached under Steve Mariucci from 1997 to 2002. He returned to coach with the 49ers in 2009, serving on the coaching staffs of head coaches Mike Singletary, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly.

“I’ve always considered myself a 49er and I always will consider myself a 49er," Rathman said in a statement. "I’ll take that brand with me wherever I go because that’s who I am. It feels great to be with the guys who are already in the 49ers Hall of Fame. Dating back to Joe Perry, it’s an honor to be associated with the likes of Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark.

"That’s a lot of history right there. To be able to say that you’re in a fraternity with those guys so to speak, the 49ers Hall of Fame fraternity, says volumes. It’s pretty special.”